Collection SHORT - SHORT, Brig Sir Noel Edward Vivian (1916-2001)

Key Information

Reference code



SHORT, Brig Sir Noel Edward Vivian (1916-2001)


  • 1815-1994 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

Scope and content

Papers relating to Brigadier Short's service in Malaya, correspondence, journal articles and photographs, 1950-1994; notably including copies of the Army Quarterly and regimental newsletter Parbate containing articles on Short and on the role of the Staff College, 1958, 1982; copy of an extract from Jai Sixth. The story of the 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles, 1817-1994 by James Lunt (Leo Cooper, London, 1994), including an account by Short of jungle operations during the Malayan Emergency, 1955; typescript copy of a letter written by an ancestor, Charles William Short of the Coldstream Guards, to his mother, 19 June 1815, containing a first hand account of the Battle of Waterloo; brief article by John Parfect on a memorial erected in Ampleforth College by Parfect and Short to Capt Michael Allmand of the Gurkha Rifles; Portrait photographs of Short.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged under the main headings outlined above.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born, 1916; educated Radley and the Royal Military College Sandhurst; South Wales Borderers in North West Frontier, 1937; served Assam and Burma, 1942, 1945; New Guinea, 1943-1944; command of 4 Bn 6 Gurkha Rifles in India, 1945; Staff College, 1946-1947; on staff of Headquarters Malaya and battalion and brigade commander during the Malayan Emergency,1950-1960; retired from the Army in 1964; civil service in Home Office, 1964-1970; Secretary to successive Speakers of the House of Commons, 1970-1982; Colonel, 6 Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles, 1978-1983; died, 2001.

Custodial history

Brig Short's widow, Lady Short, placed the papers in the Centre in 2002

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.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

Material in the Liddell Hart Centre concerning the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) includes the memoirs of Maj Gen Corran William Brooke Purdon (GB0099 KCLMA Purdon) and the papers of Maj Gen Dennis Edmund Blaquière Talbot (GB0099 KCLMA Talbot).

Related descriptions


Decorations: MBE, MC

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People and Organisations

Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Archivist's note

Sources: Who's who. Obituary.

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell for the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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