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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Hopthrow
HOPTHROW, Brig Harry Ewart (1896-1992)
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
7 boxes or 0.07 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Hopthrow, Harry Ewart, 1896-1992, Brigadier
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1896; educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the City School, Lincoln, and Loughborough College; served in World War One, 1914-1918; service on Western Front with Corps of Royal Engineers, 1915-1918; Associate Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1924; Civil and Mechanical Engineer, ICI Limited, 1925-1939; Officer Commanding 107 Company, Corps of Royal Engineers (Reserve), Territorial Army, 1931-1935; Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1933; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Assistant Director of Works, General Headquarters, BEF (British Expeditionary Force), France, 1939-1940; awarded OBE, 1940; Deputy Chief Engineer, Home Forces, 1940-1941, and Western Command, 1941; Deputy Controller, Military Works Services, War Office, 1941-1943; Director of Fortifications and Works, War Office, 1943-1945; Assistant Secretary, ICI Limited, 1945-1958; awarded CBE, 1946; Member, Central Advisory Water Committee, Ministry of Housing and Local Government, 1951-1969; Member of the Bowes Committee, Committee of Inquiry into Inland Waterways, 1956-1958; Hon Secretary and Vice President, Royal Institution, 1960-1968; Vice Chairman, Isle of Wight River and Water Authority, 1964-1973; Vice President, Round Tables on Pollution, 1965-1973; Member of Council, Solent Protection Society, 1975-1985; UK Representative to Council of European Industrial Federations; Hon Life Member, Solent Protection Society; died 1992.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1994.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Brig Harry Ewart Hopthrow's military career, 1914-1945, including memoranda, notes and correspondence on his service with Wireless Company, Corps of Royal Engineers, Western Front, World War One, [1914-1918]; typescript memoranda and correspondence as OfficerCommanding 107 Company, Corps of Royal Engineers (Reserve), Territorial Army, 1931-1935; notes and correspondence as Assistant Director of Works, General Headquarters, British Expeditionary Force (BEF), France, 1940; typescript memoranda, correspondence and notes as Director of Fortifications and Works, War Office, 1943-1945. Photograph album relating to 107 Company Royal Engineers, 1926-1933; group photographs, Inglis Bridge, Northern Command Tattoo, York, 1933.

System of arrangement

The arrangement of the papers is broadly chronological.

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

Allied materials

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

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.

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
Jun 1997

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  • International conflicts
  • Military engineering
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Hopthrow, Harry Ewart, 1896-1992, Brigadier
  • Hopthrow, Harry Ewart, 1896-1992, Brigadier

Corporate names

  • Royal Engineers


  • France

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