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HERBERT, Brig Charles Edward Mercer (1904-1981)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Herbert
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: HERBERT, Brig Charles Edward Mercer (1904-1981)
Date(s): Created 1930, 1936, [1946]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 files
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1904; educated at Brighton College and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1922-1924; 2nd Lt, Royal Engineers, 1924; Lt, 1926; attended Railway Training Centre, Longmoor, 1926-1930; seconded as Assistant Engineer, Tanganyika Railways, 1930-1932; 1932-1934; Quartermaster General, Transportation Branch, War Office, 1934-1938; Capt, 1935; Staff Capt, Transportation, Palestine and Transjordan, 1938-1940; Deputy Assistant Director of Transportation, Palestine and Transjordan, 1940; Assistant Director-General of Transportation, Palestine, 1940; Maj, 1941; Assistant Director of Movements and Transport (Plans), General HQ, Middle East Force, 1941-1943; Assistant Director of Transportation (Coordination, Plans and Administration), 1943-1944; Deputy Director of Transportation, Administrative Planning Mission to Australia, 1944; Deputy Director of Transportation, Allied Commission for Austria (British Element), 1944-1945; Brig, 1945; Director of Transportation, Burma, 1945; Assistant Director of Transportation, 501 Interservice Mission, East Africa, 1946; Director of Transportation, War Office, 1950-1957; retired 1957; died in 1981.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to his military career, 1922-1946, dated 1930, 1936 and [1946] principally comprising typescript log of railway survey work carried out by Herbert, Lt Charles Granville Barry Greaves and Capt Donald Maitland James Murray, Tanganyika, 1930, written by [Murray] in [1930]; The Royal Engineers Journal vol 50 Sep 1936, including 'Railway Survey in Tanganyika Territory' by Herbert; official 501 Inter-Service Mission 'Transportation report on the proposal for a base in East Africa', written by Herbert in 1946; copies of letters of appreciation concerning rehabilitation of Burma railway system carried out by Transportation Service, 1945; copy of Herbert's curriculum vitae, 1922-1946, written in 1946.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

2 files

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:

Summary guide entry on-line at,and published 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 1995.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 1997

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