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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Phillips
PHILLIPS, Maj Gen Charles George (1889-1982)
Created 1916-1918, 1935, 1940-1941, 1976
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1889; educated at Repton School and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; 2nd Lt, West Yorkshire Regt, 1909; Lt, 1910; seconded for service with Merehan Somali Expedition, Jubaland, Kenya, 1912-1914; served in East Africa, 1914-1918; Capt, 1914; commanded 3rd Bn, 2 King's African Rifles, 1916-1918, and Philcol Column, Portuguese East Africa, 1918; commanded 1 Bn, 1 King's African Rifles and Officer Commanding Troops in Nyasaland, 1919-1923; Maj, 1924; Lt Col, 1933; commanded 1 Bn, West Yorkshire Regt, 1933-1937; Commander, 146 (1 West Riding) Infantry Bde, Territorial Army, 1938; Commander, British Troops, Namsos, Norway, 1940, Northern Iceland, 1940-1941; Gambia, 1942-1943, and Sierre Leone, 1943-1944; Maj Gen, 1942; retired pay, 1944; died in 1982.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1984.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his service in East Africa, 1912-1923, and Iceland, 1940-1941, dated 1916-1918, 1935, 1940-1941 and 1976, notably including maps of German East Africa (Tanzania), 1916, and Portuguese East Africa (Mozambique), 1918; field service correspondence book, including war diary entries, covering his service with 3 Bn 2 King's African Rifles, East Africa, 1917; letter to the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence, giving an account of action fought near Lindi, German East Africa on 11 Jun 1917, written in 1935; letter to Phillips from Harry Curtis, giving instructions relating to operations in Iceland, 1940; diary covering his service in Iceland, 1940-1941.

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



Decorations: CB, DSO, MC

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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  • Armed forces
  • Colonial forces
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Organizations
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • State security
  • War
  • War diaries
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Curtis, Harry, fl 1940

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • German East Africa
  • Iceland, Northern Europe
  • Lindi, Tanzania UR, East Africa
  • Mozambique, Southern Africa
  • Portuguese East Africa

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