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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Codrington
CODRINGTON, Lt Col John Alfred (1898-1991)
Created 1898-1947
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Codrington, John Alfred, 1898-1991, Lieutenant Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1898; educated at Harrow, Christ Church, Oxford and Strasbourg University; served with French Red Cross, France, 1915-1916; Royal Military College, Sandhurst, 1916-1917; commissioned into the Coldstream Guards, 1917; served in World War One, 1914-1918; service on Western Front with 3 Bn, Coldstream Guards, 1917-1918; Lt, 1918; garrison duty, Cologne, Germany, 1918-1919; Aide de Camp to Lt Gen Sir (George) Tom (Molesworth) Bridges, Head of British Mission Allied Armies of the Orient, Smyrna, Turkey, 1920; service with 3 Bn, Coldstream Guards, Turkey, 1922-1923; service in UK with 1 Bn, Coldstream Guards, 1923-1925; Capt, 1926; British Liaison Officer to French forces, Syria, 1926-1929; service in UK, 1929-1930; attached to French Army and served with 13 Dragoons in France and 2 Spahis and the French Foreign Legion in Algeria, 1930; service in UK, 1930-1932; served in the Sudan and Egypt with 1 Bn, Coldstream Guards, 1932-1933; Aide de Camp to FM Sir Philip Walhouse Chetwode, 7th Bt, Commander-in-Chief of the Army in India, 1933-1935; Maj, 1935; retired 1937; attached to Foreign Office, 1939-1942; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Assistant Chief of Staff, Gibraltar, 1942-1943; Special Liaison Officer, Algiers, 1943-1944; Honorary Lt Col, 1948; died 1991.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased by the Centre in 1994.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Typescript edited and unedited versions of memoirs of Lt Col John Alfred Codrington, [1947] entitled 'Gathering moss', 1898-1944, including account of service with British Mission Allied Armies of the Orient, Smyrna, Turkey, 1920, and as British Liaison Officer to French forces in Syria, 1926-1929. Photographs and papers, including notebook with manuscript notes on Regimental history of the Coldstream Guards, military training and preparations for deployment to France, 1917, eight watercolour paintings of churches in French towns, 1918, and photograph of Gen Sir George Wentworth Alexander Higginson at the unveiling of the Guards Memorial, St James's Park, London, 1926.

System of arrangement

3 files

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


Compiled Jun 1998

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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Personal names

  • Codrington, John Alfred, 1898-1991, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Codrington, John Alfred, 1898-1991, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Higginson, Sir, George Wentworth, 1826-1927, Knight, General

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Coldstream Guards
  • French Army


  • City of Westminster, London, England
  • France
  • Smyrna, Turkey, Middle East
  • St James's Park, Westminster, London, England
  • Syrian AR, Middle East

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