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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Gold
GOLD, Col Philip Roland (1912-2002)
1992 (1942),
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Gold, Philip Roland, 1912-2002, Colonel

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1912; commissioned into Royal Artillery, 2 Lt, 1932; Lt, 1935; Capt, 1940; served in Singapore, 1942; Served with Indian Corps, 1943-1944; Maj, 1946; Instructor, Infantry School, Tactical Wing, 1949; Ministry of Supply, 1952-1954; Lt Col 1954; Col 1958; Chief Instructor, School of Artillery, 1958; Died 2002.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in centre by family May 2003

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copy of personal account by Colonel Philip Roland Gold of his escape from Singapore, 13 Feb - 8 April 1942, including vivid descriptions of: street fighting; the chaos of evacuation and lack of boats; the commandeering of a Chinese fishing boat by Gold and subsequent difficulties steering the vessel, ensuring provisions lasted and keeping up morale; crossing the Sumatran jungle, Indonesia, in canoe and on foot; negotiations with villagers for assistance; evacuation to Padang, Indonesia; journey from Padang to India on Royal Navy Cruiser HOBART.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

Papers of Capt Norman Alexander Barber include material relating to Barber's time as a Japanese POW in Changi POW Camp, Singapore, 1942-1945; papers of Lt Col Noel James include account of his experiences during the Japanese attack on Singapore and his subsequent escape to Sumatra, Jan-Feb 1942; papers of Megan Spooner include material on life in Singapore, 1941-1942

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Army Lists; Compiled by James Pugh, March 2004

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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Date(s) of descriptions

March 2004

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  • International conflicts
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Gold, Philip Roland, 1912-2002, Colonel
  • Gold, Philip Roland, 1912-2002, Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Singapore, South East Asia

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