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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Hutton
HUTTON, Lt Gen Sir Thomas Jacomb (1890-1981)
Created 1914-1977
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
4 boxes or 0.04 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1890; educated at Rossall and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; commissioned into the Army as 2nd Lt, Royal Artillery, 1909; service on the Western Front, World War One, 1914-1918; Capt, 1915; Brevet Maj, 1918; General Staff Officer, Grade 3, 1918; Brigade Maj, 1918-1919; Assistant Military Secretary, 1919-1920; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, War Office,1923-1924; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Eastern Command, 1924-1926; Maj, 1927; Military Assistant to Chief of Imperial General Staff, 1927-1930; Col, 1930; General Staff Officer Grade 1, Military Operations, 1933-1936; served in Palestine, 1936; General Staff Officer Grade1, 1 Division, 1936-1938; Maj Gen, 1938; General Officer Commanding Western Independent District, India, 1938-1940; Deputy Chief of General Staff, Army HQ, India, 1940-1941; Lt Gen and Chief of General Staff, India, 1941; General Officer Commanding Burma, 1942; Secretary of War Resources and Reconstruction Committees of Council, India, 1942-1944; Colonel Commandant, Royal Artillery,1942-1952; retired, 1944; Officiating Secretary, Viceroy's Executive Council, and Secretary of Planning and Development Department, 1944-1946; Regional Officer, Ministry of Health, 1947-1949; General Manager, Anglo-American Council on Productivity, 1949-1953; Director, British Productivity Council, 1953-1957; Chairman of Organisation and Methods Training Council, 1957-1964; died in 1981.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by Lt Gen Sir Thomas Hutton in 1975 and 1976 and by his executors in1987.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers dated 1914-1919 relating to service on Western Front, World War One including typescript memoir. Papers and correspondence relating to first Burma campaign and fall of Rangoon, Jan 1939-Jan 1944, including plan dated 1942 for possible offensive against the Japanese, cooperation between British and Chinese troops and reports on operations; copy correspondence of Gen Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief of India, used to compile the official history of the campaign inBurma, 1941-1955; published articles on the Burma campaign by British officers, 1942-1944; correspondence and unpublished manuscripts relating to histories of the Burma campaign, 1942-1978, including narrative of evacuation of Burma by Col J S Vorley dated 1953 and Hutton's memoir 'Rangoon 1941-1942' dated 1974; transcript of interview for Imperial War Museum relating to mechanisation of the British Army, 1919-1939.

System of arrangement

Rearranged chronologically into sections according to military service. Papers relating to histories of the Burma campaign and the Imperial War Museum have been grouped separately.

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 detailed Catalogue, and also 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

Correspondence between Lt Gen Sir Thomas Jacomb Hutton and LIDDELL HART, 1928-1948, with anobituary of Lady Hutton, is contained in the LIDDELL HART papers (LIDDELL HART 1/393 1928-1948, 1960); correspondence between Lt Gen Sir Thomas Jacomb Hutton and Maj Gen Sir John Noble Kennedy, Nov 1940-Dec 1943, is contained in the Kennedy papers (KENNEDY 4/3). The papers of Maj Gen Stanley Woodburn Kirby cover the period of Hutton's service in Burma.


Compiled Jun 1996

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
  • Documents
  • Field work
  • History
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Interviews
  • Memoirs
  • Military engineering
  • Military history
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Research work
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Vorley, J S, fl 1953, Colonel
  • Wavell, Archibald Percival, 1883-1950, 1st Earl Wavell, Field Marshal

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Chinese Army
  • Japanese Army


  • India, South Asia
  • Rangoon, Myanmar, South East Asia

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