St John Armitage Collection

Scope and Content

TS Lecture ‘The Arab Legion of Jordan: To-day and yesterday’ by St J Armitage 25 Sept 1996; TS lecture entitled ‘The Hijaz Railway’ by H St J.B. Armitage given at the T.E. Lawrence Society Symposium, Exeter College, Oxford 14-15 Sept 2002; Pamphlet ‘History of the Railway Troops’ by Thalacker reporting on his experiences at Amman railway station regarding the 1918 retreat from the Hedjas front.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry St John Basil Armitage (1924-2004)

Born 5 May 1924. Educated St Bede’s and Bradford Grammar Schools, Lincoln Christ’s Hospital and Cambridge University. Served in Arab Legion and British Military Mission to Ibn Saud. Worked in desert locust control in Kenya and Aden and served 1952- 1959 in Oman’s Sultan’s Armed Forces. Worked in Libyan oil industry and from 1962 became a business consultant in Beirut and joined the diplomatic service. Served as in Baghdad as First Secretary (commercial) and then in Saudi Arabia followed by the United Arab Emirates. He was British Consul-General at the British Embassy in Dubai. Awarded in 1968 OBE and in 1978 CBE. In 1956 married Jennifer Burford (one son and one daughter). Died 19 October 2005.

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Acquisition Information

Received as a gift on 28 Apr 2005 from Major General John Graham

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description created by Debbie Usher 25 July 2005. Biographical history compiled from information given in the Telegraph obituary of St John Armitage.

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions on copying or quotation other than statutory regulations and preservation concerns

Geographical Names