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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Lennox-Boyd, George Edward
LENNOX-BOYD, Maj George Edward (1902-1943)
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 volumes, 1 file


Name of creator(s)

Boyd | George Edward Lennox- | 1902-1943 | Major

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1902; educated at Bradfield College, Berkshire; 2 Lt, Highland Light Infantry, 1927; attended Christ Church, Oxford, 1928-1930; Lieutenant, 1930; visited USA, 1936; visited Spain as an observer, Spanish Civil War, 1938-1939; visited Germany with his brother, Lt Donald Breay Hague Lennox-Boyd, 1939, both were arrested; Donald Lennox-Boyd died in custody, but George Lennox-Boyd was released; Major, 1940; elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1940; died of pneumonia, Scotland, 1943.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family, 2011.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Two albums relating to Lennox-Boyd's experience as an observer of Nationalist and Republican forces, Spanish Civil War, 1938-1939, and his subsequent work in relief aid to Spanish civilians.  Contents include:

Letters of introduction and safe conduct passes (in Spanish).

Nationalist propaganda postcards, including photographic postcards depicting Nationalist leader Gen Francisco Franco, Gen Emilio Mola, Gen Antonio Aranda, Capt Jose Moscardo and Capt Juan Yague.

Captioned photographs of bomb-damaged cities, including Sevilla (Seville), Huesca and Malaga.

Photographs of Nationalist troops, and of dead and wounded civilians.

Uncaptioned photographs of Republican troops taken by Magnum photographers including Robert Capa.

UK press cuttings relating to relief aid to Spain, 1939.

Published articles by Lennox-Boyd, including 'A censored article', printed in The Star, 19 Jan 1939, describing casualties and destruction after Nationalist aerial bombardment of Barcelona; offprint longer version of the same article, entitled 'Death comes to Barcelona', sold as a fundraising pamphlet for the National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief; 'The agony of Spain - after Barcelona', published in The Hampshire Advertiser [1939].

Letters and telegrams received by Lennox-Boyd, 1938-1939, including requests for help, messages of support and one telegram death threat.

Snapshot photographs and press cuttings relating to members of the Lennox-Boyd family [1939].

Uncaptioned group photographs of British Army personnel including gas mask practice [1939].

Notification of Lennox-Boyd's election as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1940.

Also typescript detailed account by Lennox-Boyd of his role in a convoy of food lorries travelling across France into Spain, to assist Republican refugees [1939], with a description of relief work undertaken by the Quaker Relief Party led by Dr Audrey Russell, and an additional copy of The Star, 19 Jan 1939.

System of arrangement

Items in the two albums appear to be broadly chronological (most are undated).  The typescript account of relief work and additional issue of The Star, 1939, are in a separate file.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

The collection is open for consultation in the Archives Reading Room only, subject to signature of a Reader Undertaking form and appropriate provision of two forms of identification.

Conditions governing reproduction

The contents of the albums may not be reproduced by any means, including digital photography.  For further information concerning images from Magnum Photos, including the photographs of Robert Capa, please see (information correct as at October 2014).

Copies from the file may be supplied for research use only.  Requests to publish original material should be submitted to Archives Services..

Language/scripts of material

English, Spanish and French

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Two outsize volumes and one file

Finding aids

This summary guide

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Existence and location of copies

See for photographs by Robert Capa and other Magnum photographers from the Spanish Civil War.

Related units of description

The papers of Capt T H Wintringham, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, include material, 1936-1939, relating to his service as commander, British Bn, 15 International Brigade, Spain 1937 (ref: Wintringham 1/1-2).

The papers and photographs of Maj G E Lennox-Boyd's brother, Maj F G Lennox-Boyd, are also held in the LHCMA (ref: Lennox-Boyd F G).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Biographical information from the family and Army List 1930.  Additional information from Christ Church, Oxford - see (accessed October 2014).

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

October 2014.

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