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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Herbert
HERBERT, Brig Charles Edward Mercer (1904-1981)
Created 1930, 1936, [1946]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 files


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1904; educated at Brighton College and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1922-1924; 2nd Lt, Royal Engineers, 1924; Lt, 1926; attended Railway Training Centre, Longmoor, 1926-1930; seconded as Assistant Engineer, Tanganyika Railways, 1930-1932; 1932-1934; Quartermaster General, Transportation Branch, War Office, 1934-1938; Capt, 1935; Staff Capt, Transportation, Palestine and Transjordan, 1938-1940; Deputy Assistant Director of Transportation, Palestine and Transjordan, 1940; Assistant Director-General of Transportation, Palestine, 1940; Maj, 1941; Assistant Director of Movements and Transport (Plans), General HQ, Middle East Force, 1941-1943; Assistant Director of Transportation (Coordination, Plans and Administration), 1943-1944; Deputy Director of Transportation, Administrative Planning Mission to Australia, 1944; Deputy Director of Transportation, Allied Commission for Austria (British Element), 1944-1945; Brig, 1945; Director of Transportation, Burma, 1945; Assistant Director of Transportation, 501 Interservice Mission, East Africa, 1946; Director of Transportation, War Office, 1950-1957; retired 1957; died in 1981.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1995.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his military career, 1922-1946, dated 1930, 1936 and [1946] principally comprising typescript log of railway survey work carried out by Herbert, Lt Charles Granville Barry Greaves and Capt Donald Maitland James Murray, Tanganyika, 1930, written by [Murray] in [1930]; The Royal Engineers Journal vol 50 Sep 1936, including 'Railway Survey in Tanganyika Territory' by Herbert; official 501 Inter-Service Mission 'Transportation report on the proposal for a base in East Africa', written by Herbert in 1946; copies of letters of appreciation concerning rehabilitation of Burma railway system carried out by Transportation Service, 1945; copy of Herbert's curriculum vitae, 1922-1946, written in 1946.

System of arrangement

2 files

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 Jun 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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  • Armed forces
  • Colonial countries
  • Colonial forces
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Political systems
  • Railway transport
  • State security
  • Transport
  • Transport engineering
  • Transport infrastructure

Personal names

  • Greaves, Charles Granville Barry, fl 1930, Lieutenant
  • Murray, Donald Maitland James, fl 1930, Captain


  • South East Asia
  • Tanganyika
  • Tanzania UR, East Africa

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