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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Jeffries
JEFFRIES, Brig William Francis (1891-1969)
Created 1914-1945
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1891; educated at Downside and Trinity College, Cambridge; commissioned into Royal Dublin Fusiliers (Special Reserve), 1914; served in World War One with Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 1914-1918; service on Western Front, including Second Battle of Ypres, 1915, and Battle of the Somme, 1916; Maj, 1917; awarded DSO, 1918; Secretary to HM Legation to Vatican, Rome, 1919-1920; Intelligence Staff, Dublin and Horse Guards, 1920-1921; Maj, Reserve of Officers, 1922; Administrative Officer, Southern Nigeria, 1923-1927; Maj, General Staff, 1938; Secretary of Junior Carlton Club, 1938-1958; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; General Staff, Special Employment, War Office, 1939-1940; Col, 1940; Commandant, Intelligence Corps, 1940-1942; Deputy Head of psychological warfare department, Middle East, and Central Mediterranean Forces, 1943-1945; Brig, 1943; awarded CBE, 1945; died 1969. Publications: Two undergraduates in the East (Sports and Sportsmen, London, 1914).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Two undergraduates in the East (Sports and Sportsmen, London, 1914).

Copies made by the Centre from originals lent by the family in 1981.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers and negatives of photographs relating to his career, 1914-1945, including printed copy of message to officers, non-commissioned officers and men of 8 Corps from Lt Gen Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston, Battle of the Somme, 4 Jul 1916; typescript letter by Jeffries, dated 1930, to the Director, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, on the attack by 2 Bn, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 4 Div, 8 Corps, Battle of the Somme, 1 Jul 1916; typescript text of lecture entitled 'Commandant's address to newly commissioned IO's' [Intelligence Officers] [1942]; typescript Directorate of Army Psychiatry Research Memorandum No 11/02/9A, by Lt Col Henry Victor Dicks, Royal Army Medical Corps, entitled 'The psychological foundations of the Wehrmacht', 1944. Papers on the surrender and occupation of Italy, 1943-1945, including typescript drafts, in English, German and Italian, of announcement by FM Hon Sir Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean Theatre of War, on the surrender of German and Fascist Republican forces in Italy, 1945; typescript memorandum entitled 'Note on documents taken from Mussolini by Italian partisans and handed to Brigadier Jeffries on May 18th 1945'.

System of arrangement

3 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
English, some Italian and German.
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

Papers relating to Jeffries' career and his war service medals are held by the Maritime Archives and Library, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool (Ref: D/Jef).

Publication note
Papers relating to Jeffries' career and his war service medals are held by the Maritime Archives and Library, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool (Ref: D/Jef).


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
  • Battles of the Somme, 1916
  • Humanitarian law
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Liberation movements
  • Medical sciences
  • Military engineering
  • Military intelligence
  • Military medicine
  • Military organizations
  • Occupied territories
  • Operations on the Somme (1 July-18 November, 1916)
  • Organizations
  • Peace
  • Political movements
  • State security
  • Surgery
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Alexander, Harold Rupert Leofric George, 1891-1969, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Field Marshal
  • Dicks, Henry Victor, fl 1941-1993, Colonel, psychiatrist
  • Mussolini, Benito Amilcare Andrea, 1883-1945, Italian Prime Minister and dictator
  • Weston, Sir, Aylmer, Hunter-, 1864-1940, Knight, Lieutenant General

Corporate names

  • 4th Division
  • British Army
  • German Army
  • Italian Army
  • Royal Army Medical Corps
  • VIII Corps


  • Italy
  • Somme, river, France

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