Collection BENSON, RL - BENSON, Lt Col Sir Reginald Lindsay (1889-1968)

Key Information

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BENSON, Lt Col Sir Reginald Lindsay (1889-1968)


  • 1939-1940 (Creation)
  • 1915-1918 (Creation)

Level of description



5 boxes or 0.05 cubic metres

Scope and content

Papers relating to his service in World War One, 1915-1918, principally comprising French and British casualty and strength figures, 1915-1918. Correspondence and associated papers relating to his work with Groupe des Armées du Nord and Grand Quartier Général, France, 1915, 1917-[1919], notably including correspondence between FM Sir Douglas Haig and Generals Robert Georges Nivelle and Henri-Philippe Pétain, 1917-1918. Operational documents, 1917-1918, mainly concerning 5 Army, IX Corps and III and VI French Armies. French Grand Quartier Général official communications, reports and telegrams, 1918, with maps relating to operations in France and Belgium, 1917-1918 and 1939-1940.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as above.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1889; educated at Eton College and Oxford University; joined 9 Lancers, 1909; ADC to Viceroy of India, 1913-1914; Adjutant, 9 Lancers, 1914-1915; 1 Canadian Div, France, 1916; 59 (North Midland) Div, Ireland, 1916; Cavalry Corps, France, 1916; General Staff Officer Grade 3, Central Home Defence and British Armies in France, 1916-1917; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 1917-1919; Liaison Officer, British Military Mission, Groupe des Armées du Nord, 1917-1918; Liaison Officer, British Military Mission, Grand Quartier Général, 1918; Military Secretary to Governor of Bombay, 1921-1922; served in France Army, 1939-1940; Military Attaché, Washington, USA, 1941-1944; died in 1968.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by Benson in 1965.

Conditions governing access

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

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English
  • French

Script of material

Uploaded finding aid

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Decorations: Kt, DSO, MVO, MC

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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