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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Stevens
STEVENS, Brig Gen George Archibald (1875-1951)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Stephens, George Archibald, 1875-1951, Brigadier General

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1875; Scots Greys, 1894-1898; 2nd Lt Royal Fusiliers, 1898; Capt, 1904; Major, 1915; Bt Lt-Col, 1917; Lt-Col, 1924; Col, 1928; served Ashanti, 1900; World War One, 1914-1919 (Adjt, 8 Durham Light Infantry, 1915; Cdr, 6 Durham Light Infantry, 1915-1916; Cdr, 2 Royal Fusiliers, 1916-1917; Cdr, 90 Infantry Bde, 1917-1919); operations, Waziristan, 1920; Commanded 2 Bt, Royal Fusiliers, 1924-1928; Instructor, Senior Officers' School, Sheerness, 1928-1930; Inspector-General of West Indian Local Force and Officer Commanding the troops, Jamaica, 1930-1932; retired, 1932; died 1951.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Collection presented to the Centre by the family of Brig Gen Stevens

Content & structure

Scope and content

Comprising a single volume of typescript letters by George Archibald Stevens to his parents from the Western Front, Nov 1914 - Nov 1918; notably including accounts of Second Battle of Ypres, Apr-May 1915, and Battle of the Somme, Jul-Nov 1916; photographs of Stevens, a group photograph of fellow officers, family, billet, bombed countryside and one unidentified aerial photograph; mostly uncaptioned.

System of arrangement

Single volume containing letters as 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, attention of the Director for Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary Guide and on hard copy in the Centre's Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

The family may retain the original letters.

Related units of description

The Liddell Hart Centre holds numerous accounts of the Western Front, notably including the papers of the Gen the Hon Sir (John) Francis Gathorne-Hardy, Brig Arthur Gibson, Gen Sir Alexander Godly, Lt Col Archibald Gracie, Brig George Ellenberger, FM Sir John Dill, Lt Col Kenneth Cousland, Gen Sir (Henry De) Beauvoir De Lisle, FM Edmund Allenby, Maj Gen Sir John Kennedy, Lt Col Edmund Thornhill and Lt Col Hugo Burnaby.



Decorations: CMG, DSO

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's who. 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 the Somme (1916)
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Stephens, George Archibald, 1875-1951, Brigadier General
  • Stephens, George Archibald, 1875-1951, Brigadier General


  • Somme, France
  • Ypres, Belgium

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