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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Burrows
BURROWS, Cdr Edgar Allison (1889-1979)
Created [1914-1920], [1939-1945]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 boxes or 0.03 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Burrows, Edgar Allison, 1889-1979, RN Commander
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1889; qualified as an accountant, 1912; joined RN, 1914; served on HMS PARTRIDGE and HMS ST GEORGE; saw action at Gallipoli, 1915; served in Salonika, Greece, 1916-1918; served on staff of Adm Ernest Charles Thomas Troubridge, Serbia, 1918-1919; Treasurer, Interallied (later International) Commission on the Danube, Hungary, 1919-1920; worked for the Admiralty in Shipping Casualties Section, Trade Division, interviewing survivors of sunk and damaged ships, [1939-1945]; died in 1979.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1979 and 1980.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his service in the RN, [1914-1920], [1939-1945], principally comprising carbon copies of letters to his family describing his service at Gallipoli, 1915-1916, and in Salonika, Greece, 1916-1918; typescript texts, written in [1918-1975], principally comprising descriptive sketches of life in Salonika, 1916-1918, in Belgrade after the retreat of German and Austrian forces, 1918-1919, and in Budapest following Communist uprising led by Bela Hung Kun, 1919, written in [1918-1975]; typescript text by Harry W Frantz on Troubridge's work in Serbia and Hungary, 1915-1918, and as President of the Interallied Commission of the Danube, 1919-1920, written in 1920. Photographs relating to his service in Gallipoli, 1915, Salonika, 1915-1918, Belgrade, 1918-1919, and press photographs of the Communist revolution in Budapest, 1919-1920. Glass slides relating to his service in Salonika, 1915-1918. Papers relating to Burrows' work in the Shipping Casualties Section, Trade Division, Admiralty, 1939-1945, principally comprising descriptions of the work of the section, official reports concerning sunk or damaged ships and texts of interview with survivors.

System of arrangement

Arranged in the following sections: early RN career; Gallipoli and HMS Partridge; Salonika; Yugoslavia and Belgrade; Hungary and Budapest; Shipping Casualties Section; miscellaneous; photographic material; second accession.

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

Draft catalogue available online and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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


Compiled Jan 1997

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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Date(s) of descriptions

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Armed forces
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Collectivism
  • Communism
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Photographs
  • Political doctrines
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Burrows, Edgar Allison, 1889- ? 1979, RN Commander
  • Kun, Béla Hung, 1886-1937, Hungarian Revolutionary Communist
  • Troubridge, Sir, Ernest Charles Thomas, 1862-1926, Knight, Admiral

Corporate names

  • HMS George
  • HMS Partridge
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe
  • Budapest, Hungary, Eastern Europe
  • Gallipoli, Turkey, Middle East
  • Macedonia
  • Salonika, Greece
  • Soviet Union
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Eastern Europe
  • USSR, Eastern Europe

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