Collection GAVIN - GAVIN, Maj Gen James Merricks Lewis (1911-2000)

Key Information

Reference code



GAVIN, Maj Gen James Merricks Lewis (1911-2000)


  • 1942 (Creation)

Level of description



0.5 box or 0.005 cubic metres

Scope and content

Report by Gavin on 101 Special Training School, 1942, including details of its formation, organisation, training and operations in the Far East, May 1941-Mar 1942. The School aimed to train all types of personnel, whether military, civilian, European or native, in irregular warfare.

System of arrangement

Single item

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1911; educated at Uppingham School, Royal Military Academy and Trinity College, Cambridge; 2 Lt, Royal Engineers, 1931; member of the Mount Everest expedition, 1936; instructor, Royal Military Academy, 1938; Capt, 1939; served during World War Two in the Far East, Middle East, Italy and France, including special operations; member of the British Joint ServicesCommission, Washington, 1948-1951; Commanding Officer, 1951-1953; Col, Staff College, Camberley, 1953-1955; British Army of the Rhine, 1956-1958; Commandant, Intelligence Centre, Maresfield, 1958-1961; Maj Gen, 1964; Assistant Chief of Staff (Intelligence),Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe, 1964-1967; Col Commandant, Royal Engineers, 1968-1973; died in Aug 2000.

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by Maj Gen James Gavin in 1991.

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

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Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Compiled Jun 1996

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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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