King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Survey of the Papers of Senior UK Defence Personnel, 1900-1975

Name
COWANS, Sir John Stephen (1862-1921), General

Service biography
Joined Rifle Bde 1881; Staff College 1891; Staff Capt, Army Headquarters 1893-1894; Bde Maj, Aldershot 1894-1897; Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General, Army Headquarters 1898-1903; Assistant Quartermaster General, 2 Div, Aldershot 1903-1906; Director General of Military Education, Indian Army 1906; Director of Staff Duties and Training, Army Headquarters, India 1907-1908; Commander, Presidency Bde, Calcutta, India 1908-1910; Director General of the Territorial Forces 1910-1912; Quartermaster General of the Forces, War Office 1912-1919; member of Army Council, World War I 1914-1918

Papers
LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES: Papers of FM Sir William Robert Robertson include correspondence with Cowans as Quartermaster General, War Office 1914 BODLEIAN LIBRARY, OXFORD UNIVERSITY: The papers of Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, include letters from Cowans 1917-1920 (ref: MSS Asquith); IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON: Albums of letters, newscuttings and photographs 1916-1920 (ref: 69/17/1, 1A), including; material relating to the Versailles Peace Conference, France 1919; the papers of FM Sir Henry Maitland Wilson include correspondence with Cowans 1917-1918 (ref: HHW); PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF NORTHERN IRELAND, BELFAST: The papers of Edith Helen Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry, include correspondence with Cowans during World War I (ref: D2846/2/24); letters 1914-1920 (ref: D3099/3/10/1-27 closed); PRIVATE POSSESSION: The papers of Lt Gen Sir John Spencer Ewart include correspondence with Cowans (enquiries via the NRA Scotland); READING UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPTS: The papers of Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess Astor, include letters from Cowans 1914-1916

Publications
Wellesley William Desmond Mountjoy Chapman Huston and Owen Rutter, General Sir John Cowans, GCB, GCMG, the Quartermaster of the Great War (Hutchinson & Co, London, 1924) 1924

Index terms
SUBJECTS logistics 1914; diplomacy 1919
PLACES
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