Papers of Brigadier Donald H. Nott, DSO, OBE, MC, DL

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Afr. s. 1715 (202) (Box 15)
  • Dates of Creation
      20th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      122 ff., 3 items

Scope and Content

Various papers, comprising personal data sheet, correspondence with Oxford Development Records Project,responses to aide-memoire, digest of personal service, [1978-1984]; map of Jinja, 1945;script of talk, and press cuttings, [1953], concerning welfare in the King's AfricanRifles; souvenir programme of the presentation of colours to the 4th Battalion,King's African Rifles, 1954; letter from Buckingham Palace, 1954, about the presentation,with extracts from other related letters and orders of parade; letters andpress cuttings relating to the Mau Mau campaign, 1953; short history ofthe 4th Battalion, King's African Rifles, lists of CO's, letters and other papersconcerning the Battalion, 20th century; letters and press cuttings, [1954], relating to thesurrender of General Von Lettow Vorbeck to Major Brian Hawkins in World WarOne; souvenir programme of the ceremony of trooping thecolour by the 4th Battalion, King's African Rifles, May 1937; photographs ofthe presentation of colours, [1954] and of the 4th Battalion, King's African Riflesin general.

Administrative / Biographical History

Brigadier Donald H. Nott, DSO, OBE, MC, DL was educated at Marlborough College and Sandhurst, and commissioned to the Worcestershire Regiment in 1928. He served in Germany, Malta, China and India with the 2nd Battalion. Then, with the 1st Battalion, he took part in the Arab Rebellion, 1938 and in the Abyssinian and Western Desert Campaigns of 1940-1942 in World War Two. In 1945 he commanded the Regiment's 9th Battalion. He was Commandant of Eaton Hall Officer Cadet School, Chester, 1950-1952 and Commanding Officer, 4th Battalion, King's African Rifles, Uganda and Kenya, 1952-1954, during which he was engaged in operations against the Mau Mau. On returning to England he commanded 158 Infantry Brigade (TA) at Lichfield, of which the 7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment (TA) formed a part. He attended a course at N.A.T.O. Defence College, Paris, 1958, undertook a short tour of duty at the War Office, 1959 and retired from the Regular Army, 1960. After his retirement he served as Assistant Civil Defence Officer for Worcestershire and County Commissioner of the St. John Ambulance Brigade. He was appointed Colonel of the Worcestershire Regiment in 1961.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 920 (202) in Manuscript Collections in RhodesHouse Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library,1996).