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SERBY, Capt William Francis (1896-1981)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Serby
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: SERBY, Capt William Francis (1896-1981)
Date(s): Created 1916-1925
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1896; served World War One, 1914- 1918; commissioned into 3 Bn (Reserve), The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt), 1915; served on Western Front with 10 (Service) Bn (Battersea), The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt), 1916; wounded in action, France, 1916; Lt, 1917; temporary Capt, 1918; service during Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War, as liaison officer to French and Russian forces, British Military Mission to North Russia (codename ELOPE), North Russian Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919; Bde Maj, Force C, North Russia Expeditionary Force, 1918; County Accountant, Cornwall County Council, 1926-1929; County Accountant, Buckinghamshire County Council, 1929-1938; Treasurer, Buckinghamshire Water Board, 1937-1961; County Treasurer, Buckinghamshire County Council, 1938-1961; served World War Two, 1939-1945; commanded Home Guard, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, 1940-1944; retired 1961; died 1981.


Scope and content/abstract:

Copies of correspondence, 1916-1925, including letter from Lt Frank Sutherland, 2 Dragoon Guards, wounded with Serby in 1916, letters home from the Western Front, 1916 and from northern Russia, 1918- 1919, with letter to Serby from Capt P R Knowles, Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers) on the Allied intervention in northern Russia, 1919. Copy of diary transcript detailing operations on the Dvina river, northern Russia, Sep-Oct 1918. Copies of twenty three manuscript and printed maps of northern Russia, various scales, ELOPE and North Russia Expeditionary Force Mapping Sections, 1918. Copies of leave papers and travel documents for UK leave granted to Serby from northern Russia, Jul-Aug 1919.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 file.

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 provided 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 available on-line at

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1982.

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:
Apr 1998

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