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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Crawfurd
CRAWFURD, Lt Col Charles Hamilton Payne (1907-1943)
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Crawfurd, Charles Hamilton Payne, 1907-1943, Lieutenant Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1907; educated at Fonthill, East Grinstead, Sussex, the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Devon, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; commissioned into the Royal Artillery, 1927; service with 19 Bde Royal Artillery, British Army of Rhine, Germany, 1927-1929; Aide de Camp to Lt Gen Sir William Thwaites, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, British Army of the Rhine, 1929; Lt, 1930; served with 19 Field Bde, Royal Artillery, 1930-1934; Capt, 1938; served in World War Two, 1939-1943; served in Belgium and France and commanded 29 Battery, 19 Field Regt Royal Artillery, 3 Infantry Bde, 1 Div, BEF (British Expeditionary Force), 1939-1940; temporary Maj, 1940; evacuated from Dunkirk, Operation DYNAMO, Jun 1940; Lt Col, 1942; Commander, Royal Artillery, 1 Airborne Div, 1942; killed in action during Operation FUSTIAN, the glider assault on the Ponte Grande bridge by 1 Air Landing Bde, 1 Airborne Div, Sicily, Jul 1943.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1998.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Typescript copy of account of Crawfurd's service with 29 Battery, 19 Field Regt Royal Artillery, 3 Infantry Bde, 1 Div during Operation DYNAMO, the evacuation of the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) from Dunkirk, France, 1-3 Jun 1940. Also, copy of Crawfurd's obituary from The Times, Aug 1943, and a printed obituary by Col Robert Townsend Hammick, dated 19 Aug 1943, Crawfurd's Commanding Officer, 19 Field Bde, Royal Artillery, 1930-1934.

System of arrangement

1 file

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 Aug 1999

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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  • Airborne warfare
  • Armed forces
  • Artillery
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military equipment
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Operation Dynamo (1940)
  • Operation Fustian (1943)
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • Weapons
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Crawfurd, Charles Hamilton Payne, 1907-1943, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Crawfurd, Charles Hamilton Payne, 1907-1943, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Hammick, Robert Townsend, 1882-1947, Brigadier

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Dunkirk, France
  • Sicily, Italy

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