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KIGGELL, Lt Gen Sir Launcelot Edward (1862-1954)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Kiggell
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: KIGGELL, Lt Gen Sir Launcelot Edward (1862-1954)
Date(s): Created 1909-1919
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box or 1 cubic metre
Name of creator(s):
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1862; educated in Ireland and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; entered Royal WarwickshireRegiment, 1882; adjutant of 2 Battalion, 1886-1890; Staff College, 1893-1894; Instructor at Royal Military College, 1895-1897; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, South Eastern District, 1897-1899; served in Boer War on staff of Sir Redvers Buller, on HQ Staff at Pretoria, and as Assistant Adjutant General, Harrismith District and Natal, 1899-1902; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, Staff College,1904-1907; revised Operations of War by Sir Edward Bruce Hamley (William Blackwood and Sons, London, 1866 revised 1907); General Staff Officer Grade 1 at Army HQ, 1907-1909; Brig Gen in charge of administration, Scottish Command, 1909; Director of Staff Duties, War Office, 1909-1913; Commandant, Staff College, Camberley, 1913-1914; Director of Home Defence, War Office, 1914-1915; Chief of General Staff, British Armies in France, 1915-1918; Lt Gen, 1917; General Officer Commanding and Lt Governor, Guernsey, 1918-1920; retired, 1920; died in 1954.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letters dated 1909-1914 from FM Earl Haig, Chief of General Staff in India and Commander-in-Chief at Aldershot, including potential candidates for appointments and Indian Army policy including reorganisation and recruitment; letters dated 1914-1918 from Haig, General Officer Commanding 1 Corps and Commander-in-Chief, British Armies, France, referring to operations including Dardanelles, Verdun; letters dated 1914-1918 from FM Sir Henry Wilson, British military representative at SupremeWar Council, Versailles, including French war effort; correspondence dated 1915-1921 with FM Sir William Robertson, General HQ British Armies in the Field including shortage of supplies and troops; Kiggell's demi-official correspondence when Chief of General Staff, 1916-1919, with various commanders on subjects including administration, planned operations, supply of guns and ammunition to Belgium, France and Russia and staff appointments; recollections dated 1919 of Chantilly conference, Nov 1916, to consider planned operations in 1917.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged chronologically into section according to correspondent. Kiggell's correspondence while Chief of General Staff and papers relating to the conference at Chantilly, 1917, have been grouped together. The index to the papers is arranged in sections covering people, places, military service units and subjects.

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 the family in 1966.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 1996

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