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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Dimoline
DIMOLINE, Maj Gen William Alfred (1897-1965)
Created 1914-1965
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
26 boxes or 0.026 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1897; educated at Birkenhead and Dean Close, Cheltenham; joined 5 Battalion King's Liverpool Regt, 1914; served with East Surrey Regt in France and Belgium, World War One, 1914-1919; served with Midland Division HQ, British Army of the Rhine, 1919; transferred to Royal Signals, 1920; served in India, 1920-1922; Iraq, 1921; West Africa (Nigeria) 1922-1928; Staff College, 1933-1934; 2 Indian Division Signals, Quetta, India (Quetta earthquake), 1935-1936; General Staff Officer Grade 3, War Office, 1936-1937; Officer Commanding Troops, Northern Rhodesia, 1937-1940; served during World Two including Commander, 26 (East African) Infantry Brigade, 1941-1942, Commander of 22 (East African) Brigade, Madagascar, 1942-1943, and 28 (East African) Brigade, Ceylon, India and Madagascar, 1944-1945; Commander, 11 East African Division, Burma, 1945-1946; General Officer Commanding, East Africa, 1946-1948; Commander, Aldershot District, 1948-1951; Representative for United Kingdom on Military Staff Committee, United Nations, 1951-1953; retired, 1953; Col Commandant, King's African Rifles, Northern Rhodesia Regt and Rhodesian African Regt, 1954-1960s; Chairman of Army Cadet Force Association, 1954-1960; Secretary, British Section of Inter-Parliamentary Union, 1959-1962; Secretary of overseas organisation of Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, 1962-1965; Col Commandant, Malawi Rifles, 1964-1965; died in 1965.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The papers were deposited in the Centre in 1967, the bulk of which were received from the family. Papers relating to the King's African Rifles, Northern Rhodesia Regiment and Rhodesia African Rifles were transferred from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A proportion of the papers relating to the Army Cadet Force Association were deposited by the Association itself.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The papers cover the period 1914-1965 and include papers relating to service in England, France and with British Army of the Rhine, 1914-1919 in particular 35 Division Artillery Signals; Iraq, including diary, 1920-1921; Nigeria, including field message book, 1924; Quetta, India, including earthquake diary, 1935; newspapers covering death of King George V, 1936; command of Northern Rhodesia Regt, Lusaka, 1937-1940, including scrap albums; command of 26 (East African) Infantry Brigade, East Africa and Abyssinia, 1940- 1941, including operation reports; command of 22 (East African) Infantry Brigade, Madagascar, 1942, including operation reports; command of 28 (East African) Infantry Brigade and 11 (East African) division, Burma and India, 1944-1946 including accounts of operations; General Officer Commanding East Africa, 1946- 1948, including official circulars, speeches and addresses; General Officer Commanding Aldershot Command, 1948-1951, including speeches and lectures; Representative on Military Staff Committtee, United Nations, 1951-1953, including diary; Col Commandant of Northern Rhodesia Regiment, King's African Rifles and Kenya Regiment, including correspondence, 1952-1964, committee papers and publications; papers relating to Army Cadet Force Association including minutes of meetings, 1956-1959; Inter-Parliamentary Union, including account of journey to Warsaw, Poland, 1959; maps, 1914-1943, including Western Front, Iraq and India, Nigeria and Madagascar.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections according to chronology of military service. Papers deposited by the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Army Cadet Force Association, and maps, are grouped separately.

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 detailed Catalogue, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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



Decorations: MC, DSO, CBE, CMB, CB

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.


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  • Armed forces
  • Communication process
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Group communication
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International organizations
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Maps
  • Military communications
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Organizations
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Dimoline, William Alfred, 1897-1965, Major General
  • George V, 1865-1936, King of Great Britain and Ireland

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • UN, United Nations


  • Abyssinia
  • Aldershot, Hampshire, England
  • Ethiopia, East Africa
  • France
  • Germany
  • India, South Asia
  • Iraq, Middle East
  • Kenya, East Africa
  • London, England
  • Lusaka, Lusaka District, Zambia, Southern Africa
  • Madagascar, East Africa
  • Myanmar, South East Asia
  • Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
  • Northern Rhodesia
  • Quetta, Pakistan, South Asia
  • Rhine, river
  • Warsaw, Poland, Eastern Europe

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