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NORTH, Maj John Francis Allen (1894-1973)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA North
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: NORTH, Maj John Francis Allen (1894-1973)
Date(s): Created 1927-[1968]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 12 boxes or 0.12 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1894; studied history and law at Downing College, Cambridge; 2nd Lt, Northamptonshire Regt, 1917; Lt, 1918; served in France and Belgium, [1918]; called to Bar, Gray's Inn, 1921; joined London Press Exchange, 1922; Director, 1937; General Staff, War Office, 1939; Allied Force HQ, North Africa, 1943; War Office, 1944; served in missions to Belgium, Holland, Germany, Greece, and Italy, 1944-1945; appointed by War Office to write North West Europe volume in HMSO series of short military histories of Second World War; died in 1973. Publications: Girl or boy (Jarrolds, London, 1925); A comedy of women (Jarrolds, London, 1926); A daughter of twenty (Jarrolds, London, 1927); Patricia lacked a lover (Jarrolds, London, 1928); Unmarried life (Jarrolds, London, 1928); St Peter and the profile (Jarrolds, London, 1930); A shade Byronic (Jarrolds, London, 1933); Gallipoli (Faber and Faber, London, 1936); North-West Europe, 1944-1945 (HMSO, London, 1953); (ed) Men fighting (Faber and Faber, London, 1958); (ed) The Alexander memoirs (Cassell, London, 1962).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Gallipoli (Faber and Faber, London, 1936), 1927-1967, principally comprising original typescript, [1936]; correspondence, 1927-1967, notably with Brig Gen Cecil Faber Aspinall-Oglander, 1933-1939, Gen Sir Ian (Standish Monteith) Hamilton, 1934-1941, Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1936-1937, AF Sir Roger John Brownlow Keyes, Bt, 1934-1939, and Maj Gen Arthur Cecil Temperley, 1935-1939; newspaper cuttings, [1915]-1966, including reviews of Gallipoli, 1936-1937, and cuttings relating to the Gallipoli campaign, [1915]-1966; 'Gallipoli', [script of radio programme] by Val Henry Gielgud, 1936; photographs of Gallipoli taken by North, [1936]. Papers relating to North West Europe (HMSO, London, 1953), 1943-1961, including original typescript, [1953]; correspondence, 1944-1957, notably with Liddell Hart, 1953-1954, and FM Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, 1954-1955; press cuttings, 1943-1961, comprising reviews of North West Europe, 1944-1945, dated 1953-1954, and cuttings relating to World War Two, dated 1943-1961; official US Government and HMSO publications relating to World War Two, 1945-1946. Papers relating to The Alexander memoirs (Cassell, London, 1962), dated 1941, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1959-1964, including draft copy, [1962], and published copy, 1962; correspondence, 1961-1964, notably with FM Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, 1961-1963, Liddell Hart, 1961-1962, and Montgomery, 1962; newspaper cuttings, 1945-1946, 1948, 1959-1963; photographs taken by North and Alexander on a visit to the Middle East and Italy, 1960. Other papers, [1931-1968], including articles by North, [1939-1966], notably concerning training, tactics and weaponry; correspondence, [1933-1960]; maps of UK and North West Europe, 1931-1944; press cuttings, 1939-1966, including reviews of Men Fighting (Faber and Faber, London, 1958), 1958-1959; 'Diary of the Belgian Campaign, May 1940', typescript text by AF Sir Roger John Brownlow Keyes, dated [1940].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Gallipoli; North West Europe; Alexander memoirs; other papers.

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:

Detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room. Not all sections of correspondence and press cuttings have been listed in detail.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1977.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 1997

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