JOYCE, Lt Col Pierce Charles (1878-1965)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to his service in Hedjaz (Hejaz), 1916-1919, dated 1916-1919, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1963, 1965, principally comprising official correspondence relating to operations against the Turks in Hedjaz, 1916-1918, and supplies and stores for bases at Rabegh, Wedj, Yenbo, Akaba and Abu Lissal, 1916-1918, and including letters to and from Thomas Edward Lawrence (later Shaw), Col Cyril Edward Wilson, Gen Sir Gilbert Falkingham Clayton, and Lt Col Alan Geoffrey Charles; correspondence and notes concerning the meeting between Emir Feisal (later Feisal I, King of Iraq) and Dr Chaim Weizmann on 4 Jun 1918, dated [1918] and 1963; typescript text on the history and future of the Arab movement, [1919]; scripts concerning his service with Lawrence in Hedjaz, 1916-1918, written for television broadcasts in 1939 and 1941; official reports on bomb attacks on the Hedjaz railway by X Flight and No 14 Sqn personnel, 1917-1918; official reports of reconnaissance flights by X Flight and No 14 Sqn, 1917-1918; diary by Capt H S Hornby describing raids on the Hedjaz railway, May 1917 and May 1918; account by Lt Col Frederick Gerard Peake of Turkish attack on Tafas, Sep 1918, dated 1965.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1878; educated at Beaumont College, Old Windsor; 2nd Lt, 1 Bn, Connaught Rangers, 1900; served in South Africa, 1900-1902; Lt, 1902; attached to Egyptian Army, 1907-1917; Capt, 1909; served in Sudan, 1910; Maj 1915; served at Gallipoli, 1915; General Staff Officer Grade 2, Hedjaz (Hejaz) Mission, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1917; Base Commandant, 1917-1918; Special Service Officer, Hedjaz (Hejaz) Operations, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919; Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1920; employed under Egyptian Government, 1920-1921; employed under Colonial Office as Military Adviser to Iraqi Army, 1921-1927; joined South Staffordshire Regt, 1922; Lt Col, 1924; retired pay, 1932; died in 1965.


Arranged in the following sections: correspondence books; reports on bomb attacks; reconnaissance reports; general correspondence; meeting of Emir Feisal and Dr Weizmann; miscellaneous; intelligence documents; second accession. The papers were formerly known as the Akaba collection.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1965 and 1966.

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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