BLAKISTON-HOUSTON, Lt Col John Matthew (1898-1984)

Scope and Content

Detailed memoir, 'I'd live it again', covering his life and military career, 1898-1945, notably his service in France, 1918, Egypt, 1919-1921 and 1939-1941 and East Africa, 1941-1942, written in 1947 and privately published in pamphlet form.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1898; educated at Eton College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into 11 Hussars, 1916; seconded to 13 Bn, Royal Tank Corps, 1917-1919; served in France, 1918; served in Egypt, 1919-1921 and India 1921-1925; Capt, 11 Hussars, 1924; ADC to Governor General and Commander-in Chief of Australia, 1929-1930; Adjutant, Cheshire Yeomanry, 1931-1935; retired, 1935; reemployed as Maj, 11 Hussars, 1939; served in Egypt, 1939-1941; Lt Col, 1941; commanded Southern Rhodesian Armoured Car Regt in East Africa, 1941-1942; retired, 1943; died in 1984.


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Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre in 1983 by Blakiston-Houston.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

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.

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