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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Lever
LEVER, Capt George Harold (1892-1973)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.02 cubic metres (2 boxes)


Name of creator(s)
Lever, George Harold, 1892-1973, Captain
Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1892; trained as wireless operator by Marconi's, Chelmsford, Essex; employed as wireless operator, Red Star Line, 1912-1914; served in World War One, 1914-1918; commissioned as Lt, South African Defence Force, and served with South African Field Telegraphs, German South West Africa, 1914-1915; resigned commission, Sep 1915; appointed temporary 2nd Lt, Corps of Royal Engineers (Signals), Nov 1915; served in Egypt, 1916; temporary Lt, 1916; service as Wireless-Telegraphy Officer, 12 Corps [1917-1918]; Wireless-Telegraphy Officer, Salonika, 1919; demobilised, 1919; employed by Marconi's, Jun-Sep 1919; rejoined Corps of Royal Engineers as Capt, Sep 1919; Wireless-Telegraphy Liaison Officer and senior Wireless Telegraphy Officer, British Military Mission to South Russia, 1919-1920; Wireless-Telegraphy Officer, Cork, Ireland, during Anglo-Irish War, 1920-1921; resigned commission, 1921; employed by The Manchester Guardian ; died, 1973.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Lever, via Dr R P Bartlett, Department of Russian Studies, University of Keele, Staffordshire, in 1973.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1915-1971, of Capt George Harold Lever relating to his service as a wireless operator. Papers, 1915-[1956] and undated, relating to the campaign in German South West Africa in 1914-1915 include notes on the campaign which cover a period at Kuruman Mission Station, journey with the Advance Eastern Force Kalahari Desert to Keetmanshoop, joining the column to Karibib and Tsumeb, and accounts of life on the marsh, the Boer natives, and meeting General (Louis) Botha. Photographs of South Africa, 1915, include Kuruman, the desert, and General Botha. Three photographs portray Lever in London, 1915, and Chelmsford, 1919. Papers on the British Military Mission to Southern Russia, 1919-1920, comprise Lever's diary, covering his service as Wireless Telegraphy Officer and including photographs; and glass lantern slides, largely reproduced in the diary. Papers, 1918-1971, on Lever's service and postings between 1914 and 1922 include reports and correspondence.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following sections: papers relating to campaign in German South West Africa; photographs of the same; other miscellaneous photographs; British Military Mission to Russia: diary and lantern slides; miscellaneous papers relating to service. The loose photographs of the campaign in German West Africa and the glass negatives of the mission in South Russia were arranged chronologically where possible.

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

Draft list available online and in hard copy in the reading room. 

Allied materials

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

King's College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, holds papers of FM George Francis Milne, 1st Baron Milne of Salonika and of Rubislaw, County Aberdeen (1866-1948), containing Milne's despatches as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, British Army of the Black Sea, Russia, 1916-1920 (Ref: Milne).

Description control

Archivist's Note
Compiled by Iain Mutch; revised by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.
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
Nov 1999, Mar 2001, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Broadcasting technology
  • Communication technology
  • Information technology
  • International conflicts
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • Wireless telegraphy
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Botha, Louis, 1862-1919, South African General and Statesman
  • Lever, George Harold, 1892-1973, Captain
  • Lever, George Harold, 1892-1973, Captain


  • Crimea
  • Russia, Eastern Europe
  • South Africa, Southern Africa

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