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CROOKENDEN, Lt Gen Sir Napier (1915-2002)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Crookenden
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: CROOKENDEN, Lt Gen Sir Napier (1915-2002)
Date(s): 1969-1980
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 6 boxes (0.06 cubic metres)
Name of creator(s): Crookenden | Sir | Napier | 1915-2002 | Knight | Lieutenant General


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1915; educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into the Cheshire Regt, 1935; served in Palestine, 1936-1939; Lt, 1938; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Capt, 1943; Bde Maj, 6 Airlanding Bde, 1943-1944; Commanding Officer, 9 Bn, The Parachute Regt, 1944-1946; awarded DSO, 1945; General Staff Officer 2, Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1946-1948; Maj, 1948; General Staff Officer 1, School of Land/Air Warfare, 1950-1952; General Staff Officer 1 (Plans) to FM Sir Gerald (Walter Robert) Templer, Director of Operations, Malaya, 1952-1954; awarded OBE, 1954; Brevet Lt Col, 1954; Col General Staff, Manoeuvre Planning Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), 1955-1957; Lt Col, 1957; Col, 1957; Deputy Commandant, JSA [Joint Services Academy] Warfare Centre and Chief Instructor, Staff Training Wing, 1957-1958; commanded 16 Parachute Bde, 1960-1961; Imperial Defence College, 1962; Director, Land/Air Warfare Ministry of Defence (Army Department), 1964-1966; awarded CB, 1966; Commandant, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, 1967-1969; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, 1969-1972; Col, The Cheshire Regt, 1969-1971; created KCB, 1970; Col Commandant, The Prince of Wales Div, 1971-1974; retired 1972; Trustee, Imperial War Museum, London, 1973-1983; Director, South East Regional Board, Lloyds Bank Limited, 1973-1986; Chairman, Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Families Association, 1974-1985; Lieutenant, HM Tower of London, 1975-1981; Vice President, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, 1978-1985; Director, Flextech Limited, 1978-1986; Deputy Lieutenant, Kent, 1979. Died 2002


Scope and content/abstract:

Official and personal correspondence and typescript and manuscript texts of speeches of Lt Gen Sir Napier Crookenden relating to service as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Command, 1969-1972; correspondence relating to service as Col Commandant, Prince of Wales Div, 1970-1974;photographic slides, film, audiotape and related papers relating to Crookenden's Kermit Roosevelt Lecture Tour of the USA, 1971, relating to the Army's role in Internal Security, with specific reference to operations in Northern Ireland, 1969-1971; research notes and correspondence relating to Dropzone Normandy: the story of the American and British airborne assault on D Day, 1944 (Allan, London, 1976), Airborne at war (Allan, London, 1978) and Battle of the Bulge, 1944 (Allan, London, 1980).

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The collection is arranged in sections as outlined above.

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:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by General Crookenden in 1996.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
Jun 1999

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