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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Kirwan
KIRWAN, Lt Col Sir (Archibald) Laurence (Patrick) (1907-1999)
1939-1948, 1960
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Kirwan, Archibald Laurence Patrick, 1907-1999, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1907; educated at Wimbledon School and Merton College, Oxford; Assistant Director, Archaeological Survey of Nubia, 1929-1934; Field Director, Oxford University expeditions to Sudan, 1934-1937; exploratory journeys in eastern Sudan and Aden Protectorate, 1938-1939; service in Intelligence Corps, Territorial Army Reserve of Officers, 1939-1957; service on Joint Staff, Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence, 1942-1945; acting Lt Col, 1943; attended QUADRANT Conference, Quebec, Canada, Aug 1943; released from active military service with honorary rank of Lt Col, 1945; Director and Secretary, Royal Geographical Society, 1945-1975; editor, Geographical Journal , 1945-1978; President, British Institute in Eastern Africa, 1961-1981; President, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1961-1962; on United Nations register of fact-finding experts, 1968; honorary Vice President, Royal Geographical Society, 1981-1999.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Bequest from Sir Laurence Kirwan, 1999.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Sir Laurence Kirwan, relating chiefly to his military service in World War Two, including Kirwan's call up notice as a reserve officer, 1939; papers relating to the travel, administrative and accommodation arrangements for the QUADRANT Conference, Quebec, Canada, Aug 1943; programme for 'The Army Show: Canada's all-soldier stage show', c 1943; paper, 'Operation Overboard appreciation' parodying arrangements for Operation OVERLORD, c 1944; copy of The Evening News, 7 May 1945, concerning the surrender of Germany; copy of The Stars and Stripes: daily newspaper of US Armed Forces in the European Theater , Germany edition, 15 Aug 1945, concerning the surrender of Japan; printed report, 'Germany's war effort and its failure', by the Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee, chaired by Kirwan, of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Oct 1945; essay, 'Seeds of trouble in Europe' concerning potential areas for future conflict, by Mrs B C Horton, produced as a discussion document for the Civil Defence Welfare Fund, c 1945; official programme for Victory celebration parade, Jun 1946; motor fuel ration book, 1947-1948; authorisation card, Control Commission Germany, 1948; programme for royal review of the Brigade of Gurkhas by HM the Queen and the King of Nepal, London, Oct 1960.

System of arrangement

One 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

Collection level description

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Kate O'Brien

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 2003

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  • International conflicts
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Kirwan, Archibald Laurence Patrick, 1907-1999, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Kirwan, Archibald Laurence Patrick, 1907-1999, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Civil Defence Welfare Fund


  • Canada, North America
  • Germany

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