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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Gibson
GIBSON, Brig Arthur Blair (1894-1986)
Created 1915-[1951]
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 1894; educated Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow, Scotland, Universities of Bonn, Germany, andGlasgow; temporary Lt in 15 (Service) Bn, (1 Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry; served in World War One, 1914-1918; temporary Capt, 1914-1917; Lt, 1916; Intelligence Section, 4 Army, Feb-Mar 1917; Lt in Indian army, 1917; Capt, 1919; service on the North West Frontier, India; Adjutant 56 Frontier Force Rifles, India; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, India, 1931-1932; Brevet Maj, 1932; Brig Maj, India, 1932-1935; Maj, 1933; Brevet Lt Col, 1937; Lt Col, 13 Frontier Force Rifles, 1938; General Staff Officer, Grade 1 and temporary Col, 1940; acting Brig, 1940; died 1986.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1988, with a further accession in 1989.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Personal diaries relating to Gibson's service with 15 (Service) Bn, (1 Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry and 4 Army Intelligence Section, on the Western Front during World War One, 1915-1917; war diary and photograph album of a tour of duty with 56 Frontier Force Rifles (2 Bn, 13 Frontier Force Rifles) in Asad Khal and Razmak, North West Frontier, India, 1922-1923; unofficial war history of the 56 Frontier Force Rifles from 1942-1946, [1951].

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as 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.

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Finding aids

Summary guide entry online at, anddetailed catalogue available online and also in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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


Compiled Jun 1998

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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