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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Daniell
DANIELL, Brigadier Robert Bramston Thesiger (1901-1996)
c 1979
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Daniell, Robert Bramston Thesiger, 1901-1996, Brigadier

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1901; passed out of the Royal Military Academy, 1920; joined 1st Battery, Royal Artillery, served in India, 1920-1928; posted to 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and, as a jockey, twice won the Gunner Gold Cup at Sandown; rejoined regiment in 1937 and served in Palestine; Battle of Sidi Barrani, 1940; second in command of South Nottinghamshire Hussars, 1940, and served in North Africa; sole survivor of Battle of the Cauldron, Gazala Bir Hachem, Libya, 1942; command of 3rd Royal Horse Artillery, 1942; command of 13th Honourable Artillery C, Royal Horse Artillery, 1943; served in Normandy landings, France, Belgium, Holland and northern Germany, 1943-1945; helped liberate Belsen concentration camp, 1945; held commands with Norfolk and Kent regiments, 1945-51; appointed to the Sovereign's Body Guard as a Gentleman at Arms, 1951-1971; died 1996.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired by the Centre in 2001.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound photocopy typescript of "Memories of the long and happy life of Robert Bramston Thesiger Daniell, Brigadier, Royal Horse Artillery", a memoir of his life and career, 1901-1979, notably his wartime service in Palestine, Egypt and Libya, 1940-1942, and in Western Europe, 1943-1945, where he helped liberate Belsen concentration camp, in 1945.

System of arrangement

single 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 Archives and Corporate Records Services.

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Finding aids

Collection level description

Allied materials

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

The Imperial War Museum and the Naval and Military Club also hold copies of the memoir

Related units of description

The Imperial War Museum holds typescript accounts of Daniell's experiences as second-in-command of South Nottinghamshire Hussars during the Siege of Tobruk, February 1941; the Battle of Cauldron in the Western Desert, June 1943; and his entry into the Belsen Concentration Camp while serving in 29th Armoured Brigade HQ. There are also two large volumes containing official documents, photographs, sketch maps, newspaper cuttings, and diary entries relating to his career.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Lottie Clark, 2003

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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  • Armed forces
  • Documents
  • Humanitarian law
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Internment camps
  • Memoirs
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • War prisoners
  • War victims
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Daniell, Robert Bramston Thesiger, 1901-1996, Brigadier
  • Daniell, Robert Bramston Thesiger, 1901-1996, Brigadier

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Royal Horse Artillery


  • Belsen, Germany
  • Egypt, North Africa
  • Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Africa
  • Palestine, Middle East

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