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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Wells
WELLS, Wg Cdr Maurice Clunes (fl 1935-1988)
Created [1931-1932], [1940-1945], 1955, [1982-1988]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Joined RAF in 1935; No 15 Sqn, RAF Abingdon, 1935-1938; Flying Officer, 1938; 103 Sqn, 1938; took part in bombing raids in North West Europe, 1939-1940; captured by Germans and held as POW in Germany, 1940-1945; Commanding Officer, 213 Fighter Sqn, Cyprus, 1946-1947; Movements Department, HQ Middle East, 1947; Senior Administration Officer, Nicosia, Cyprus, 1947-1949; Senior Administrative Officer, RAF Duxford; retired from RAF, 1950, and started a career in farming.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1994.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of extracts from 'Wells, a family history', produced by Tessa J Harfield, 1988, principally comprising a brief account of the life and RAF career of Sidney McLeod Wells (Wg Cdr Maurice Clunes Wells' brother), 1906-1941, written by Harfield in 1988; transcription of Brig (then Lt) Brian Gordon Wells' account of a big game hunt in Northern Rhodesia, 1931, written in [1931-1932], with his record of service, 1923-1955, dated 1955; transcription of 'My career in the RAF, 1935-1950' written by Wg Cdr Maurice Clunes Wells, written in [1980-1985]. Original manuscript of 'My career in the RAF, 1935-1950'. Photographs relating to Wg Cdr Maurice Clunes Wells' army career, dated [1940-1945] and [1980-1988], notably his internment as a POW, [1940-1945].

System of arrangement

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

Lt Brian Gordon Wells' account of big game hunting in Northern Rhodesia, 1931, is held in the Royal Artillery Institution (Ref: MD 1947).

Related units of description

The Royal Artillery Institution also holds photographs relating to Brig Brian Gordon Wells (Photographic Archives - Album 605).

Publication note
The Royal Artillery Institution also holds photographs relating to Brig Brian Gordon Wells (Photographic Archives-Album 605).


Compiled Nov 1996

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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  • Air warfare
  • Armed forces
  • Cultural heritage
  • Customs and traditions
  • Documents
  • Hunting
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Memoirs
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • War prisoners
  • War victims
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Harfield, Tessa J, fl 1988
  • Wells, Brian Gordon, b 1902, Brigadier
  • Wells, Sidney McLeod, 1906-1941, Royal Air Force officer

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • Cyprus
  • Germany
  • Northern Rhodesia
  • Zambia, Southern Africa

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