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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Poore R A
POORE, Lt Col Roger Alvin (1870-1917)
Created 1869-1879, 1893, 1896, 1899-1979
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
10 boxes or 0.1 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1870; served in South Africa, 1899-1902; served with 3 Mounted Infantry Corps, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1900; Resident Magistrate, Heidelberg, 1900-1901; Resident Magistrate, Volksrust, 1901; Resident Magistrate, Krugersdorp, then Deputy Commissioner of Police, Pretoria, 1901-1902; stationed in UK with 2 Bn, 1 Royal Wilts Yeomanry, 1914-1917; joined 1 Bn, 1 Royal Wilts Yeomanry on Western Front, 1917; transferred to 2 Bn, Royal Welch Fusiliers; killed in action in Sep 1917.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1988.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his life and career, 1896-1902, 1908-1918, principally comprising letters to his family, 1896-1902, notably describing his service in operations in Orange Free State and Transvaal, South Africa, 1899-1900; notebook relating to his service in South Africa, 1899-1902, containing copies of brigade and divisional orders, notes on horses health, lists of men killed and financial accounts; 'Notes from beleaguered Kimberley', an account of the siege and relief of Kimberley, Feb 1900, by one of his colleagues, [1900]; letters to his wife, 1913-1917, notably describing his service in the UK, 1914-1917, and on the Western Front, 1917; letters to Poore's wife from Lt Col William Brooksbank Garnett, Commanding Officer, 2nd Bn, Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1917-1918, chiefly concerning the circumstances of Poore's death; army message book containing notes on explosives, 1917; photographs of Poore, 1882-1917. Family papers, 1869-1879, 1893, 1899-1979, notably including papers relating to Poore's wife, Mrs Lorne Margery Poore (née Dennistoun), 1869-1879, 1899-1979; correspondence with his sister, Nina Hamilton, wife of Duke of Hamilton, concerning Poore's management of a suspense account established to provide for the Hamilton's children, 1904-1916.

System of arrangement

Arranged in the following sections: South Africa; management of suspence account; World War One; miscellaneous; photographs; Mrs Lorne Margery Poore.

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

Draft list available online and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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

The Centre also holds the papers of his father, Maj Robert Poore, and his brothers, Brig Gen Robert Montagu Poore and Philip Poore.



Decorations: 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.

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

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military equipment
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • Second Boer War, 1899-1902
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • Weapons
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Garnett, William Brooksbank, fl 1917-1918, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Hamilton, Nina Benita, Douglas-, fl 1901-1916, wife of Alfred Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton
  • Poore, Lorne Margery, fl 1869-1913, wife of Lieutenant Colonel Roger Alvin Poore
  • Poore, Roger Alvin, 1870-1917, Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Kimberley, South Africa, Southern Africa
  • Orange Free State, South Africa, Southern Africa
  • Transvaal, South Africa, Southern Africa

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