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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA North
Title
NORTH, Maj John Francis Allen (1894-1973)
Date(s)
Created 1927-[1968]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
12 boxes or 0.12 cubic metres

Context

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1894; studied history and law at Downing College, Cambridge; 2nd Lt, Northamptonshire Regt, 1917; Lt, 1918; served in France and Belgium, [1918]; called to Bar, Gray's Inn, 1921; joined London Press Exchange, 1922; Director, 1937; General Staff, War Office, 1939; Allied Force HQ, North Africa, 1943; War Office, 1944; served in missions to Belgium, Holland, Germany, Greece, and Italy, 1944-1945; appointed by War Office to write North West Europe volume in HMSO series of short military histories of Second World War; died in 1973. Publications: Girl or boy (Jarrolds, London, 1925); A comedy of women (Jarrolds, London, 1926); A daughter of twenty (Jarrolds, London, 1927); Patricia lacked a lover (Jarrolds, London, 1928); Unmarried life (Jarrolds, London, 1928); St Peter and the profile (Jarrolds, London, 1930); A shade Byronic (Jarrolds, London, 1933); Gallipoli (Faber and Faber, London, 1936); North-West Europe, 1944-1945 (HMSO, London, 1953); (ed) Men fighting (Faber and Faber, London, 1958); (ed) The Alexander memoirs (Cassell, London, 1962).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Girl or boy (Jarrolds, London, 1925); A comedy of women (Jarrolds, London, 1926); A daughter of twenty (Jarrolds, London, 1927); Patricia lacked a lover (Jarrolds, London, 1928); Unmarried life (Jarrolds, London, 1928); St Peter and the profile (Jarrolds, London, 1930); A shade Byronic (Jarrolds, London, 1933); Gallipoli (Faber and Faber, London, 1936); North-West Europe, 1944-1945 (HMSO, London, 1953); (ed) Men fighting (Faber and Faber, London, 1958); (ed) The Alexander memoirs (Cassell, London, 1962).

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1977.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Gallipoli (Faber and Faber, London, 1936), 1927-1967, principally comprising original typescript, [1936]; correspondence, 1927-1967, notably with Brig Gen Cecil Faber Aspinall-Oglander, 1933-1939, Gen Sir Ian (Standish Monteith) Hamilton, 1934-1941, Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1936-1937, AF Sir Roger John Brownlow Keyes, Bt, 1934-1939, and Maj Gen Arthur Cecil Temperley, 1935-1939; newspaper cuttings, [1915]-1966, including reviews of Gallipoli, 1936-1937, and cuttings relating to the Gallipoli campaign, [1915]-1966; 'Gallipoli', [script of radio programme] by Val Henry Gielgud, 1936; photographs of Gallipoli taken by North, [1936]. Papers relating to North West Europe (HMSO, London, 1953), 1943-1961, including original typescript, [1953]; correspondence, 1944-1957, notably with Liddell Hart, 1953-1954, and FM Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, 1954-1955; press cuttings, 1943-1961, comprising reviews of North West Europe, 1944-1945, dated 1953-1954, and cuttings relating to World War Two, dated 1943-1961; official US Government and HMSO publications relating to World War Two, 1945-1946. Papers relating to The Alexander memoirs (Cassell, London, 1962), dated 1941, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1959-1964, including draft copy, [1962], and published copy, 1962; correspondence, 1961-1964, notably with FM Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, 1961-1963, Liddell Hart, 1961-1962, and Montgomery, 1962; newspaper cuttings, 1945-1946, 1948, 1959-1963; photographs taken by North and Alexander on a visit to the Middle East and Italy, 1960. Other papers, [1931-1968], including articles by North, [1939-1966], notably concerning training, tactics and weaponry; correspondence, [1933-1960]; maps of UK and North West Europe, 1931-1944; press cuttings, 1939-1966, including reviews of Men Fighting (Faber and Faber, London, 1958), 1958-1959; 'Diary of the Belgian Campaign, May 1940', typescript text by AF Sir Roger John Brownlow Keyes, dated [1940].

System of arrangement

Gallipoli; North West Europe; Alexander memoirs; other papers.

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
English
Finding aids

Draft catalogue available online and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room. Not all sections of correspondence and press cuttings have been listed in detail.

Allied materials

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

Notes

Note
Compiled Mar 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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Date(s) of descriptions

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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Subjects

  • Armed forces
  • Broadcasting
  • Communications media
  • Higher science education
  • History
  • Information sciences
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Maps
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military equipment
  • Military history
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Newspapers
  • Organizations
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Radio
  • Radio programmes
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • Weapons
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Alexander, Harold Rupert Leofric George, 1891-1969, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Field Marshal
  • Gielgud, Val Henry, 1900-1981, author and actor
  • Hamilton, Sir, Ian Standish Monteith, 1853-1947, Knight, General
  • Keyes, Roger John Brownlow, 1872-1945, 1st Baron Keyes of Zeebrugge and Dover, Admiral of the Fleet
  • Liddell Hart, Sir, Basil Henry, 1895-1970, Knight, Captain, military historian
  • Montgomery, Bernard Law, 1887-1976, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein and Hindhead, Field Marshal
  • Oglander, Cecil Faber, Aspinall-, 1878-1959, Brigadier General
  • Temperley, Arthur Cecil, 1877-1940, Major General

Corporate names

  • British Army

Places

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Gallipoli, Turkey, Middle East
  • Italy
  • London, England
  • Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa

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