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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Willcox
WILLCOX, Lt Col Walter Temple (1869-1943)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
10 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Willcox, Walter Temple, 1869-1943, Lt Col

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1869; 18 King's Own Hussars; 2 Lt 5 Royal Irish Lancers, 1893; Major, 3 King's Own Hussars, 1906; Lt Col commanding 3 Hussars, 1915-1921; retired, 1921; Adjutant 5 Lancers, and of the Imperial Light Horse and South African Constabulary, served throughout South African (Boer) War, and wounded in defence of Ladysmith; died 1943.

Publications: The 3rd (King's Own) Hussars in the Great War, 1914-1919 (John Murray, London, 1925).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in three tranches, 1991-1992.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1881-1926; notably war diaries of the 3 Hussars during World War One, 1914-1919; private diary of Willcox, 1914; intelligence summaries with translated extracts from German documents, 1917-1918; typescript account of the 3 Hussars at Warneton, Belgium, Oct 1914; typescript account of the action of the 3 Hussars at Liez, France, March 1918 and near Hourges, France, Apr 1918; aerial photographs showing trench network, Beaucamp, France, 1916; copy of a diary by Willcox compiled during the siege of Ladysmith, South Africa, with two popular printed commemorative volumes describing the siege, 1899-1900; diary by Willcox of a visit by him as an observer of German army manoeuvres, Berlin area, with photographs, 1909; letters sent by Willcox to his parents and other relatives, 1881-1900; photographs of India, South Africa during the Boer War, in 1910 and the Western Front during World War One, showing groups of soldiers, equipment, the interiors and exteriors of buildings, including in Pretoria, of military exercises, parades, preparation for possible gas attack and of French chateaux, [1889-1919]; various papers compiled by Willcox during the compilation of his history of the 3 Hussars including operational summaries, biographical information and drawings and photographs, with reviews of Willcox's publications, 1908-1926; watercolours of the French landscape during World War One; manuscript hunting journal including detailed diaries and records of pig-sticking, tiger shooting and other hunts in Africa, Scotland and India, 1894-1932; colour illustrations of soldiers in various antique constumes.


Four tranches, 1991-1992.

System of arrangement

The collection is divided up into diary, correspondence and photographic sections as outlined above in the Scope and Content section.

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 for Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Some items are outsize.

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
Related units of description

Liddell Hart Centre: account of the Siege of Ladysmith (Hamilton 2/1/1-2). Other Boer War papers include Foulkes 3/11-12, 3/4, 3/6, Allenby 1/2/139, 1/2/143, 1/2/26, 5/13, Maurice 3/1/2/1. Western Front papers include Ismay 3/2, Adam 1/1 and Kiggell 5.



Decorations: Companion, Order of St Michael and St George; Croix de Guerre.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell for the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions

National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

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

July 2003

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  • Armed forces
  • Cultural heritage
  • Customs and traditions
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Higher science education
  • History
  • Hunting
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military engineering
  • Military exercises
  • Military history
  • Military intelligence
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Organizations
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • Second Boer War, 1899-1902
  • State security
  • War
  • War diaries
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Willcox, Walter Temple, 1869-1943, Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Beaucamp, France
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Hourges, France
  • India, South Asia
  • Ladysmith, Province of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, Southern Africa
  • Liez, France
  • London, England
  • Scotland
  • Warneton, Belgium

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