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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Meates
MEATES, Lt Col Geoffrey Wells (1900-1985)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.07 cubic metres (7 boxes)


Name of creator(s)
Meates, Geoffrey Wells, 1900-1985, Lieutenant Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1900; educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, from 1919; commissioned into the Royal Artillery, 1921; service with Royal Artillery, Shoeburyness, Essex, 1921; served with 4 Bde, Royal Artillery, India, 1921-1924; Adjutant, Royal Artillery, India, 1924-1927; Adjutant, 3 (Rangoon) Bde, Royal Artillery (Auxiliary Force), Rangoon, Burma, May-Sep 1927; served at Spike Island, Queenstown, Cork, Ireland, 1929-1930; service as Instructor, Royal Artillery, Clarence Barracks, Portsmouth, Hampshire, 1931-1932; Capt, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1932-1936; retired, Dec 1936; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Instructor, Anti Aircraft militia (Royal Artillery), 1939; served as Capt, 15 Anti Aircraft Battery, 6 Anti Aircraft Regt, Royal Artillery, British Expeditionary Force (BEF), France, 1939; served with 1 Light Anti Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery, BEF, France, Jan-May 1940; Maj, 2 Anti Aircraft Regt, Royal Artillery, 1940; service with 27 Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery, Malta, 1940-1942; Lt Col, 7 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt, Royal Artillery, Malta, 1942-1944, and in Workington, Cumberland, Orkney Islands, and Sandwich, Kent, 1944-1945; retired, 1945; excavated the Roman villa at Lullingstone, Kent; died, 1985. Publications: Lullingstone Roman villa (William Heinemann, London, 1955); Lullingstone Roman villa, Kent (HMSO, London, 1963); The Roman villa at Lullingstone, Kent. Vol 1. The site (Kent Archaeological Society, Maidstone, Kent, 1979); The Roman villa at Lullingstone, Kent. Vol 2. The wall paintings and finds (Kent Archaeological Society, Maidstone, Kent, 1987).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by Meates' literary executor in 1986.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1919-1947, of Lt Col Geoffrey Wells Meates, comprising his diaries, 1919, 1921-1939, 1943-1947, containing detailed narrative entries daily, and correspondence with his parents, 1921-1935, 1939-1945. Meates' diaries and letters record his activities, experiences, surroundings and travels, including his service with the Royal Artillery in Rangoon, Burma, and Calcutta, India, in the 1920s, and with Anti-Aircraft Artillery units in France (British Expeditionary Force, 1939-1940), Malta (1940-1944) and England (1944-1945) during World War Two.

System of arrangement

Meates' diaries (Ref: I) are arranged chronologically by volume and then by loose leaves; correspondence with his parents (Ref: II) is arranged chronologically.

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

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

Allied materials

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

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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  • Anti-aircraft defence
  • Armed forces
  • Artillery
  • Defence
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military equipment
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Organizations
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • Weapons
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Meates, Geoffrey Wells, 1900-1985, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Meates, Geoffrey Wells, 1900-1985, Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Royal Artillery


  • India, South Asia
  • London, England
  • Malta

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