Sir Edmund Allenby Collection

Scope and Content

Photocopies of papers relating to the Palestine campaign and to Egypt, including letters from Gerald Delany on Wavell's Allenby in Egypt.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby (1861-1936) 1st Viscount Allenby of Megiddo, Field Marshal.

Born 23 April 1861, son of Hynman Allenby. Educated Haileybury; Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Served in South Africa with Inniskilling Dragoons, 1884-1902; CB, 1902; commanded 5th Royal Irish Lancers, 1902-05; 4th Cavalry Brigade, 1905-10; Inspector of Cavalry, 1910-14; in Command of Cavalry, 1914; in Command of Fifth Army Corps, 1915; KCB, 1915; in Command of Third Army, 1915-17; KCB; Lt-General; GCB, 1918; GCMG, 1918; Commander in Chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1917-19; captured Jerusalem Dec. 1917, Damascus Oct. 1918, Aleppo Oct. 1918 & armistice signed with Turks 30th Oct. 1918; Field Marshal and Viscount, 1919; High Commissioner for Egypt, 1919-25; obtained recognition of Egypt as a sovereign state 1922; GCVO, 1934. Married, 1896, Adelaide Chapman: 1 son (d.1917). Died 14 May 1936.


Allenby letters; reminiscences of Allenby; research material on Allenby in Egypt.

Access Information


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Acquisition Information

Photocopies obtained c.1965 from 2nd Viscount Allenby

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Clare Brown 10 Jun 1998 and last revised by Debbie Usher 6 Oct 2003. File level description created by Clare Brown 19 Jan 1998.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

In the possession of Allenby, and then his nephew the 2nd Viscount

Location of Originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College, London.


Allenby in Egypt, vol. 2 of Allenby, a study in greatness: the biography of Field-Marshal Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe, G.C.B., G.C.M.G. by Archibald, Earl Wavell, London, Harrap, 1940-43.

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