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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 Glenny
GLENNY, Alfreda (1884-1973)
1915, 1920, 1964-66
Level of description
Collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Glenny, Alfreda, 1884-1973,

Administrative / Biographical history

Born March 1884 in Putney; trained as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) member with the Red Cross in 1914; worked for seven months in an infirmary and Putney Hospital; accepted into the Montenegro Red Cross in Jan 1915 and worked in military hospital in Plevje (now Pljevlja), Montenegro from Mar 1915-Dec 1915; returned to England followed by period of nursing in France during World War One; returned to nurse in Montenegro in 1920; left for Shkodër (also known as Scutari), Albania in Aug 1920 because of political tensions, where she unsuccessfully attempted to set up a hospital; returned to England due to illness in Jan 1921; worked with refugee group after 1945; returned to Yugoslavia in 1964 and 1965; started corresponding with editor Ian James in Jan 1965; died in Surrey in late 1973

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 2014

Content & structure

Scope and content

Correspondence and papers of Alfreda Glenny, 1884-1973, including; typescript draft of memoirs covering the periods 21 Jan 1915 to 18 Jul 1915, and 6 Aug 1915-17 Nov 1915, relating to her journey to Montenegro and work with the Montenegro Red Cross; typescript draft of memoirs titled ‘The Retreat’, covering the period 20 Nov 1915- 27 Dec 1915 relating to her evacuation from Montenegro; typescript report titled, ‘Report on the British Red Cross Society’s Hospital in Montenegro’ by Dr F G Clemow, head of the unit; typescript memoirs covering the period 15 Mar 1920 to 16 Aug 1920, and Sep 1920 to Dec 1920 focussing on her return to Montenegro, subsequent departure and time spent in Rome, Italy and Shkodër (also known as Scutari), Albania; typescript draft of memoir titled, ‘Return Visits to Montenegro in 1964 and 1965’; excerpts from textbooks about Montenegro and Yugoslavia; manuscript and typescript letters from Alfreda Glenny to Ian James, 16 Jan 1965-22 Jun 1966 on the subject of her draft memoirs; typescript correspondence between Dame Beryl Oliver of the Red Cross Society and Ian James, Dec 1965, regarding the Red Cross’s role in providing aid for Turkish and Greek refugees in 1922-1923 and Alfreda Glenny; descriptions of photographs of Montenegro probably taken during the 1964 and 1965 trip (photographs not held in the archive); typed lists of publishers and literary agents; postcards from France, Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia.

System of arrangement

The files are arranged chronologically, as described in scope and content.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

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, by contacting the Archives.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This summary guide

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Katie Gardner

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

July 2014

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