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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Burch
BURCH, Maj Gen Frederick Whitmore ('Eric') (1893-1977)
Created 1914-1939, 1899-1902
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Burch, Frederick Whitmore ('Eric'), 1893-1977, Major General
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1893; educated at Framlingham College; mobilised with York Troop, East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry, 1914; commissioned into the East Yorkshire Regiment, 1914; served World War One, 1914- 1918 on Western Front, Egypt and India; service with 12 (Service) Bn (3 Hull), East Yorkshire Regiment, 1914-1917; Lt, 1916; awarded MC, 1916; transferred to Indian Army, 1917; served with 7 Gurkha Rifles and 18 Royal Garwhal Rifles, 1917-1943; acting Capt, 1918; Third Afghan War, 1919; Capt, 1919; Brevet Maj, 1930; Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, General Staff, India, 1936; Brevet Lt Col, 1938; Assistant Military Secretary to Commander-in-Chief, India, 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Brig, 1941; Maj Gen, 1942; Director of Staff Duties, General Staff, India, 1942-1943; Head of Indian Army Liaison Mission to the Middle East, 1944-1945; awarded CIE, 1944; organiser of India's Victory Celebrations, New Delhi, 1946; Chief of Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Baroda State Forces, India, 1946; awarded CSI, 1946; retired 1949; Area Controller, Civil Defence, North East Essex, 1950-1964; raised and commanded North East Sector, Essex Home Guard (5 Bns), 1951; Chairman, Lexden and Winstree Rural District Council, 1959-1963; died 1977.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1982.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers, 1914-1939, including account of service with York Troop, East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry, 1914, and 12 (Service) Bn (3 Hull), East Yorkshire Regiment, UK and Suez Canal, Egypt, 1914- 1916; narrative diary of voyage to India, 1939; diaries of Burch's father, Maj Frederick Burch, 1 Royal Dragoons, containing brief descriptive entries relating to service in the Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902; letter from and notification of the death of Burch's brother, Lt Sydney Gaskin Burch, South Nottinghamshire Hussars, Territorial Force, attached to 16 (Service) Bn (Chatsworth Rifles), Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) Regt, 117 Bde, 39 Div, killed in action in attack on St Pierre Divion, Battle of the Somme, 1916.

System of arrangement

1 file

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: CSI, CIE, MC

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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  • Armed forces
  • Canals
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Second Boer War, 1899-1902
  • State security
  • Transport infrastructure
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • Waterways
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Burch, Frederick Whitmore, 1893-1977, Major General
  • Burch, Frederick, fl 1899-1902, Major, father of Major General Frederick Whitmore Burch
  • Burch, Sydney Gaskin, fl 1916, Lieutenant, brother of Major General Frederick Whitmore Burch

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • India, South Asia
  • Somme, France
  • South Africa, Southern Africa
  • Suez, Urban, Egypt, North Africa

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