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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Godwin-Austen
GODWIN-AUSTEN, Gen Sir Alfred Reade (1889-1963)
Created 1940
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1889; educated at St Lawrence College, Ramsgate and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; joined South Wales Borderers, 1909; served at Gallipoli and in Mesopotamia, 1915-1919, on Staff of 40 Infantry Bde and 13 Div; Staff College, Camberley, 1923-1925; staff appointments, War Office, Royal Military College, Sandhurst and Egypt; publication of The Staff and the Staff College (Constable and Co, London, 1927); commanded 2nd Bn, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 1936-1937; employed with British Military Mission to Egyptian Army, 1937-1938; commanded 14 Infantry Bde in Palestine Rebellion, 1938-1939; Maj-Gen, 1939; Commanded 8th Division, 1939; served in East Africa, Abyssinia, and Libya; Director of Research, War Office, 1942-1943; Vice Quartermaster General, War Office, 1943-1944; Quartermaster General, India Command, New Delhi, 1945; Principal Administrative Officer, India Command, New Delhi, 1945-1946; Lt-Gen 1946; Gen, 1946; retired pay, 1947; died in 1963.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1965.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his service in Somaliland, 1940, notably including typescript copies of telegrams to Lt Gen Arthur Francis Smith, Deputy Chief of General Staff, [GHQ Middle East], giving a brief account of the attack by Italian troops on British forces at Tug Argan, 11 Aug 1940, dated 12 Aug 1940, and to [Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell] giving an appreciation of the current situation in Somaliland, 14 Aug 1940.

System of arrangement

1 file.

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 in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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


Compiled Jan 1997

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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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Smith, Sir, Arthur Francis, 1890-1977, Knight, Lieutenant General
  • Wavell, Archibald Percival, 1883-1950, 1st Earl Wavell, Field Marshal

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Italian Army


  • Somalia, East Africa
  • Tug Argan, British Somaliland

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