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HOWELL, Brig Gen Philip (1877-1916)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Howell
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: HOWELL, Brig Gen Philip (1877-1916)
Date(s): Created 1879-1916
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 9 boxes or 0.09 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1877; Queen's Own Corps of Guides, 1897; Captain, 1906; Staff-Capt., Intelligence, India, 1904-1906; passed Staff College, 1907; Brig Maj. to Imperial General Cavalry, India, 1908; General Staff Officer, Grade 3 War Office, 1909-1911; General Staff Officer, Grade 2 Staff College Camberley, 1912-1913; Officer Commanding, 4 Hussars, France, 1914-1915; Brig Gen, General Staff Cavalry Corps, 1915; Brig Gen, General Staff, 10 Corps, 1915; Chief of Staff, Salonika Army, 1915-1916; General Staff Officer Grade 1, 2 Corps, France, 1916; killed in action at Authille, France, Oct 1916.
Publications: The Campaign In Thrace, by Philip Howell, (1913, Hugh Rees, London), Philip Howell. A Memoir by his Wife, by Rosalind Howell, (1942, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London)


Scope and content/abstract:

The papers cover the period, 1879-1916, and include papers on Howell's service as a correspondent for The Times in the Balkans, including photographs and newspaper cuttings, 1903; papers on Howell's training at Staff College, Quetta, India, and Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, including notes on Cavalry organization and tactics and on the establishment of FrontierIntelligence organization in India, 1904-1914; papers on service as Officer Commanding 4 Hussars, including Operational orders, accounts of Allied operations on Western Front, personal diaries and manuscript maps of Western Front trenches, 1914-1915; Operational orders from service as Brig Gen, General Staff Cavalry Corps, Western Front, 1915; official and semi-official correspondencefrom service as Chief of Staff, Salonika, including personal diaries, correspondence relating to attempts to secure Bulgarian entry in World War One on the Allied side, and correspondence relating to allegations of Howell leaking memoranda to a Suffragete newspaper called Britannia, 1915-1916. The collection also includes Howell family correspondence, 1879-1889, mostly between Howell's father and grandfather, and from 1909-16 between Howell and his wife Mrs Rosalind 'Linnett' Howell [nee Buxton]. The papers of Howell's wife, Mrs Rosalind 'Linnett' Howell [nee Buxton], 1910-1966, include an account of Howell's life entitled, Philip Howell. A Memoir By His Wife(1942, London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd) and letters from Capt (Edward) Hugh Buxton and Maj (Abbot) Redmond Buxton [Rosalind 'Linnett' Howell's brothers], concerning Allied withdrawal from Anzac Cove and Sulva Bay, Gallipoli, Turkey, 1915-1916.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged mainly chronologically in sections reflecting military service. Maps and papers of Mrs Rosalind Howell, Howell's wife, are grouped separately.

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 also in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Centre by Howell's widow, Mrs Rosalind Howell in Jun and Sep 1964, Mar 1966and Howell's son Dr Paul P Howell in Feb 1970.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Liddell-Hart papers contain a note by Howell, General Staff, 10 Corps, on Allied defences inFrance, 1915, and correspondence with Mrs Rosalind Howell (Howell's widow) in1944. The papers of FM Sir William Robert Robertson, 1 Bt, contain correspondence between Howell and Robertson concerning the British Salonika Force, Greece, 1916.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Nov 1999

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