WRIGHT-HOLMES, Maj Oliver (b 1909)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Copies of extracts from 'One man's war', a memoir of his service with the Royal Armoured Corps and the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 1942-1946, written in 1981-1983. The extracts relate mainly to the practice of religion in the UK, India and Burma, 1942-1946, particularly the role of Christianity in army life.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1909; Administrative Officer, Mental Hospitals Department, London County Council, 1928-1932; Administrative Officer, Department of the Clerk of the Council, 1932-1942; studied history at King's College London, 1931-1934; Ambulance Control Officer, London Ambulance Services, 1939-1942; served with 51 Training Regt, Royal Armoured Corps, UK, 1942 and with Royal Army Ordnance Corps in UK, 1942-1943, India, 1942-1945, and Burma, 1945-1946; Commander, No 52 Ordnance Field Depot, Myngaladon, Burma, 1945; Commander, No 62 Ordnance Field Depot, Rangoon, 1945-1946; served on Public Control Committee, London County Council, 1946, and Parks Committee, 1947-1954; postgraduate, Theology Faculty, King's College London, 1949-1952; Council Clerk, London County Council, 1954-1970; retired in 1970.

Arrangement

1 file.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by Wright-Holmes in 1984.

Other Finding Aids

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

Separated Material

Imperial War Museum has copies of those parts of his autobiography relating to his military experiences, 1942-1946.

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 College Archivist.

Related Material

King's College Archives holds his college history notes, 1931-1934, and his doctorate thesis 'Tertullian on prayer', 1951 (Ref: K/PP22).