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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Jacobs-Larkcom
JACOBS-LARKCOM, Col Eric Herbert Larkcom (1895-1982)
Created 1916-1945
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
Ā½ box or 0.005 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1895; educated at University College School and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; commissioned into Corps of Royal Engineers, 1916; served in World War One, 1914-1918; service on Western Front with 15 Field Company, Royal Engineers, 8 Div, 2 Army, 1917-1918; Lt, 1918; served with 40 Fortress Company, Royal Engineers, Hong Kong, the Legation Guard, Peking, and toured west and south western China, 1919-1922; service in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tientsin, 1925-1928; Capt, 1926; Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1930-1931; Specially Employed, War Office, 1932-1933; General Staff Officer 3, War Office, 1933-1935; Bde Maj, Aldershot Command, 1935-1937; Maj, 1936; General Staff Officer 2, 1938-1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Brevet Lt Col,1939; temporary Lt Col, 1939-1940; served in French campaign as General Staff Officer 1, 1939-1940; evacuated from Dunkirk, 1940; worked on decoys, UK, 1940-1942; second in command, British Military Mission to China, Chunking, 1942-1945; commanded an Officer's Group attached to Chinese Gen Li Mo-an's Group Army, 1942-1945; Col, 1943; travelled extensively in China, 1943-1945; awarded CBE, 1946; retired from Army and transferred to Foreign Service, 1946; in charge of Harbin Consulate-General, Changchun, China, 1947-1948; Consul-Gen, Kunming, 1948-1949; Consul, Tamsui, Formosa, 1951-1953; Consul, Chiengmai, Siam, 1954-1958; retired from ForeignService, 1958; died 1982.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre from originals lent by the family in 1982. The three typescript articles relating to China were presented to the Centre by the family in 1982.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to service in World War One, 1917-1919, and in China, 1921-1945, including copies of personal letters from Army colleagues, 1918-1919; copy of manuscript account of service during third battle of Ypres, 1917; typescript narrative diary of 15 Field Company Royal Engineers, 8 Div, 2 Army, Somme, German March offensive, 1918, with copy of manuscript account ofthe German attack, 21 Mar 1918; correspondence relating to road surveys in China, 1921-1927, with copy of typescript account of journey by Jacobs-Larkcom from Yunnan to Sichuan, China, 1921; copies of two manuscript narrative diaries, British Military Mission to China, 1943-1945; three typescript articles relating to China entitled 'Disease', 'For those interested in the Chinese language' and 'River travel-and a question of cash' [1945].

System of arrangement

4 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
Related units of description

As China fell. The experiences of a British Consul's wife, 1946-1953 (Stockwell, Ilfracombe, 1976) byDorothy Jacobs-Larkcom.

Publication note
As China fell. The experiences of a British Consul's wife, 1946-1953 (Stockwell, Ilfracombe, 1976) by Dorothy Jacobs-Larkcom.


Compiled Sep 1998

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
  • Asian languages
  • Chinese
  • Diaries
  • Diplomacy
  • Documents
  • Engineering
  • Foreign relations
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military engineering
  • Military missions
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Organizations
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • South and Southeast Asian languages
  • State security
  • Surveying
  • War
  • War diaries
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • German Army


  • Sichuan, China, East Asia
  • Somme, river, France
  • Ypres, Belgium
  • Yunnan, China, East Asia

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