Collection NELSON, EJB - NELSON, Maj Gen Sir John (1912-1993)

Key Information

Reference code



NELSON, Maj Gen Sir John (1912-1993)


  • [1982] (Creation)

Level of description



1 volume

Scope and content

Always a Grenadier', a memoir covering his life and career, 1916-1968, notably his evacuation from Dunkirk, May 1940, his service with the Grenadier Guards in North Africa, 1942-1943 and 1950-1952, and Italy, 1943-1945, including the landings at Anzio, Jan 1944, and with the 1 Guards Parachute Bn, Palestine, 1946-1948, his involvement in the planning of the Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation, 1952-1953, his work as a member of the Planning Staff, NATO Standing Group, British Joint Services Mission, Washington DC, 1954-1956, his service in Germany, 1959-1961, as General Officer Commanding, London District, 1962-1965, including his involvement in the planning of Rt Hon Sir Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill's funeral, 1965, and as General Officer Commanding Berlin (British Sector), 1966-1968, privately printed by the Grenadier Guards in [1982].

System of arrangement

single item

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1912; educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge; commissioned into Grenadier Guards, Sep 1933; Lt, 1935; saw first active service with 3 Bn Grenadier Guards in the retreat to Dunkirk, 1940; Capt, 1940; served with 3 Bn and 5 Bn, Grenadier Guards in North Africa and Italy, 1943-1945; stood unsuccessfully as Conservative candidate for Whitechapel, London in General Election of 1945; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, HQ London District, 1946; commanded 1 Guards Parachute Bn, Palestine, 1946-1948; employed in War Office, 1946-1949; commanded 1 Bn Grenadier Guards, North Africa, 1950-1952; specially employed as General Staff Officer Grade 1 in planning of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation, 1952-1953; member of Planning Staff, NATO Standing Group, British Joint Staff Mission, Washington DC, 1954-1956; studied at Imperial Defence College, 1958; commanded 4 Guards Bde, Germany, 1959-1961; General Officer Commanding, London District and Maj Gen commanding Household Bde, 1962-1965; General Officer Commanding Berlin (British Sector), 1966-1968; retired, 1968; died in 1993.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by Nelson in 1982.

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.

Related descriptions


Decorations: KCVO, CB, DSO, OBE, MC

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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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