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ROBERTS, Gen Sir Ouvry Lindfield (1898-1986)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Roberts, O L
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: ROBERTS, Gen Sir Ouvry Lindfield (1898-1986)
Date(s): 1898-1986
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 18 boxes
Name of creator(s): Roberts | Sir | Ouvry Lindfield | 1898-1986 | Knight | Lieutenant General


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1898; educated, Cheltenham College; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; King's College, Cambridge; commissioned, Royal Engineers, 1917; served in India from 1918, active service North West Frontier, India, 1918-1919; returned to UK, 1922; Staff College, Camberley, 1933-1934; returned to India, 1935; Deputy Director of Military Operations and Intelligence, India, 1939-1941; General Staff Officer 1, Indian 10 Infantry Division, Iraq, 1941; Commanding Officer, Indian 20 Infantry Brigade, Iraq, 1941; Commanding Officer, 16 Infantry Brigade, Ceylon, 1942; Brigadier General Staff Indian IV Corps on the Burma front, 1943; General Officer Commanding, Indian 23 Infantry Division, on the Burma front, 1943-1945; General Officer Commanding Indian 34 Corps, Malaya, 1945; returned to UK, end of 1945; Vice Adjutant-General, War Office, 1945-1947; General Officer Commanding, Northern Ireland District, 1948-1949; General Officer Commander in Chief, Southern Command, 1949-1952; Quartermaster-General to the Forces, 1952-1955; Aide-de-Camp, General to the Queen, 1952-1955; retired, 1955; Colonel Commandant, Corps of the Royal Engineers, 1952-1962; Director, Grosvenor Laing (Canada); President, Grosvenor Laing, 1955-1960; admin officer, University of British Columbia, 1961-1968; died, 1986.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of General Sir Ouvry Lindfield Roberts, 1898-1986, including Roberts' memoirs, with drafts and notes; personal and appointment diaries, 1931-1985, including diary in Germany, 1931-1932 and diaries in Malaya, 1945; papers relating to World War Two including training instructions for 23 India Div, Burma and 16 Infantry Bde, Ceylon; summary of operations, 1941; papers relating to Malaya, 1945; published report by Roberts for military use entitled 'Notes on castes and tribes enlisted in the corps: King George V's own Bengal Sappers and Miners', 1938 and Roberts' letters home, Oct 1939-Apr 1945. Personal and official photographs, including of India, [1935-1938]; papers relating to Germany in 1931 including Robertís diary in Freiburg, 1931, photographs, postcards and notebooks with quotations, chiefly in German; letters of appointment and congratulation, 1941-1952; issues of Southern Command newsletter, Southland Times and other newsletters, 1951; Royal Engineers lists, 1975, 1979, 1982, 1983 and 1985; overhead slides of maps of the Pacific theatre; retrospective correspondence with authors relating to his Army service, [1973-1983]; press cuttings; obituaries and other biographical material relating to Roberts and papers relating to his funeral; certificates including birth, death and exam certificates; papers relating to reunions and memorial services and papers relating to Royal events.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

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 provided 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 and Information Management, King's College London.

Finding aids:

Box list.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family, 1997.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Who's Who and Who's Who in Canada

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.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2008

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