Papers of Sir Charles Harris (1864-1943)

Scope and Content

3 series of papers, preserving Sir Charles Harris and Alan Harris' order throughout:

  • correspondence 1890-1943
  • papers related to Harris' work at the War Office, chiefly during WW1 and in the 1930s
  • 4 notebooks

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 2 March 1864, 2nd son of John Harris of Ivybridge, Devon. Bradford Grammar School (Scholar); Balliol College Oxford 1882-86. Math. Sch.; 1st Math. Mods. 1883; 1st Math. 1886; B.A. 1889. 1st in open competition Home Civil Service 1886; Clerk in War Office 1887; Assistant Financial Secretary (Permanent Head of Army Finance Dept.) 1908-20; C.B. 1911; K.C.B. 1913; Committee on Accountancy Reform; Joint Sec. of the War Office 1920, and Member of the Army Council; G.B.E. 1920; Commander, Legion of Honour, 1921; retired 1924. Married 1891 Lisbeth, daughter of Ferdinand Schiller of Calcutta, sister of FCS Schiller (Balliol 1882): 2 sons, 1 daughter. Son, Alan M. Harris (Balliol 1917, 1919-22). Date of death 10 June 1943.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Papers given to Balliol College by Alan Harris.

Other Finding Aids

The archival catalogue of the papers is online at

Archivist's Note

First described by James Armstrong, Modern MSS Asst, 9 April 1991. Collection numbered and repackaged, and additions & corrections to descriptions, by Anna Sander, college archivist, September 2015

Appraisal Information

This material will be retained permanently.


No further accruals expected

Location of Originals

This material is original

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