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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Hobbs, G P
Title
HOBBS, Brig Godfrey Pennington (1907-1985)
Date(s)
1928-1969
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.03 cubic metres (3 boxes)

Context

Name of creator(s)
Hobbs, Godfrey Pennington, 1907-1985, Brigadier
Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1907; commissioned into the Northumberland Fusiliers, 1928; Lt, 1931; Aide de Camp to Gen Hon Sir (John) Francis Gathorne-Hardy, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Aldershot Command, 1933-1937; Capt, 1938; served in Palestine, 1938-1939; Adjutant, 1938-1941; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; General Staff Officer 3 (Operations), Headquarters, British Troops in Egypt, 1940-1941; General Staff Officer 2, Headquarters, British Troops in Egypt, 1941-1942; temporary Maj, 1941-1943; awarded MBE, 1942; acting Lt Col, 1942-1943; General Staff Officer 1, Headquarters, PAIFORCE (Persia and Iraq Force), 1942-1943; Chief Staff Officer, British Military Mission to the Polish Corps, and the British Military Mission to Greece, 1942-1947; War Substantive Maj, 1943; General Staff Officer 1 (Liaison), Headquarters, PAIFORCE (Persia and Iraq Force), 1943; General Staff Officer 1, General Headquarters, Middle East Land Forces, 1943-1944; temporary Lt Col, 1943-1945; Maj, 1945; General Staff Officer 1, British Liaison Officer, Greece, 1945; War Substantive Lt Col, 1945; Col (Allied Liaison Staff), General Headquarters, Middle East Land Forces, 1945-1947; temporary Col, 1945-1950; Col of Liaison, British Military Mission to Greece, 1947-1949; Deputy Director of Public Relations, War Office, 1950-1954; temporary Col, 1950-1954; Lt Col, 1952; awarded CBE, 1953; Col, 1954; Military Attaché, Athens, Greece, 1954-1957; Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, 1957-1965; died, 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by Hobbs' family in 1986.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1928-1969, of Brig Godfrey Pennington Hobbs, comprising papers, 1928-1950 and undated, relating to his early service and career, including commission into the Northumberland Fusiliers, 1928, and letters of thanks and photographs recording his work in Greece and with Polish troops in the Middle East; papers, 1955-1960 and undated, relating to his service as Military Attache, Athens, Greece, including correspondence with Spiros Markezenis, leader of the Progressive Party, notes on the political and diplomatic situation in Greece, and correspondence relating to the conduct of public relations during the Suez campaign (1956); papers, 1957-1965, relating to his service as Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, including correspondence on his acceptance of the post, retirement from the Army, invitations to functions, appointment of a successor and departure; personal papers, 1956-1969, including correspondence relating to The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Comrades Association, 1959-1965, an edition of New Society , 23 Dec 1965, including an article on Nasser and the Arab world, a letter, 1969, from Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten of Burma thanking Hobbs for his comments on a television serial The Life and Times of Lord Mountbatten , and a letter, 1969, from the Rt Hon Julian Amery thanking Hobbs for his appreciation of Amery's articles on the Far Eastern situation.

System of arrangement

The papers are arranged chronologically within the following sections: papers relating to Hobbs' service in World War Two and subsequently in Greece; papers relating to Hobbs' service as Deputy Director of Public Relations, War Office, and as Military Attaché, Athens, Greece; papers relating to Hobbs' service as Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence; personal papers.

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

Draft list available online and in hard copy in the reading room. 

Allied materials

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

Description control

Archivist's Note
Compiled by Iain Mutch; revised by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.
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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions
Aug 1999, Mar 2001, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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Subjects

  • Armed forces
  • Defence
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • Suez Crisis (1956)
  • War
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Amery, Harold Julian, 1919-1996, Baron Amery of Lustleigh, politician
  • Hobbs, Godfrey Pennington, 1907-1985, Brigadier
  • Hobbs, Godfrey Pennington, 1907-1985, Brigadier
  • Markezinis, Spiros Vasiliou, d 2000, Greek politician
  • Mountbatten, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, 1900-1979, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Admiral of the Fleet

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Ministry of Defence

Places

  • Greece
  • Middle East

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