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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Short
SHORT, Brig Sir Noel Edward Vivian (1916-2001)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Short, Sir, Noel Edward Vivian, Knight, 1916-2001

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1916; educated Radley and the Royal Military College Sandhurst; South Wales Borderers in North West Frontier, 1937; served Assam and Burma, 1942, 1945; New Guinea, 1943-1944; command of 4 Bn 6 Gurkha Rifles in India, 1945; Staff College, 1946-1947; on staff of Headquarters Malaya and battalion and brigade commander during the Malayan Emergency,1950-1960; retired from the Army in 1964; civil service in Home Office, 1964-1970; Secretary to successive Speakers of the House of Commons, 1970-1982; Colonel, 6 Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles, 1978-1983; died, 2001.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Brig Short's widow, Lady Short, placed the papers in the Centre in 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Brigadier Short's service in Malaya, correspondence, journal articles and photographs, 1950-1994; notably including copies of the Army Quarterly and regimental newsletter Parbate containing articles on Short and on the role of the Staff College, 1958, 1982; copy of an extract from Jai Sixth. The story of the 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles, 1817-1994 by James Lunt (Leo Cooper, London, 1994), including an account by Short of jungle operations during the Malayan Emergency, 1955; typescript copy of a letter written by an ancestor, Charles William Short of the Coldstream Guards, to his mother, 19 June 1815, containing a first hand account of the Battle of Waterloo; brief article by John Parfect on a memorial erected in Ampleforth College by Parfect and Short to Capt Michael Allmand of the Gurkha Rifles; Portrait photographs of Short.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged under the main headings outlined 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, attemtion of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide entry online and available in hardcopy in the Centre Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

Material in the Liddell Hart Centre concerning the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) includes the memoirs of Maj Gen Corran William Brooke Purdon (GB 0099 KCLMA Purdon) and the papers of Maj Gen Dennis Edmund Blaquière Talbot (GB 0099 KCLMA Talbot).



Decorations: MBE, MC

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's who. Obituary.

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell for the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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

April 2003

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  • Armed forces
  • Battle of Waterloo (1815)
  • Colonial forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Malayan Emergency (1948-1960)
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815)
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Lunt, James, b 1917, author
  • Short, Charles William, fl 1815, Colonel
  • Short, Sir, Noel Edward Vivian, Knight, 1916-2001
  • Short, Sir, Noel Edward Vivian, Knight, 1916-2001

Corporate names

  • Ampleforth College


  • Malaysia, South East Asia

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