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EVETTS, Lt Gen Sir John (Fullerton) (1891-1988)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Evetts
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: EVETTS, Lt Gen Sir John (Fullerton) (1891-1988)
Date(s): 1910, 1935-1986
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 0.02 cubic metres (2 boxes)
Name of creator(s): Evetts | Sir | John (Fullerton) | 1891-1988 | Knight | Lieutenant General


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1891; educated at Temple Grove, Lancing and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1911; served with 2 Bn, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1911-1916; Lt, 1913; service in Malta, 1913-1914; served in World War One (MC, despatches), 1914-1918; Capt, 1915; temporary Maj, Machine Gun Corps, 1916; General Staff Officer 3, 17 Corps, Western Front, 1916-1917; Bde Maj, 26 Infantry Bde, France, 1917-1918; General Staff Officer 2, 11 Div, 1918; General Headquarters, 1918-1919; 9 Corps, 1919; General Staff Officer 3, Northern Command, UK, 1919-1921; service with the Iraq Army, 1925-1928; Brevet Maj, 1929; Brevet Lt Col, 1931; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, War Office, 1932; Lt Col, Royal Ulster Rifles, 1934; Col, 1935; commanded British Troops in Palestine, 1935; General Staff Officer 1, Palestine, 1936; Brig, commanding 16 Infantry Bde, Palestine and Transjordan, 1936-1939; awarded CBE, 1937; Brig, General Staff, Headquarters, Northern Command, India, 1939-1940; awarded CB, 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; commanded Western (Independent) District, India, 1940-1941; Maj Gen, 1941; Divisional commander, 1941; Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1942-1944; awarded US Legion of Merit, 1943; Senior Military Adviser to Minister of Supply, 1944-1946; retired 1946; Head of British Ministry of Supply Staff in Australia, 1946-1951, and Chief Executive Officer, Joint UK-Australian Long Range Weapons, Board of Administration, 1946-1949; knighted, 1951; Managing Director, Rotol Limited and British Messier, 1951-1958; Chairman, Rotol Limited and British Messier, 1958-1960; died, 1988.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1910, 1935-1986, of Lt Gen Sir John (Fullerton) Evetts, including report on Evetts by Col William Baume Capper, Commandant, Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Jul 1910; 136 photographic negatives relating to Palestine and the North West Frontier, India, 1935-1941; letters of congratulation for service and for decorations, 1936-1940, including letters from AVM Richard Edmund Charles Peirse, Air Officer Commanding British Forces, Palestine and Transjordan, and Lt Gen Sir George Alexander Weir, General Officer Commanding British Troops in Egypt, 1936, Gen Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, High Commissioner and Commander-in-Chief, Palestine and Transjordan, 1937, Lt Gen Archibald Percival Wavell, Jan 1939, Sir Harold Alfred MacMichael, High Commissioner and Commander-in-Chief, Palestine and Transjordan, Mar 1939, and Lt Gen Alan Fleming Hartley, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, India, 1940; three copy typescript reports on operations carried out by British forces in Palestine and Transjordan, 20 May-31 Jul 1938, 1 Nov 1938-31 Mar 1939 and 1 Apr-30 Jul 1939, by Lt Gen Robert Hadden Haining, General Officer Commanding British Forces in Palestine and Transjordan; group photograph of Evetts and the staff of the 'Evetts Mission', Melbourne, Australia, 1946; papers relating to the Joint Anglo-Australian atomic test Project, Woomera, South Australia, including lectures, correspondence, eight volumes of manuscript diaries by Evetts, Jan 1947-Aug 1951, and printed map of missile and rocket ranges, Long Range Weapons Establishment, Woomera, South Australia [1950]; typescript text of lecture by Evetts, 'Woomera, yesterday and today', in English, French and Spanish [1957]; edition of Spanish magazine Ingenieria Aeronautica with illustrated article in Spanish by Evetts, 'Woomera ayer y hoy', Jul-Aug 1957; printed illustrated article by Chris Wren entitled 'The Commonwealth's Cape Canaveral', from The Aeroplane and Astronautics, Mar 1960; booklet entitled '14 May 1689 to 14 May 1968. 1st Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)' commemorating the Regiment on its disbandment, 1968, with manuscript note, returning the booklet to Evetts, from Most Reverend and Rt Hon Arthur Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, 14 Jun 1968; correspondence relating to legal action taken against Anthony Mockler over statements concerning Evetts' actions in Syria, 1941, in his book Our enemies the French: being an account of the war fought between the French and the British, Syria 1941 (Cooper, London, 1976); five letters to Evetts from Col George Alan Dawson Young, Middle East Commandos Historical Research Group and former Commanding Officer 50 and 52 Middle East Commandos, Jul-Aug 1983, relating to allegations made against 50 Middle East Commando by Martin John Gilbert in Finest hour, Winston S Churchill, 1939-1941 (Heinemann, London, 1983); papers, 1979-1986, on the Anglo-Australian Joint Project, including typescript draft chapters of Fire across the desert: Woomera and the Anglo-Australian Joint Project, 1946-1980 by Dr Peter Ralph Morton (published by Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1989); Bristol Civil Defence Sub-Section, report by Evetts as retiring sub-regional controller, 1959.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, French and Spanish

System of arrangement:

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.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available in reading room at Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, and online at; catalogue of some material available in hard copy in the reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Centre by Evetts' family in 1993.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, holds papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, including correspondence with Evetts, 1922-1968 (Ref: LH 1/272), correspondence, 1919-1924, relating to Liddell Hart's Infantry Training, Vol II, War (HMSO, London, 1921) and Infantry Training, Vol I, Training (HMSO, London, 1922) (Ref: LH 7/1920/55-162), typescript notes by Liddell Hart, 'Some personal impressions' of Evetts, Dec 1920 (Ref: LH 7/1920/32), correspondence, dated 1944, with Evetts, relating to Liddell Hart's Thoughts on war (1944) (Ref: LH 9/22/7), note by Liddell Hart on discussion with Evetts concerning various appointments, 15 Jun 1944 (Ref: LH 11/1944/36), and typescript copy of letter, dated 3 Sep 1943, from Maj Gen Aubrey Ellis Williams, commanding 160 Infantry Bde, to Evetts, on Army organisation and Operation SPARTAN, invasion exercise of Mar 1943 (Ref: LH 15/4/85); papers of Gen Sir Richard Nugent O'Connor, including letter relating to alleged encouragement of brutality amongst the troops by Evetts, commanding 16 Infantry Bde, Palestine and Transjordan, Nov 1938 (Ref: O'Connor 3/1/18), letter to Evetts at the War Office, Mar 1944 (Ref: O'Connor 5/2/14), letter to Evetts in appreciation of a visit and enclosing a letter to Maj Gen Eric Edward Dorman Smith, May 1944 (Ref: O'Connor 5/2/50), letter to Evetts relating to German superiority in armoured infantry carriers, Nov 1944 (Ref: O'Connor 5/3/85), letter to Evetts relating to the Viper mine clearing device, Nov 1944 (Ref: O'Connor 5/3/91), letter to Evetts relating to modifications to armoured vehicles, Oct 1944 (Ref: O'Connor 5/4/52), personal letters to O'Connor from Evetts, 1967-1968 (Ref: O'Connor 10/29), and letter from Lady Evetts, mentioning her husband, 28 Apr 1946 (Ref: O'Connor 5/4/97); papers of Gen Hastings Lionel Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay of Wormington, including note by Lt Gen Sir John (Fullerton) Evetts of his first meeting with Lt Gen Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, with covering letter to Ismay, 20 Aug 1963 (Ref: Ismay 4/5/70). Detailed catalogues to these collections are available online at Leeds University, the Liddle Collection, holds photographs of pre-war service and social life in Malta, 1913-1914, papers relating to Evetts' service in World War One, 1914-1918, and a transcript and audio tape of an interview on service in World War One.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Iain Mutch; revised by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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:
Nov 1999, Mar 2001

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