Graphical version

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

CARR, Lt Gen Laurence (1886-1954)


Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Carr

Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Title: CARR, Lt Gen Laurence (1886-1954)

Date(s): Created 1915-1940

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Carr | Laurence | 1886-1954 | Lieutenant General


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1886; educated Uppingham, Leicester, Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Surrey; 2nd Lt, Gordon Highlanders, 1906; Lt, 1909; Capt, 1914; served World War One, 1914-1918; Adjutant to Col John Raymond Evelyn Stansfeld, 2 Bn Gordon Highlanders, 1915-1916; Staff Capt, 20 Infantry Bde, BEF (British Expeditionary Force), France, 1916; Bde Maj, 45 Infantry Bde, France, 1916-1917; Brevet Maj, 1916; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, and temporary Maj for, successively, 51 Div, 5 Corps and 18 Corps, France, 1917-1918; General Staff Officer, Grade 1, and temporary Lt Col, 4 Div, 1918-1920; attended Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1919; Bde Maj, 6 Indian Infantry Bde, Northern Command, India, 1920; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Northern Command, India, 1920-1923; Instructor and General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Staff College, Quetta, India, 1923-1926; Maj, 1923; Brevet Lt Col, 1924; Col, 1927; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, War Office, 1928-1930; General Staff Officer, Grade 1, War Office, 1931-1934; Directing Staff, Imperial Defence College, 1934-1936; temporary Brig and Commander, 2 Infantry Bde, Aldershot Command, 1936, and Palestine and Trans-Jordan, 1937-1938; Maj Gen, 1937; Director of Staff Duties, War Office, 1938-1939; Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1939-1940; acting Lt Gen and General Officer Commanding 1 Corps, Home Forces, 1940-1941; Lt Gen, 1941; General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command, 1941-1942; Senior Military Assistant, Ministry of Supply, [1942-1944]; retired, 1944; died 1954.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letters to his wife, Elizabeth Montgomery Carr, 1914-1940, including service on the Western Front during World War One, 1915-1918, in India, 1920-1926, and with 2 Infantry Bde, in Palestine, including details of Arab and Jewish unrest and the policing of the area by the British Army, 1936-1937. Certificates recording mentions in despatches during World War One, 1915-1918 and Warrants of Appointment for DSO, 1917 and OBE, 1919.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged chronologically, with certificates and warrants at the end of the collection.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

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.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1975.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Publication note:



Decorations: CB, DSO, OBE

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 1998

Arab Revolt (1936-1939) | Revolutionary movements | Political movements
Armed forces | State security
Colonial conflicts | Colonial countries | Political systems
War | International conflicts
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
International relations
Military organizations

Personal names
Carr | Elizabeth Montgomery | fl 1915-1940 | wife of Lt Gen Laurence Carr
Carr | Laurence | 1886-1954 | Lieutenant General

Corporate names
British Army

India | South Asia
Palestine | Middle East