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PEREIRA, Brigadier General George E (1865-1923)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 GEP
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: PEREIRA, Brigadier General George E (1865-1923)
Date(s): 1876-1923
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 6 boxes: 93 files
Name of creator(s): Pereira | George Edward | 1865-1923 | army officer and explorer | Brigadier General
Pereira | Cecil E | fl 1880-1915


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1865; educated at the Oratory School, Edgbaston under Cardinal Newman, 1876-1883 and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, 1883-1884; commissioned in the 3rd battalion of the Grenadier Guards, 1884; a hunting accident in January left him with a permanent limp which interrupted his career, 1885; home service until 1899; seconded for service with the Chinese regiment of infantry recently formed at Weihaiwei, 1899; touring the provinces of north-east China, 1901; rejoined his battalion in South Africa for the campaigns in the Transvaal and Cape Colony, 1902; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1902-1923; Korea, 1903; temporary military attaché to the British minister at Seoul in Korea, 1904; as military attaché with the Japanese army he witnessed the Manchurian campaign, 1905; military attaché at Peking, 1905-1910; came back to Europe in 1909 and resigned his commission; returned to China and journeyed from Peking through Chihli (Zhili) and Shansi, across the Ordos to Ninghsia, 1910; spent nine months exploring and shooting in the Altai and T'ien Shan, 1911; visited the Kumbun and Labrang monasteries in south-western Kansu before moving south along the upper reaches of the Salween and Mekong rivers and crossing briefly into the Shan states in Burma, he then moved across country to Foochow (Fuzhou) and by steamer to Shanghai, 1912; rejoined the service, 1914; served in France with the 47th London division; commander of the 4th Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1915; commanded the 47th brigade of the 16th division, 1916-1917; commanded the 43rd brigade, 1918; joined General Knox's mission to Admiral Kolchak in Siberia, 1919; returned to China, 1920 to journey to Lhasa; died, 1923.


Scope and content/abstract:

Collection of 77 diaries and notebooks of George Edward Pereira, 1876-1923, covering his career in the army, travels in Europe, the Near East, Korea, Japan, China, Morocco, South Africa, South America, and his journey across China to Tibet and 1921-1923. Also diaries of Cecil E Pereira, 1880-1915.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

Accessed via the Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist, and subject to completion of an 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without the permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Detailed handlist available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Mr Pereira [nephew], Sep 1979.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Francis Younghusband Peking to Lhasa: narrative of journeys in the Chinese empire made by the late Brigadier-General George Pereira (1925).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Michael Cronin Archives volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Oxford DNB; Obit. Geog. Jnl. 1924, Vol. 63 pp 87/88.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed. 2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
31May 2001

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