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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Drummond
DRUMMOND, Brig John (1910-1997)
Created [1936], 1944-1945
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1910; educated at Beaumont College, Windsor, Berkshire; commissioned into the Royal Ulster Rifles, via the Supplementary Reserve, 1931; service in Egypt and Hong Kong, 1932-1940; Lt, 1934; Capt, 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Adjutant, 2 Bn, Royal Ulster Rifles, France, 1940; evacuated from Dunkirk, Operation DYNAMO, France, Jun 1940; General Staff Officer 3 (Operations), Headquarters 10 Corps, UK, 1940-1941; temporary Maj, 1941; service with 8 Bn, Royal Ulster Rifles [1942-1943]; Second in Command, 1 Bn, Royal Ulster Rifles, Air Landing Bde, 6 Airborne Div, Operation OVERLORD, the Allied invasion of occupied France, Jun 1944; North West Europe campaign, including Battle of the Bulge, Ardennes, 1944-1945; Commanding Officer, 2 Bn, Royal Ulster Rifles, 1945-1948; awarded DSO for leading the assault over the Ochtum Canal and the capture of the Kattenturm Bridge, Germany, 1945; Maj, 1946; service in Port Said, Egypt, and Palestine, 1946-1948; Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quarermaster General, 1 Anti Aircraft Group (London), 1948-1949; temporary Lt Col, 1949; General Staff Officer 1, Headquarters Mid Western District, UK, 1949-1952; Commanding Officer, 1 Bn, Royal Ulster Rifles, Hong Kong, UK and British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), Wuppertal, Germany, 1952-1955; Lt Col, 1953; temporary Brig, 1955; commanded 107 (Ulster) Independent Infantry Bde Group, 1955-1958; Col, 1956; Hon Brig, 1958; retired 1958; awarded CB, 1958; died 1997.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1998.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copy of manuscript account by Drummond relating to 1 Bn, Royal Ulster Rifles service during D Day, Operation OVERLORD, the Allied invasion of occupied France, and subsequent operations in Longueval, France, 1944, with four photographs including parade in Belfast, Northern Ireland [1936], groups of officers, Royal Ulster Rifles [1946] and Victory in Europe (VE) Day parade, Belfast, May 1945.

System of arrangement

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 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 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
Related units of description

Photographs are held by the Royal Ulster Rifles Association, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Publication note
Photographs are held by the Royal Ulster Rifles Association, Belfast, Northern Ireland.



Decorations: CB, DSO

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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  • Armed forces
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Memoirs
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Operation Overlord (1944)
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Ireland
  • London, England
  • Longueval, France

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