HAMSON, Professor Charles John Joseph (1905-1987)

Scope and Content

Liber in vinculis or the Mock Turtle's adventure, a meditation on his life and career, with particular reference to the Battle of Crete, 1941, written as a POW in Germany, 1941-1945, and including a short essay on the Battle of Crete, 1941, by Dr Mark Mazower, privately published by Trinity College, Cambridge in 1989.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1905; educated at Downside School and Trinity College, Cambridge; Assistant Lecturer in Law, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1932; Lecturer, 1934; commissioned in Army and detached for service with Special Operations Executive, 1940; sent to Crete to plan clandestine operations and prepare for resistance in event of German invasion, 1940-1941; POW, Germany, 1941-1945; Reader in Comparative Law, 1949; Professor of Comparative Law, 1955-1973, specialising in the comparison of English and French Law; elected Bencher of Grey's Inn, 1956, and Treasurer, 1975; Queen's Counsel, 1975; died in 1987.


1 volume

Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by Trinity College, Cambridge in 1989.


Date of compilation: Aug 1996

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line ay http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/top.htm, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Separated Material

Department of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library holds correspondence with Arthur Lehman Goodhart (Ref: MSS Eng c 2886).

Conditions Governing Use

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Additional Information

Date of compilation: Aug 1996

Original manuscript held by Trinity College, Cambridge.

Geographical Names