Collection FURNESS-GIBBON - FURNESS-GIBBON, Lt Col David Norman (1939-2006)

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FURNESS-GIBBON, Lt Col David Norman (1939-2006)


  • 1987-2006 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file or 0.01m3

Scope and content

Papers of Lt Col David Norman Furness-Gibbon, 1987-2006, including: photocopy of citation for award covering period March-November 1980 as officer commanding 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, Royal Army Ordnance Corps; information cards detailing how to check a vehicle for explosives, procedure if explosives are discovered and codes and radio procedures; photographs, 1988-1989, showing bomb disposal teams at work in Northern Ireland, bomb disposal equipment, the aftermath of explosions, and group photograph of squadron; group photograph of delegates at the International Conference on Terrorist Devices, Camberley, Surrey, 1988; the 'Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Terrorist Devices and Methods', Washington DC, 22-26 June 1987; article 'Bomb Squad Belfast' by Chris Ryder, Sunday Telegraph , 2 April 1989; 'RAOC Ammunition Technical News' Number 13, September 1991, brochure '50 Years of Central Ordnance Depot Bicester and Bicester Garrison 1942-1992', May 1992. Also copy of book A Special Kind of Courage: 321 EOD Squadron - Battling the Bombers by Chris Ryder (London, 2006).

System of arrangement

As set out above in Scope and Content.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born, 1940; Mons Officer Cadet School, 1959; commissioned into Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC), 1960; seconded to 1 Battalion Sierra Leone Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force, 1960-1961; 3 Stores Company, RAOC, 52 Wessex Division, 1961-1962; Central Ordnance Depot, Bicester, 1962-1963; Training Battalion, RAOC, 1963-1964; Ordnance Depot, Aden, 1964-1966; Ammunition Technical Officer's Course, Royal Military College of Science and Army School of Ammunition, Bramley, 1967; Ammunition Technical Officer, Longtown Combined Arms Division, 1968-1970; Adjutant to Commander, RAOC, HQ 3 Division, 1970-1971; Ammunition Technical Officer, Edinburgh, 1971-1973; detached to 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, RAOC, 1972; Senior Ammunition Technical Officer, Headquarters Rhine Area, 1973-1975; Second in Command, 1 Sub Depot, Central Ordnance Depot Bicester, 1975-1976; Officer Commanding B Company, RAOC Apprentices College, 1976-1978; Officer Commanding Training Development and Co-ordination, Army School of Ammunition, Kineton, 1978-1980; Officer Commanding 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, RAOC, Mar-Nov 1980; Planning Officer Central Ordnance Depot Bicester, 1980-1982; Chief Planning Officer Central Ordnance Depot Donnington, 1982-1984; Chief Ammunition Officer, Central Ammunition Depot Longtown, 1984-1988; Chief Ammunition Technical Officer Headquarters Northern Ireland, 1988-1989; Chief Ammunition Technical Officer, 3 Base Ammunition Depot, 1989-1991; Permanent President of the Courts Martial, Rhine Area, Germany, 1991-1994; retired, 1994; died, 2006.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by the family, June 2007

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.

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Decorations: OBE

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Katharine Higgon

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