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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Warrack
WARRACK, Col Graeme Matthew (1913-1985)
Created [1944], 1949-1951, 1979, 1998
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 volumes and 1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1913; educated at Edinburgh Academy, Trinity College, Glenalmond, Edinburgh University and the University of Pennsylvania, USA; served with 7/9 Bn, The Royal Scots (Lothian Regt), Territorial Army, and the Royal Army Medical Corps, UK, Sicily, Italy and North West Europe, World War Two, 1939-1945; Lt Col, 1942; Col, 1944; Assistant Director of Medical Services, 1 Airborne Div, Battle of Arnhem, Operation MARKET GARDEN, the Netherlands, 1944; awarded DSO, 1945; awarded Territorial Decoration, 1946; local Brig, Territorial Army, 1960; Chairman, Edinburgh, Lothians and Peebles Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association, 1962; publication of Travel by dark: after Arnhem (Harvill, London, 1963); Deputy Lieutenant, Edinburgh, 1963; President, Royal Odonto-Chirurgical Society of Scotland, 1967; awarded CBE, 1968; Hon Col, 144 Parachute Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps (Volunteers), 1969; Member of Queen's Body Guard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers); Chairman, Royal British Legion, Scotland, 1981-1984; died in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Warrack in 1979. Sir Basil Liddell Hart's transcript and correspondence were transferred from Section 2 of the Liddell Hart papers. Additional accession presented to the Centre by Peter H Starling in 1998.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Diary, 17 Sep-16 Oct 1944, covering his service at Battle of Arnhem (Operation MARKET GARDEN), with part of 'Suggested medical plan' prepared for Deputy Director of Medical Services, 1 Airborne Corps, 22 Sep 1944, and part of note relating to the strength of medical forces, [1944]. Transcript of part of above diary made by Sir Basil Liddell Hart, with related correspondence, 1949-1951. Bound transcript of above diary made by Lt Col Kenneth Garside, Honorary Keeper of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, with foreword by Warrack, 1979. The diary formed the basis of Warrack's book Travel by dark: after Arnhem (Harvill, London, 1963), and a BBC television production Arnhem: the story of an escape, originally broadcast in 1976. Typescript copy of 'The Airborne Hospital, Willem 111 Kazerne, Apeldoorn, 25th Sept 1944 to 26th Oct 1944. Nominal roll of the wounded' compiled by Peter H Starling, Curator of the Army Medical Services Museums, Aldershot, Hampshire, 1998.

System of arrangement

2 volumes and 1 file.

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
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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

Copies of the diary are also held at the Airborne Forces Museum and the Royal Army Medical Corps Historical Museums, Aldershot, Hampshire.



Decorations: CBE, DSO, TD

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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  • Airborne warfare
  • Armed forces
  • Casualties
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Health services
  • Hospitals
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Medical institutions
  • Medical sciences
  • Military engineering
  • Military medicine
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Operation Market Garden (1944)
  • Organizations
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • Social sciences
  • Social welfare
  • State security
  • Surgery
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Garside, Kenneth, 1913-1983, Lieutenant Colonel, librarian and archivist
  • Liddell Hart, Sir, Basil Henry, 1895-1970, Knight, Captain, military historian
  • Starling, Peter H, fl 1998, museum curator

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • Arnhem, Netherlands

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