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LYTTELTON, Gen Sir Neville (Gerald) (1845-1931)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Lyttelton
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: LYTTELTON, Gen Sir Neville (Gerald) (1845-1931)
Date(s): Created [1899]-1916
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box or 0.01 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1845; educated at Eton College; entered Rifle Brigade, 1865; helped to suppress Fenian rising,Canada, 1866; Secretary, Oregon Boundary Dispute Commission, Canada, 1867; ADC to Viceroy of Ireland, 1868-1873; served in Jowaki Expedition, India, 1877, and in Egyptian Campaign, 1882; Military Secretary to Governor of Gibraltar, 1883-1885, and to Governor of Bombay, 1885-1890; 2nd in Command, 3 Bn, Rifle Bde, Jullundar, India, 1890-1893; Lt Col, 1892; commanded 2 Bn, Rifle Bde, Dublin, Ireland, 1893-1895; appointed Assistant Adjutant General War Office, 1895; Assistant Military Secretary, War Office, 1897-1898; commanded brigade during Nile Expedition, Sudan, 1898; commanded 2 Infantry Bde, Aldershot, 1899; commanded 4 Infantry Bde, 2 and4 Divs, South Africa, 1899-1900; served in Natal, 1901-1902; Commander-in-Chief, South Africa, 1902-1904; Chief of General Staff and First Military Member of Army Council, 1904-1908; Commander-in-Chief, Ireland, 1908-1912; published Eighty years: soldiering, politics, games (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1927); died in 1931.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letters relating to the South African War received by Gen Hon Reginald Arthur James Talbot and other members of the Talbot family, [1899]-1901, including letters from Lyttelton and Maj Gen Edward Stuart Wortley, dated [1899]-1901, describing operations in Natal, 1899-1900, and Transvaal, 1900-1901, and operations against Gen Christian Rudolf De Wet. Copies ofletters from Lyttelton to his wife and family, 1899-1916, notably covering his service in South Africa, 1899-1904, his work as Chief of General Staff and First Military Member of the Army Council, 1904-1908, and as Commander-in-Chief, Ireland, 1908-1912. Copies of seven letters from Talbot to Katherine Lyttelton, 1900-1906, mainly concerning his command of the army of occupation, Egypt,1900-1903, and Lyttelton's military career, 1900-1906.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections in order of accession.

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 on-line at, anddetailed catalogue available 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 1972. Copies of additional papers were acquired bypurchase in 1974 and 1990.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Queen Mary and Westfield College Library holds a substantial collection of his papers, 1883-1930. The Department of Western Manusripts, Bodleian Library, Oxford University holds diaries, 1874-1929 (Ref: MS Eng hist e 379, f 35-82). Hereford and Worcester Record Office holds miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1878-1880 (Ref: 705:658).

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 1997

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