LAWSON, Lt Col William Arnold Webster, 3rd Baron Burnham (1864-1943)

Scope and Content

Copies of papers relating to service in Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902, principally comprising letters to his family describing his service with 10 Bn, Imperial Yeomanry, 1900-1901, notably action near Boshof, Orange Free State, in which Boer Gen Count de Villebois-Mareuil was killed, Apr 1900, and the failed attempt to rescue 13 Bn, Imperial Yeomanry at Lindley, Orange Free State, Jun 1900.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1864; educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into Yorks and Lancashire Regt, 1884; transferred to 1 Bn, Scots Guards as Lt, 1884; Capt, 1897; retired to Reserve of Officers, 1899; raised 38 Company, Imperial Yeomanry, 1899; served in Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902; Commanding Officer 10 Bn, Imperial Yeomanry, South Africa, 1900-1901; awarded DSO, 1901; Maj, 1902; Hon Lt Col, 1903; served in World War One, 1914-1918; Railway Staff Officer, Paddington, London, 1914; raised 2/1 Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars, 1914; Brevet Col, 1918; succeeded to Barony, 1933; died 1943.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Copies made by the Centre in 1988 from originals lent by the family.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at, and detailed catalogue available 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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