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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Kilner Brown
KILNER BROWN, Col Hon Sir Ralph 1909-2003
1945, 1994, 2003
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
one file or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Kilner Brown, Hon Sir, Ralph, 1909-2003, Colonel, Knight

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1909; educated Kingswood School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge; joined Territorial Army, 1938; commissioned, 2 Lieutenant, March 1939; called up, July 1939; Deputy Adjutant and Quarter Master General, North West Europe Plans; Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters 53 Welsh Division, 1943; Assistant Quarter Master General (Planning), Chief Of Staff to Supreme Allied Commander; Lieutenant Colonel Quartering (Operations) and Brigadier Quartering Staff Headquarters, 21 Army Group, 1944; compiled Army textbook on Administration in the Field of War, 1945; retired with rank of Honorary Colonel, Territorial Army Reserve of Officers, 1952; died, 2003.

Publications: Top brass and no brass. The inside story of the alliance of Britain and America (Lewes, 1991).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, April 2004

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers relating to the life and military service of Colonel Sir Ralph Kilner Brown, 1944-1945, 1994, 2003, including: front page and flyleaf of A collection of Field Marshal Montgomery's personal messages to 21 Army Group, Normandy to the Baltic, 6 June 1944 - 8 May 1945 (21 Army Group, 1945) featuring signatures of FM Bernard Law Montgomery and other staff; HQ 21 Army Group Q Cavalcade, caricatures of 21 Army Group HQ personnel by 'Diz', including Maj Gen Miles Graham, Maj Gen 'Gerry' Feilden, Brig Lymer, Col Charles Hardie, Col W H Jackson, Lt Col 'Koko' Weldon, Lt Col McLintock, Major Brockelbande, Maj Parry, Maj Paul Wright, Sheena Strachan, Peggy Metcalfe, Brenda Chapher, SSM Moyston and Col Ralph Kilner Brown, 1944; article by Colonel Sir Ralph Kilner Brown, 'D-DAY: a great day for Britain' published in Vintage Times , 1994; and obituaries of Colonel Sir Ralph Kilner Brown, 2003.

System of arrangement

One file as above in Scope and Content.

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

The originals are retained by the family.



Decorations: OBE (Mil), TD, DL

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

July 2007

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  • Caricatures
  • Drawings
  • International conflicts
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Kilner Brown, Hon Sir, Ralph, 1909-2003, Colonel, Knight
  • Kilner Brown, Hon Sir, Ralph, 1909-2003, Colonel, Knight
  • Montgomery, Bernard Law, 1887-1976, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein and Hindhead, Field Marshal

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