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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Churcher
CHURCHER, Maj Gen John Bryan (1905-1997)
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Churcher, John Bryan, 1905-1997, Major General
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1905; educated at Wellington College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; 2nd Lt, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 1925; Lt, 1927; Assistant Instructor, Small Arms School, Netheravon, 1931-1934; served in India, 1935-1938; Capt, King's Shropshire Light Infantry, 1936; attended Staff College, Camberley, 1939; served in North West Europe, 1939-1940, and 1944-1946; various staff appointments, 1940-1942, including General Staff Officer Grade 2, Canadian Corps; Maj, 1942; commanded 1 Bn, Hereford Regt, 1942-1944, 159 Infantry Bde, 1944-1946, and 43 Div, 1946; commanded Northumbrian District, 1946; commanded 2 Div, Far East, 1946, 3 Div, Palestine, 1946-1947, and 5 Div, Germany, 1947-1948; attended Imperial Defence College, 1948; Brig, General Staff, Western Command, 1949-1951; ADC to King George VI, 1949-1952, and Queen Elizabeth II, 1952; Chief of Staff, Southern Command, 1951-1954; Maj Gen, 1952; General Officer Commanding 3 Infantry Div, Egypt, 1954-1957; Director of Military Training, War Office, 1957-1959; retired, 1959.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre from originals lent by Churcher in 1991.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copy of 'A soldier's story', a memoir of his life and career, 1905-1984, notably his service in India, 1935-1938, North West Europe, 1939-1940 and 1944-1945, including the arrest of the Grand Adm Karl Doenitz (Operation BLACKOUT) in May 1945, Palestine, 1947, Germany, 1948, and Egypt, 1954-1957, including the Suez Crisis, 1956, written in 1984. Photographs relating to the arrest of Doenitz, Germany, 1945.

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 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
Existence and location of copies

Shropshire Regiment Museum holds a copy of the memoir.



Decorations: CB, DSO

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
  • Canals
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Memoirs
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Operation Blackout (1945)
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Transport infrastructure
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • Waterways
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Churcher, John Bryan, 1905-1997, Major General
  • Churcher, John Bryan, 1905-1997, Major General
  • Donitz, Karl, 1891-1980, German Admiral

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Germany
  • India, South Asia
  • Palestine, Middle East
  • Suez, Urban, Egypt, North Africa

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