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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Clive G S
CLIVE, Lt Gen Sir (George) Sidney (1874-1959)
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Clive, Sir, George Sidney, 1874-1959, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1874; educated at Harrow School and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; 2nd Lt, Grenadier Guards, 1893; Lt, 1897; served in Nile Expedition, 1898, and South Africa, 1899-1902; Capt, 1900; passed Staff College, 1903-1904; General Staff Officer, War Office, 1905-1909; Maj, 1909; General Staff Officer, London District, 1910-1914; head of British missions, General HQ, France, 1915-1918; Military Governor, Cologne, 1918-1919; commanded 1 Infantry Bde, Aldershot, 1920; British Military Representative, League of Nations, Geneva, 1920-1922; Military Attaché, Paris, 1924-1927; Director of Personal Services, 1928-1930; Military Secretary to Secretary of State for War, 1930-1934; retired, 1934; died in 1959.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1971.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Letter book containing letters and telegrams received and sent by Clive as head of British missions, General HQ, France, 1917-1918, including letters concerning the movement of troops and administration, supplies of artillery and equipment, French infantry resources and liaison between French and British High Commands; letter from [Maj Gen Frederick Barton] Maurice, War Office, 18 Aug 1917, concerning move to establish Allied General Staff in Paris and possible transfer of troops from British front to Italy. Diaries, 1914-1918, containing detailed descriptions of daily events at General HQ, France, 1914-1918.

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
Mainly English, but some of the correspondence is in French.
Finding aids

This detailed Catalogue, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

Papers of FM Sir William (Robert) Robertson, 1st Bt contain unofficial notes by Clive on the views of officers of the French General Staff on proposed military operations on the Western Front, Jun 1915 (Ref: Robertson 3/1/13); letters from Clive to Robertson, on Allied forces at Salonika, Dec 1915 (Ref: Robertson 7/12/3), and the General Reserve controlled by the Allied Supreme War Council at Versailles, Feb 1918 (Ref: Robertson: 8/5/95); telegrams between Robertson and Clive concerning the sending of troops to, and operations at, Salonika, Oct 1916 (Ref: Robertson 4/4/48-50) .



Decorations: GCVO, KCB, CMG, DSO

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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.


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  • Clive, Sir, George Sidney, 1874-1959, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Clive, Sir, George Sidney, 1874-1959, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Maurice, Sir, Frederick Barton, 1871-1951, Knight, Major General and author


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  • Paris, France

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