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LEWIS, Maj Gen Sir Richard George Aylward (1895-1965)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Lewis, R G A
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: LEWIS, Maj Gen Sir Richard George Aylward (1895-1965)
Date(s): Created [1917]-1949
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1895; educated at St Columba College and Trinity College, Dublin; temporary 2nd Lt 1914-1915; 2nd Lt, Leinster Regt; 1915; temporary Lt 1915-1916; served in World War One, in the Gallipoli campaign, 1915; served in Greek Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, European Turkey and the islands of the Aegean Sea, 1916-1917; Lt 1916; temporary Capt, Service Bn, 1917-1918; servedwith Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1917-1918; served on Western Front in France and Belgium, 1918; acting Capt 1918-1919; Royal Tank Corps, 1922-1923; Lt, serving with East Lancashire Regt, 1922; Lt, Royal Tank Corps, 1923; Capt 1923; attendance at Staff College, Camberley, and Imperial Defence College, [1924-1927]; Bde Maj, Royal Tank Corps Centre, 1928-1932; Brevet Maj, Royal Tank Corps, 1932; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Western Command, UK, 1934-1935; General Staff Officer Grade 2, War Office, 1935-1939; substantive Maj 1936; Brevet Lt Col 1937; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; served with General Staff, 1939-1942; acting Lt Col 1939; temporaryLt Col, 1939-1940; acting Col 1940; Col 1940; acting Brig 1940-1941; temporary Brig 1941; acting Maj Gen 1941; served with Allied Force Headquarters, 1942-1944; Maj Gen 1942; Deputy Quarter Master General, War Office, 1945; Deputy Director General for Finance and Administration, European Regional Office, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1945; Personal Representative of Director General of United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Europe, 1947-1948; aide de camp to HM King George VI, 1948; Director General, Foreign Office Administration of African Territories, 1949-1952; died 1965.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Lewis's career, [1917]-1949, notably, reports for the Department of the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1938-1939, papers relating to his service with Allied Force Headquarters, 1942-1944 and to his senior administrative role with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1945-1948

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The papers have been arranged in approximately chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the family.

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 three accessions in 1975 and 1977.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Apr 1999

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