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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Smith C
SMITH, Maj Gen Sir Cecil (Miller) (1896-1988)
Created 1942-1943
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.5 box or 0.005 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1896; educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Royal Military College Sandhurst and Staff College, Camberley; served in World War Two, 1914-1919, in France and Belgium with Army Service Corps and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1916-1918; served in World War Two, 1939-1945, in Middle East, 1939-1944 and North West Europe, 1944-1945; Maj Gen, 1943; Deputy Quarter Master General, ME/AE, 1943-1944; Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, 1944-1945; Maj Gen in charge of administration, Northern Command, 1945-1947; Chief of Staff, Northern Command, 1947-1948; Director of Supplies and Transport, War Office, 1948-1951; retired, 1951; Col Commandant, Royal Army Service Corps, 1950-1960; Chairman of the Royal Ulster Society in London, 1964-1973; died in 1988.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1981.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers dated 1942-1943 relating to the campaign in the Western Desert during World War Two comprising the history and organisation of Field Maintenance Centres, later known as Field Maintenance Areas, and message from Gen Bernard L Montgomery commending troops of 8 Army following the German defeat at El Alamein and capture of Tripoli, Jan 1943.

System of arrangement

Arranged in chronological 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.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

Detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Decorations: KBE, CBE, 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
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military logistics
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Montgomery, Bernard Law, 1887-1976, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein and Hindhead, Field Marshal

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • El Alamein, Egypt, North Africa
  • Lebanon, Middle East
  • Libya
  • Tripoli, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Africa

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