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DUNBAR, Maj Gen Charles Whish (1919-1981)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Dunbar
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: DUNBAR, Maj Gen Charles Whish (1919-1981)
Date(s): Created 1953-1977
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1919; educated at Glasgow High School and Glasgow University; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; commissioned into the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, 1940; served with Maritime Royal Artillery, 1940-1943; service with 8 Bn The Parachute Regt, 1944-1946 in France, Belgium and Palestine; Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General and Bde Maj, Parachute Bde, Palestine, 1946-1948; attended Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1949; Company commander with Highland Light Infantry, North Africa, Malta and Egypt, 1951-1953; Second in Command, Army Air Transport and Development Centre, Old Sarum, Wiltshire, 1953-1955; Bde Maj, 16 Independent Parachute Bde Group, Cyprus, and Suez, 1956; awarded MBE, 1957; Second in Command, 2 Bn Parachute Regt, Jordan, 1958; commanded Regimental Depot, Royal Highland Fusiliers, 1958-1959; commanded 1 Bn, Royal Highland Fusiliers in Aden, Malta and Libya, 1960-1962; commanded Infantry Bde Group, West Germany, 1962-1965; Imperial Defence College, 1966; Brig, General Staff, Headquarters, Middle East Land Forces, Aden, 1967; awarded CBE, 1968; General Officer Commanding North West District, 1968-1970; Col, Royal Highland Fusiliers, 1969-1978; Director of Infantry, Ministry of Defence, 1970-1973; retired 1973; Vice President, Army Cadet Force Association (Scotland), 1976-1978; Director, British Red Cross Society, Perth and Kinross, 1977-1981; Member, Royal Company of Archers (Queen's Body Guard for Scotland); died 1981.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1953-1977, including draft of article relating to the role of air transport in army supply, published in the Army Journal; Imperial Defence College background study notes, 1966, on international relations, the UK economy, research and development; papers relating to Aden, 1967, including extracts of regimental journals relating to operations of British units in Aden, situation reports of 1 Bn the Lancashire Regt (Prince of Wales's Volunteers), translations of daily communiqués of FLOSY (Front for the Liberation of Occupied South Yemen) and NLF (National Liberation Front), texts of speeches and official briefing papers of Headquarters MELF, notes and drafts for a book by Dunbar on Aden; articles by Dunbar, 1971-1973, relating to operations of 8 Bn (Midland Counties) the Parachute Regt in France, Belgium and Palestine, 1944-1948, and 16 Independent Parachute Bde Group in Cyprus and Suez, 1956.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Three discrete sections comprising various papers including Imperial Defence College notes; Aden, 1967; operations of 8 Bn Parachute Regt and 16 Independent Parachute Bde Group.

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 forresearch use only. Requests to publish original material should besubmitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for MilitaryArchives, 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:

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1983.

Allied Materials

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 1999

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