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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Fernyhough
FERNYHOUGH, Brig Alan Henry (b 1904)
Created 1940, 1980
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1904; 2nd Lt, Royal Artillery, 1924; Lt, 1926; Capt, 1937; Assistant Inspector, Ammunitions Branch, Armaments Inspection Department, 1938-1939; Instructor, Royal Army Ordnance Corps School of Instruction, 1939-1940; Maj, 1940; Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, General Headquarters, BEF, France, 1940; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 1940-1941; AssistantQuartermaster General and later Colonel, Q Branch, Ordnance Supplies and Ammunition, Washington, 1941-1942; Deputy Director of Ordnance Services, 1942-1943; Assistant Deputy Quartermaster General, 1943-1944; Deputy Director of Ordnance Services, Middle East Land Forces, 1944; Deputy Director of Ordnance Services, Central Ordnances Provision Office, Middle East Land Forces, 1944-1945; Deputy Commandant, Central Ordnance Depot, Donnington, 1945-1949; Lt Col 1948; Deputy Commandant, Central Ordnance Depot, Bicester, 1951-1952; Col, 1952; Commandant, Battalion Ordnance Depot, British Army of the Rhine, 1952; commanded HQ Ammunition Organisation, Eastern Command, 1954-1956; Director, Ammunition and Stores, War Office, 1956-1959; Brig, 1956; retired, 1959; publication of History of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 1920-1945 (1967).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Fernyhough in 1980.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his service in the BEF during 1940, dated 1940 and 1980, notably including a text comprising a description of his role as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, General HQ, BEF, France, 1940, written in 1980, an account of his work relating to ammunitions supply, May 1940, including an expedition to Dunkirk to unload an ammunitions ship, written in Jun 1940,an account of a reconnaissance expedition to assess the area around La Rochelle and La Pallice as a possible site for a new base for UK forces, Jun 1940, written in 1980, and a conclusion giving Fernyhough's views on the success of the Dunkirk evacuations, May-Jun 1940, written in 1980.

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 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 Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Mainly English, but some French
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and published 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

Royal Artillery Institution, Woolwich, holds text on 'The Field Artillery and the early days of mechanisation,1923-1930' (Ref: MD 1344).

Publication note
Royal Artillery Institution, Woolwich, holds text on 'The Field Artillery and the early days of mechanisation, 1923-1930' (Ref: MD 1344).


Compiled Feb 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.

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  • Armed forces
  • Battle of France (1940)
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military logistics
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Dunkirk, France
  • La Pallice, France
  • La Rochelle, France

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