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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Sanderson, J B
SANDERSON, Lt Col John Burden (1921-2001)
1967 and [2000]
Level of description
Collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

SANDERSON, Lt Col John Burden (1921-2001)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1921; educated Beckenham Grammar School; joined the Queen's Westminsters, 1 Battalion, Territorial Army, 1938; Lance Corporal, 1939; commissioned into Loyal (Lancashire) Regiment, Dec 1940; volunteered for Indian Army, Nov 1941; posted to 6 Battalion, 11 Sikh Regiment as Adjutant; joined 152 Indian Parachute Regiment, 1945; Captain, York and Lancaster Regiment, British Army on the Rhine, 1946; interpreter and intelligence duties, 1948-1953; regimental postings, Sudan, Egypt and Cyprus, 1953-1956; Major, 1955; took part in Suez conflict, 1956; training officer, Battalion Headquarters, Sheffield, 1957-1961; Naval, Air and Military Attaché, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1961-1962; General Staff Officer, Intelligence Division, SHAPE, 1962-1964; Lieutenant Colonel, 1964; Commander, Yorkshire Training Brigade, 1964-1967; General Staff Officer, Allied Forces Central Europe, Holland, 1967-1969; British Liaison Officer, Germany, 1969-1974; retired 1974, Admin Officer, 2 Battalion, Wessex Regiment, Territorial Army, Reading; died 2001.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, May 2004.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copy of memoirs of Lt Col John Burden Sanderson, including description of deployment with Territorial Army, 1938-1940; and brief recollections of service in India and Burma, 1941-1946, including liberation of POWs from Japanese internment camps, transcribed by Sanderson's son. Also transcript of interview with John Sanderson's father Maj Alexander Sanderson, 3 Australian Tunnelling Company, recorded 14 Apr 1967, relating to his life and career as an engineer working in Australia, 1896-1914; brief description of the work of Maj Alexander Sanderson and the 3 Australian Tunnelling Company, France, during World War One; and designs by Alexander Sanderson for a vertical take off plane, 1942.

System of arrangement

1 file.

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

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

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.

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Date(s) of descriptions

October 2007

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  • Concentration camps
  • Humanitarian law
  • International conflicts
  • International conflicts
  • International conflicts
  • Territorial army
  • Tunnelling
  • War
  • War
  • War crimes
  • War prisoners
  • War victims
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • SANDERSON, Lt Col John Burden (1921-2001)

Corporate names

  • Territorial Army


  • India
  • Myanmar
  • South Asia
  • South East Asia

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