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CAPPER, Maj Gen Sir Thompson (1863-1915)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Capper T
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: CAPPER, Maj Gen Sir Thompson (1863-1915)
Date(s): Created [1888], [1896], [1900]-1902, 1905, 1907-[1914]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2.5 boxes or 0.025 cubic metres
Name of creator(s): Capper | Sir | Thompson | 1863-1915 | Knight | Major General
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1863; joined Army, 1882; Capt, 1891; served with Chitral Relief Force, 1895; attended Staff College, 1897; Maj, 1898; attached to Egyptian Army, 1897-1899; served in Sudan, 1898; Staff Capt (Intelligence), Army HQ, 1899; Deputy Assistant Adjutant, later Assistant Adjutant General, South Africa, 1899-1902; Professor, Staff College, Camberley, 1902-1904; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Staff College, Camberley, 1904-1905; Commandant, Staff College, Quetta, India 1906-1911; Brig Gen commanding 13 Infantry Bde, Irish Command, 1911-1914; Inspector of Infantry, 1914; commanded 7 Div, Western Front, 1914; promoted to command 12 Corps but died of wounds sustained in Battle of Loos, 1915.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers created or collected by Maj Gen Sir Thompson Capper during the course of his military career, [1896-1914], dated [1888], [1896], [1900]-1902, 1905, 1907-[1914] , principally comprising papers relating to his work at Staff College, Quetta, [1908]-1911; printed pamphlets and notes on operations in Manchuria during the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905, dated [1908-1914]; printed pamphlet and notes relating to operations against Dervish rebels in British Somaliland in 1913, dated [1913]; papers relating to his service with 13 Infantry Bde, notably including printed training instructions, 1907 and 1909, and his circular to officers of 3 Infantry Bde summarising the official report on army manoeuvres, Dublin, 1910. Three printed books, 1888, 1902 and 1908, comprising books on Napoleon I (Napoleon Bonaparte) and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 and The Second Afghan War (John Murray, London, 1908), an official account produced in the Intelligence Branch, Army HQ, India, annotated by Capper.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

This material is catalogued as sections 1 and 2 of the Capper family collection. Sections 3 and 4 consist of papers relating to Capper's brother Maj Gen Sir John Edward Capper.

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:

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

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1971.

Allied Materials

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Dec 1996

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