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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Nelson
NELSON, Maj Gen Sir (Eustace) John (Blois) (1912-1993)
Created [1982]
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1912; educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge; commissioned into Grenadier Guards, Sep 1933; Lt, 1935; saw first active service with 3 Bn Grenadier Guards in the retreat to Dunkirk, 1940; Capt, 1940; served with 3 Bn and 5 Bn, Grenadier Guards in North Africa and Italy, 1943-1945; stood unsuccessfully as Conservative candidate for Whitechapel, London in General Election of 1945; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, HQ London District, 1946; commanded 1 Guards Parachute Bn, Palestine, 1946-1948; employed in War Office, 1946-1949; commanded 1 Bn Grenadier Guards, North Africa, 1950-1952; specially employed as General Staff Officer Grade 1 in planning of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation, 1952-1953; member of Planning Staff, NATO Standing Group, British Joint Staff Mission, Washington DC, 1954-1956; studied at Imperial Defence College, 1958; commanded 4 Guards Bde, Germany, 1959-1961; General Officer Commanding, London District and Maj Gen commanding Household Bde, 1962-1965; General Officer Commanding Berlin (British Sector), 1966-1968; retired, 1968; died in 1993.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Nelson in 1982.

Content & structure

Scope and content

'Always a Grenadier', a memoir covering his life and career, 1916-1968, notably his evacuation from Dunkirk, May 1940, his service with the Grenadier Guards in North Africa, 1942-1943 and 1950-1952, and Italy, 1943-1945, including the landings at Anzio, Jan 1944, and with the 1 Guards Parachute Bn, Palestine, 1946-1948, his involvement in the planning of the Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation, 1952-1953, his work as a member of the Planning Staff, NATO Standing Group, British Joint Services Mission, Washington DC, 1954-1956, his service in Germany, 1959-1961, as General Officer Commanding, London District, 1962-1965, including his involvement in the planning of Rt Hon Sir Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill's funeral, 1965, and as General Officer Commanding Berlin (British Sector), 1966-1968, privately printed by the Grenadier Guards in [1982].

System of arrangement

single item

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.

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Finding aids

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Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
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Decorations: KCVO, CB, DSO, OBE, MC

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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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  • Alliances
  • Armed forces
  • Berlin Wall
  • Boundaries
  • Documents
  • East West relations
  • Foreign relations
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International law
  • International relations
  • International tensions
  • Memoirs
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Rights of states
  • State security
  • Territorial rights
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Churchill, Sir, Winston Leonard Spencer, 1874-1965, Knight, statesman
  • Elizabeth II, b 1926, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization


  • Anzio, Italy
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Dunkirk, France
  • East Germany
  • London, England
  • North Africa
  • Palestine, Middle East

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