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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Harrison D
Title
HARRISON, Maj Gen Desmond (1896-1984)
Date(s)
Created 1941, 1943-1947
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metre

Context

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1896; educated at Kilkenny College and Mountjoy School, Dublin, Royal Military Academy,Woolwich, and Cambridge University; Commandant, School of Military Engineering, 1942-1943; Engineer-in-Chief, South East Asia Command, 1943-1946; Director of Fortifications and Works, War Office, 1946-1947; Maj Gen, 1947; retired from Army, 1947; Director, Overseas Food Corporation, 1947-1949; died in 1984.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1984 and 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his work as Engineer-in-Chief, South East Asia Command, 1943-1946, dated 1943-1947, principally comprising official photographs showing construction work on roads, bridges and airstrips, 1943-1946; official photograph of Acting Adm Louis (Francis Albert Victor Nicholas) Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia and US Gen Lewis APick, [1945]; 'The construction of forward airfields in SEAC Areas', Engineer-in-Chief (India) Pamphlet No 12, prepared by Harrison and Maj Gen Horace Eckford Roome, Engineer-in-Chief, General HQ, India, 1945; 'Royal Engineers training memorandum No 20: rafting andbridging', pamphlet issued by the War Office, 1946; 'Memorandum on the training and employment of officers of the Royal Engineers and Indian Engineers in preparation for war', issued by General HQ, Delhi, 1945; letter from Harrison to AQ Plans, South East Asia Command relating to the building of the Ledo Road, Burma and India, Dec 1945; 'Major Engineer: lessons of the war in South East AsiaCommand', copy of unsigned typescript text, [1945]; pre-publication edition of Mountbatten's Report to Combined Chiefs of Staff by the Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, 1943-1946 (London, 1951), 1947; 'Annexure A', unsigned typescript text on Engineer organisation, South East Asia Command, 1943-1946, written in [1946] and later reworked and published as Annexure 6 of Mountbatten's Report to Combined Chiefs of Staff by Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, 1943-1946 (London, 1951). Unsigned text of lecture to the Senior Officers' School on organisation and work of Royal Engineers, 31 Dec 1941.

System of arrangement

1 box

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

English

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
Related units of description

The papers of Gen Hastings Lionel Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay, include published edition ofMountbatten's report to the Chiefs of Staff , dated 1951 (Ref GB 99 KCLMA Ismay 6/18) Royal Engineers Institution: papers relating to construction policy, South East Asia Command HQ, Kandy, Ceylon, 1945; 'Job analysis, RE' by Maj Gen Eustace Francis Tickell, Enginerr-in-Chief, South East Asia Command, 1947; typescript notes for a lecture on the engineering aspect of the war, [1946].

Publication note

Royal Engineers Institution: papers relating to construction policy, South East Asia Command HQ, Kandy, Ceylon, 1945; 'Job analysis, RE' by Maj Gen Eustace Francis Tickell, Enginerr-in-Chief, South East Asia Command, 1947; typescript notes for a lecture on the engineering aspect of the war, [1946].

Notes

Note

Compiled Sep 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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Subjects

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

Personal names

  • Mountbatten, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, 1900-1979, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Admiral of the Fleet
  • Pick, Lewis A, fl 1945, US General
  • Roome, Sir, Horace Eckford, 1887-1964, Knight, Major General

Corporate names

  • British Army

Places

  • Delhi, India, South Asia
  • Ledo Road, Myanmar, South East Asia

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