LEWIS, Maj Gen Sir Richard George Aylward (1895-1965)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Lewis's career, [1917]-1949, notably, reports for the Department of the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1938-1939, papers relating to his service with Allied Force Headquarters, 1942-1944 and to his senior administrative role with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1945-1948

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1895; educated at St Columba College and Trinity College, Dublin; temporary 2nd Lt 1914-1915; 2nd Lt, Leinster Regt; 1915; temporary Lt 1915-1916; served in World War One, in the Gallipoli campaign, 1915; served in Greek Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, European Turkey and the islands of the Aegean Sea, 1916-1917; Lt 1916; temporary Capt, Service Bn, 1917-1918; served with Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1917-1918; served on Western Front in France and Belgium, 1918; acting Capt 1918-1919; Royal Tank Corps, 1922-1923; Lt, serving with East Lancashire Regt, 1922; Lt, Royal Tank Corps, 1923; Capt 1923; attendance at Staff College, Camberley, and Imperial Defence College, [1924-1927]; Bde Maj, Royal Tank Corps Centre, 1928-1932; Brevet Maj, Royal Tank Corps, 1932; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Western Command, UK, 1934-1935; General Staff Officer Grade 2, War Office, 1935-1939; substantive Maj 1936; Brevet Lt Col 1937; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; served with General Staff, 1939-1942; acting Lt Col 1939; temporary Lt Col, 1939-1940; acting Col 1940; Col 1940; acting Brig 1940-1941; temporary Brig 1941; acting Maj Gen 1941; served with Allied Force Headquarters, 1942-1944; Maj Gen 1942; Deputy Quarter Master General, War Office, 1945; Deputy Director General for Finance and Administration, European Regional Office, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1945; Personal Representative of Director General of United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Europe, 1947-1948; aide de camp to HM King George VI, 1948; Director General, Foreign Office Administration of African Territories, 1949-1952; died 1965.


The papers have been arranged in approximately chronological order.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by the family in three accessions in 1975 and 1977.


Date of compilation: Apr 1999

Other Finding Aids

Detailed catalogue available on-line at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/top.htm, and also in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is held by the family.

Additional Information

Date of compilation: Apr 1999