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WILLCOX, Lt Col Walter Temple (1869-1943)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Willcox
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: WILLCOX, Lt Col Walter Temple (1869-1943)
Date(s): 1881-1918
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 10 boxes
Name of creator(s): Willcox | Walter Temple | 1869-1943 | Lt Col


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1869; 18 King's Own Hussars; 2 Lt 5 Royal Irish Lancers, 1893; Major, 3 King's Own Hussars, 1906; Lt Col commanding 3 Hussars, 1915-1921; retired, 1921; Adjutant 5 Lancers, and of the Imperial Light Horse and South African Constabulary, served throughout South African (Boer) War, and wounded in defence of Ladysmith; died 1943.

Publications: The 3rd (King's Own) Hussars in the Great War, 1914-1919 (John Murray, London, 1925).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1881-1926; notably war diaries of the 3 Hussars during World War One, 1914-1919; private diary of Willcox, 1914; intelligence summaries with translated extracts from German documents, 1917-1918; typescript account of the 3 Hussars at Warneton, Belgium, Oct 1914; typescript account of the action of the 3 Hussars at Liez, France, March 1918 and near Hourges, France, Apr 1918; aerial photographs showing trench network, Beaucamp, France, 1916; copy of a diary by Willcox compiled during the siege of Ladysmith, South Africa, with two popular printed commemorative volumes describing the siege, 1899-1900; diary by Willcox of a visit by him as an observer of German army manoeuvres, Berlin area, with photographs, 1909; letters sent by Willcox to his parents and other relatives, 1881-1900; photographs of India, South Africa during the Boer War, in 1910 and the Western Front during World War One, showing groups of soldiers, equipment, the interiors and exteriors of buildings, including in Pretoria, of military exercises, parades, preparation for possible gas attack and of French chateaux, [1889-1919]; various papers compiled by Willcox during the compilation of his history of the 3 Hussars including operational summaries, biographical information and drawings and photographs, with reviews of Willcox's publications, 1908-1926; watercolours of the French landscape during World War One; manuscript hunting journal including detailed diaries and records of pig-sticking, tiger shooting and other hunts in Africa, Scotland and India, 1894-1932; colour illustrations of soldiers in various antique constumes.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is divided up into diary, correspondence and photographic sections as outlined above in the Scope and Content section.

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 for Archive Services.

Finding aids:

Summary Guide available on-line at, and 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 three tranches, 1991-1992.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Liddell Hart Centre: account of the Siege of Ladysmith (Hamilton 2/1/1-2). Other Boer War papers include Foulkes 3/11-12, 3/4, 3/6, Allenby 1/2/139, 1/2/143, 1/2/26, 5/13, Maurice 3/1/2/1. Western Front papers include Ismay 3/2, Adam 1/1 and Kiggell 5.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Geoff Browell for the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July 2003

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