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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Roberts, O L
ROBERTS, Gen Sir Ouvry Lindfield (1898-1986)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
33 boxes


Name of creator(s)

ROBERTS, Gen Sir Ouvry Lindfield (1898-1986), Knight, Lieutenant General

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1898; educated, Cheltenham College; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; King's College, Cambridge; commissioned, Royal Engineers, 1917; Deputy Director of Military Operations and Intelligence, India, 1939-1941; General Staff Officer 1, Indian 10 Infantry Division, Iraq, 1941; Commanding Officer, Indian 20 Infantry Brigade, Iraq, 1941; Commanding Officer, 16 Infantry Brigade, Ceylon, 1942; Brigadier General Staff Indian IV Corps, 1943; General Officer Commanding, Indian 23 Infantry Division, Burma, 1943-1945; General Officer Commanding Indian 34 Corps, Malaya, 1945; Vice Adjutant-General, War Office, 1945-1947; General Officer Commanding, Northern Ireland District, 1948-1949; General Officer Commander in Chief, Southern Command, 1949-1952; Quartermaster-General to the Forces, 1952-1955; Aide-de-Camp, General to the Queen, 1952-1955; Colonel Commandant, Corps of the Royal Engineers, 1952-1962; Director, Grosvenor Laing; President, Grosvenor Laing, 1955-1960; died, 1986.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from the family, 1997.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of General Sir Ouvry Lindfield Roberts, 1898-1986, including diaries, 1913-1985; memoirs, including drafts; personal and official photographs; personal and official correspondence; press cuttings; issues of the Royal Engineers' journal, 1976-1986 and papers relating to Iffley Church, Royal events, Roberts' time in Canada, ceremonies, dinners and memorials.

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.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

No additional finding aids.

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

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  • Armed forces
  • Colonial forces
  • Military engineering
  • Military intelligence
  • Military organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • ROBERTS, Gen Sir Ouvry Lindfield (1898-1986)


  • Canada
  • Iraq
  • Malaysia
  • Middle East
  • Myanmar
  • North America
  • South East Asia
  • South East Asia

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