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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Capper J
CAPPER, Maj Gen Sir John Edward (1861-1955)
Created 1900, [1910], [1913], 1917-1918, [1969]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.05 box or 0.005 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Capper, Sir, John Edward, 1861-1955, Knight, Major General
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1861; commissioned into Royal Engineers, 1880; employed on military and public works, India and Burma, 1883-1899; served in South Africa, 1899-1902; Commandant, Balloon School, 1903-1910; Commandant, School of Military Engineering, 1911-1914; Deputy Inspector General, Lines of Communication, 1914; Chief Engineer, 3 Corps and 3 Army, 1915; General Officer Commanding 24 Div, 1915-1917; Director General, Tank Corps, 1917; Director General, War Office, 1917-1918; commanded 64th Div, Forces in Great Britain, 1918-1919; Commander, No 1 Area, British Troops in France and Flanders, 1919; Lt Governor and Commanding Troops in Guernsey, 1920-1925; retired in 1925; died in 1955.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1971.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to the military career of Maj Gen Sir John Edward Capper, dated 1900, [1910] and [1913], 1917-1918, principally comprising typescript notes on military aeronautics, [1910]; text of his lecture to the Staff College on the effect of aircraft on war, [1913]; telegrams between German High Seas Fleet and V Adm Sir David Beatty, Commander-in-Chief of the British Grand Fleet, concerning the surrender of the former at Scapa Flow, 1918; 'Report of the commission appointed by Act of Parliament to enquire into the operations of war in Mesopotamia' (London, HMSO, 1917). Copy of typescript text on the Capper Medal Collection, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, [1969], including brief biographies of members of the Capper family.

System of arrangement

This material is catalogued as sections 3 and 4 of the Capper family collection. Sections 1 and 2 consist of papers relating to Capper's brother Maj Gen Sir Thompson Capper.

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 detailed Catalogue, 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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  • Air transport
  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military aviation
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • Transport
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Beatty, David, 1871-1936, 1st Earl Beatty of the North Sea and of Brooksby, Admiral of the Fleet
  • Capper, Sir, John Edward, 1861-1955, Knight, Major General
  • Capper, Sir, John Edward, 1861-1955, Knight, Major General
  • Hipper, Franz, von, 1863-1932, German Admiral

Corporate names

  • German Navy
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Iraq, Middle East
  • London, England
  • Mesopotamia, Middle East
  • Scapa Flow, Orkney, Scotland

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