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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Revell-Smith
REVELL-SMITH, Major General William Revell (1894-1956)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Smith, William Revell Revell-, 1894-1956, Major General

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in Melbourne, Australia, 1894; educated at Charterhouse school; volunteered with Westminster Dragoons, 1914; served with Egyptian Expeditionary Force; commissioned into Royal Artillery, 1916; promoted to battery commander; married Norma Flowerdew Lowson, 1920; served in India, 1920-1938, leading expeditions to Kashmir, Sikkim and Western Tibet; commander, 53 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, 1939; commanded all anti-aircraft forces during invasion of Normandy; promoted to Major General, 1945; General Officer Commanding Troops in Malta and North Africa, 1948-1949; retired 1949; died 1956.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family, June 2006.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Personal letters to Maj Gen William Revell-Smith's sister in law, 'Tricia' (Ann Patricia Lowson, 1919-2003, wife of Sir Denys Colquhoun Flowerdew Lowson, 1st Bt, 1906-1975), as Commander, 53 Light Anti Aircraft Regt, British Expeditionary Force, UK and France, 1939-1940. Includes reference to recruiting his wife Norma (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry 1914-1918 and 1939-1945), to give gas training to militia troops, July 1939. With signed photograph of Revell-Smith in uniform.

System of arrangement

One file as above.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

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



Decorations: CB, CBE, DSO, MC, AM, French Croix de Guerre with Palm

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon

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

March 2007

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  • Gas warfare
  • International conflicts
  • Military engineering
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Lowson, Ann Patricia, 1919-2003
  • Smith, William Revell Revell-, 1894-1956, Major General
  • Smith, William Revell Revell-, 1894-1956, Major General

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