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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Scotter
SCOTTER, Gen Sir William Norman Roy (1922-1981)
Created 1953-1981
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
½ box or 0.005 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1922; educated at St Bees School, Cumberland; served in ranks, Scots Guards, 1941-1942; Royal Military Academy, Dehra Dun, India, 1942; commissioned into 7 Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army, 1942; temporary Capt, 1943-1944; Lt, 1944; served in Burma, 1944-1945; temporary Maj, 1945; awarded MC, 1945; transferred to 2 Bn, Border Regt, 1946-1947; 1 Bn, 2 Gurkha Rifles, Malaya, 1948-1951; Capt, 1949; graduated from Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1951; NATO Northern Flank, Norway, 1952-1954; 1 Bn, Border Regt, 1954-1956; Maj, 1956; Headquarters, 6 Bde, 1956-1958; attended Joint Services Staff College, 1959; Instructor, Staff College, Camberley, 1960-1963; brevet Lt Col, 1962; Ministry of Defence, 1963-1965; awarded OBE, 1965; Commanding Officer, 1 Bn, King's Own Royal Border Regt, 1965-1967; Brig, 1967; commanded 19 Infantry Bde, 1967-1969; National Defence College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1969-1970; Maj Gen, 1970; Chief of Staff to Gen Sir (Richard) Michael (Power) Carver, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, 1970-1972; appointed Col of the King's Own Royal Border Regt, 1971; Chief of Staff, Headquarters UK Land Forces, 1972; Director of Military Operations, Ministry of Defence, 1972-1975; Lt Gen, 1975; created KCB, 1975; Vice Chief of the General Staff, 1975-1978; Col Commandant, Army Physical Training Corps, 1976-1981; Gen, 1978; Commander-in-Chief, British Army of the Rhine and Commander, Northern Army Group, West Germany, 1978-1980; Aide de Camp General to the Queen, 1980- 1981; died 1981.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1982.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers, 1953-1981, including typescript article by Scotter entitled 'Streamlining the Infantry Division', 1953; three typescript articles by Scotter, 'Streamlining the Infantry Division' [1954], 'Tactics in nuclear war' 1955, and 'Unification-Management and Command' 1970; typescript notes for Joint Services Staff College Exercise GAZETTE, 1959; typescript essay by Scotter on future options for global deployment of British forces, Staff College Camberley Bertrand Stewart essay competition, 1961; correspondence with Maj Gen Terence Douglas Herbert McMeekin, General Officer Commanding 3 Div, on Army relations with civilians, 1968; correspondence with Gen Sir John Mogg, General Officer Commanding in Chief Army Strategic Command, on future planning for Army administration, 1969; typescript memorandum entitled 'Needs for Canadian forces', 1970; correspondence with Maj I E Kerr, Royal Corps of Signals, 1976, on Scotter's command of 19 Infantry Bde (1967-1969); typescript texts of speeches, 1977-1981, including address as Vice Chief of the General Staff to the Director of Infantry's Conference, 1977, and speech made at Headquarters 1 (British) Corps Study Period, Bielefeld, West Germany, 1980; lecture text by Scotter on command and motivation, 1981, prepared as a Kermit Roosevelt lecture to be delivered shortly after his new appointment as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, Europe  (DSACEUR), though Scotter died before taking office. 

System of arrangement

8 files

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


Physical characteristics and technical requirements

This Summary Guide

Finding aids

Summary guide entry online and due to be published in hard copy.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives



Decorations: KCB, OBE, MC

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.

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  • Armed forces
  • Higher science education
  • International relations
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military logistics
  • Military organizations
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • Warfare

Personal names

  • Kerr, I E, fl 1962-1976, Major
  • McMeekin, Sir, Terence Douglas Herbert, 1918-1984, Knight, Lieutenant General
  • Mogg, Sir, Ian, b 1913, Knight, General

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Canadian Army


  • Bielefeld, Germany
  • Camberley, Surrey, England
  • Germany FR
  • London, England
  • West Germany

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