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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Parker
PARKER, Lt Col Robert Malcolm (1918-1996)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 files, 1 vol.


Name of creator(s)

Parker, Robert Malcolm, 1918-1996, Lieutenant Colonel

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1918; educated: Mill Hill School; Merton College, Oxford 1937-1939 and 1945-1946. 1st class Hons in Maths BA and MA; Royal Engineers, Oct 1939; 2nd Lt, Mar 1946; field units and HQ 8th Army; mentioned in despatches twice, once in 1943 other unknown; served in France, [1940]; North Africa including El Alamein, 1942; Italy, 1943-1944; Staff College Camberley, 1944; MBE, 1944; served in Holland and Germany including the battle of Arnhem, 1944-1945; Lt Col, [1945]; OBE, [1945]; Head of Maths, Repton School, 1947-1949; Administrative Assistant in Education Dept, Salop County Council, 1949-1953; Assistant Education Officer then Deputy Director of Education, West Sussex County Council, 1953-1967; Chief Education Officer, Somerset County Council, 1967-1974; retired, 1974; died, 1996.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from the family, 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Lt Col Robert Malcolm Parker, 1945-1946, relating to his career in the Royal Engineers, comprising account of the operations of 8 Corps in North West Europe, Mar-May 1945, entitled 'The River Rhine to the Baltic Sea: a narrative account of the pursuit and final defeat of the German Armed Forces, March-May 1945', with a foreword by Lt Gen Evelyn Hugh Barker, as Commanding Officer, 8 Corps; account of the Finkenwärder U Boat pen, Hamburg, Germany, with site plan, and description of the intended method of demolition, by 224 Field Coy, Royal Engineers, and 8 Corps Troops, Royal Engineers, [1945]; papers relating to Exercise SWANSONG, Germany, Mar 1946, including Royal Engineer commands and staff planning for the assault crossing of wide rivers, accounts of exercise operations, situation reports, printed maps and sketch maps; uncaptioned official Army photograph of the construction of a large bridge, [Germany, 1945]; telegram announcing German surrender, 4 May 1945 and chart of Allied formation badges, in colour, 8 May 1945.

System of arrangement

Original order

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 provided 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 Archives and Information Management, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

No additional finding aids.

Allied materials

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

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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

Feb 2008

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  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Clothing
  • European history
  • German history
  • Higher science education
  • International conflicts
  • Military engineering
  • Military exercises
  • Military uniforms
  • National history
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • Submarines
  • Textiles
  • Uniforms
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Parker, Robert Malcolm, 1918-1996, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Parker, Robert Malcolm, 1918-1996, Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • Royal Engineers


  • Germany

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