Collection FERNYHOUGH - FERNYHOUGH, Brig Alan Henry (1904-1981)

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FERNYHOUGH, Brig Alan Henry (1904-1981)


  • 1980 (Creation)
  • 1940 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

Scope and content

Papers relating to his service in the BEF during 1940, dated 1940 and 1980, notably including a text comprising a description of his role as Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, General HQ, BEF, France, 1940, written in 1980, an account of his work relating to ammunitions supply, May 1940, including an expedition to Dunkirk to unload an ammunitions ship, written in Jun 1940,an account of a reconnaissance expedition to assess the area around La Rochelle and La Pallice as a possible site for a new base for UK forces, Jun 1940, written in 1980, and a conclusion giving Fernyhough's views on the success of the Dunkirk evacuations, May-Jun 1940, written in 1980.

System of arrangement

1 file

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1904; 2nd Lt, Royal Artillery, 1924; Lt, 1926; Capt, 1937; Assistant Inspector, Ammunitions Branch, Armaments Inspection Department, 1938-1939; Instructor, Royal Army Ordnance Corps School of Instruction, 1939-1940; Maj, 1940; Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, General Headquarters, BEF, France, 1940; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 1940-1941; AssistantQuartermaster General and later Colonel, Q Branch, Ordnance Supplies and Ammunition, Washington, 1941-1942; Deputy Director of Ordnance Services, 1942-1943; Assistant Deputy Quartermaster General, 1943-1944; Deputy Director of Ordnance Services, Middle East Land Forces, 1944; Deputy Director of Ordnance Services, Central Ordnances Provision Office, Middle East Land Forces, 1944-1945; Deputy Commandant, Central Ordnance Depot, Donnington, 1945-1949; Lt Col 1948; Deputy Commandant, Central Ordnance Depot, Bicester, 1951-1952; Col, 1952; Commandant, Battalion Ordnance Depot, British Army of the Rhine, 1952; commanded HQ Ammunition Organisation, Eastern Command, 1954-1956; Director, Ammunition and Stores, War Office, 1956-1959; Brig, 1956; retired, 1959; publication of History of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 1920-1945 (1967); died in 1981.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by Fernyhough in 1980.

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 French

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Related materials

Royal Artillery Institution, Woolwich, holds text on 'The Field Artillery and the early days of mechanisation,1923-1930' (Ref: MD 1344).

Related descriptions


Compiled Feb 1997

Alternative identifier(s)

People and Organisations

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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