Official papers and telegrams from his period of office as High Commissioner, Palestine.
Sir Alan Cunningham Collection
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 165 0072
- Dates of Creation1944-1948
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description6 boxes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Sir Alan Gordon Cunningham (1887-1983)
Born 1 May 1887, son of Prof DJ Cunningham and Elizabeth Cumming Browne. Educated Cheltenham; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Commissioned 1906; served European War 1914-1918; Gen. Staff Officer, Straits Settlements, 1919-1921; passed Naval Staff College, 1925; Brevet Lt.-Col, 1928; Instructor, Machine Gun School, 1928-1931; Lt.-Col., 1935; Imperial Defence Coll., 1937; Comdr Royal Artillery, 1st Div., 1937-38; Major-Gen., 1938; Comdr 5th Anti-Aircraft Div TA, 1938; Commanded 66th, 9th & 51st Divs, 1940; GOC East Africa Forces, 1940-1941; GOC-in-C 8th Imperial Army in Middle East, 1941; KCB, 1941; Commandant Staff College, Camberley, 1942; Lt-Gen., 1943; GOC Northern Ireland, 1943-1944; GOC-in-C Eastern Command, 1944-1945; Gen., 1945; High Commissioner and Commander in Chief for Palestine, 1945-1948. GCMG, 1948. Married, 1951, Margery (nee Slater), widow of Sir Harold Snagge. Died 30 January 1983.
Telegrams; papers; correspondence
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Received as a gift from General Cunningham, Oct 1968.
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Fonds level description created by Clare Brown 24 Aug 1998 and revised by Debbie Usher 19 Feb 2003
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