Collection COOTE - COOTE, Wg Cdr Maxwell Henry (1893-1981)

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COOTE, Wg Cdr Maxwell Henry (1893-1981)


  • 1981 (Creation)
  • 1921 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

Scope and content

Copy of diary covering his service as ADC to Winston Churchill at the Cairo Peace Conference and including details of meetings with Col Thomas Edward Lawrence (later known as Thomas Edward Shaw), Mar 1921; photocopy of photograph of Coote, 1917; brief account of his life and career, 1893-1946, written by his godson, Air Cdre B H Newton in 1981.

System of arrangement

1 file

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1893; educated at Eton College and Royal Military College, Woolwich; commissioned into Royal Field Artillery, 1914; wounded at Gallipoli, 1915; transferred to Royal Flying Corps, 1916; posted to No 56 Sqn, 1917; served in France with BEF, 1917; joined No 61 Sqn and participated in air defence of London, 1918; Flight Cdr, No 37 Sqn, 1918; posted to Middle East, 1920; temporary ADC to Sir Winston Churchill, 1921; ADC to Governor General of Australia, 1924-1926; joined and later commanded No 19 Sqn, 1927; retired in 1928; recalled in 1939 and served World War Two in North Africa, Middle East and Italy; Sqn Ldr, 1943; retired, 1946; died in 1981.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by the family in 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.

Existence and location of originals

RAF Museum, London

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

RAF Museum, London, also holds flying log books and photographs.

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Compiled Sep 1996

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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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