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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Creagh
CREAGH, Maj Gen Sir Michael O'Moore (1892-1970)
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)
Creagh, Sir, Michael O'Moore, 1892-1970, Knight, Major General
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1892; educated at Wellington and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into 7 Queen's Own Hussars, 1911; Lt, 1913; served in World War One, 1914-1918; Aide de Camp to Div Commander, Home Forces, 1914-1915; Staff Capt, France, 1917-1918; Capt, 1918; Bde Maj, France, 1918-1919; General Staff Officer 3, British Army of the Rhine, 1919; Adjutant, 7 Queen's Own Hussars, 1919-1922; Maj, 15/19 The King's Royal Hussars, 1924; Bde Maj, Southern Command, 1927-1929; General Staff Officer 2, War Office, 1929-1931; Brevet Lt Col, 1931; Lt Col, 1934; Commanding Officer, 15/19 The King's Royal Hussars, 1934-1938; Col, 1938; General Staff Officer 1, Senior Officers' School, Sheerness, Kent, 1938-1939; Inspector, Royal Armoured Corps, War Office, 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; acting Maj Gen, 1939-1940; General Officer Commanding 7 Armoured Div, Western Desert, 1939-1941; temporary Maj Gen, 1940-1941; Maj Gen, 1941; created KBE, 1941; commanded 3 Armoured Group, 1941-1942; commanded Hampshire and Dorset District, 1942; retired 1944; UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration), 1944-1946; Deputy Chief of Mission to Greece; Chief of Emergency Supply Unit, European Regional Office; Chief of European Regional Office Voluntary Society Liaison Unit.died 1970.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1980.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to operations in the Western Desert, 1940-1941, especially Battles of Sidi Saleh, Beda Fomm and Operation BATTLEAXE, the attempt to relieve Tobruk, including typescript report by Lt Gen Sir Richard Nugent O'Connor on operations of 7 Armoured Div, Mechili, Cyrenaica, Libya, Feb 1941; typescript text of lecture by Creagh entitled 'Operations of the 7th Armoured Division in the Western Desert from June 1940 to March 1941' [1942]; typescript reports by unit commanders and Staff Officers on operations during First Libyan campaign, 1940-1941, including Lt Gen Sir Noel Monson de la Poer Beresford-Pierse, General Officer Commanding Western Desert Force, Lt Gen Sir Richard Nugent O'Connor, General Officer Commanding 13 Corps, Brig John Alan Lyde Caunter, commanding 4 Armoured Bde, Col George Edward Younghusband, 2 Armoured Div, Brig William Henry Ewart Gott, commanding Support Group, and Brig Hugh Edward Russell, commanding 7 Armoured Bde; typescript report by Creagh entitled 'The 7th Armoured Division', with five printed maps of North Africa, Nov 1943. Correspondence, 1942-1970, notably including letters from Lt Gen Giffard Le Quesne Martel, Commander Royal Armoured Corps, 1942, and Lt Gen Sir Richard (Alan) Fyffe, Col Commandant, 3 Bn, The Royal Green Jackets, 1970.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in chronological order.

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
Related units of description

The papers of Gen Sir Richard Nugent O'Connor include papers relating to Creagh, 1940-1941, and correspondence, dated 1940-1941 and 1944, mostly relating to the First Libyan Campaign, Western Desert, (Ref: O'Connor 4/1, 4/2 and 5); obituaries of Creagh from The Times and The Daily Telegraph, 1970 (Ref: O'Connor 11/19). The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include typescript notes by Creagh entitled 'Operations of the 7th Armoured Division in the Western Desert from June 1940 to March 1941' (Ref: LH 9/28/80).



Decorations: KBE, 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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  • Armoured warfare
  • International conflicts
  • Maps
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Operation Battleaxe (1941)
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Caunter, John Alan Lyde, 1889-1981, Brigadier
  • Creagh, Sir, Michael O'Moore, 1892-1970, Knight, Major General
  • Creagh, Sir, Michael O'Moore, 1892-1970, Knight, Major General
  • Fyffe, Sir, Richard Alan, 1912-1972, Knight, Lieutenant General
  • Gott, William Henry Ewart, 1897-1942, Lieutenant General
  • Martel, Sir, Giffard Le Quesne, 1889-1958, Knight, Lieutenant General
  • O'Connor, Sir, Richard Nugent, 1889-1981, Knight, General
  • Pierse, Sir, Noel Monson de la Poer, Beresford-, 1887-1953, Knight, Lieutenant General
  • Russell, Hugh Edward, fl 1940-1941, Brigadier
  • Younghusband, George Edward, fl 1940-1941, Colonel


  • Beda Fomm, Cyrenaica, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Africa
  • Egypt, North Africa
  • Libya
  • Mechili, Cyrenaica, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Africa
  • Sidi Saleh, Cyrenaica, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Africa
  • Tobruk, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Africa
  • Western Desert, North Africa

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