HERBERT, Brig Charles Edward Mercer (1904-1981)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers relating to his military career, 1922-1946, dated 1930, 1936 and [1946] principally comprising typescript log of railway survey work carried out by Herbert, Lt Charles Granville Barry Greaves and Capt Donald Maitland James Murray, Tanganyika, 1930, written by [Murray] in [1930]; The Royal Engineers Journal vol 50 Sep 1936, including 'Railway Survey in Tanganyika Territory' by Herbert; official 501 Inter-Service Mission 'Transportation report on the proposal for a base in East Africa', written by Herbert in 1946; copies of letters of appreciation concerning rehabilitation of Burma railway system carried out by Transportation Service, 1945; copy of Herbert's curriculum vitae, 1922-1946, written in 1946.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1904; educated at Brighton College and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1922-1924; 2nd Lt, Royal Engineers, 1924; Lt, 1926; attended Railway Training Centre, Longmoor, 1926-1930; seconded as Assistant Engineer, Tanganyika Railways, 1930-1932; 1932-1934; Quartermaster General, Transportation Branch, War Office, 1934-1938; Capt, 1935; Staff Capt, Transportation, Palestine and Transjordan, 1938-1940; Deputy Assistant Director of Transportation, Palestine and Transjordan, 1940; Assistant Director-General of Transportation, Palestine, 1940; Maj, 1941; Assistant Director of Movements and Transport (Plans), General HQ, Middle East Force, 1941-1943; Assistant Director of Transportation (Coordination, Plans and Administration), 1943-1944; Deputy Director of Transportation, Administrative Planning Mission to Australia, 1944; Deputy Director of Transportation, Allied Commission for Austria (British Element), 1944-1945; Brig, 1945; Director of Transportation, Burma, 1945; Assistant Director of Transportation, 501 Interservice Mission, East Africa, 1946; Director of Transportation, War Office, 1950-1957; retired 1957; died in 1981.

Arrangement

2 files

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1995.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iss/archives/cats/, 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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