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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Spicer
Title
SPICER, Capt Lancelot Dykes (1893-1979)
Date(s)
Created 1915-1979
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres

Context

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1893; educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge; served in World War One, 1914-1918; commissioned into the Army, 1914; temporary Lt, 1915; served on Western Front with 9 (Service) Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1915-1917; temporary Capt, 1916; Battle of the Somme, 1916; awarded MC, 1917; Adjutant, 10 (Service) Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1917-1918; awarded Bar to MC, 1918; Bde Maj, 64 Infantry Bde, 1918; awarded DSO, 1918; Chairman, Spicers Limited, 1950-1959; died 1979.Publications: Letters from my son, 1942-1944, Roger Lancelot Spicer, edited by his father, Capt Lancelot Dykes Spicer (Unwin, London, 1946); Letters from France, 1915-1918, Lancelot Dykes Spicer (Robert York, London, 1979).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Letters from my son, 1942-1944, Roger Lancelot Spicer, edited by his father, Capt Lancelot Dykes Spicer (Unwin, London, 1946); Letters from France, 1915-1918, Lancelot Dykes Spicer (Robert York, London, 1979).

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1980 and 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Letters home by Spicer from France, Sep 1915-Sep 1916 and Apr 1917-Nov 1918, with nine Field Service Postcards, Western Front, 1915-1917. Letters home from Lt Roger Lancelot Spicer, 1 Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Apr 1942-May 1944, killed in action near Anzio, Italy, May 1944; Edition of Letters from my son, 1942-1944, Roger Lancelot Spicer, edited by his father, Capt Lancelot Dykes Spicer (Unwin, London, 1946). Typescript correspondence with Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1949-1963. Correspondence with former members of 9 (Service) Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1963-1979, including Liddell Hart and Brig George Fothergill Ellenberger, mostly relating to the Battle of the Somme, 1916.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as 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 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
Finding aids

Summary guide and This detailed Catalogue

Allied materials

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

The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include correspondence with Spicer, 1935-1969, and correspondence with Kathleen Liddell Hart, Lady Liddell Hart, 1941-1978 (Ref: LH 1/651); further correspondence with Lady Liddell Hart, 1974 (Ref: LH 13/108/9); a typescript memorandum by Spicer entitled 'Memorandum on the age of Commanding Officers in the field' [1938] (Ref: LH 15/5/85); correspondence relating to Thomas Edward Lawrence, 1933-1969 (Ref: LH 9/13/69); correspondence relating to German Maj Wilhelm Busch, 1949-1967 (Ref: LH 9/24/57).

Notes

Note

Decorations: DSO, 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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Subjects

  • Armed forces
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Nonbook materials
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Ellenberger, George Fothergill, 1895- ? 1974, Brigadier
  • Liddell Hart, Sir, Basil Henry, 1895-1970, Knight, Captain, military historian
  • Spicer, Roger Lancelot, d 1944, Lieutenant

Corporate names

  • British Army

Places

  • Anzio, Italy
  • Somme, France

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