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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Chamberlain
CHAMBERLAIN, Brig Noel Joseph (1895-1970)
Created 1916-1971
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)
Chamberlain, Noel Joseph, 1895-1970, Brigadier
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1895; educated at Ampleforth and University College, Oxford; commissioned into C Battery (14 Lancashire), Royal Field Artillery, Territorial Force, (3 West Lancashire Bde), 1915; served in World War One, 1914-1918; Lt, 1916; attached to Royal Flying Corps, 1916-1917, and served in Aden and Salonika; temporary Capt, 1919-1921; service in Egypt and Palestine to assess educational requirements of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1919-1921; Royal Army Educational Corps, 1921-1956; Capt, 1921; General Staff Officer 3, General Headquarters, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1921-1922; Education Officer, London District, 1923-1931; visit to the Army of the Irish Free State, 1926; Education Officer, Headquarters Presidency and Assam District, India, 1931-1938; Brevet Maj, 1935; tour of Tibet, 1937; Education Officer, Headquarters Home Counties, 1938-1939; Maj, 1939; served World War Two, 1939-1945; posted to Royal Army Educational Corps Depot, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, 1939- 1940; Staff Capt, War Office, 1940-1941; Education Officer, Headquarters Edinburgh Area, 1941-1943; Lt Col, 1943; Chief Education Officer, British North Africa Force and Central Mediterranean Force, 1943-1945; General Staff Officer 1 (Education), Headquarters Northumbrian District, 1945-1947; Chief Education Officer, British Troops in Egypt, 1947-1949; Col, 1947; Commandant, Army College, Wellbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire, 1949-1951; Chief Education Officer, Headquarters Northern Command, 1951-1953; temporary Brig, 1953; Chief Education Officer, Headquarters, Northern Army Group, British Army of the Rhine, 1953-1956; Honorary Brig, 1956; retired, 1956; member of Claro Divisional Education Executive, 1956-1960; awarded CBE, 1957; examiner for the First Class Army Certificate of Education, 1957; Honorary Secretary of the United Services Catholic Association; died 1970.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers and photographs relating to Chamberlain's life and career, 1906-1970, including unpublished manuscript memoirs, 1906-1923; papers relating to pay and postings, 1915-1949; account of service with Royal Flying Corps, 1916-1917; typescript report on visit to Palestine, 1920; papers relating to service as Education Officer, London District, 1924-1928, including typescript official report by Chamberlain to Maj Gen Walter Patrick Hore- Ruthven, 2nd Baron Ruthven, General Officer Commanding London District on visit to the Army of the Irish Free State, 1926; papers relating to service as Education Officer, Headquarters Presidency and Assam District, India, 1934-1938, including letters from Maj Gen John Standish Surtees Prendergast Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort, 1934-1937, Maj Gen George Mackintosh Lindsay, 1938 and Brig Eric Edward Dorman Smith, 1938, and typescript account of tour of Tibet, 1937; uncaptioned photographs of tour of Tibet, 1937; article by Chamberlain from The Journal of the Army Educational Corps, on the Tibet tour, 1938, also two articles from The Journal of the Royal Army Educational Corps, on a visit by HM Queen Elizabeth II in Jul 1950 to the Army College, Wellbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire (1951), and on the Command Education Officers' Conference, 1951, including printed photograph of all officers, including Chamberlain, still serving with the Royal Army Educational Corps who were commissioned into the Army Education Corps on its formation in 1920, with texts of speeches, 1953 and 1955; correspondence including letters from Gort thanking Chamberlain for sympathy on the death of his son, Lt Hon Charles Standish Prendergast Vereker, Grenadier Guards, and on the Governorship of Gibraltar, 1941, and letters from Gen Sir Richard Nelson Gale and Gen Sir James Stuart Steele, congratulating Chamberlain on the award of the CBE, 1956-1957; reports and memoranda relating to service as Chief Education Officer, British North Africa Force, 1943-1945 and Middle East Land Forces, 1947-1948; press cuttings, 1953-1958 and obituaries, 1970-1971.

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



Decorations: CBE

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
  • Documents
  • Higher science education
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Memoirs
  • Military education
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Chamberlain, Noel Joseph, 1895-1970, Brigadier
  • Chamberlain, Noel Joseph, 1895-1970, Brigadier
  • Elizabeth II, b 1926, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Gale, Sir, Richard Nelson, 1896-1982, Knight, General
  • Lindsay, George Mackintosh, 1880-1956, Major General
  • O'Gowan, Eric Edward, 1895-1969, Major General
  • Ruthven, Walter Patrick, Hore-, 1870-1956, 2nd Baron Ruthven, Major General
  • Steele, Sir, James Stuart, 1894-1975, Knight, General
  • Vereker, Charles Standish Prendergast, 1912-1941, Lieutenant, son of Field Marshal John Standish Surtees Prendergast Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort
  • Vereker, John Standish Surtees Prendergast, 1886-1946, 6th Viscount Gort, Field Marshal

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Royal Army Educational Corps
  • Royal Flying Corps


  • Assam, India, South Asia
  • Egypt, North Africa
  • Gibraltar
  • Ireland
  • London, England
  • Palestine, Middle East
  • Salonika, Greece
  • Tibet, China, East Asia
  • Wellbeck, Nottinghamshire, England

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