King's College London
Archive Catalogues
Home|Liddell Hart Military Archives|The Collection|ELLIOT, ACM Sir William (1896-1971) 

Download this summary catalogue (PDF) ›ELLIOT, ACM Sir William (1896-1971)

Please note: We require 7 days notice to retrieve this collection as part, or all of it, is held off-campus.

Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Elliot
ELLIOT, ACM Sir William (1896-1971)
Created [1914]-1971
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
7.5 boxes or 0.075 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1896; served in Army Service Corps, [1915]-1918, joined No 142 Sqn, 1918; served with No 47 Sqn, South Russia, 1919; Assistant Secretary to Committee of Imperial Defence, 1937-1939, and to War Cabinet, 1939-1941; Fighter Command, 1941-1942; Director of Plans, Air Ministry, 1942-1944; Air Officer Commanding RAF Gibraltar, Feb-June 1944; Air Officer CommandingBalkan Air Force, 1944-1945; Assistant Chief Executive, Ministry of Aircraft Production, 1945-1946; Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Policy), 1946-1947; Commander-in-Chief, Fighter Command, 1947-1949; Chief Staff Officer to Minister of Defence and Deputy Secretary (Military) to Cabinet, 1949-1951; ADC to King George VI, 1950-1952; Chairman of British Joint Services Mission, Washington, and UK Representative on the Standing Group of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, 1951-1954; ADC to Queen Elizabeth II, 1952-1954; Chairman of Council, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, 1954-1958; died in 1971.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1976.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his life and career, [1914]-1971, principally comprising flying log book, 1928-1940; papers relating to his work as Assistant Secretary to Committee of Imperial Defence and War Cabinet, 1939-1941, notably including memoranda to Maj Gen Hastings Lionel Ismay, 1939-1940; papers relating to his service as Air Officer Commanding Balkan Air Force, 1944-1945,dated 1946, 1963, 1966, 1970-1971, notably including an account of the work of the British Military Mission to Yugoslav partisans by Sir Fitzroy Hew Maclean of Dunconnel, 1st Bt, 1971; correspondence and other papers relating to NATO, 1950, 1955, 1967, Army League,1955-1957, Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1957, 1958, 1960-1970, English Speaking Union, 1961, 1963, Atlantic Round Table Conference, 1957, and the Brighton Conference Association, 1957. Printed and typescript book reviews and texts of lectures and speeches given by Elliot, mainly concerning international relations, 1924, 1939, 1946, 1950-1966; correspondence and related papers,1937-1940, 1950-1953, 1957-1971, notably including correspondence with Dean Acheson, 1961-1970, Gen (Walter) Bedell Smith, 1959-1961, Lady (Helen) Violet Bonham-Carter, 1962-1968, Ismay, 1959-1970, Gen Sir Henry Cholmondeley Jackson, 1961-1971, Gen Karel Janousek, 1968, and Capt Stephen Wentworth Roskill, 1966-1970; photographs, [1914-1960], notably relating to service in South Russia,1919, as Air Officer Commanding RAF Gibraltar, 1944, with Balkan Air Force, 1944-1945 and as Commander-in-Chief, Fighter Command, 1948-1949, including aerial photographs of RAF actions over Yugoslavia, 1944-1945.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as follows: papers and memoranda; articles and speeches by Elliot; articles by others; named correspondence files; personal correspondence; family correspondence; miscellaneous; photographs.

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

Draft catalogue available online 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

Papers of Sir Henry Thomas Tizard at the Department of Documents, Imperial War Museum, includecorrespondence with Elliot, 1938-1957 (Ref: HTT).

Publication note
Papers of Sir Henry Thomas Tizard at the Department of Documents, Imperial War Museum, include correspondence with Elliot, 1938-1957 (Ref: HTT).


Compiled Jan 1997

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.

Date(s) of descriptions

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

W3C Semantic Web LogoPlease note:
This catalogue may contain links to external data sources as part of the W3C Semantic Web initiative.


  • Alliances
  • Armed forces
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign relations
  • Humanitarian law
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Liberation movements
  • Military missions
  • Military organizations
  • Occupied territories
  • Organizations
  • Political movements
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Acheson, Dean Gooderham, 1893-1971, US Secretary of State
  • Ismay, Hastings Lionel, 1887-1965, 1st Baron Ismay of Wormington, General
  • Jackson, Sir, Henry Cholmondeley, 1879-1972, Knight, General
  • Maclean, Sir, Fitzroy Hew, 1911-1996, 1st Baronet Maclean of Dunconnel
  • Roskill, Stephen Wentworth, 1903-1982, Captain, historian
  • Smith, Walter Bedell, 1895-1961, US General and diplomat

Corporate names

  • Balkan Air Force
  • NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • RAF, Royal Air Force

Contact us about this Catalogue ›
ARCHIOS™ | Total time:0.0301 s | Source:cache | Platform: NX