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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Downes
DOWNES, Capt Walter Douglas (1884-1920)
Created 1906-1911, 1919
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
5 volumes or 0.01 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Downes, Walter Douglas, 1884-1920, Captain
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1884; 2nd Lt, Royal Sussex Regt, 1905; served in Crete, 1906; Assistant Commissioner, Anglo-German Yola-Cross River Boundary Commission, 1907-1909; Lt, 1909; served with Special Service in Egypt, 1909-1911; attached to Rhodesia-Angola Boundary Commission, 1913-1915; Capt, 1915; attached to West African Frontier Force, 1915-1920; died, 1920.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to the Anglo-German Yola-Cross River Boundary Commission, Nigeria and Cameroon, 1907-1909, comprising bound typescript account of the work of the Commission between Yola and Kwosa, Aug 1908, with unsigned geological report on the Nigerian-Cameroon Boundary, Yola to Cross River, 1907-1909, written in [1909]; photographs, 1907-1909, bound with 'Two years on an Anglo-German boundary commission in West Africa', typescript by Downes, [1909] and 'Nigeria: delimitation of boundary between Yola and the Cross River, 1907-9', Command paper 5368, printed by HMSO in 1909. With the Nigerians in German East Africa (Methuen and Co, London, 1919), special edition bound with typescript copies of press reviews, 1919. Photographs relating to his service with 2 Royal Sussex Regt, Crete, 1906, bound with an account of his service, written in 1915. Photographs of Sinai, 1909-1911, mainly landscapes and people.

System of arrangement

5 volumes

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 provided forresearch use only. Requests to publish original material should besubmitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for MilitaryArchives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This collection description.

Allied materials

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



Decorations: 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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  • Boundaries
  • Documents
  • Geology
  • Information sources
  • International law
  • Memoirs
  • Photographs
  • Rights of states
  • Territorial rights
  • Visual materials


  • Cameroon, Central Africa
  • Crete, Greece
  • Cross River, Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
  • Germany
  • Kwosa, Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
  • London, England
  • Sinai, Egypt, North Africa
  • Yola, Nigeria, West Africa, Africa

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