LINDSELL, Lt Gen Sir Wilfred Gordon (1884-1973)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to service as Quartermaster General of the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) in France and Belgium during World War Two, including narratives, war diaries, reports and memoranda, 1939-1941; papers relating to service as Lt Gen in charge of Administration in the Middle East, including narratives, a volume compiled by the Q Staff entitled Maintenance of the Eighth Army...from El Alamein to Tunisia, 1943, and memoranda and newscuttings on the Middle East Base in Egypt, 1943-1948; papers relating to service as Principal Administrative Officer to the Indian Command, comprising texts of speeches and articles on Indian economy and the India Base, 1943-1945; papers relating to post-war life and career, mainly texts of lectures and articles and newspaper cuttings on international relations in the Middle East, especially the Suez Crisis of 1956.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1884; educated Birkenhead School, Cheshire, Victoria College, Jersey, and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; 2nd Lt, Royal Artillery, 1903; Lt, 1906; Aide de Camp to Maj Gen Sir Harry Barron whilst Governor of Tasmania, 1910-1913, and Governor of Western Australia, 1913-1914; served World War One, 1914-1918; Capt 1914; Aide de Camp to Brig Gen, Royal Artillery, 7 Div, BEF (British Expeditionary Force), France, 1914-1915; Staff Capt, Royal Artillery, 7 Div, France, 1915-1916; Bde Maj, Royal Artillery, 62 Div, Home Services and France, 1916-1918; Maj, 1918; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Royal Artillery, 8 Corps, France, 1918-1919; General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Royal Artillery, Western Command, 1919; Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, War Office, 1920; temporary Instructor and Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, School of Military Administration, 1920-1922; Instructor, Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General, School of Military Administration, 1922-1924; Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, and temporary Lt Col, 1925-1929; Brevet Lt Col, 1927; General Staff Officer, Grade 1, War Office, 1930-1933; Brevet Col and Col, 1931; Commandant Senior Officers' School, Sheerness, Kent, 1933-1935; Deputy Military Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Selection Board, War Office, and temporary Brig, 1935-1936; Commander Royal Artillery, Eastern Command, and temporary Brig, 1936-1938; Maj Gen in command of Administration, Southern Command, 1938-1939; Quartermaster General, BEF (British Expeditionary Force), 1939-1940; temporary Lt Gen in command of Administration, Home Forces, 1940-1941; Lt Gen, 1941; Senior Military Advisor to the Ministry of Supply, 1941; Lt Gen in charge of Administration in the Middle East, 1942-1943; Principal Administrative Officer to the Indian Command, 1943-1945; retired 1945; supervisor of the release of war factories and disposal of government surplus stores, 1945; Col Commandant, Royal Artillery, 1940-1950; Governor and Commandant, Church Lads' Brigade, 1948-1954; Church Commissioner for England, 1948-1959; died 1973.


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Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in three accessions in 1963, 1964 and 1974.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Separated Material

The Imperial War Museum, London, holds correspondence between Lindsell and Sir Thomas Riddell-Webster, 1942-1945.

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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