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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Jowett
JOWETT, Col Sgt George (1921-2004)
c 2000-2004
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Jowett, George 'The Joker', 1921-2004, Colour Sergeant

Administrative / Biographical history

Born Oldham, Lancashire, 1922; worked as a coal miner, joined King's Own Royal Border Regiment; volunteered for Special Service; served with Troop 3, No 6 Commando, Normandy, 1944-1945; returned to King's Own Royal Border Regiment, Nov 1945; Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 1946; Colour Sergeant, 1946; demobilised, 1947, died 2004.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by George Jowett in 2004.

Content & structure

Scope and content

My long journey: a true story of World War II as seen through the eyes of a former commando soldier , typescript memoir by Colour Sergeant George 'The Joker' Jowett, including descriptions of training with King's Own Royal Border Regiment in Armagh, Northern Ireland and Liverpool, England; selection for Special Service as a Commando; training at the Commando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry, 1942; D-Day preparations with 6 Commando, May 1944; D-Day landings and subsequent action, Normandy, June 1944; evacuation after being wounded and recovery in Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Gloret Auxiliary hospital, June-July 1944; return to service in Ostend, Jan 1945; serious injury while on patrol, Feb 14 1945; treatment and physical therapy in Lille, France; posting in Veroa, Greece, Famagusta, Cyprus and Tobruk with the King's Own Royal Border Regiment after the disbanding of the Commandos, 1946-1947; demobilisation, 1947. Also typescript memoir 'D Day: before and after', account of the Normandy landings June 1944 excerpted from 'My Long Journey'.

System of arrangement

1 file as above.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

An account of the same D-Day operations by Cliff Morris, George Jowett's friend and fellow member of 3 Troop, 6 Commando, is located in the Derek Mill-Roberts papers at the LHCMA.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon

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

Aug 2007

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  • Armed forces
  • Higher science education
  • International conflicts
  • Medical sciences
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military medicine
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Operation Overlord (1944)
  • Organizations
  • Special forces
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Jowett, George 'The Joker', 1921-2004, Colour Sergeant

Corporate names

  • King's Own Royal Border Regiment


  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Lille, France
  • Normandy, France
  • Ostend, Belgium
  • Tobruk, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Africa

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