Collection HOPTHROW - HOPTHROW, Brig Harry Ewart (1896-1992)

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HOPTHROW, Brig Harry Ewart (1896-1992)


  • 1914-1945 (Creation)

Level of description



7 boxes or 0.07 cubic metres

Scope and content

Papers relating to Brig Harry Ewart Hopthrow's military career, 1914-1945, including memoranda, notes and correspondence on his service with Wireless Company, Corps of Royal Engineers, Western Front, World War One, [1914-1918]; typescript memoranda and correspondence as OfficerCommanding 107 Company, Corps of Royal Engineers (Reserve), Territorial Army, 1931-1935; notes and correspondence as Assistant Director of Works, General Headquarters, British Expeditionary Force (BEF), France, 1940; typescript memoranda, correspondence and notes as Director of Fortifications and Works, War Office, 1943-1945. Photograph album relating to 107 Company Royal Engineers, 1926-1933; group photographs, Inglis Bridge, Northern Command Tattoo, York, 1933.

System of arrangement

The arrangement of the papers is broadly chronological.

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Biographical history

Born 1896; educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the City School, Lincoln, and Loughborough College; served in World War One, 1914-1918; service on Western Front with Corps of Royal Engineers, 1915-1918; Associate Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1924; Civil and Mechanical Engineer, ICI Limited, 1925-1939; Officer Commanding 107 Company, Corps of Royal Engineers (Reserve), Territorial Army, 1931-1935; Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1933; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Assistant Director of Works, General Headquarters, BEF (British Expeditionary Force), France, 1939-1940; awarded OBE, 1940; Deputy Chief Engineer, Home Forces, 1940-1941, and Western Command, 1941; Deputy Controller, Military Works Services, War Office, 1941-1943; Director of Fortifications and Works, War Office, 1943-1945; Assistant Secretary, ICI Limited, 1945-1958; awarded CBE, 1946; Member, Central Advisory Water Committee, Ministry of Housing and Local Government, 1951-1969; Member of the Bowes Committee, Committee of Inquiry into Inland Waterways, 1956-1958; Hon Secretary and Vice President, Royal Institution, 1960-1968; Vice Chairman, Isle of Wight River and Water Authority, 1964-1973; Vice President, Round Tables on Pollution, 1965-1973; Member of Council, Solent Protection Society, 1975-1985; UK Representative to Council of European Industrial Federations; Hon Life Member, Solent Protection Society; died 1992.

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1994.

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


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