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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
CHANDLER, Sir Geoffrey (b 1922)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes or 0.02m3


Name of creator(s)

CHANDLER, Sir Geoffrey (b 1922), Knight, businessman and public servant

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1922; educated Sherborne, Trinity College, Cambridge; Military Service 1942-1946; Captain, 60th Rifles; Political Welfare Executive, Cairo, 1942; Special Operations Executive (Force 133) Greece, [1943-1944]; Anglo-Greek Information Service, West Macedonia, 1945; Press Officer, Volos and Salonika, 1946; BBC Foreign News Service, 1949-1951; Financial Times, 1951-1956; Commonwealth Fund Fellow, Columbia University, New York, 1953-1954; Shell International Petroleum Company, 1957-1978.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited in the Centre by Chandler, 2005.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Sir Geoffrey Chandler: reports, correspondence and publications relating to Greece 1944-1949, including reports by field personnel, Maj Ronald R Prentice and Maj T C Johnson, on the situation in the Macedonia and Pajko areas, Greece, 1945; reports to Force 133 Headquarters Greece and press reviews from AIS (later Anglo Greek Information Service), Salonika for the Macedonia region, 19 Nov 1944-28 Dec 1945; reports from Anglo Greek Information Service (AGIS), Corinth, Jan-Mar 1945; reports from AGIS, Florina, Apr-Nov 1945; 1944-1945; reports and press reviews from the Information Department, Salonika, Aug 1946-1947 Aug; Geoffrey Chandler's correspondence as press officer, British Embassy, Salonika, Aug-Nov 1946; typescript report on Greece, Oct-Nov 1949, by Chandler; Ministry of Information publications and pamphlets on Greece (Greek, English and French), 1938-1952, notably relating to the political situation in Greece and charitable appeals for relief of Greek people and map of Macedonia and surrounding area 'Grece du Nord: zones des groupes d'observation', scale 1:1,000,000, United Nations map number 134 (F), Aug 1948.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as follows: reports by Maj Ronald R Prentice and Maj T C Johnson on the situation in Greece; reports from the Anglo Greek Information Service, Salonika, Corinth and Florina; reports and press reviews from the Information Department, Salonika; correspondence and report on Greece by Geoffrey Chandler; and published material on Greece.

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

English. Some items in Greek and French.

Finding aids

Summary guide entry available online and detailed catalogue online and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Related units of description

Papers of Maj Ronald R Prentice (Ref: Prentice/Wickstead).Publication note:The Divided Land: an Anglo-Greek Tragedy, by Geoffrey Chandler, London, Macmillan; New York, St Martin's Press, (1959, second edition 1994).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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

Oct 2008

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  • Armed forces
  • History
  • Military engineering
  • Military history
  • Military intelligence
  • Military organizations
  • Military personnel x Armed forces
  • Special Forces
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • CHANDLER, Sir Geoffrey (b 1922)
  • PRENTICE, Ronald R, Major (1913-1980)

Corporate names

  • Anglo Greek Information Service
  • Special Operations Executive


  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Greece
  • Greece
  • Salonika
  • West Macedonia
  • Western Europe
  • Western Europe
  • World
  • World

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