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MCNEILL, Maj Gen John Malcolm (1909-1996)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA McNeill
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: MCNEILL, Maj Gen John Malcolm (1909-1996)
Date(s): Created 1942-1946, 1988
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box or 0.01 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1909; educated at Imperial Service College, Windsor, Berkshire and Royal Military Academy,Woolwich; commissioned into the Royal Artillery, 1929; service in India with 47/27 Field Bde, Royal Artillery, 34/16 Field Bde, Royal Artillery and G Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, 1929-1936; Lt, 1932; Instructor, School of Signals, Catterick, North Yorkshire, 1936-1940; Capt, 1938; served in World War Two in Western Desert, Sicily, Italy, North West Europe and Burma, 1939-1945; graduated from StaffCollege, Camberley, Surrey, 1940; appointed General Staff Officer 1, No 1 Close Support Bomber Control, 1941; temporary Maj, 1941-1943; awarded MBE, 1942; served in General Headquarters 8 Army and Headquarters 18 Army Group and 15 Army Group, Tunisia, Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944; temporary Lt Col, 1943-1945; General Staff Officer 1 (Air), Headquarters 21 Army Group, North West Europe, 1944-1945; Col General Staff (Air), Headquarters South East Asia Command, 1945; Instructor, School of Air Supply, Old Sarum, Wiltshire, 1945-1948; Commanding Officer, 1 Regt Royal Horse Artillery, 1948-1951; substantive Lt Col, 1951; Imperial Defence College,1952; Col, 1953; Secretary, Joint Planning Staff, Ministry of Defence, 1953-1954; Deputy Secretary, Chiefs of Staff Committee, Ministry of Defence, 1954-1955; temporary Brig, 1955-1957; Commander Royal Artillery, 2 Div, 1955-1958; Brig, 1957; Commandant, School of Artillery, Larkhill, Wiltshire, 1958-1960; Aide de Camp to HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1958-1960; awarded CBE, 1959; Commander, British Army Staff, and Military Attaché, Washington DC, USA, 1960-1963; retired and awarded CB, 1963; Col Commandant Royal Artillery, 1964-1974; Principal Staff Officer to Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, 1964-1969; died 1996.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to McNeill's career, 1942-1946, notably on Army-Air collaboration, 1942-1945, including typescript 'Eighth Army training memorandum No 1' by Lt Gen Bernard Law Montgomery, General Officer Commanding 8 Army, Middle East Forces [1942]; typescript memorandum by McNeill 'Recommendations for reorganisation of AASC (Army-Air Support Control)',1942; printed 'Middle East training pamphlet No 3B (Army and RAF). Direct air support', issued by General Headquarters, Middle East Forces and Headquarters, RAF, Middle East, 1943; typescript war diary of Detachment A, Air Support Control, 5 Corps, Italy, Mar-Jun 1944; typescript report produced by Headquarters 21 Army Group, British Liberation Army, North West Europe, entitled 'Notes on airsupport, June-October 1944', Nov 1944; typescript notes by McNeill entitled 'Offensive air support in the Burma campaign, 1944-1945'; two typescript draft chapters for a projected book entitled 'Air support in North Africa, Pantellaria, and Sicily, 1942-1943' and 'Air support in the Italian campaign, 1943-1945' [1946]; typescript account by Roy Smith entitled 'Air support in the desert: an account of the use of air forces in support of the Army from the Gazala battles in 1942 to the end in Tunisia', 1988.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

3 files

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 on-line at,and published 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 1992.

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:
Sep 1998

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