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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Gathorne-Hardy
GATHORNE-HARDY, Gen the Hon Sir (John) Francis (1874-1949)
Created 1914-1941
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metre


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1874; educated at Eton and Sandhurst; commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, 1894; promoted to Capt, 1900; service in the Boer War, 1900-1902; promoted to Battalion Maj, 1902; Staff College, 1905-1906; Brigade Maj, 1 Guards Brigade, Aldershot, 1908-1911; Brevet Lt Col, 1913; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, War Office, 1913-1914; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, 2Corps, 1914-1915; served in 2 Army, 1915; General Staff Officer, Grade 1, 7 Division, 1915-1916; Battalion Col, 1916; Brig Gen, General Staff of 14 Corps, 1916-1918; Maj Gen, General Staff, British Forces in Italy and 10 Italian Army, 1918-1919; commanding field troops in Egypt, 1921-1922; Director of Military Training, 1922-1925; commanded Deccan District, 1926-1928; Lt Gen, 1928; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, 1931-1933; Gen, 1933; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Aldershot Command, 1933-1937; ADC General to the King, 1934-1937; died in 1949.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1986.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to service on the Western Front, World War One, 1914-1919 including correspondence referring to campaigns on the Western and Italian Fronts and account of the battle of Le Cateau, Aug 1914; service as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, 1931-1933 including press cuttings; service as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Aldershot Command, 1933-1937 and ADC General to the King, 1934-1937, including press cuttings; copy photographs, 1916-1937,including Trench Mortar School at General HQ and pontoon bridge over River Piave at Salettuol, Italy; family papers of Lady Isobel Gathorne-Hardy and Elizabeth Gathorne-Hardy, 1914-1937.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically into sections according to military service. Photographs and the papers of Lady Isobel and Elizabeth are grouped together.

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
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, anddetailed catalogue available online and in hard copy in theCentre's reading room.

Allied materials

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


Compiled Jun 1996

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.


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  • Armed forces
  • Higher science education
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military education
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, 1894-1972, Duke of Windsor, formerly Edward VIII, King of Great Britain and Ireland
  • George V, 1865-1936, King of Great Britain and Ireland
  • George VI, 1895-1952, King of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Hardy, Elizabeth, Gathorne-, fl 1914-1937, socialite, daughter of General Sir John Francis Gathorne-Hardy
  • Hardy, Isobel Constance Mary, Gathorne-, 1875-1963, socialite and philathropist, wife of General Sir John Francis Gathorne-Hardy

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Aldershot, Hampshire, England
  • Le Cateau, France
  • London, England
  • Piave, river, Italy
  • Salettuol, Italy

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