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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Platt
Title
PLATT, Gen Sir William (1885-1975)
Date(s)
Created 1951
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume

Context

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1885; educated at Marlborough College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into Northumberland Fusiliers, 1905; served on North West Frontier, India, 1908; Capt, 1914; served in World War One, France and Belgium, 1914-1918; Bde Maj, 103 Infantry Bde, 1915-1916; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 21 Div, 1916-1917; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 2 Australian and New Zealand Corps and 22 Army Corps, 1917; General Staff Officer Grade 1, 37 Div, 1918-1920; Bde Maj, 12 Infantry Bde, 1 Eastern Command and Galway Bde, Irish Command, 1920-1922; Maj, 1924; Lt Col, 1930; Officer Commanding 2 Bn, Wiltshire Regt, 1930-1933; Col, 1933; General Staff Officer Grade 1, 3rd Div, Bulford, 1933-1934; Commander, 7 Infantry Bde, 1934-1938; ADC to the King, 1937-1938; Maj Gen, 1938; Commandant, Sudan Defence Force, 1938-1941; General Officer Commanding-in -Chief, East African Command, 1941-1945; Lt Gen, 1941; Col, Wiltshire Regt, 1942-1954; Gen, 1943; retired pay, 1945; died in 1975.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Platt in 1963.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound copy of text of Platt's Lee Knowles lectures on 'The campaign against Italian East Africa, 1940-1941', given at Cambridge University, 1951.

System of arrangement

single item

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

Summary guide entry online at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/htm.top

Allied materials

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

Imperial War Museum

Related units of description

Papers of Maj Gen William Alfred Dimoline (GB99 KCLMA Dimoline) contain letters from Platt, 1942-1943 (Ref: Dimoline 8/6). Papers of Gen Sir Alexander John Godley (GB99 KCLMA Godley) include two letters from Platt, 1941 and 1943. Imperial War Museum Department of Documents has papers relating to his service in East Africa, 1940-1941, including material on Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Ref: 69/58/A), the Department of Printed Books has a printed report 'Notes on operations in East Africa', 1941 (Ref: 514.53) and the Department of Photographs has slides, maps and photographs relating to his service in East Africa, 1940-1945, while the papers of F O Cave also contain material relating to Platt. The Sudan Archive, Durham University holds material relating to Platt in the papers of Kenneth David Druitt Henderson (539/5/6), Maj Gen Clement Arthur Milward (600/8/10-15) and John Hatton Bolt Orlebar (704/8/32-34).

Publication note
Imperial War Museum Department of Documents has papers relating to his service in East Africa, 1940-1941, including material on Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Ref: 69/58/A), the Department of Printed Books has a printed report 'Notes on operations in East Africa', 1941 (Ref: 514.53) and the Department of Photographs has slides, maps and photographs relating to his service in East Africa, 1940-1945, while the papers of F O Cave also contain material relating to Platt. The Sudan Archive, Durham University holds material relating to Platt in the papers of Kenneth David Druitt Henderson (539/5/6), Maj Gen Clement Arthur Milward (600/8/10-15) and John Hatton Bolt Orlebar (704/8/32-34).

Notes

Note

Decorations: GBE, KCB, DSO

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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Subjects

  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • British Army

Places

  • Abyssinia
  • Ethiopia, East Africa
  • Italian East Africa

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