Collection CODRINGTON - CODRINGTON, Lt Col John Alfred (1898-1991)

Key Information

Reference code



CODRINGTON, Lt Col John Alfred (1898-1991)


  • 1898-1947 (Creation)

Level of description



2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres

Scope and content

Typescript edited and unedited versions of memoirs of Lt Col John Alfred Codrington, [1947] entitled 'Gathering moss', 1898-1944, including account of service with British Mission Allied Armies of the Orient, Smyrna, Turkey, 1920, and as British Liaison Officer to French forces in Syria, 1926-1929. Photographs and papers, including notebook with manuscript notes on Regimental history of the Coldstream Guards, military training and preparations for deployment to France, 1917, eight watercolour paintings of churches in French towns, 1918, and photograph of Gen Sir George Wentworth Alexander Higginson at the unveiling of the Guards Memorial, St James's Park, London, 1926.

System of arrangement

3 files

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 1898; educated at Harrow, Christ Church, Oxford and Strasbourg University; served with French Red Cross, France, 1915-1916; Royal Military College, Sandhurst, 1916-1917; commissioned into the Coldstream Guards, 1917; served in World War One, 1914-1918; service on Western Front with 3 Bn, Coldstream Guards, 1917-1918; Lt, 1918; garrison duty, Cologne, Germany, 1918-1919; Aide de Camp to Lt Gen Sir (George) Tom (Molesworth) Bridges, Head of British Mission Allied Armies of the Orient, Smyrna, Turkey, 1920; service with 3 Bn, Coldstream Guards, Turkey, 1922-1923; service in UK with 1 Bn, Coldstream Guards, 1923-1925; Capt, 1926; British Liaison Officer to French forces, Syria, 1926-1929; service in UK, 1929-1930; attached to French Army and served with 13 Dragoons in France and 2 Spahis and the French Foreign Legion in Algeria, 1930; service in UK, 1930-1932; served in the Sudan and Egypt with 1 Bn, Coldstream Guards, 1932-1933; Aide de Camp to FM Sir Philip Walhouse Chetwode, 7th Bt, Commander-in-Chief of the Army in India, 1933-1935; Maj, 1935; retired 1937; attached to Foreign Office, 1939-1942; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Assistant Chief of Staff, Gibraltar, 1942-1943; Special Liaison Officer, Algiers, 1943-1944; Honorary Lt Col, 1948; died 1991.

Custodial history

Purchased by the Centre in 1994.

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 originals

Off-campus collection

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Compiled Jun 1998

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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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