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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Crum
CRUM, Brig John Alexander Stewart (1903-1980)
Level of description
Collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 files, 1 volume and 1 item


Name of creator(s)

CRUM, Brig John Alexander Stewart (1903-1980)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1903; educated at The Oratory and the Royal Military Academy; commissioned into Royal Artillery as 2 Lieutenant, 1923; Lieutenant, 1925; Indian Signal Corps, 1926-1930; Adjutant, 1935-1938; Captain, 1936; Brigade Major, Anti Aircraft Corps, Territorial Army, 1938-1940; Major, 1940; Lieutenant Colonel, 1941; secretary of the Venezia Giulia Boundary Commission, 1946; secretary of the Four Power Commission, Italian Colonies, 1947; Colonel, 1947; chief secretary to Control Commission, Germany, 1948; military attaché, Greece, 1949-1951; Brigade Commander, 1951-1955; Queen's Messenger, 1955-1960; died 1980.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, Nov 2005 and Jan 2017.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Brig John Crum, 1946, relating to the history of 8 Anti Aircraft Brigade, comprising typescript document by Capt Laurence Edgar Cates, 'History of 8 A A Brigade', detailing their work, June 1941-August 1945, including service in Iraq, 1941-1943, and Italy, 1943-1945; also copy of The History of the 17th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, 1938-1945 by Lt Col Henry Swanson Eeles, (Courier, Tunbridge Wells, 1946).

Report, ‘Notes on Italian Somaliland, 1947’, compiled by Crum as Secretary to the Four Power Commission on the Italian Colonies, with details of  the history, geography and trade of the region (typescript, 28pp).  Also an inscribed cigarette box presented to Crum, 1948, in recognition of his work for the Commission.

System of arrangement

Two files, one volume and one item, as 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 Head of Archives Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

No additional finding aids.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Description control

Archivist's Note

Decorations: OBE

Rules or conventions

Compiled by Katharine Higgon 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

Oct 2007 and Jan 2017.

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  • Air defence
  • Anti-aircraft artillery
  • Defence
  • International conflicts
  • State security
  • War
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • CRUM, Brig John Alexander Stewart (1903-1980)

Corporate names

  • Royal Artillery


  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Middle East
  • Western Europe

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