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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Verney P V
VERNEY, Maj Peter Vivian (b 1930)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3.5 boxes (0.035 cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)
Verney, Peter Vivian, b.1930, Major
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1930; commissioned into the Irish Guards, 1951; service in the UK and British Army of the Rhine, West Germany, 1951-[1960]; Lt, 1953; Capt, 1957; author, 1963-1990. Publications: The standard bearer. The story of Sir Edmund Verney, Knight Marshal to Charles I (Hutchinson, London, 1963); The Micks. The story of the Irish Guards (Peter Davies, London, 1970); The Battle of Blenheim (Batsford, London, 1976); The gardens of Scotland (Batsford, London, 1976); Anzio 1944, an unexpected fury (Batsford, London, 1978); Here comes the circus (Paddington Press, London, 1978); editor of The Batsford book of sporting verse (Batsford, London, 1979); The earthquake handbook (Paddington Press, London, 1979); Homo tyrannicus, a history of man's war against animals (Mills and Boon, London, 1979); The genius of the garden , with Michael Dunne (Webb and Bower, Exeter, Devon, 1989).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by Verney in 1991.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Manuscript and typescript research notes and copies of papers used by Maj Peter Vivian Verney as research material Anzio 1944, an unexpected fury (Batsford, London, 1978) [1974-1978]. Papers relating to a proposed book by Verney, known as BROM (the initials of the battles of Blenheim, 13 Aug 1704, Ramillies, 23 May 1706, Oudenarde, 11 Jul 1708, and Malplaquet, 11 Sep 1709), including manuscript and typescript research notes [1974-1978]; typescript draft manuscript of BROM [1976]; manuscript notes relating to Anglo-Dutch operations at Cádiz, Aug-Sep 1702, War of the Spanish Succession, 1701-1714 [1976]. Bound typescript manuscript of an unpublished book by Verney entitled 'The gaiety and the glory: the Irishman at war', with manuscript and typescript research notes [1978-1980].

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections 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 of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

Allied materials

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

LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON also holds the papers of Verney's father, Maj Gen Gerald Lloyd Verney (1900-1957) (Ref: GB 0099 KCLMA Verney, GL).

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.

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
Jun 1999

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