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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Cawley
CAWLEY, Capt Harold Thomas 1878-1915
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Cawley, Harold Thomas, 1878-1915, Captain

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1878, Crumpsall, Lancashire; educated Rugby and New College Oxford, called to Bar at Inner Temple, 1902; joined 2 Volunteer Battalion, Manchester Regiment, 1904; elected MP for Heywood, Lancashire, 1910; appointed Aide de Camp to Major General William Douglas, General Officer Commanding 42 East Lancashire Division, 1914; requested posting with his battalion on Gallipolli front lines, Sept 1915; killed in action, 23 Sept 1915.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, January 2007

Content & structure

Scope and content

Transcript of uncensored letter from Captain Harold Thomas Cawley, Aide de Camp to Major General Sir William Douglas at Headquarters, 42 Division, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, to his father Frederick Cawley MP, August or September 1915. Includes frank assessment of the military situation at Gallipolli with severe criticism of General Sir Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton, Lieutenant General Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston and Major General Sir William Douglas; description of landings and attacks carried out between 4 June and 7 August 1915 and evaluation of the Turkish forces.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

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

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon

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

July 2007

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  • International conflicts
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Cawley, Harold Thomas, 1878-1915, Captain
  • Cawley, Harold Thomas, 1878-1915, Captain
  • Douglas, Sir, William, Knight, Major General
  • Hamilton, Sir, Ian Standish Monteith, 1853-1947, Knight, General
  • Weston, Sir, Aylmer, Hunter-, 1864-1940, Knight, Lieutenant General


  • Gallipoli, Turkey, Middle East

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