Collection CHURCHER - CHURCHER, Maj Gen John Bryan (1905-1997)

Key Information

Reference code



CHURCHER, Maj Gen John Bryan (1905-1997)


  • 1984 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

Scope and content

Copy of 'A soldier's story', a memoir of his life and career, 1905-1984, notably his service in India, 1935-1938, North West Europe, 1939-1940 and 1944-1945, including the arrest of the Grand Adm Karl Doenitz (Operation BLACKOUT) in May 1945, Palestine, 1947, Germany, 1948, and Egypt, 1954-1957, including the Suez Crisis, 1956, written in 1984. Photographs relating to the arrest of Doenitz, Germany, 1945.

System of arrangement

1 file

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1905; educated at Wellington College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; 2nd Lt, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 1925; Lt, 1927; Assistant Instructor, Small Arms School, Netheravon, 1931-1934; served in India, 1935-1938; Capt, King's Shropshire Light Infantry, 1936; attended Staff College, Camberley, 1939; served in North West Europe, 1939-1940, and 1944-1946; various staff appointments, 1940-1942, including General Staff Officer Grade 2, Canadian Corps; Maj, 1942; commanded 1 Bn, Hereford Regt, 1942-1944, 159 Infantry Bde, 1944-1946, and 43 Div, 1946; commanded Northumbrian District, 1946; commanded 2 Div, Far East, 1946, 3 Div, Palestine, 1946-1947, and 5 Div, Germany, 1947-1948; attended Imperial Defence College, 1948; Brig, General Staff, Western Command, 1949-1951; ADC to King George VI, 1949-1952, and Queen Elizabeth II, 1952; Chief of Staff, Southern Command, 1951-1954; Maj Gen, 1952; General Officer Commanding 3 Infantry Div, Egypt, 1954-1957; Director of Military Training, War Office, 1957-1959; retired, 1959.

Custodial history

Copies made by the Centre from originals lent by Churcher in 1991.

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.

Existence and location of copies

Shropshire Regiment Museum holds a copy of the memoir.

Related descriptions


Decorations: CB, DSO

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Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

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


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