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TULL, Wg Cdr Thomas Stuart (1914-1982)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Tull
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: TULL, Wg Cdr Thomas Stuart (1914-1982)
Date(s): Created 1940-1983
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 boxes or 0.03 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1914 and educated at Rossall School and Jesus College, Oxford; joined the Indian Civil Service, 1938; served in the Punjab as District Officer, 1939-1941; ADC to the Governor of Punjab, 1941; lent to Defence Department, Government of India for service with RAF, 1941; Staff Officer, Air Headquarters South East Asia Air Command, 1942-1946, including RAF liaison with Force 136, and service with RAPWI (Recovered Allied Prisoners of War and Internees) on Java for the rescue and repatriation of allied prisoners of war, 1945-1946; retired from Indian Civil Service and joined the Diplomatic Service in 1947; Foreign Office, 1947-1948; First Secretary at British Legation, Berne, 1948-1951; Foreign Office, 1951-1953; HM Consul at San Francisco, 1953-1954; HM Consul at Denver, 1954-1956; Press Counsellor at British Embassy in Cairo, 1956 and Berne, 1957; HM Consul-General in Gothenburg, 1958-1961, Philadelphia, 1961-1966 and Durban, 1966-1967; High Commissioner in Malawi, 1967-1971; retired in 1971. Member of the United Kingdom Delegation to the United Nations twelfth General Assembly, 1957. Founder-chairman in 1974 of Philafrica Action Group, to focus voluntary aid to the Third World, later renamed the Youth Development Trust in 1975; died in 1982.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Tull's service with Air Command, South East Asia, 1943-1944; official correspondence and situation reports and relating to his command of Number 5 RAPWI (Recovered Allied Prisoners of War and Internees) Contact Team based at Ambarawa, Java, 1945-1946, including papers relating to the Japanese Army in Java, Sep-Nov 1945, and papers concerning Indonesian nationalist organisations; papers relating to Tull's memoir entitled 'Mission to Java', written during 1980-1981 and covering his service 1938-1946, edited by his sister in 1983.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English; small quantity of material in Dutch and Indonesian.

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 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 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 1983.

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:
Oct 1999

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