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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Weston
WESTON, Brig Gen Spencer Vaughan Percy (1883-1974)
Created 1916-1945
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
half box or 0.005 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1883; educated at Wellington; served in World War One, 1914-1918 with Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regt; served on Western Front, 1915-1918; awarded MC, 1916; Capt, 1916; awarded DSO, 1917; temporary Lt Col, 1917-1918; Commanding Officer, 17 (Service) Bn, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt), 1917-1918; temporary Brig Gen, 1918- 1919; General Officer Commanding 122 Bde, 41 Div, 1918-1919; re-employed by Army as Lt Col, 1940-1946; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Officer Commanding troops on transport ships, notably RMS QUEEN MARY, and Inspector of Transports with rank of Col, 1940-1946; survivor of sinking of HM Transport EMPRESS OF CANADA by Italian submarine LEONARDO DA VINCI, off Sierra Leone, West Africa, 1943; died 1974.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1982.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Weston's career, 1916- 1945, including manuscript notes by Weston entitled 'Some notes on the discipline of Imperial troops in convoy on HM Transport LLANSTEPHAN CASTLE from Durban to Suez', 1941; notebook containing manuscript 'Standing orders for POWs', 1943; typescript report on the sinking of the EMPRESS OF CANADA, 1943; typescript instructions and duties of Draft Conducting Officers on board troopships [1943]; typescript memorandum by Weston on the co-ordination of Movement Control in South Africa, 1944, with typescript reports on officers attached to Imperial Movement Control, South Africa (IMPCON), 1944; printed material including memorandum on the German attack near Givenchy, Western Front, 1918, with printed map annotated with dispositions of German 4 Ersatz Div during attack north of Cuinchy, France, 9 Apr 1918, scale 1: 10, 000; trench map entitled France. Sheet 57D SE. Edition 3A, scale 1:20,000 (GSGS 2742, 1916), annotated with features near La Boisselle, Pozieres and Courcelette, Battle of the Somme, 1916, Field Service Pocket Book, Orders and intercommunication (HMSO, London, 1939), Rifle Drill illustrated (Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1940), Restricted War Office booklet 'Standing instructions for Officers Commanding units and drafts ordered overseas', 1943.

System of arrangement

5 files.

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



Decorations: DSO, MC

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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  • Armed forces
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Maps
  • Maritime warfare
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Operation Georgette (1918)
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Sea transport
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Submarines
  • Transport
  • Vehicles
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • HMT Empress of Canada
  • HMT Llanstephan Castle
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Italian submarine, 1940


  • Cuinchy, France
  • Durban, Province of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, Southern Africa
  • Givenchy, France
  • Somme, France
  • Suez, Urban, Egypt, North Africa

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