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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Ramsbotham
RAMSBOTHAM, General Sir David John (b 1934)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
13 boxes


Name of creator(s)

RAMSBOTHAM, General Sir David John (b 1934)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1934; educated, Haileybury College; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (BA 1957, MA, 1973); National Service, 1952-1954; Rifle Bde, UK and British Army on the Rhine (BAOR), 1958-1962; seconded to King's African Rifles, 1962-1963; Staff College, 1964; Rifle Bde, Far East, 1965; Staff, 7 Armoured Bde, 1966-1968; 3 and 2 Green Jackets, BAOR, 1968-1971; Military Assistant to Chief of General Staff, 1971-1973; commanding officer, 2 Royal Green Jackets, 1974-1976; Staff, 4 Armoured Division, BAOR, 1976-1978; Commander, 39 Infantry Bde, 1978-1980; Royal College of Defence Studies, 1981; Director of Public Relations, British Army, 1982-1984; Commander, 3 Armoured Div, 1984-1987; Commander, UK Field Army and Inspector General, Territorial Army, 1987-1990; Adjutant General, 1990-1993; Aide-de-camp General to the Queen, 1990-1993; HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, 1995-2001.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from Lord Ramsbotham, 2005.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Sir David Ramsbotham, including reports, correspondence, photographs, lecture texts, press cuttings and ephemera, relating to his career, 1974-1995.Papers relating to Northern Ireland including Northern Ireland intelligence summaries, 22 Mar-11 Aug 1978; reports including report on 2nd Bn, Royal Green Jackets, Northern Ireland operations, Nov 1974-Feb 1975 and related correspondence; report on the organisation and operation of Bn search teams, 8 Aug 1974; report to Brigadier Ramsbotham from J.H. Dunlop on the subject of education in Belfast, 7 Jan 1980; 'Report on the situation in Belfast as at 14 July 1980'; report by Ramsbotham while commanding 39th Infantry Brigade to Major General Glover Commander Land Forces Northern Ireland, 15 Jul 1980 and situation report 39th Infantry Bde, Belfast, July 1980; training notes and reports; operation statistics, 6 Dec 1978-5 Dec 1979; papers relating to riot and crowd control in Northern Ireland, 19 Sep 1978; correspondence, 1971-1993, including two letters from Dervla Murphy Oct and Dec 1987; transcripts and notes for lectures on 2nd Bn, The Royal Green Jackets' time in Ireland between 1 Nov 1974 and 28 Feb 1975 and press cuttings and articles on Northern Ireland, 1971-1990.Papers relating to the Falkland Islands including detailed account of Ramsbotham's tour, 23 Jun-1 Jul 1982; photographs; related press cuttings and notes on a 1989 visit.Transcripts of speeches by Ramsbotham on defence and peacekeeping, 1982-1995; transcripts of speeches on military subjects by various speakers, 1982-1995; articles relating to defence 1959-1989; articles and talks by FM Lord Carver 1971-1996; papers relating to HRH Silver Jubilee review of the Army 1977; papers relating to official visits; papers relating to the United Nations, 1993-1997; booklets on military subjects, 1962-1995 and memoranda and copies of articles on defence and the media, 1982-1985.Photographs including of the Falkland Islands visit; the opening of the Adjutant General Information Centre; Ramsbotham's early career; presentation of the Imperial Service medal to June Small; visit to the Guides Infantry; visit to the USA; visit to the UNISYS International management centre; visiting troops during winter training; visits by Col Gen Omelichev to Winchester and Winchester Cathedral; meeting soldiers on patrol; official visits in Germany; on exercise Lone Star; visiting commonwealth troops in India and Africa and a visit to Gibraltar.

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 Archive Services and Information Management, King's College London. All requests for clearance to quote or cite are to be referred to Lord Ramsbotham.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

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

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Who's Who.

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

Oct 2008, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Colonial countries
  • Crime
  • Defence
  • Falklands War (1982)
  • International conflicts
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Political systems
  • State security
  • Terrorism
  • War

Personal names

  • CARVER, Richard Michael Power, Baron Carver, Field Marshal (b 1915)
  • GLOVER, Sir James Malcolm, General, (1929-2000)
  • MURPHY, Dervla (b 1931) - Cyclist & Author
  • OMELICHEV, Bronislav, Chief of Staff of the Soviet Armed Forces, Genral (b 1935)
  • RAMSBOTHAM, Sir David John, Knight, General (b 1934)

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • United Nations


  • Africa
  • Belfast
  • England
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Falkland Islands
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Hampshire
  • India
  • North America
  • Northern Ireland
  • South America
  • South Asia
  • UK
  • UK
  • USA
  • Western Europe
  • Western Europe
  • Western Europe
  • Western Europe
  • Winchester
  • World
  • World
  • World
  • World

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