Collection CHARRINGTON - CHARRINGTON, Brig Harold Vincent Spencer (1886-1965)

Key Information

Reference code



CHARRINGTON, Brig Harold Vincent Spencer (1886-1965)


  • 1914-1965 (Creation)

Level of description



1 box or 0.01 cubic metres

Scope and content

Papers relating to service with the 12 (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers during World War One, notably relating the advance into Flanders, the first Battle of Ypres, and the advance to, and fighting around, Amiens, 1914-1935; the writing and publication of Charrington's book Where Cavalry Stands Today (Hugh Rees, London, 1927), 1927-1928; papers from a report by Charrington on the operations of the British Army in Eritrea and Abyssinia during 1941; correspondence, narratives, photographs and maps relating to Charrington's command of 1 Armoured Bde during operations in Greece and Crete, 1941, 1941-1962.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as above. Later accessions have been grouped together.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1886; 2nd Lt 12 (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers, 1905; Lt, 1907; employed with Egyptian Army, 1913-1914; Capt, 1914; served World War One, France and Belgium, 1914-1918; acting Maj, 1916, 1917-1919; Brevet Maj, 1919; Maj, 1923; General Staff Officer, Grade 3, War Office, 1923; Commander, Company of Gentleman Cadets, Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and General Staff Officer, Grade 2, 1923-1925; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, and temporary Lt Col, 1925-1926; Lt Col, 1927; Commander, 12 (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers, 1927-1931; [Commander 6 Midland Cavalry Bde (Territorial Army), 1931-1932]; retired 1932; director of Charringtons Brewery, 1932; member of His Majesty's Bodyguard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, 1935; recalled to service, and served in World War Two, 1939-1945; General Staff Officer, Grade 1, Aldershot Command, [1939-1940]; Commander 1 Armoured Bde, Middle East and Greece, 1940-1941; Commander Fighting Vehicles Section, General Headquarters, Cairo, Egypt, May-Jul 1941; invalided back to England, Jul 1941; Commander of an Armoured Div, 1941-1943; Honorary Brig, 1943; retired, 1943; Personal Assistant to FM Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1945[-1946]; died 1965.

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1968, with two further accessions in 1974 and 1981.

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.

Related descriptions


Decorations: DSO, MC

Alternative identifier(s)

People and Organisations

Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Accession area