Collection HINGSTON - HINGSTON, Lt Col Walter George (1905-1992)

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HINGSTON, Lt Col Walter George (1905-1992)


  • [1997] (Creation)
  • 1940 (Creation)

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1 file

Scope and content

Copy of typescript extract from letter, dated 16 Dec 1940, by Hingston, General Staff Officer 3 (Intelligence), Headquarters, 4 Indian Div, Western Desert, to his wife at General Headquarters, Delhi, India, with detailed uncensored account of British success in Operation COMPASS, 1st Western Desert campaign, 6-16 Dec 1940. Typescript notes by Mrs Hingston on Hingston's health and pre-war service in India [1997].

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Biographical history

Born 1905; educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1925; Lt, 1927; transferred to Indian Army, 1927; served with Nigeria Regt, Royal West African Frontier Force, 1931-1936; Capt, 1934; 1 Punjab Regt, Indian Army, 1936; attended Staff College, Quetta, India, 1938-1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; service with 5 Bn, 1 Punjab Regt, North West Frontier, India, 1939-1940; General Staff Officer 3 (Intelligence), Headquarters, 4 Indian Div, Western Desert and Eritrea, 1940-1941; Deputy Director, Public Relations, General Headquarters, India, 1942; Chief Information Officer to Commander-in-Chief, Ceylon, 1943; retired, 1945; Chief Information Officer, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1945-1963; Editor, Geographical Magazine, 1963-1968; awarded OBE, 1964; Member, Marlborough and Ramsbury Rural District Council, 1970-1974; died 1992.

Publications: History of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Volume 5 (P Lund, Humphries & Co, London, 1950); The tiger strikes. A record of the exploits of troops from India in the theatre of war of the Middle East during 1940-1941 (Thacker's Press and Directories, Calcutta, India, 1943); The tiger kills. India's fight in the Middle East and North Africa (F Borton for G Claridge, Bombay,India, 1944).

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1997.

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.

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Compiled Jan 1999

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


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