WESTON, Brig Gen Spencer Vaughan Percy (1883-1974)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Weston's career, 1916- 1945, including manuscript notes by Weston entitled 'Some notes on the discipline of Imperial troops in convoy on HM Transport LLANSTEPHAN CASTLE from Durban to Suez', 1941; notebook containing manuscript 'Standing orders for POWs', 1943; typescript report on the sinking of the EMPRESS OF CANADA, 1943; typescript instructions and duties of Draft Conducting Officers on board troopships [1943]; typescript memorandum by Weston on the co-ordination of Movement Control in South Africa, 1944, with typescript reports on officers attached to Imperial Movement Control, South Africa (IMPCON), 1944; printed material including memorandum on the German attack near Givenchy, Western Front, 1918, with printed map annotated with dispositions of German 4 Ersatz Div during attack north of Cuinchy, France, 9 Apr 1918, scale 1: 10, 000; trench map entitled France. Sheet 57D SE. Edition 3A, scale 1:20,000 (GSGS 2742, 1916), annotated with features near La Boisselle, Pozieres and Courcelette, Battle of the Somme, 1916, Field Service Pocket Book, Orders and intercommunication (HMSO, London, 1939), Rifle Drill illustrated (Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1940), Restricted War Office booklet 'Standing instructions for Officers Commanding units and drafts ordered overseas', 1943.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1883; educated at Wellington; served in World War One, 1914-1918 with Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regt; served on Western Front, 1915-1918; awarded MC, 1916; Capt, 1916; awarded DSO, 1917; temporary Lt Col, 1917-1918; Commanding Officer, 17 (Service) Bn, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt), 1917-1918; temporary Brig Gen, 1918- 1919; General Officer Commanding 122 Bde, 41 Div, 1918-1919; re-employed by Army as Lt Col, 1940-1946; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Officer Commanding troops on transport ships, notably RMS QUEEN MARY, and Inspector of Transports with rank of Col, 1940-1946; survivor of sinking of HM Transport EMPRESS OF CANADA by Italian submarine LEONARDO DA VINCI, off Sierra Leone, West Africa, 1943; died 1974.

Arrangement

5 files.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1982.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide available on-line at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/top.htm, and 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.