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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Van Straubenzee
VAN STRAUBENZEE, Lt Col Henry Hamilton (1914-2002)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

van Straubenzee, Henry Hamilton, 1914-2002, Lieutenant Colonel

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1914; educated at Aysgarth School, Winchester College and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; commissioned into Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Aug 1934; served in France, 1939-1940; participated in Operation DYNAMO, the evacuation of the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) from Dunkirk, May-June 1940; attended Staff College, Camberley, 1941; served as Brigade Maj with 126 Infantry Bde and 11 Armoured (Tank) Bde, UK, 1941-1943; Lt Col, 1943; 10 Armoured Div, Middle East, 1943-1944; 12 Royal Tank Regt, Italy, 1944-1945; 1 Div, Palestine, 1945-1946; School of Land/Air Operations, Old Sarum, 1947; War Office, 1948; Staff College, Camberley, 1949-1950; served with 11 Armoured Div in Germany, 1950-1953; Military Assistant to Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1953-1956; Officer commanding 4/7 Royal Dragoon Guards, 1956-1957; retired 1957; worked for WH Smith, 1957-1977; Managing Director of WH Smith, 1968; died 2002.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in centre by family, Dec 2003

Content & structure

Scope and content

Reminiscences (1997), privately published memoir of the life and Army career of Lt Col Henry van Straubenzee, including his time as a first-class cricketer for the Army and Essex, 1938-1939; participation in Operation DYNAMO, 1940; service in the Middle East, 1943-1944; Italy 1944-1945; Palestine 1945-1946; Germany, 1950-1953; post war career with WH Smith, 1957-1977.

System of arrangement

1 file 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 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 of Archives and Corporate Records Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description in hard copy.

Allied materials

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

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by James Pugh, March 2004

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

Mar 2004

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  • Cricket
  • International conflicts
  • Leisure
  • Leisure time activities
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Operation Dynamo (1940)
  • Sport
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • van Straubenzee, Henry Hamilton, 1914-2002, Lieutenant Colonel
  • van Straubenzee, Henry Hamilton, 1914-2002, Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Essex County Cricket Club

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