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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Kiggell
KIGGELL, Lt Gen Sir Launcelot Edward (1862-1954)
Created 1909-1919
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 1 cubic metre


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1862; educated in Ireland and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; entered Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 1882; adjutant of 2 Battalion, 1886-1890; Staff College, 1893-1894; Instructor at Royal Military College, 1895-1897; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, South Eastern District, 1897-1899; served in Boer War on staff of Sir Redvers Buller, on HQ Staff at Pretoria, and as Assistant Adjutant General, Harrismith District and Natal, 1899-1902; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Staff College,1904-1907; revised Operations of War by Sir Edward Bruce Hamley (William Blackwood and Sons, London, 1866 revised 1907); General Staff Officer Grade 1 at Army HQ, 1907-1909; Brig Gen in charge of administration, Scottish Command, 1909; Director of Staff Duties, War Office, 1909-1913; Commandant, Staff College, Camberley, 1913-1914; Director of Home Defence, War Office, 1914-1915; Chief of General Staff, British Armies in France, 1915-1918; Lt Gen, 1917; General Officer Commanding and Lt Governor, Guernsey, 1918-1920; retired, 1920; died in 1954.


Operations of War by Sir Edward Bruce Hamley (William Blackwood and Sons, London, 1866), revised by Kiggell in 1907.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1966.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Letters dated 1909-1914 from FM Earl Haig, Chief of General Staff in India and Commander-in-Chief at Aldershot, including potential candidates for appointments and Indian Army policy including reorganisation and recruitment; letters dated 1914-1918 from Haig, General Officer Commanding 1 Corps and Commander-in-Chief, British Armies, France, referring to operations including Dardanelles, Verdun; letters dated 1914-1918 from FM Sir Henry Wilson, British military representative at SupremeWar Council, Versailles, including French war effort; correspondence dated 1915-1921 with FM Sir William Robertson, General HQ British Armies in the Field including shortage of supplies and troops; Kiggell's demi-official correspondence when Chief of General Staff, 1916-1919, with various commanders on subjects including administration, planned operations, supply of guns and ammunition to Belgium, France and Russia and staff appointments; recollections dated 1919 of Chantilly conference, Nov 1916, to consider planned operations in 1917.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically into section according to correspondent. Kiggell's correspondence while Chief of General Staff and papers relating to the conference at Chantilly, 1917, have been grouped together. The index to the papers is arranged in sections covering people, places, military service units and subjects.

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

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.

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

Jun 1996


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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military logistics
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Military strategy
  • Organizations
  • Seas
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Haig, Douglas, 1861-1928, 1st Earl Haig, Field Marshal
  • Robertson, Sir, William Robert, 1860-1933, 1st Baronet, Field Marshal
  • Wilson, Sir, Henry Hughes, 1864-1922, Knight, Field Marshal and politician

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Belgium
  • Chantilly, France
  • Crimea
  • Dardanelles, Turkey, Middle East
  • Mediterranean Sea, Seas
  • Russia, Eastern Europe
  • Verdun, France
  • Versailles, France

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