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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Furness-Gibbon
FURNESS-GIBBON, Lt Col David Norman (1939-2006)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Furness-Gibbon, David Norman, 1940-2006, Lt Col

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1940; Mons Officer Cadet School, 1959; commissioned into Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC), 1960; seconded to 1 Battalion Sierra Leone Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force, 1960-1961; 3 Stores Company, RAOC, 52 Wessex Division, 1961-1962; Central Ordnance Depot, Bicester, 1962-1963; Training Battalion, RAOC, 1963-1964; Ordnance Depot, Aden, 1964-1966; Ammunition Technical Officer's Course, Royal Military College of Science and Army School of Ammunition, Bramley, 1967; Ammunition Technical Officer, Longtown Combined Arms Division, 1968-1970; Adjutant to Commander, RAOC, HQ 3 Division, 1970-1971; Ammunition Technical Officer, Edinburgh, 1971-1973; detached to 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, RAOC, 1972; Senior Ammunition Technical Officer, Headquarters Rhine Area, 1973-1975; Second in Command, 1 Sub Depot, Central Ordnance Depot Bicester, 1975-1976; Officer Commanding B Company, RAOC Apprentices College, 1976-1978; Officer Commanding Training Development and Co-ordination, Army School of Ammunition, Kineton, 1978-1980; Officer Commanding 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, RAOC, Mar-Nov 1980; Planning Officer Central Ordnance Depot Bicester, 1980-1982; Chief Planning Officer Central Ordnance Depot Donnington, 1982-1984; Chief Ammunition Officer, Central Ammunition Depot Longtown, 1984-1988; Chief Ammunition Technical Officer Headquarters Northern Ireland, 1988-1989; Chief Ammunition Technical Officer, 3 Base Ammunition Depot, 1989-1991; Permanent President of the Courts Martial, Rhine Area, Germany, 1991-1994; retired, 1994; died, 2006.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, June 2007

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Lt Col David Norman Furness-Gibbon, 1987-2006, including: photocopy of citation for award covering period March-November 1980 as officer commanding 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, Royal Army Ordnance Corps; information cards detailing how to check a vehicle for explosives, procedure if explosives are discovered and codes and radio procedures; photographs, 1988-1989, showing bomb disposal teams at work in Northern Ireland, bomb disposal equipment, the aftermath of explosions, and group photograph of squadron; group photograph of delegates at the International Conference on Terrorist Devices, Camberley, Surrey, 1988; the 'Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Terrorist Devices and Methods', Washington DC, 22-26 June 1987; article 'Bomb Squad Belfast' by Chris Ryder, Sunday Telegraph , 2 April 1989; 'RAOC Ammunition Technical News' Number 13, September 1991, brochure '50 Years of Central Ordnance Depot Bicester and Bicester Garrison 1942-1992', May 1992. Also copy of book A Special Kind of Courage: 321 EOD Squadron - Battling the Bombers by Chris Ryder (London, 2006).

System of arrangement

As set out above 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

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Decorations: OBE

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry 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

June 2007

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  • Crime
  • Dangerous materials
  • Terrorism

Personal names

  • Furness-Gibbon, David Norman, 1940-2006, Lt Col
  • Furness-Gibbon, David Norman, 1940-2006, Lt Col

Corporate names

  • International Conference on Terrorist Devices, 1988, Camberley
  • RAOC, Royal Army Ordnance Corps


  • London, England
  • Northern Ireland

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