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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Duncan
DUNCAN, William Crawford (1895-1965)
Created 1997
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 item


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1895; educated at Liverpool; joined the White Star Line as an apprentice, 1911; served in World War One with The King's (Liverpool) Regt, 1914-1918; Manager, Liverpool Office, White Star Line, 1919-1923; Berlin Office, White Star Shipping Company (Cunard White Star Limited from 1934), 1923-1939; captured by German forces in Copenhagen, Denmark, Apr 1940; interned in Germany, 1940-1944; repatriated, Aug 1944; awarded MBE, 1946; Head Office, Cunard Steamship Company, 1946-1948; Manager, Hamburg Office, Cunard Steamship Company, Germany, 1948-1952; Manager, Paris Office, Cunard Steamship Company, France, 1952-1958; retired 1958; died 1965.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1998.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound typescript memoir by Duncan entitled 'Camp leader' relating to his experiences in civilian internment camps in occupied Denmark and Germany, 1940-1944, with additional biographical notes by Duncan's son, John Daniel Duncan, Sep 1997.

System of arrangement

1 item

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



Decorations: MBE

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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  • Humanitarian law
  • International conflicts
  • Internment camps
  • Occupied territories
  • War
  • War victims
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Duncan, John Daniel, fl 1997, son of William Crawford Duncan


  • Denmark, Northern Europe
  • Germany

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