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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Dewing
DEWING, Maj Gen Richard Henry (1891-1981)
Created 1939-1945
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 1891; educated at Haileybury; commissioned into Corps of Royal Engineers, 1911; trained at Royal Engineers Depot, Chatham, Kent, 1911-1913; Lt, 1913; Assistant Garrison Engineer, Madras, India, 1914; served in World War One, 1914-1918; service with 2 Queen Victoria's Own Sappers and Miners, Indian Army, Bangalore and Secunderabad, India, 1915; service in Mesopotamia and Persia, 1915-1919; awarded MC, 1915; Capt, 1917; awarded DSO, 1917; Brevet Maj, 1919; served in Iraq, 1919-1920; graduated from Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1924; Instructor in Tactics, School of Military Engineering, 1925-1927; Maj, 1926; General Staff Officer 2, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1927-1929; Commanding Officer, 54 Field Company, Royal Engineers, Bulford, Wiltshire, 1929-1931; Brevet Lt Col, 1930; General Staff Officer 2, Southern Command, 1931-1933; Lt Col, 1934; Imperial Defence College, 1934; service in Malta, in charge of improving the island's defences, 1935-1936; Col, 1936; General Staff Officer 1, War Office, 1936-1937; temporary Brig, 1937; Army Instructor, Imperial Defence College, 1937-1939; Maj Gen, 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Director of Military Operations, War Office, 1939-1940; Chief of Staff to ACM Sir (Henry) Robert (Moore) Brooke-Popham, Commander-in-Chief Far East, 1940-1941; awarded CB, 1941; Deputy to FM Sir John Greer Dill, British Joint Services Mission, Washington DC, USA, 1942; Head of Army and Air Liaison Staff, Australia, 1943-1944; Head of Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) Mission to Denmark, 1944-1945; member of Allied Control Commission, Berlin, Germany, 1945-1946; retired 1946; died 1981. Publications: The Army (William Hodge, London, 1938)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The Army (William Hodge, London, 1938)

Copies made by the Centre from originals lent by the family in 1982.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Manuscript narrative diary relating to Dewing's service as Director of Military Operations, War Office, and as Chief of Staff to ACM Sir (Henry) Robert (Moore) Brooke-Popham, Commander-in-Chief Far East, 1939-1941; two typescript narrative diaries relating to Dewing's service as Head of Army and Air Liaison Staff, Australia, 1943-1944, and as Head of Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) Mission to Denmark, 1944-1945, with typescript 'Notes on my relations with Swedish Services and Government' [1945]; typescript biographical account of Dewing's career by his son, William Dewing [1979].

System of arrangement

3 volumes, 1 file

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



Decorations: CB, DSO, 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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  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Dewing, William, fl 1979, son of Major General Richard Henry Dewing
  • Popham, Sir, Henry Robert Moore, Brooke-, 1878-1953, Knight, Air Chief Marshal

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Australia, Oceania
  • China, East Asia
  • Denmark, Northern Europe
  • Sweden, Northern Europe

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