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

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


  • 1956 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

Scope and content

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.

System of arrangement

1 file as set out above.

General Information

Name of creator


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.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by the family in 2007.

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

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Rules and/or conventions used

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


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon.

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