GAVIN, Maj Gen James Merricks Lewis (1911-1990)

Scope and Content

Report by Gavin on 101 Special Training School, 1942, including details of its formation, organisation, training and operations in the Far East, May 1941-Mar 1942. The School aimed to train all types of personnel, whether military, civilian, European or native, in irregular warfare.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1911; educated at Uppingham School, Royal Military Academy and Trinity College, Cambridge; 2 Lt, Royal Engineers, 1931; member of the Mount Everest expedition, 1936; instructor, Royal Military Academy, 1938; Capt, 1939; served during World War Two in the Far East, Middle East, Italy and France, including special operations; member of the British Joint Services Commission, Washington, 1948-1951; Commanding Officer, 1951-1953; Col, Staff College, Camberley, 1953-1955; British Army of the Rhine, 1956-1958; Commandant, Intelligence Centre, Maresfield, 1958-1961; Maj Gen, 1964; Assistant Chief of Staff (Intelligence), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe, 1964-1967; Col Commandant, Royal Engineers, 1968-1973; died in 1990.


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Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by Maj Gen James Gavin in 1991.

Other Finding Aids

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

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