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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Carr
CARR, Lt Gen Laurence (1886-1954)
Created 1915-1940
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Carr, Laurence, 1886-1954, Lieutenant General
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1886; educated Uppingham, Leicester, Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Surrey; 2nd Lt, Gordon Highlanders, 1906; Lt, 1909; Capt, 1914; served World War One, 1914-1918; Adjutant to Col John Raymond Evelyn Stansfeld, 2 Bn Gordon Highlanders, 1915-1916; Staff Capt, 20 Infantry Bde, BEF (British Expeditionary Force), France, 1916; Bde Maj, 45 Infantry Bde, France, 1916-1917; Brevet Maj, 1916; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, and temporary Maj for, successively, 51 Div, 5 Corps and 18 Corps, France, 1917-1918; General Staff Officer, Grade 1, and temporary Lt Col, 4 Div, 1918-1920; attended Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1919; Bde Maj, 6 Indian Infantry Bde, Northern Command, India, 1920; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Northern Command, India, 1920-1923; Instructor and General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Staff College, Quetta, India, 1923-1926; Maj, 1923; Brevet Lt Col, 1924; Col, 1927; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, War Office, 1928-1930; General Staff Officer, Grade 1, War Office, 1931-1934; Directing Staff, Imperial Defence College, 1934-1936; temporary Brig and Commander, 2 Infantry Bde, Aldershot Command, 1936, and Palestine and Trans-Jordan, 1937-1938; Maj Gen, 1937; Director of Staff Duties, War Office, 1938-1939; Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1939-1940; acting Lt Gen and General Officer Commanding 1 Corps, Home Forces, 1940-1941; Lt Gen, 1941; General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command, 1941-1942; Senior Military Assistant, Ministry of Supply, [1942-1944]; retired, 1944; died 1954.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1975.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Letters to his wife, Elizabeth Montgomery Carr, 1914-1940, including service on the Western Front during World War One, 1915-1918, in India, 1920-1926, and with 2 Infantry Bde, in Palestine, including details of Arab and Jewish unrest and the policing of the area by the British Army, 1936-1937. Certificates recording mentions in despatches during World War One, 1915-1918 and Warrants of Appointment for DSO, 1917 and OBE, 1919.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically, with certificates and warrants at the end of the collection.

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

Box list 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



Decorations: CB, DSO, OBE

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.

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

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Arab Revolt (1936-1939)
  • Armed forces
  • Colonial conflicts
  • Colonial countries
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Political movements
  • Political systems
  • Revolutionary movements
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Carr, Elizabeth Montgomery, fl 1915-1940, wife of Lt Gen Laurence Carr
  • Carr, Laurence, 1886-1954, Lieutenant General
  • Carr, Laurence, 1886-1954, Lieutenant General

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • India, South Asia
  • Palestine, Middle East

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