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LEVER, Capt George Harold (1892-1973)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Lever
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: LEVER, Capt George Harold (1892-1973)
Date(s): 1915-1971
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 0.02 cubic metres (2 boxes)
Name of creator(s): Lever | George Harold | 1892-1973 | Captain


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1892; trained as wireless operator by Marconi's, Chelmsford, Essex; employed as wireless operator, Red Star Line, 1912-1914; served in World War One, 1914-1918; commissioned as Lt, South African Defence Force, and served with South African Field Telegraphs, German South West Africa, 1914-1915; resigned commission, Sep 1915; appointed temporary 2nd Lt, Corps of Royal Engineers (Signals), Nov 1915; served in Egypt, 1916; temporary Lt, 1916; service as Wireless-Telegraphy Officer, 12 Corps [1917-1918]; Wireless-Telegraphy Officer, Salonika, 1919; demobilised, 1919; employed by Marconi's, Jun-Sep 1919; rejoined Corps of Royal Engineers as Capt, Sep 1919; Wireless-Telegraphy Liaison Officer and senior Wireless Telegraphy Officer, British Military Mission to South Russia, 1919-1920; Wireless-Telegraphy Officer, Cork, Ireland, during Anglo-Irish War, 1920-1921; resigned commission, 1921; employed by The Manchester Guardian; died, 1973.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1915-1971, of Capt George Harold Lever relating to his service as a wireless operator. Papers, 1915-[1956] and undated, relating to the campaign in German South West Africa in 1914-1915 include notes on the campaign which cover a period at Kuruman Mission Station, journey with the Advance Eastern Force Kalahari Desert to Keetmanshoop, joining the column to Karibib and Tsumeb, and accounts of life on the marsh, the Boer natives, and meeting General (Louis) Botha. Photographs of South Africa, 1915, include Kuruman, the desert, and General Botha. Three photographs portray Lever in London, 1915, and Chelmsford, 1919. Papers on the British Military Mission to Southern Russia, 1919-1920, comprise Lever's diary, covering his service as Wireless Telegraphy Officer and including photographs; and glass lantern slides, largely reproduced in the diary. Papers, 1918-1971, on Lever's service and postings between 1914 and 1922 include reports and correspondence.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is arranged in the following sections: papers relating to campaign in German South West Africa; photographs of the same; other miscellaneous photographs; British Military Mission to Russia: diary and lantern slides; miscellaneous papers relating to service. The loose photographs of the campaign in German West Africa and the glass negatives of the mission in South Russia were arranged chronologically where possible.

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 and online at; detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by Lever, via Dr R P Bartlett, Department of Russian Studies, University of Keele, Staffordshire, in 1973.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, holds papers of FM George Francis Milne, 1st Baron Milne of Salonika and of Rubislaw, County Aberdeen (1866-1948), containing Milne's despatches as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, British Army of the Black Sea, Russia, 1916-1920 (Ref: Milne).

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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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