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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Gracie
GRACIE, Lt Col Archibald Leslie (b 1896)
Created 1917-1945
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1896; educated at School for the Sons of Missionaries, Blackheath, Eltham College, Mottingham, Kent, and Jesus College, Oxford; served in World War One, 1914-1918; joined Inns of Court Regt, Dec 1915; trained with Officers Cadet Bn, Lichfield, Staffordshire, 1916; commissioned into The King's Royal Rifle Corps, Nov 1916; posted to 5 (Reserve) Bn, The King's RoyalRifle Corps, Dec 1916; served with 2 Bn, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, 1 Div, BEF (British Expeditionary Force), Western Front, 1917-1918; awarded MC, 1917; Lt, 1918; service with 2 Bn, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, British Army on the Rhine, 1918-1919; posted to 20 Bn, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, British Army on the Rhine, 1919-1920; demobilised, 1920; joined 2 Bn, Queen Victoria's Rifles, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, Territorial Army, Apr 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; commissioned as War Service Capt, Jul 1939; served in UK with 8 Bn, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, 1940-1942; second in command, 70 (Young Soldiers) Bn, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, UK, 1942; Camp Commandant, Allied Forces Headquarters (British Section), North Africa and Italy, 1942-1945; awarded OBE, 1945; honorary Lt Col, 1945; retired, 1945.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1995.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Typescript account, 'The Second Battalion in the battle of the 100 days in 1918'; letters home, Western Front, 1917-1918; four manuscript signal messages relating to an attack by 1 Div, Western Front, 17-19 Oct 1918; photograph album, 1918-1922, including captioned photographs of individuals, Western Front and Germany, 1918-1919; letters home from British Army on the Rhine, 1919-1920; edition of The story of the Fourth Army in the Battles of the Hundred Days, August 8th to November 11th, 1918 (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1920) by Maj Gen Sir Archibald Armar Montgomery (known as Montgomery-Massingberd from 1926), General Staff, 4 Army, with volume of related published maps and panoramic photographs. Papers relating to Gracie's service in World War Two,1939-1945, including manuscript notes on postings and pay details, 1942-1945; letters relating to the award of the OBE, and promotion to the rank of honorary Lt Col, 1945.

System of arrangement

The collection is 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.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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


Compiled Sep 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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  • Armed forces
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Maps
  • Memoirs
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Massingberd, Sir, Archibald Armar, Montgomery-, 1871-1947, Knight, Field Marshal

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Germany
  • Rhine, river

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