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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Boyd
BOYD, Maj Gen Ian Herbert Fitzgerald (1907-1978)
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Boyd, Ian Herbert Fitzgerald, 1907-1978, Major General
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1907; educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and Christ's College, Cambridge; commissioned into the Royal Engineers, 1927; Lt, 1930; served in India, 1930-1934; Mohmand, North West Frontier, India, 1933; Electrical and Mechanical Engineering course, UK, 1934-1936; Engineer Staff Officer and Field Engineer, Rawalpindi, India, 1936-1940; Waziristan, 1936; Capt, 1938; Staff Officer Royal Engineers 3, Delhi, India, 1939-1940; service in World War Two, 1939-1945; Second in Command of Indian Engineer Training Depot, 1940-1941; temporary Maj, 1940-1944; Staff College, Quetta, India, 1941-1943; Instructor, Staff College, Quetta, 1943-1944; Maj, 1944; Commanding Officer, Forward Airfield Engineer Group, Burma, 1944-1945; temporary Lt Col, 1944-1946; served in Malaya, 1945; Chief Instructor (Plant, Roads, Airfields), School of Military Engineering, Chatham, Kent, 1945-1948; Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General, War Office, 1948-1950; Chairman, Western Union Committee on Logistics, 1948-1950; awarded OBE, 1950; Lt Col, 1950; temporary Col, 1950-1953; Col, Q (Movements), Far East Land Forces, 1950-1953; Col, 1953; Deputy Quartermaster General, British Army of the Rhine, 1954-1957; awarded CBE, 1957; Brig, 1957; Chief Engineer, Far East Land Forces, 1957-1959; Chief Engineer, Northern Army Group NATO and British Army of the Rhine, 1959- 1962; Maj Gen, 1960; awarded CB, 1962; retired 1963; Col Commandant, Corps of Royal Engineers, 1966-1972; died 1978.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1996.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Photographs of landscape, towns and local Pathans, North West Frontier, India [1930-1936]; photographs of civilian engineering training, UK, 1934-1936; diary, 1939-1940, narrative of service as Engineer Staff Officer and Field Engineer, Rawalpindi and Staff Officer Royal Engineers 3, Delhi; diary, 1957-1959, narrative of service as Chief Engineer, Far East Land Forces. Photographs of official duties as Chief Engineer, Northern Army Group NATO and British Army of the Rhine, 1959-1962.

System of arrangement

3 files

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Decorations:CB, CBE

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Humanitarian law
  • International organizations
  • International politics
  • Military engineering
  • Occupied territories
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • Visual materials
  • Warfare

Personal names

  • Boyd, Ian Herbert Fitzgerald, 1907-1978, Major General
  • Boyd, Ian Herbert Fitzgerald, 1907-1978, Major General

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • British Army of the Rhine
  • NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Royal Engineers


  • Delhi, India, South Asia
  • Germany
  • London, England
  • Northwest Frontier, Pakistan, South Asia
  • Rawalpindi, Pakistan, South Asia

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