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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Dowson
DOWSON, Valentine Hugh Wilfred (d 1980)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
9 boxes (0.9 cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)

Dowson, Valentine Hugh Wilfred, Army Intelligence Officer and authority on date cultivation

Administrative / Biographical history

Served with 5 (Weald of Kent) Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regt), Mesopotamia, 1915; wounded, 1915; working for Hills Brothers Company, Basra, Iraq, in the date trade, 1925-1927; emergency commission, Indian Army, 1941; acting Major, 1944. Publications: Dates and date cultivation of Iraq (Agricultural Directorate of Mesopotamia Memoir No. 3, published Cambridge, 1921); co-editor with Albert Aten, Dates: handling, processing and packing (Food and Agriculture Organisation Agricultural Development Paper No 72, Rome, 1962)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound volume of weekly intelligence reports by Valentine Hugh Wilfred Dowson, Basra, 1 Jan - 23 Dec 1944, including comment on: Iraqi politics and political appointments, propaganda, Iraqi economics, commodity prices, attitudes towards Britain, exports and supplies. Reference material relating to Iraq and the Middle East comprising: Extract from the geographical and statistical gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia (Superintendent, Government Printing, India, 1915); 'Brief notes on tribes of the Tigris below Kut', Government Press, Simla, 1917; Extract from the Persian Gulf Gazetteer (Superintendent, Government Printing, India, 1917); 'Administrative report, Amarah Division', 1918; 'Administrative report of the Muntafiq Division', 1919; 'Review of the civil administration of Mesopotamia', 1920; 'Personalities: Iraq (exclusive of Baghdad and Kadhimain)', nd [c 1922]; 'Military report on Mesopotamia (Iraq), area 1 (Northern Jazirah)', General Staff, British Forces in Iraq, 1922; 'Military report on Iraq, area 2 (Upper Euphrates)', General Staff, British Forces in Iraq, 1922; 'Military report on Mesopotamia (Iraq), area 7 (Tigris)', General Staff, British Forces in Iraq, 1923; 'Military report on Mesopotamia (Iraq), area 8 (Western Kurdistan)', General Staff, British Forces in Iraq, 1923; 'Personalities: Mosul, Arbil, Kirkuk, Sulaimani and frontiers. Note on Mosul Town', Government Press, Baghdad, 1923; 'Military report on Arabistan', 1923; 'Military report on Iraq, Chapter 3: population', Sep 1933; A gazetteer of the place names which appear in the small scale maps of Palestine and Transjordan , Departments of Lands and Surveys, Government of Palestine, nd [c 1935]; 'Military report on Iraq, Vol 2 (routes)', Air Ministry, 1936; 'Military report on Iraq, Vol 1 (general)', Air Ministry, 1941; 'MT routes in Syria, Vol 2', GHQ Middle East Forces, Feb 1942; 'MT routes in Iraq, Vols 1 and 2', GHQ PAIFORCE, 1943; 'Iraq: index gazetteer', PAIFORCE, Baghdad, 1943; 'Iraq and the Persian Gulf', Naval Intelligence Division, 1944. Copies of the King-Hall Newsletter, 1936-1944.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following sections: Dowson's reports; Iraq and Middle East reference material; King-Hall Newsletters

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.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

The papers of Cdr (William) Stephen (Richard) King-Hall, Baron King-Hall of Headley, include further copies of the King-Hall Newsletter

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Kate O'Brien, Oct 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

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.

Date(s) of descriptions

Oct 2003

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  • International conflicts
  • Military engineering
  • Military intelligence
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Dowson, Valentine Hugh Wilfred, Army Intelligence Officer and authority on date cultivation
  • Dowson, Valentine Hugh Wilfred, Army Intelligence Officer and authority on date cultivation

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Arbil, Iraq, Middle East
  • Baghdad, Iraq, Middle East
  • Basra, Iraq, Middle East
  • Kirkuk, Iraq, Middle East
  • Mosul, Iraq, Middle East
  • Sulaimani, Iraq, Middle East

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