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MCLEOD, Gen Sir Roderick William (1905-1980)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA McLeod
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: MCLEOD, Gen Sir Roderick William (1905-1980)
Date(s): Created 1944-1962
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box or 0.01 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1925; service in Khajuri Plains operations, North West Frontier, India, 1930-1932; E Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, India, 1932; Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1938; General Staff Officer Grade 1, 4 Infantry Div and War Office; Commanding Officer 1 Air Landing Light Regt, Royal Artillery, North Africa and Sicily, 1943; Deputy Commanding Officer, 1 Parachute Bde, 1943; Commanding Officer Special Air Service (SAS) Bde, 1944-1945; Director of Military Operations in India, 1945-1947; Imperial Defence College, 1947; Assistant Commandant, Staff College, Camberley, 1948-1949; Commanding Officer, Royal Artillery, 7 Armoured Div, British Army of theRhine, 1950; Director of Military Operations, War Office, 1951-1954; General Officer Commanding 6 Armoured Div, 1955-1956; Chief Army Instructor, Imperial Defence College, 1957; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Ministry of Defence, 1957-1960; General Officer Commanding, British Forces, Hong Kong, 1961-1962; General Officer Commanding, Eastern Command, 1963-1965.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to operations of the Special Air Service (SAS) in France during World War Two and to its formation, 1944-1948; papers relating to the future role of the SAS following operations in Northern Europe, World War Two, 1945-1958; papers relating to lectures given by McLeod on the SAS, 1944-1962; maps and diagram relating to SAS operations in France, 1944.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged chronologically into discrete sections as above.

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 and detailed catalogue available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Centre by Gen Sir Roderick McLeod in 1979.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Description Notes

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 1999

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