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BOSANQUET, Lt Col Neville Richard Gustavus (1911-2003)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Bosanquet
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: BOSANQUET, Lt Col Neville Richard Gustavus (1911-2003)
Date(s): 1956, revised and edited by author in 1990s and in 2006 by the family
Level of description: collection level
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Bosanquet | Neville Richard Gustavus | 1911-2003 | Lieutenant Colonel


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1911, South Africa; educated Oundle and Sandhurst; commissioned into Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1931-1938; adjutant, 9 Royal Welch Fusiliers, Territorial Army, 1939; Major 1940; second in command, 2 Royal Welch Fusiliers, Burma, 1944-45; General Staff Officer, War Office, 1946; Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, HQ Home Counties District, 1946-48; instructor, British Military Mission, Greece, 1948-1950; Major and second in command, 1 Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1950-53, Lieutenant Colonel 1954-57; staff appointments 1957-60; retired 1960; died 2003.


Scope and content/abstract:

'Fusilier, memoir of life and service, 1930-1960', typescript memoir by Lieutenant Colonel Neville Bosanquet, including detailed description of living and working in the army in the interwar period, stationed in the United Kingdom, Gibraltar and Hong Kong, with analysis of the attitudes of soldiers in peace time; detailed descriptions of travelling in Communist Russia, 1935; living in Riga, Latvia, to learn Russian, 1938; travelling through Europe, Turkey and Egypt, 1938; life and work in England at the beginning of World War Two; training at Staff College, Quetta, India, 1942-1943; account of service under General Sir Hugh Charles Stockwell in the Arakan region, Burma, 1943-1945; including comparison of British and Japanese tactics, description of attack on Brigade headquarters, conditions experienced by soldiers and psychological effects of jungle warfare; account of service as General Staff Officer Grade Two under General Sir Francis Wogan "Frankie" Festing, 36 Division, including description of securing Shan region for Allies and liaising with American forces; account of service as instructor, British Military Mission in Greece, 1948, working with Greek National Army in Florina, Grammos, Vitsi and Salonika, including descriptions of the tactics of both the Greek National Army and the Democratic Army of Greece, and the difficulty of guerrilla warfare.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 file as set out above.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification.

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 Archives and Information Management.

Finding aids:

Summary guide entry on-line.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 2007.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2007

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