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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Darlow
DARLOW, Brig Eric William Townsend (1916-1998)
Created 1942-1966, 1991-1993
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1916; educated at the City of Oxford School and St Catherine's College, Oxford; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; mobilised from Territorial Army, 1940; served in ranks, 1940; commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps, 1940; Adjutant, Royal Army Service Corps, 7 Armoured Div, Middle East Forces, 1940; acting Capt, 1940-1941; War Substantive Lt, 1941; temporary Capt, 1941-1942; Deputy Assistant Director of Supply and Transport, Headquarters 30 Corps, Middle East Forces, Western Desert, 1941-1942; Officer Commanding 66 Company, Royal Army Service Corps, Middle East Forces, 1942; War Substantive Capt, 1942; Chief Instructor, Royal Army Service Corps Training School, Egypt, Central Mediterranean Forces, 1942-1943; temporary Maj, 1942-1944; attended Staff Course, Haifa, Palestine, 1943; General Staff Officer 2, Staff College, Haifa, Palestine, 1943-1944; acting Lt Col, 1944; Commander, Royal Army Service Corps, 1 Army Transport Column, Central Mediterranean Forces, 1944; War Substantive Maj, 1944; served in Italy, 1944-1945; temporary Lt Col, 1944-1947; Commander, Royal Army Service Corps, 13 Supply Units, Central Mediterranean Forces, 1945; Assistant Director of Supply and Transport, Allied Forces Headquarters, 1945-1947; acting Col, 1946; Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, War Office, 1947-1950; Officer Commanding 68 Company, Royal Army Service Corps (Air Despatch), British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), Germany, 1951-1952; Deputy Assistant Director of Supply and Transport (Organisation and Training), Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), Germany, 1952; Assistant Adjutant General (Administration), Headquarters, Northern Army Group (Northag), BAOR (British Army of the Rhine), Germany, 1952-1953; temporary Lt Col, 1952-1954; Instructor, Royal Army Service Corps Officers School, Aldershot, Hampshire, 1954-1956; Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General, Headquarters, Cyrenaica District, Libya, Middle East Land Forces, 1956-1958; Brevet Lt Col, 1957; Commander, Royal Army Service Corps, 2 Infantry Div, British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), Germany, 1958-1960; Lt Col, 1959; Col, 1960; Assistant Adjutant General to Maj Gen John Edward Longworth Morris, Director of Recruiting, War Office, 1960-1963; Brig, 1964; Deputy Director of Supply and Transport, Northern Command, 1964; Chief Transport Officer, Northern Command [1965-1966]; Inspector, Royal Corps of Transport and Deputy Transport Officer in Chief (Army), Ministry of Defence, 1966-1967; retired 1967; Home Bursar, Magdalen College, Oxford, 1967; Fellow, Institution of Mechanical and General Technician Engineers; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Transport; died 1998.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1998 and 1999.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Darlow's service with the Royal Army Service Corps and in Staff appointments, 1942-1966, including correspondence and memoranda relating to Darlow's training, appointments and promotions, 1942-1964; typescript memoranda entitled 'The art of lecturing', from the Middle East Royal Army Service Corps Training School, Dec 1943; copy of War Diary for No 1 Line of Communication Transport Column, Royal Army Service Corps, Italy, 1 Jan-31 Dec 1944, with copies of No 1 Lines of Communication Transport Column instructions, battle orders and memoranda, 31 May-16 Dec 1944; 'Staff Officer's notebook' containing typescript notes on motor transport, supply, personnel, Staff and Regimental duties, aircraft loading procedures and Army organisation, 1944, and Dec 1955; typescript article by Darlow on inter-service co-operation, written for The Waggoner magazine, 1957; typescript lecture by Darlow on recruitment, delivered at the Royal Army Service Corps School, 24 Jan 1963. Three editions of The Crusader, Eighth Army Weekly, 9 Nov 1942, 25 Jan 1943 and 8 Mar 1943; photocopied extracts from Engineers in the Italian campaign 1943-1945 by Lt Col D C Bailey (Printing and Stationery Services, Central Mediterranean Forces, Rome, Italy, 1945); copy of article by Lt Col Patrick Mawbey Edgell, Royal Army Service Corps, entitled 'Aid to Russia convoys on the Persian L of C (Line of Communication)', from The Royal Army Service Corps Review, 1950; article entitled 'The new Inspector RCT (Royal Corps of Transport) and Deputy Transport Officer in Chief (Army), Brigadier E W T Darlow, OBE, MA', published in The Waggoner, 1966. Correspondence, chiefly with the Public Record Office, London, and the Royal Engineers Library, Chatham, Kent, 1991-1993, relating to Darlow's research on the Royal Army Service Corps in Italy, 1944-1945, with brief notes on his command of No 1 Lines of Communication Transport Column, 1944, copies of published maps on the Italian campaign, and an edition of War Office restricted publication 'RASC training memorandum No 3', written in part by Darlow; Dec 1946.

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
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

The originals of No 1 Lines of Communication Transport Column instructions, battle orders and memoranda, 31 May-16 Dec 1944, are held by the Public Record Office, London.

Related units of description

The Centre holds papers, dated 1944 and 1990, of Lt Col Philip Mawbey Edgell, Royal Army Service Corps (1906-1997).



Decorations: OBE

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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  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Higher science education
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military logistics
  • Nonfiction
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • War
  • War diaries
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Bailey, D C, fl 1943-1945, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Edgell, Patrick Mawbey, fl 1950, Lieutenant Colonel


  • Chatham, Kent, England
  • Italy
  • London, England
  • Middle East

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