Collection SPICER - SPICER, Capt Lancelot Dykes (1893-1979)

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SPICER, Capt Lancelot Dykes (1893-1979)


  • 1915-1979 (Creation)

Level of description



1 box or 0.01 cubic metres

Scope and content

Letters home by Spicer from France, Sep 1915-Sep 1916 and Apr 1917-Nov 1918, with nine Field Service Postcards, Western Front, 1915-1917. Letters home from Lt Roger Lancelot Spicer, 1 Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Apr 1942-May 1944, killed in action near Anzio, Italy, May 1944; Edition of Letters from my son, 1942-1944, Roger Lancelot Spicer, edited by his father, Capt Lancelot Dykes Spicer (Unwin, London, 1946). Typescript correspondence with Capt Basil Henry Liddell Hart, 1949-1963. Correspondence with former members of 9 (Service) Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1963-1979, including Liddell Hart and Brig George Fothergill Ellenberger, mostly relating to the Battle of the Somme, 1916.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as above.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born 1893; educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge; served in World War One, 1914-1918; commissioned into the Army, 1914; temporary Lt, 1915; served on Western Front with 9 (Service) Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1915-1917; temporary Capt, 1916; Battle of the Somme, 1916; awarded MC, 1917; Adjutant, 10 (Service) Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1917-1918; awarded Bar to MC, 1918; Bde Maj, 64 Infantry Bde, 1918; awarded DSO, 1918; Chairman, Spicers Limited, 1950-1959; died 1979. Publications: Letters from my son, 1942-1944, Roger Lancelot Spicer, edited by his father, Capt Lancelot Dykes Spicer (Unwin, London, 1946); Letters from France, 1915-1918, Lancelot Dykes Spicer (Robert York, London, 1979).

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1980 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

This collection level description and detailed catalogue.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include correspondence with Spicer, 1935-1969, and correspondence with Kathleen Liddell Hart, Lady Liddell Hart, 1941-1978 (Ref: LH 1/651); further correspondence with Lady Liddell Hart, 1974 (Ref: LH 13/108/9); a typescript memorandum by Spicer entitled 'Memorandum on the age of Commanding Officers in the field' [1938] (Ref: LH 15/5/85); correspondence relating to Thomas Edward Lawrence, 1933-1969 (Ref: LH 9/13/69); correspondence relating to German Maj Wilhelm Busch, 1949-1967 (Ref: LH 9/24/57).

Related descriptions


Decorations: DSO, 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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