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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Slingsby W L
SLINGSBY, Lt Col William Laurence (1919-1994)
Created 1915, 1939-1962, 1989
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 files


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1919; educated at Gordonstoun School and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1939; served in World War Two in Burma, 1939-1941, UK, 1941-1943, North Africa, 1943, and Italy, 1943-1944; commanded D Company, 2 Bn, Sherwood Foresters, Italy, 1944; Capt, 1946; graduated from Staff College, Camberley, 1948; Maj, 1952; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, HQ 1 Commonwealth Div and Commonwealth Contingent, Korea, 1955-1956; graduated from French Army Staff College, Paris, 1961; Military Attaché, Algiers, 1963-1965; Staff Officer Grade 1, War Office; retired, 1968; worked as stockbroker, [1968-1971]; investment manager for an international banking group, [1972]-1986; died in 1994.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1996.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his military career, 1939-1962, principally his service in Burma, 1939-1941, UK, 1941-1943, North Africa, 1943, Italy, 1943-1944, and Korea, 1955-1956, notably including battalion orders for 2 Bn, Sherwood Foresters, 1945; German propaganda leaflets for US and Allied troops, [1944]. 'An ancient Yorkshire family', a history of the Slingsby family, written by Slingsby in 1989.

System of arrangement

2 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 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.

Language/scripts of material
English, Italian, French
Finding aids

This Summary Guide

Allied materials

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

The Centre also holds the papers of Slingsby's father, William Ecroyd Slingsby (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Slingsby W E) and those of his uncle, Capt Henry Laurence Slingsby (Ref: GB99 KCLMA Slingsby H L).



Decorations: MBE

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
  • Communication process
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Persuasion
  • Political systems
  • Propaganda
  • Republic
  • State security
  • War
  • War propaganda
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Slingsby, family, of Yorkshire

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • China, East Asia
  • Italy
  • Korea, East Asia
  • London, England
  • Myanmar, South East Asia
  • North Africa

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