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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA O'Regan
O'REGAN, Capt Patrick Valentine William Rowan (1920-1961)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
4 boxes


Name of creator(s)

O'Regan, Patrick Valentine William Rowan, 1920-1961

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1920; Marlborough; Merton College Oxford, 1939; Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), 186 Field Ambulance Service in Middle East, 1940; Intelligence Corps (Field Services Wing), GHQ, Middle East, from May 1942, and Political Warfare Executive Military Training School, from Oct 1943; transferred to Special Operations Executive (SOE), 1944; organised French Resistance in southern France; No 1 Special Force with partisans in Italy, 1944; Force 136, Ceylon, 1945; Foreign Office, 1946; died 1961.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The family deposited the papers, 1980-1991

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers mainly relating to the war service of Patrick O'Regan in France and northern Italy, especially with the Special Operations Executive (SOE), 1940-1981; including papers on SOE operations in Italy with details of partisan staff, operations, equipment, enemy strength, propaganda, personal correspondence with partisans and SOE members, photographs of street fighting, mountain warfare, groups of British and Italian soldiers, victory parades, funerals, operational maps of northern Italy and south-eastern France published and produced by Michelin and the War Office, memorabilia and printed guides to Italy and the German Army, including false identity papers, 1944-1945; papers on the service of O'Regan in France and northern Italy, 1943-1945; manuscript, typescript and copy correspondence between O'Regan and his mother and others including his wife and brother, mainly relating to his service with the 186 Field Ambulance Service, Intelligence Corps and from Ceylon, preparations for a parachute drop into France, the Political Warfare Executive, training in Algiers, account by O'Regan of his experiences with partisans near Turin and other parts of northern Italy, O'Regan's post-war political views, letters to Italian partisans in the aftermath of World War Two, application to Foreign service, 1940-1952; proceedings of a conference in Bologna relating to No 1 Special force and the Italian Resistance during World War Two, 2 vols, 1981; obituaries, 1961.


3 accessions, 1980-1991.

System of arrangement

A series of files and books as described above in the Scope and Content section. Most correspondence, some photographs, obituaries and the Bologna conference proceedings constitute the 2nd and 3rd accessions.

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.

Please note: A photocopy of a letter (ref: O’Regan 2/6) from O’Regan to his mother, July 1944, to be opened in the event of his death, is now OPEN with the consent of the O’Regan family, having previously been closed.  April 2016.

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, Italian and German

Finding aids

Draft list is available online and in hard copy in the reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

LHCMA: SOE related papers include: Dobrski, Evans, Microform: OSS/London: Special Operations Branch and Secret Intelligence Branch War Diaries, Mockler-Ferryman, Myers, Nind, Prentice/Wickstead, Willert, Woodhouse.



Decorations: MC and Bar.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: obituaries.

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell for the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions

National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

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

June 2003, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Armed forces
  • Communication process
  • Guerilla activities
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Oppression
  • Organizations
  • Persuasion
  • Political movements
  • Propaganda
  • Resistance to oppression
  • Special forces
  • State security
  • War
  • War propaganda
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)
  • Military Intelligence

Personal names

  • O'Regan, Patrick Valentine William Rowan, 1920-1961

Corporate names

  • PWE, Political Warfare Executive
  • SOE, Special Operations Executive


  • France
  • Italy
  • Sri Lanka, South Asia

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