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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Johnston D
JOHNSTON, Maj Duncan (1914-1945)
Created [1942], 1945, 1962, 1976, 1987
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1914; joined Royal Marines in [1933]; served in Egypt, 1939-1940, UK, 1940, and Middle East, [1941]; Officer Commanding, Force Viper, Burma, 1942; served with Detachment 385, carrying out small boat clandestine operations against the Japanese from a base in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), 1944-1945; killed in action, Feb 1945.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre in 1987 from originals lent by the family.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers primarily relating to his service in the Royal Marines during the period 1942-1945, written in [1942], 1945, 1962, 1976 and 1987, principally comprising typescript copy of Johnston's account of Force Viper operations in the Burma Campaign, 1942, written in [1942] and copied in 1987, photocopy of 'The Red Vipers', an article on Force Viper operations in Burma in 1942, by Cecil Hampshire, from The Navy, 1962; photocopy of Johnston's obituary from The Times , 24 Apr 1945.

System of arrangement

1 file

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


Compiled Sep 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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  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • Royal Marines


  • Ceylon
  • South East Asia
  • Sri Lanka, South Asia

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