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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Hamson
HAMSON, Professor Charles John Joseph (1905-1987)
Created 1941-1945
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1905; educated at Downside School and Trinity College, Cambridge; Assistant Lecturer in Law, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1932; Lecturer, 1934; commissioned in Army and detached for service with Special Operations Executive, 1940; sent to Crete to plan clandestine operations and prepare for resistance in event of German invasion, 1940-1941; POW, Germany, 1941-1945; Reader in Comparative Law, 1949; Professor of Comparative Law, 1955-1973, specialising in the comparison of English and French Law; elected Bencher of Grey's Inn, 1956, and Treasurer, 1975; Queen's Counsel, 1975; died in 1987.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Trinity College, Cambridge in 1989.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Liber in vinculis or the Mock Turtle's adventure , a meditation on his life and career, with particular reference to the Battle of Crete, 1941, written as a POW in Germany, 1941-1945, and including a short essay on the Battle of Crete, 1941, by Dr Mark Mazower, privately published by Trinity College, Cambridge in 1989.

System of arrangement

1 volume

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 detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Original manuscript held by Trinity College, Cambridge.

Related units of description

Department of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library holds correspondence with Arthur Lehman Goodhart (Ref: MSS Eng c 2886).

Publication note

Department of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library holds correspondence with Arthur Lehman Goodhart (Ref: MSS Eng c 2886).



Compiled Aug 1996

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
  • Memoirs
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • War prisoners
  • War victims
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Hamson, Charles John Joseph, 1905-1987, Professor of Comparative Law
  • Mazower, Mark, fl 1989-1999, military historian

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Crete, Greece
  • Germany

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