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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Collins
COLLINS, Gp Capt Arthur Edgar Gerald (1891-1979)
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)
Collins, Arthur Edgar Gerald, 1891-1979, Group Captain
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1892; educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; served in World War One, 1914-1918; commissioned into 1 Wessex Field Company, Royal Engineers, Territorial Force, 1915; service with 3 West Riding Field Company, Royal Engineers, Territorial Force, and 461 Field Company, Royal Engineers, Western Front, 1915-1918; awarded MC, 1915; Lt, 1916; Capt, 1918; Superintending Engineer, Maintenance Command, Northern Area, 1938; service with RAF in World War Two, 1939-1945; awarded CBE, 1945; Deputy Director of Works (Civil Aviation), Air Ministry, 1945-1947; Director of Works (Civil Aviation), Air Ministry, 1947-1952; died 1979.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1980.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Thirty two British and French printed maps of France, Belgium, Germany and the UK, various scales, 1911-1918, including annotated trench maps of operations and advances during the Battles of Cambrai, 1917, Bellecourt, 1917, and Fourth Battle of Arras, 1918, with newspaper cuttings of the Western Front, 1918 and aerial photograph of Solesmes, France, annotated with position of 461 Field Company Royal Engineers, 19-20 Oct 1918, also painted unit insignia of 62 (2 West Riding) Div, Royal Engineers [1918].

System of arrangement

2 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



Decorations: CBE, MC

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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  • Aerial photography
  • International conflicts
  • Maps
  • Photography
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Collins, Arthur Edgar Gerald, 1891-1979, Group Captain
  • Collins, Arthur Edgar Gerald, 1891-1979, Group Captain


  • Arras, France
  • Bellecourt, Belgium
  • Cambrai, France
  • Germany
  • London, England
  • Solesmes, France

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