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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Metson
METSON, Dr Gilbert Harold (1907-1981)
Created 1942-1943
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 files


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1907; joined Engineering Department of the Post Office, 1925; after a period in the PhysicsLaboratory he was transferred to regional work in Northern Ireland, where he also carried out research on magnetrons at Queen's University, Belfast; served with Royal Corps of Signals in France, 1940; Commander, 11 Unit, Lines of Communication Signals, North Africa, 1942-1943, and Italy, 1943; General Staff Officer Grade 1, War Office, 1944-1945; worked in Post Office Research Department, 1946, in charge of a group studying the causes of electronic valve failure; appointed Director of Research, 1965; died in 1981.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1981.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to the North African landings (Operation TORCH), 1942, principally comprising signalinstructions, intelligence summaries and various maps and diagrams relating to wireless communication in North Africa, Oct 42; official note concerning project for the establishment of signal communications in Bizerta and Tunis (Operation DECIBEL), including maps andappendices on storage dumps and naval requirements, written by Metson as Commander, 11 Unit, Lines of Communications Signals for circulation to Chief Signal Officer and 11 Unit personnel, Apr 1943.

System of arrangement

2 files

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

This Summary Guide, and published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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



Compiled Feb 1997

Description control

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.

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  • Armed forces
  • Communication process
  • Desert warfare
  • Group communication
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Maps
  • Military communications
  • Military engineering
  • Military intelligence
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Operation Decibel (1943)
  • Operation Torch (1942)
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Bizerta, Tunisia, North Africa
  • Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa

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