Collection HARRISON, D - HARRISON, Maj Gen Desmond (1896-1984)

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HARRISON, Maj Gen Desmond (1896-1984)


  • 1943-1947 (Creation)
  • 1941 (Creation)

Level of description



1 box or 0.01 cubic metre

Scope and content

Papers relating to his work as Engineer-in-Chief, South East Asia Command, 1943-1946, dated 1943-1947, principally comprising official photographs showing construction work on roads, bridges and airstrips, 1943-1946; official photograph of Acting Adm Louis (Francis Albert Victor Nicholas) Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia and US Gen Lewis APick, [1945]; 'The construction of forward airfields in SEAC Areas', Engineer-in-Chief (India) Pamphlet No 12, prepared by Harrison and Maj Gen Horace Eckford Roome, Engineer-in-Chief, General HQ, India, 1945; 'Royal Engineers training memorandum No 20: rafting andbridging', pamphlet issued by the War Office, 1946; 'Memorandum on the training and employment of officers of the Royal Engineers and Indian Engineers in preparation for war', issued by General HQ, Delhi, 1945; letter from Harrison to AQ Plans, South East Asia Command relating to the building of the Ledo Road, Burma and India, Dec 1945; 'Major Engineer: lessons of the war in South East AsiaCommand', copy of unsigned typescript text, [1945]; pre-publication edition of Mountbatten's Report to Combined Chiefs of Staff by the Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, 1943-1946 (London, 1951), 1947; 'Annexure A', unsigned typescript text on Engineer organisation, South East Asia Command, 1943-1946, written in [1946] and later reworked and published as Annexure 6 of Mountbatten's Report to Combined Chiefs of Staff by Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, 1943-1946 (London, 1951). Unsigned text of lecture to the Senior Officers' School on organisation and work of Royal Engineers, 31 Dec 1941.

System of arrangement

1 box

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1896; educated at Kilkenny College and Mountjoy School, Dublin, Royal Military Academy,Woolwich, and Cambridge University; Commandant, School of Military Engineering, 1942-1943; Engineer-in-Chief, South East Asia Command, 1943-1946; Director of Fortifications and Works, War Office, 1946-1947; Maj Gen, 1947; retired from Army, 1947; Director, Overseas Food Corporation, 1947-1949; died in 1984.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1984 and 1985.

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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Related materials

The papers of Gen Hastings Lionel Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay, include published edition ofMountbatten's report to the Chiefs of Staff , dated 1951 (Ref GB 99 KCLMA Ismay 6/18) Royal Engineers Institution: papers relating to construction policy, South East Asia Command HQ, Kandy, Ceylon, 1945; 'Job analysis, RE' by Maj Gen Eustace Francis Tickell, Enginerr-in-Chief, South East Asia Command, 1947; typescript notes for a lecture on the engineering aspect of the war, [1946].

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Compiled Sep 1997

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


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