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METSON, Dr Gilbert Harold (1907-1981)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Metson
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: METSON, Dr Gilbert Harold (1907-1981)
Date(s): Created 1942-1943
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 files
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1907; joined Engineering Department of the Post Office, 1925; after a period in the PhysicsLaboratory he was transferred to regional work in Northern Ireland, where he also carried out research on magnetrons at Queen's University, Belfast; served with Royal Corps of Signals in France, 1940; Commander, 11 Unit, Lines of Communication Signals, North Africa, 1942-1943, and Italy, 1943; General Staff Officer Grade 1, War Office, 1944-1945; worked in Post Office Research Department, 1946, in charge of a group studying the causes of electronic valve failure; appointed Director of Research, 1965; died in 1981.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the North African landings (Operation TORCH), 1942, principally comprising signalinstructions, intelligence summaries and various maps and diagrams relating to wireless communication in North Africa, Oct 42; official note concerning project for the establishment of signal communications in Bizerta and Tunis (Operation DECIBEL), including maps andappendices on storage dumps and naval requirements, written by Metson as Commander, 11 Unit, Lines of Communications Signals for circulation to Chief Signal Officer and 11 Unit personnel, Apr 1943.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

2 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 http;//,and published 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 1981.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 1997

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