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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Wilson W G
WILSON, Maj Walter Gordon (1874-1957)
Created 1920
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1874; educated HMS BRITANNIA and King's College Cambridge; member of Institution of Civil Engineers; worked as designer of motor cars; joined Royal Naval Air Service [1914]; served as Lt in Armoured Car Div, RN, 1914; worked for Landships Committee on design of armoured fighting vehicles; Chief of Design, Mechanical Warfare Department, War Office, 1916-1918; with Sir William Tritton worked with Lt Col Sir Albert Gerald Stern on the design of first tank, 1915-1916; temporary Maj Tank Corps, 1916; awarded CMG, 1918; member of Special Vehicle Development Committee, Ministry of Supply [1939-1942]; died 1957.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased by the Centre in 1977.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of pages from Sir Albert Stern's Tanks, 1914-1918: the log book of a pioneer (1919), with annotations by Wilson, 1920.

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 Detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Clwyd Record Office (Buddicom papers)

Related units of description

The Centre holds the papers of Lt Col Sir Albert Gerald Stern (GB99 KCLMA Stern). Wilson's obituary is held in the Liddell Hart papers at 9/28/59.


Compiled Oct 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.

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.

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  • Armed forces
  • Armoured forces
  • Armoured warfare
  • Central government
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Government
  • Government departments
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Motor vehicles
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Public administration
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Tanks
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Stern, Sir, Albert Gerald, 1878-1966, Knight, Lieutenant Colonel and tank pioneer

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • RN, Royal Navy
  • Royal Naval Air Service
  • War Office

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