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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Clifford
CLIFFORD, Col Esmond Humphrey Miller (1895-1970)
Created 1892-1960
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
7 boxes or 0.07 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Clifford, Esmond Humphrey Miller, 1895-1970, Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1895; educated at Clifton College and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; entered Army, 1914; service in World War One, France and Belgium, 1915-1917 and Italy, 1917-1919; Assistant British Commissioner, Anglo-Italian Jubaland Boundary Commission, 1925-1928; Senior British Commissioner, British Somaliland-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, 1931-1936; Chief Engineer, China Command, 1940-1941; Prisoner of War, 1941-1945; retired in 1948; British Commissioner, Kenya-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, 1950-57; died in 1970.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1988.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Narrative of operations of 7 Division, 1918 by the Revd E C Crosse including reference to Clifford's service as Officer Commanding 95 Field Company, Royal Engineers; papers relating to Anglo-Italian Jubaland Boundary Commission, 1925-1928 including maps; British Somaliland-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, 1931-1936, including intelligence reports on French Somaliland, air survey operations, Walwal incident between Italian and Ethiopian troops, and printed reports on the work of the Commission; Chief Engineer, China Command, including report on Royal Engineers in Hong Kong, 1941-1942; Kenya-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, 1950-1957, including diaries, 1951-1955, printed reports, and maps of the boundary, 1946-1949; published articles by Clifford, 1928-1947, mainly on boundary commissions; technical manuals, 1924-1932, including surveying; publications and printed works, 1892-1952, including boundary commissions.

System of arrangement

The papers are arranged in sections according to chronology of military service. Published articles by Clifford, technical manuals and publications and printed works are grouped together.

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

Draft catalogue 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


Compiled June 1996

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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  • Armed forces
  • Boundaries
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International law
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Maps
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Organizations
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • Rights of states
  • State security
  • Surveying
  • Territorial rights
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Clifford, Esmond Humphrey Miller, 1895-1970, Colonel
  • Clifford, Esmond Humphrey Miller, 1895-1970, Colonel
  • Crosse, Ernest Coutenay, 1887-1955, Reverend Canon

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Royal Engineers


  • Abyssinia
  • British East Africa
  • British Somaliland
  • China, East Asia
  • Djibouti, East Africa
  • Ethiopia, East Africa
  • French Somaliland
  • Hong Kong, East Asia
  • Italy
  • Jubaland, East Africa
  • Kenya, East Africa
  • London, England
  • Somalia, East Africa

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