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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Grattan
GRATTAN, Col Henry (1903-1997)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Grattan, Henry, 1903-1997, Colonel

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1903; commissioned into Royal Engineers as 2 Lieutenant, 1923; attached to Bengal Sappers and Miners, Roorkee, India; Lieutenant, 1925; worked on the placement of airfields in Burma, 1929-1930; Captain, 1934; assisted in the reconstruction of Quetta, India, after earthquake, 1935-1939; Major, 1940; served with Gazelle Force in Eritrea, 1940; served in Paiforce, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, 1941-1944; Commander, Royal Engineers (CRE) at Kineton, UK; Gibraltar and Minden, Germany, 1944-1952; Lieutenant Colonel, 1949; Chief Engineer, Rheindahlen project, Germany, 1952-1955; retired with rank of Honorary Colonel, 1955; died 1997.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, June 1998

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Col Henry Grattan relating to service as Chief Engineer for construction of new British Army of the Rhine Headquarters (BAOR), Rheindahlen, Germany, 1952-1954, including: article 'New Headquarters in Germany' by Grattan, Royal Engineers Journal , Mar-Jun, 1956, giving a full account of the building of the complex; article, 'Water Divining as an Aid to Engineering' by Grattan, Royal Engineers Journal , 1957, defending the practice of water divining or dowsing; letter from Gen Sir Harry Tuzo, Commander in Chief, BAOR, congratulating Grattan on the twentieth anniversary of the building of the Rheindahlen complex, Jul 1973; copy of 'The Reindahlen Bulletin', the base newsletter, Sep 1979, celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of the Rheindahlen base; various obituaries and appreciations of Grattan, 1997-1998, including obituary from Royal Engineers Journal , Apr 1998.

System of arrangement

one file 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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

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



Decorations: CBE

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon

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

Sep 2007

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  • Military engineering

Personal names

  • Grattan, Henry, 1903-1997, Colonel
  • Grattan, Henry, 1903-1997, Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army of the Rhine
  • Royal Engineers


  • Reindahlen, Germany

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