Collection CLIVE, GS - CLIVE, Lt Gen Sir Sidney (1874-1959)

Key Information

Reference code



CLIVE, Lt Gen Sir Sidney (1874-1959)


  • 1914-1918 (Creation)

Level of description



1 box or 0.01 cubic metres

Scope and content

Letter book containing letters and telegrams received and sent by Clive as head of British missions, General HQ, France, 1917-1918, including letters concerning the movement of troops and administration, supplies of artillery and equipment, French infantry resources and liaison between French and British High Commands; letter from [Maj Gen Frederick Barton] Maurice, War Office, 18 Aug 1917, concerning move to establish Allied General Staff in Paris and possible transfer of troops from British front to Italy. Diaries, 1914-1918, containing detailed descriptions of daily events at General HQ, France, 1914-1918.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as above.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1874; educated at Harrow School and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; 2nd Lt, Grenadier Guards, 1893; Lt, 1897; served in Nile Expedition, 1898, and South Africa, 1899-1902; Capt, 1900; passed Staff College, 1903-1904; General Staff Officer, War Office, 1905-1909; Maj, 1909; General Staff Officer, London District, 1910-1914; head of British missions, General HQ, France, 1915-1918; Military Governor, Cologne, 1918-1919; commanded 1 Infantry Bde, Aldershot, 1920; British Military Representative, League of Nations, Geneva, 1920-1922; Military Attaché, Paris, 1924-1927; Director of Personal Services, 1928-1930; Military Secretary to Secretary of State for War, 1930-1934; retired, 1934; died in 1959.

Custodial history

Placed in 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
  • French

Script of material

Language and script notes

Mainly English, but some of the correspondence is in French.

Finding aids

This collection level description and detailed catalogue.

Related materials

Papers of FM Sir William (Robert) Robertson, 1st Bt contain unofficial notes by Clive on the views of officers of the French General Staff on proposed military operations on the Western Front, Jun 1915 (Ref: Robertson 3/1/13); letters from Clive to Robertson, on Allied forces at Salonika, Dec 1915 (Ref: Robertson 7/12/3), and the General Reserve controlled by the Allied Supreme War Council at Versailles, Feb 1918 (Ref: Robertson: 8/5/95); telegrams between Robertson and Clive concerning the sending of troops to, and operations at, Salonika, Oct 1916 (Ref: Robertson 4/4/48-50) .

Related descriptions


Decorations: GCVO, KCB, CMG, DSO

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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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