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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Covernton
COVERNTON, Capt Ralph Henry (1869-1952)
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Covernton, Ralph Henry, 1869-1952, Captain

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1869; studied engineering at University College, London; ship's engineer, 1893; moved to South Africa and worked as electrical engineer, Capetown Harbour Power Station, 1894; Assistant Engineer, later Resident Engineer, Johannesburg Municipal Power Station, 1895-1899, 1901-1904; volunteer stretcher bearer with Royal Army Medical Corps, South Africa, 1899-1900; Assistant Engineer, Victoria Falls Power Company, 1909-1911; 2nd Lt, later Lt, Rand Rifles, 1914; transferred to South African Engineer Corps and served in German South West Africa, 1914-1915; undertook signal training in UK, 1915; served in France with South African Signal Company, Royal Engineers, 1916; served in UK, 1917-1918; appointed to a position in the Public Works Department, South African Government, 1919; worked for Consulting Engineer, Pretoria Power Station, 1921-1923; resident in Channel Islands, 1940-1945; died 1952.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1967.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound typescript entitled 'Fifty odd years of memoirs', covering his life and career, 1893-1945, notably his work as an engineer in South Africa, 1894-1899, 1901-1904, 1909-1911, his travels in South Africa, 1895, East Africa, 1904, and Canada, 1907, his service as a volunteer stretcher bearer with the Royal Army Medical Corps, South Africa, 1899-1900, including the siege of Ladysmith, 1899-1900, his service with the South African Engineer Corps, German South West Africa, 1914-1915, and with the South African Signal Company, Royal Engineers, France, 1916, including the Battle of the Somme, Jul 1916, and his experiences in the Channel Islands during German occupation, 1940-1945, dated [1945-1967].

System of arrangement

1 volume

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: 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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  • Documents
  • Humanitarian law
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • Medical sciences
  • Memoirs
  • Military engineering
  • Military medicine
  • Occupied territories
  • Second Boer War, 1899-1902
  • Surgery
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Covernton, Ralph H, 1869-1945, Captain
  • Covernton, Ralph H, 1869-1945, Captain

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • RAMC, Royal Army Medical Corps


  • Canada, North America
  • Channel Islands
  • East Africa
  • German South West Africa
  • Ladysmith, Province of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, Southern Africa
  • London, England
  • Namibia, Southern Africa
  • Somme, France

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