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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Crookenden
CROOKENDEN, Lt Gen Sir Napier (1915-2002)
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
6 boxes (0.06 cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)
Crookenden, Sir, Napier, 1915-2002, Knight, Lieutenant General
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1915; educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into the Cheshire Regt, 1935; served in Palestine, 1936-1939; Lt, 1938; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Capt, 1943; Bde Maj, 6 Airlanding Bde, 1943-1944; Commanding Officer, 9 Bn, The Parachute Regt, 1944-1946; awarded DSO, 1945; General Staff Officer 2, Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1946-1948; Maj, 1948; General Staff Officer 1, School of Land/Air Warfare, 1950-1952; General Staff Officer 1 (Plans) to FM Sir Gerald (Walter Robert) Templer, Director of Operations, Malaya, 1952-1954; awarded OBE, 1954; Brevet Lt Col, 1954; Col General Staff, Manoeuvre Planning Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), 1955-1957; Lt Col, 1957; Col, 1957; Deputy Commandant, JSA [Joint Services Academy] Warfare Centre and Chief Instructor, Staff Training Wing, 1957-1958; commanded 16 Parachute Bde, 1960-1961; Imperial Defence College, 1962; Director, Land/Air Warfare Ministry of Defence (Army Department), 1964-1966; awarded CB, 1966; Commandant, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, 1967-1969; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, 1969-1972; Col, The Cheshire Regt, 1969-1971; created KCB, 1970; Col Commandant, The Prince of Wales Div, 1971-1974; retired 1972; Trustee, Imperial War Museum, London, 1973-1983; Director, South East Regional Board, Lloyds Bank Limited, 1973-1986; Chairman, Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Families Association, 1974-1985; Lieutenant, HM Tower of London, 1975-1981; Vice President, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, 1978-1985; Director, Flextech Limited, 1978-1986; Deputy Lieutenant, Kent, 1979. Died 2002

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by General Crookenden in 1996.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Official and personal correspondence and typescript and manuscript texts of speeches of Lt Gen Sir Napier Crookenden relating to service as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Command, 1969-1972; correspondence relating to service as Col Commandant, Prince of Wales Div, 1970-1974;photographic slides, film, audiotape and related papers relating to Crookenden's Kermit Roosevelt Lecture Tour of the USA, 1971, relating to the Army's role in Internal Security, with specific reference to operations in Northern Ireland, 1969-1971; research notes and correspondence relating to Dropzone Normandy: the story of the American and British airborne assault on D Day, 1944 (Allan, London, 1976), Airborne at war (Allan, London, 1978) and Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (Allan, London, 1980).

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as outlined above.

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

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions
Jun 1999

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  • Armed forces
  • Defence
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Operation Overlord (1944)
  • Organizations
  • State security

Personal names

  • Crookenden, Sir, Napier, 1915-2002, Knight, Lieutenant General
  • Crookenden, Sir, Napier, 1915-2002, Knight, Lieutenant General

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • London, England
  • Northern Ireland

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