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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Fraser, W
FRASER, Brig the Hon William (1890-1964)
Level of description
Collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 files or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

FRASER, Brig the Hon William (1890-1964)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1890; educated Charterhouse and Sandhurst; served with the Gordon Highlanders in India and Egypt; served in World War One; transferred to Grenadier Guards, 1927; military attaché, Brussels, Belgium and The Hague, Netherlands, 1931-1935; commander, 1 Battalion, Grenadier Guards, 1937-1938; military attaché, Paris, France, 1938-1939; retired, 1944; chief of United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, Paris, 1945-1947; died 1964.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, Aug 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of the papers of Brig William Fraser, 1940-1960, relating to command of Stratforce, assembled to occupy western Norway, 1940, including: personal diary, 6 Apr 1940- 10 Jun 1940; memoir, 'Norwegian Adventure', including detailed descriptions of the formation of Stratforce, Jan 1940, the difficulty of taking occupied Narvik, April-May 1940, the problems of combined operations, poorly trained troops, lack of equipment, German air superiority and bad weather; the relationship between FM Sir (William) Edmund Ironside and Rt Hon Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill; the assumption of command by FM Sir Claude Auchinleck, May 1940; the withdrawal of the Scots Guards from the town of Mo, 18-22 May; assessment of reasons for failure in Norway; removal of Fraser from command due to shell wounds, 23 May 1940; accounts of German atrocities; the evacuation from Norway, Jun 1940; correspondence analysing the Norwegian operation, 1960.

System of arrangement

3 files as in Scope and Content.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This collection level description

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London



Decorations: DSO, MC.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Katharine Higgon.

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

October 2007

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  • International conflicts
  • International conflicts
  • Military engineering
  • War
  • War victims
  • Warfare
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • AUCHINLECK, Sir Claude John Eyre, Knight, Field Marshal(1884-1981)
  • CHURCHILL, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer, Knight, statesman (1874-1965)
  • FRASER, Brig the Hon William (1890-1964)
  • FRASER, William, Brigadier (1890-1964)
  • IRONSIDE, William Edmund, 1st Baron Ironside of Archangel and of Ironside, Field Marshal x Ironside of Archangel and Ironside, 1st Baron (1880-1959)

Corporate names

  • Scots Guards
  • Stratforce


  • Germany
  • Northern Europe
  • Norway
  • Western Europe
  • Western Europe

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