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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Holt-Wilson
HOLT-WILSON, Brig Sir Eric Edward Boketon (1875-1950)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Holt-Wilson, Sir, Eric Edward Boketon, 1875-1950, Knight, Brigadier

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1875; educated Harrow and Royal Military Academy Woolwich; commissioned as Second Lieutenant, 1895; posted to South Africa with the 7 Field Regiment, Royal Engineers, 1899-1902; Instructor, School of Military Engineering, 1903-1906; Cadet Company Commander and Instructor in Military Engineering, Woolwich Royal Military Academy, 1909-1912; Imperial Security Intelligence Service, 1912-1940; Inter-Allied Intelligence Bureau, Paris, 1915; Lieutenant Colonel, 1917; Chief of Civil Police Commission, British Occupied Rhineland, 1919; Joint Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Committee on War and Emergency Legislation, Committee of Imperial Defence, 1924-1938; Deputy Commandant, War Department Constabulary, 1927-1942; British Delegate for Navy, Army and Air Force, International Convention on Treatment of Prisoners, Geneva, 1929; Visiting Lecturer, Staff College Camberley, 1921-1939; Second in Command, MI5, 1931-1940; Honorary Brigadier, 1939; retired, 1940; died, 1950.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, Oct 2006.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Book War Letters to T.H.W. from South Africa, 1899-1902, E.H.W. , edited by Clemency Holt-Wilson (Redwood Books: Wiltshire, 1999). The book comprises detailed letters written by Eric Holt-Wilson to his father, the Reverend Thomas Holt-Wilson, during the Second Boer War, Jul 1899-Aug 1902, describing: preparations before the outbreak of war, Jul-Oct, 1899; establishing defences at De Aar, Cape Colony, Oct-Nov 1899; battles at Modder River, Magersfontein and Paardeberg Drift under FM Lord Paul Methuen, Nov 1899-March 1900; constructing defences and maintaining the railway in the Johannesberg-Pretoria region under FM Lord Frederick Sleigh Roberts and Maj Gen Ian Hamilton, Apr-Dec 1900; and in Bloemfontein and Springfontein, Dec 1900-Aug 1902.

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 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
Related units of description

The Robertson papers contain correspondence between Robertson and Holt-Wilson regarding the number of US divisions in France on 1 Jun 1918, 1924 (Ref: Robertson 7/10/15), and the Foulkes papers contain correspondence with Holt-Wilson relating to the German spy Peroti, 1935 (Ref: Foulkes 10/10).



Decorations: CMG, DSO

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

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

Sept 2007

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  • International conflicts
  • Second Boer War, 1899-1902
  • War
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Wilson, Sir, Eric Edward Boketon Holt-, 1875-1950, Knight, Brigadier

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