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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Buxton
BUXTON, Brig St John Dudley (1891-1981)
Created [1970-1979]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.5 box or 0.005 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Buxton, St John Dudley, 1891-1981, Brigadier, surgeon and writer
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1891; educated at St Peter's College, Radley and University College Hospital; served with BEF in France, 1914-1915, and Salonika Expeditionary Force, 1915-1918; appointed to staff of King's College Hospital, 1922; served in BEF, 1940; Brig, 1941; Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Middle East Force, 1941-1942 and later Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Army; retired, 1952; died in 1981.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1981.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Various typescript texts written under the pen-name John Harley, namely 'Journeys in khaki', an illustrated memoir covering his life and career, 1914-1942, notably his service with the BEF in France, 1914-1915, and 1940 and with the Middle East Force, 1941-1942, written in 1975; 'A doctor went to the wars', an account of his experiences during 1914-1918 and 1939-1942, written in 1976; two texts entitled 'The development of the ambulance' and 'Human mobility', [1970-1979].

System of arrangement

Arranged 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 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
Related units of description

The Royal College of Surgeons holds additional papers, including war diaries.

Publication note
The Royal College of Surgeons holds additional papers, including war diaries.


Compiled Feb 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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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Buxton, St John Dudley, 1891-1981, Brigadier, surgeon and writer, pseudonym John Harley

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • France
  • Middle East

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