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

SCOTT-TAGGART, Wg Cdr John (1897-1979)


Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Scott-Taggart

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

Title: SCOTT-TAGGART, Wg Cdr John (1897-1979)

Date(s): Created 1917-1968

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 box or 0.01 cubic metres

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1897; educated at Bolton School, Technological Institutions, King's College London and University College London; joined Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's), 1914; served in World War One, 1914-1918; commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers, 1917; Instructor in Wireless, 1 Army, Western Front; awarded MC, Battle of the Lys, 1918; Head of value manufacturing, Ediswan and Radio Communication Company, 1919-1920; Head of the Patent Department, Radio Communication Company Limited, 1920; founded the Radio Press, 1922; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; service with RAF in France, 1939-1940; Staff Officer, Air Ministry, responsible for radar training in RAF, 1940-1941; Senior Technical Officer, No 73 Wing, responsible for radar stations in most of England and Wales, 1943-1945; demobilised from RAF, 1945; Admiralty Signal and Radar Establishment, 1951-1959; retired 1959; Fellow of the Institute of Radio Engineers; Fellow of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers; awarded OBE, 1975; died 1979. Publications: Thermionic tubes in radio telegraphy and telephony (Wireless Press, London, 1921); Wireless for all. A simple explanation (Daily Express, London, 1922); Elementary textbook on wireless vacuum tubes (Radio Press, London, 1922); Wireless valves simply explained (Radio Press, London, 1922); How to make your own broadcast receiver (Radio Press, London, 1923); More practical valve circuits (Radio Press, London, 1923); Simplified wireless (Radio Press, London, 1923); Practical wireless valve circuits (Radio Press, London, 1923); Radio valves and how to use them (Radio Press, London, 1924); The first commandment (Hutchinson, London, 1932); The manual of modern radio (Amalgamated Press, London, 1933); The book of practical radio (Amalgamated Press, London, 1934); Bibliography of Italian Maiolica [1967]; Italian maiolica (Hamlyn, London, 1972); Spanish pottery and porcelain [1973].


Scope and content/abstract:

Typescript 'Report on events leading to evacuation from Calais', with manuscript preparatory notes, May 1940; five printed maps and plans showing the extent of No 73 Wing Area, the distribution of anti-aircraft guns, and aircraft losses during the Battle of Britain, 1940; personal RAF documents, 1940-1945, including 'Service and Release book'; typescript unit history, by Scott-Taggart, entitled '73 Wing in action. Being a record of the work and operations of No 73 (S) Wing of No 60 Group, RAF, with special reference to the eight months ending 31st July, 1944'; correspondence relating to RAF service and radar equipment, 1940-1950; edition of Customs of the services (Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1940) by 'AHS', Comrades in arms. Three talks to junior officers or officer cadets to assist them in the handling of their men (HMSO, London, 1942) and magazine entitled International broadcast engineer, containing article by Scott-Taggart on his career, Jul 1968. Also, manuscript document of commission, Corps of Royal Engineers, 1917, and two Mention in Despatches certificates, 1940 and 1945; letter, confirming the recommendation of the MC to Scott-Taggart, from Maj A G Richardson, Officer Commanding 55 Div Signal Company, Royal Engineers, 1919.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

2 files

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 entry on-line and due to be published in hard copy.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1980.


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Related material:

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Decorations: OBE, MC

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 1998

Air defence | Defence | State security
Air warfare | Warfare | Military engineering
Anti-aircraft defence | Defence | State security
Armed forces | State security
Battle of Britain (1940) | World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
War | International conflicts
International relations
Military organizations

Personal names
Richardson | A G | fl 1919 | Major

Corporate names
RAF | Royal Air Force x Royal Air Force

Calais | France | Western Europe | Europe