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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Fowke
FOWKE, Villiers Loftus Philip (1887-1940)
Created 1876-1940
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
4 boxes or 0.04 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)

Fowke | Villiers Loftus Philip | 1887-1940 | diplomat

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1887; educated at St. Pauls School and at New College, Oxford; student interpreter at the British Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, 1913; appointed second assistant in Seoul, Korea, 1915; became acting Vice Consul in Kobe, Japan 1915; Vice Consul in Kobe, 1919; 1924-25 was the acting Consul in Dairen (Dalian, China); retired from the consular service in 1928; died 1940.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, June 2010, April 2011 and June 2013

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1894-1927, of Villiers Loftus Philip Fowke relating chiefly to his career as diplomatic consul in the Far East, including: identity papers; his letter of appointment as Vice-Consul to Seoul, South Korea on 14 January 1926; photographs of Fowke in diplomatic uniform; album of photographs of countries Fowke visited as part of his diplomatic career in the Far East, including Ceylon [Sri Lanka], Japan, Seoul and China, 1913-1919, chronicling the indigenous populations and sights of each country, events Fowke attended and families he stayed with as part of his role as diplomatic consul; a panoramic photograph of Seoul, Korea, 1927; a bound album containing prints of various aspects of Japanese culture and traditions;  a printed booklet of captioned photographs showing a Japanese-run institute for Korean deaf blind children (in Japanese, with manuscript English annotations), with explanatory note, 'Views of Corea [sic] under Japanese management, Seoul, 1921'.  Also personal family papers, including school reports for VLP Fowke 1894-96; papers and letters relating to the Loftus family, Fowke's mother's family; family photos and a manuscript draft of the Fowke family history.  Correspondence and diary entries, 1876–1886, of Hilda Loftus, Fowke's mother; letters from VLP Fowke to his father, Villiers de Saussure Fowke, 1897–1917; letters to VLP Fowke from his father Villiers de Saussure Fowke 1899–1920; letters from Edith Mary Gladys Fowke (wife of VLP Fowke) to VLP Fowke 1919–1927.    


No accruals expected

System of arrangement

Arranged in the sections outlined above

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

English, French, Japanese

Finding aids

This collection level description and in hard copy in reading room

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Caroline Catchpole

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

June 2011, updated June 2013 

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