Collection WRIGHT, LW - WRIGHT, Col Leslie William (b 1920)

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WRIGHT, Col Leslie William (b 1920)


  • 1986 (Creation)
  • [1975] (Creation)
  • 1940-1971 (Creation)
  • 1916 (Creation)

Level of description



2 files

Scope and content

Papers relating to the defence of Calais, May 1940, dated 1940-1971, notably including copy letter from Wright to Kathleen Howard (later Mrs L W Wright), 28 May 1940, detailing the events of his escape from Calais; typescript extracts of messages from the log kept by Control Wireless Station of No 12 Wireless Section at Vice Admiralty, Dover, 1940, copied in [1960-1970]; 'Personal experience in the defence of Calais', manuscript text compiled by Wright in 1946 from a report written for the War Office in 1940; press cuttings and copies of press cuttings, 1940-1962; correspondence relating to the rescue of a group of soldiers (including Wright) from Calais harbour by HMS GULZAR, May 1940, dated 1940 and 1968; 'Calais 1940 remembered', article by Lt J A Evitts reprinted from the Journal of the Royal Signals Institution vol 10 no 3, 1971. Other papers relating to Wright and his family, 1916, [1975], 1986, notably including newspaper cutting concerning the rescue from under enemy fire of Wright's father, 2nd Lt Leonard Wright, by Pte William Hall, 1916.

System of arrangement

2 files.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1920; served in World War Two with BEF, France and Central Mediterranean Forces, Italy; responsible for signals operation in Southern Italy, 1945; joined staff of Sheffield College of Technology (later merged with Sheffield City Polytechnic), 1949, later becoming Senior Lecturer in History; retired, 1980.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by Wright in 1990, 1994 and 2001.

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. Further finding aids may be available in the Reading Room.

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Decorations: TD

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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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