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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Percival
PERCIVAL, Edgar Wikner ([1898]-1984)
Created 1919-1920
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in [1898] in New South Wales, Australia; educated at Sydney Technical College and Sydney University; served in 7 Australian Light Horse and 60 and 11 Sqns, Royal Flying Corps and RAF, 1914-1918; served as Air Ministry approved test pilot on flying boats, seaplanes and land planes; founder, chairman, managing director and chief designer, Percival Aircraft Limited; designed Saro-Percival Mail Plane, 1930, Percival Gull, 1931-1932 and Percival Mew Gull, 1933; won many air races and trophies, both national and international, and set a number of aviation records; served in Reserve of Air Force Officers, 1929-1939; Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 1939-1945; founder member of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators; died in 1984.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1986.

Content & structure

Scope and content

List of stations on the Tomsk, Sabaikal, Omsk and Chinese Eastern Lines compiled in connection with British Military Mission in Irkutsk, USSR, 1919, with annotations made by the Commanding Officer of the mission while retreating from the Bolsheviks, 1919-1920. Passed to Percival for use on a planned round-the-world flight.

System of arrangement

1 file

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

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

RAF Museum, Hendon and Australian National Museum, Canberra also hold material relating to Percival.

Publication note
RAF Museum, Hendon and Australian National Museum, Canberra also hold material relating to Percival.


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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  • Air transport
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign relations
  • International relations
  • Military missions
  • Railway transport
  • Transport
  • Transport infrastructure

Personal names

  • Percival, Edgar Wikner, ? 1898-1984, aviator


  • Irkutsk, Irkutskkaya Oblast, Russian Federation, Eastern Europe
  • Omsk, Omskaya Oblast, Russian Federation, Eastern Europe
  • Sabaikal, Russian Federation, Eastern Europe
  • Tomsk, Russian Federation, Eastern Europe
  • USSR, Eastern Europe

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