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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB99 KCLMA Boyle, RV
BOYLE, Lt Col Robert Verelst (1907-1988)
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

BOYLE, Lt Col Robert Verelst (1907-1988)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1907; educated Clifton College and Royal Military College Sandhurst; commissioned into The Loyal Regiment as 2nd Lieutenant, 1927; Lieutenant, 1930; Senior Staff Officer, Bannu, North West Frontier Province, 1934; secondment to the Nigeria Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force, 1936-1938; Captain, 1937; instructor, Army School of Chemical Warfare, 1938-1939; General Staff Officer 3 at General Headquarters, British Expeditionary Force, 1939-1941; General Staff Officer 2, Headquarters Combined Operations, UK, 1941-1942; General Staff Officer 1, Headquarters Combined Chiefs of Staff, USA, 1942-1944; Major, 1944; US Army Strategic Planning Staff, 1944; second in command, 2 Battalion, The Loyal Regiment, Italy, 1944; second in command, 1 Battalion, The Loyal Regiment, Palestine, 1945; General Staff Officer 1 (Operations and Plans), General Headquarters Mideast, 1945-1947; second in command, 1 Battalion, The South Lancashire Regiment, Trieste, 1947-1948; command, 1 Battalion, The Loyal Regiment, Somaliland, Cyprus and Egypt, 1948-1950; Lieutenant Colonel, 1948; Directorate of Military Training, War Office, 1950-1952; retired, 1952; joined Richard Thomas and Baldwins Ltd, 1956; died 1988.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, Feb-Apr 2008.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Lt Col Robert Verelst Boyle, 1897-1943, including: Battalion standing orders of the 1st Battalion The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) (Gale & Polden, Aldershot, 1930); notes and correspondence regarding the Combined Operations Training Centre, Comox, Vancouver Island, Canada, 1942-1943; papers relating to lectures given while GSO1, HQ Combined Chiefs of Staff, USA, including: text of lecture on commandos, Economic Society, Detroit, 4 May 1942; article on commandos in Military Review, Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Jul 1942; text of lecture considering how to attack a strongly defended coast, Junior Staff College, RMC Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Aug 1942; text of lecture on commandos given to the Annual Convention of American Newspaper Editors, New York, 1942; text of lecture on ship-to-shore operations, given at the US Army Amphibious Training Centre, 1942; text of lecture on preparations for the resumption of the land offensive, given to US Army Armoured Training Centre, 1942.
Formal photographs of Combined Chiefs of Staff events at Fort Benning and Fort Jackson, USA, including photographs of FM Sir John Dill, General George Marshall, Chief of Staff, US Army, Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Chief of Combined Operations, Lt Gen Mark Clark and Lt Col Dennis Price, meeting troops, watching parades, demonstrations and exercises, and inspecting weaponry. Also photograph labelled 'My official yacht whilst I started and commanded the Canadian Combined Operations Training Centre at Comox, Vancouver Island, 1942-43'.Photograph album, invitation and programme of events for the Presentation of New Colours to the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire), in Famagusta, Cyprus, 7 Oct 1949.
Also items belonging to Boyle's father in law Lt Col Adrian Grant Duff: The Pathan Revolt in North-West India by H Woosnam-Mills (Civil and Military Gazette Press, Lahore, India, 1897) and Razmak station standing orders (Commercial Steam Press, Dera Ismail Khan, India, 1931).

System of arrangement

In sections as above.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed box list available in the Archives Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Katharine Higgon.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Apr 2008

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  • Amphibious warfare
  • Armed forces
  • Colonial conflicts
  • Colonial countries
  • Combined operations
  • Communication process
  • Group communication
  • Higher science education
  • Military communications
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Political systems
  • Special forces
  • State security
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • BOYLE, Lt Col Robert Verelst (1907-1988)
  • CLARK, Mark Wayne, US General (1896-1984)
  • DILL, Sir John Greer, Knight, Field Marshal (1881-1944)
  • MARSHALL, George Catlett, US General and Secretary of State (1880-1959)
  • MOUNTBATTEN, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Admiral of the Fleet x Mountbatten of Burma, 1st Earl x Battenburg (1900-1979)
  • PRINCE Prince von, Dennis, Lieutenant Colonel (fl 1939-1942)

Corporate names

  • Canadian Combined Operations Training Centre, Comox, Vancouver Island
  • Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
  • US Army Amphibious Training Centre


  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Europe
  • India
  • North America
  • South Asia
  • Western Europe

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