Collection CAPPER, J - CAPPER, Maj Gen Sir John Edward (1861-1955)

Key Information

Reference code



CAPPER, Maj Gen Sir John Edward (1861-1955)


  • [1969] (Creation)
  • 1917-1918 (Creation)
  • [1913] (Creation)
  • [1910] (Creation)
  • 1900 (Creation)

Level of description



0.05 box or 0.005 cubic metres

Scope and content

Papers relating to the military career of Maj Gen Sir John Edward Capper, dated 1900, [1910] and [1913], 1917-1918, principally comprising typescript notes on military aeronautics, [1910]; text of his lecture to the Staff College on the effect of aircraft on war, [1913]; telegrams between German High Seas Fleet and V Adm Sir David Beatty, Commander-in-Chief of the British Grand Fleet, concerning the surrender of the former at Scapa Flow, 1918; 'Report of the commission appointed by Act of Parliament to enquire into the operations of war in Mesopotamia' (London, HMSO, 1917). Copy of typescript text on the Capper Medal Collection, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, [1969], including brief biographies of members of the Capper family.

System of arrangement

This material is catalogued as sections 3 and 4 of the Capper family collection. Sections 1 and 2 consist of papers relating to Capper's brother Maj Gen Sir Thompson Capper.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1861; commissioned into Royal Engineers, 1880; employed on military and public works, India and Burma, 1883-1899; served in South Africa, 1899-1902; Commandant, Balloon School, 1903-1910; Commandant, School of Military Engineering, 1911-1914; Deputy Inspector General, Lines of Communication, 1914; Chief Engineer, 3 Corps and 3 Army, 1915; General Officer Commanding 24 Div, 1915-1917; Director General, Tank Corps, 1917; Director General, War Office, 1917-1918; commanded 64th Div, Forces in Great Britain, 1918-1919; Commander, No 1 Area, British Troops in France and Flanders, 1919; Lt Governor and Commanding Troops in Guernsey, 1920-1925; retired in 1925; died in 1955.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1971.

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

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description and detailed catalogue.

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Compiled Jan 1997

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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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