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SIMSON, Brig Ivan (1890-1971)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Simson
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: SIMSON, Brig Ivan (1890-1971)
Date(s): Created [1963]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 files
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1890; 2nd Lt, Royal Engineers, 1910; Lt, 1912; Capt, 1916; served in France and Belgium, 1914-1918; Maj, 1926; Staff Capt, War Office, 1919-1922; Instructor, Royal Engineers Training Centre, 1927-1929; served in Burma, [1930-1932]; Commander, Royal Engineering, India, 1933-1934; Lt Col, 1934; Col, 1936; Assistant Director (Engineering), Department of Munitions Production, War Office and later Ministry of Supply, 1937-1941; Chief-Engineer, Malaya Command and Director-General of Civil Defence, Malaya, 1941-1942; held as POW by the Japanese, 1942-1945; died in 1971.


Scope and content/abstract:

Two typescript drafts of 'Failure in Malaya', an account of the Malayan campaign and the fall of Singapore, 1941-1942, written in [1963] and later published as Singapore, too little, too late (Leo Cooper, London, 1970).

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 1963 and 1972.

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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