Collection COVERNTON - COVERNTON, Capt Ralph Henry (1869-1952)

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COVERNTON, Capt Ralph Henry (1869-1952)


  • [1945-1967] (Creation)

Level of description



1 volume

Scope and content

Bound typescript entitled 'Fifty odd years of memoirs', covering his life and career, 1893-1945, notably his work as an engineer in South Africa, 1894-1899, 1901-1904, 1909-1911, his travels in South Africa, 1895, East Africa, 1904, and Canada, 1907, his service as a volunteer stretcher bearer with the Royal Army Medical Corps, South Africa, 1899-1900, including the siege of Ladysmith, 1899-1900, his service with the South African Engineer Corps, German South West Africa, 1914-1915, and with the South African Signal Company, Royal Engineers, France, 1916, including the Battle of the Somme, Jul 1916, and his experiences in the Channel Islands during German occupation, 1940-1945, dated [1945-1967].

System of arrangement

1 volume

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1869; studied engineering at University College, London; ship's engineer, 1893; moved to South Africa and worked as electrical engineer, Capetown Harbour Power Station, 1894; Assistant Engineer, later Resident Engineer, Johannesburg Municipal Power Station, 1895-1899, 1901-1904; volunteer stretcher bearer with Royal Army Medical Corps, South Africa, 1899-1900; Assistant Engineer, Victoria Falls Power Company, 1909-1911; 2nd Lt, later Lt, Rand Rifles, 1914; transferred to South African Engineer Corps and served in German South West Africa, 1914-1915; undertook signal training in UK, 1915; served in France with South African Signal Company, Royal Engineers, 1916; served in UK, 1917-1918; appointed to a position in the Public Works Department, South African Government, 1919; worked for Consulting Engineer, Pretoria Power Station, 1921-1923; resident in Channel Islands, 1940-1945; died 1952.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1967.

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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Decorations: MC

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People and Organisations

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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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