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

HAMILTON, Sir Ian Standish Monteith (1853-1947), General

Service biography
Commissioned, 12 Foot (Suffolk Regt), Ireland 1872; transferred to 92 Highlanders, India 1873; Afghan War 1878-1880; South African War 1881; Gordon Relief expedition, Nile 1884-1885; Burma expedition 1886-1887; Chitral Relief Force, North West Frontier, India 1895; Commander, 3 Bde, but due to illness missed Tirah Campaign 1897-1898; South African War 1899-1901; Chief of Staff to FM Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome 1901-1902; Quartermaster General to Forces #from 1903 1904; Military Representative of India with Japanese Field Force, Manchuria 1904-1905; General Officer Commanding Southern Command, Tidworth 1905-1909; Attorney General to Forces 1909-1910; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Mediterranean and Inspector General, Overseas Forces 1910-1915; Commander, British Expeditionary Force (BEF), Gallipoli 1915; Lt of the Tower of London 1918-1920; President of British Legion (Scotland)

LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES: 320 boxes of papers and photographs, including; correspondence with wife, family and fellow officers 1880-1930; diaries and notebooks 1873-1909; South African War despatches; Russo-Japanese War papers 1904-1905; Southern Command orders and reports 1905-1908; correspondence relating to compulsory service and other army reforms 1910-1911; diaries 1911-1913; World War I despatches; diary of the Gallipoli campaign compiled after the withdrawal from the peninsula 1916; Dardanelles Campaign correspondence 1915; testimonies, correspondence and reports of the Dardanelles Commission 1915-1917; articles and book reviews by Hamilton; volumes of press cuttings; press reviews and correspondence relating to books by Hamilton; post-war speeches; the papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart include correspondence with Hamilton 1921-1942 (ref: LH 1/351); the papers of Maj John North, historian, include correspondence with Hamilton 1934-1941 (26 items); the papers of Maj Gen Sir Frederick Barton Maurice include a single letter from Hamilton, Jun 1922, including comment on the recently assassinated FM Sir Henry Hughes Wilson (2pp, ref: Maurice 3/5/128) BODLEIAN LIBRARY, OXFORD UNIVERSITY: The papers of Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith include correspondence with Hamilton (ref: MSS Asquith); the papers of Lewis Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt include correspondence with Hamilton 1911 (ref: MSS Harcourt); BRITISH LIBRARY, DEPARTMENT OF MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS, LONDON: The papers of AF Roger John Brownlow Keyes, 1st Baron Keyes of Zeebrugge and Dover include correspondence with Hamilton 1925-1929; CHURCHILL ARCHIVES CENTRE, CHURCHILL COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY: The papers of AF Sir John Michael de Robeck include correspondence with Hamilton 1915-1920 (ref: DRBK); HOUSE OF LORDS RECORD OFFICE, LONDON: The papers of John St Loe Strachey, owner and editor of The Spectator, include correspondence with Hamilton 1909-1915 (ref: Strachey); IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON: The papers of Lovat Fraser, a journalist on The Times (ref: Misc N3) include a letter from Hamilton, Mar 1918, concerning the German offensive in France; the papers of FM John Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres (ref: 75/46/14) include three letters from Hamilton 1915-1919; the papers of Gen Sir Archibald (James) Murray include post-war correspondence with Hamilton concerning operations in Egypt 1916-1917 (ref: 79/48/4, B7); NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM, LONDON: The papers of (Henry) Spenser Wilkinson, journalist and military historian, include 16 letters from Hamilton 1898-1931 (ref: 9011-42); NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH: The papers of Richard Burdon Haldane, 1st Viscount Haldane of Cloan include correspondence with Hamilton 1907-1935 (ref; MSS 5908-6109); PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE, LONDON: The papers of FM Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome include Hamilton's despatches as India's military representative during the Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905; the Kitchener papers also include Hamilton's letters to Kitchener during the Dardanelles Campaign 1915 (ref: PRO30/71); SHEFFIELD ARCHIVES, SHEFFIELD: Letters by Hamilton relating to the West Yorkshire Regt 1921-1923; TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY: The papers of Sir Henry Babington Smith include letters from Hamilton 1896-1910 (ref: HBS71); WELLCOME INSTITUTE FOR THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE, CONTEMPORARY MEDICAL ARCHIVES CENTRE, LONDON: The Contemporary Medical Archives Centre has a report by Hamilton on Japanese medical arrangements 1904 (ref: Royal Army Medical Corps)

: A jaunt in a junk (Kegan Paul & Co, London, 1884); The fighting of the future (Kegan Paul & Co, London, 1885); Icarus (Vizetelly's one volume novels, Vol 18, 1886); The ballad of Hadji and other poems (Kegan Paul & Co, London, 1887); A Staff Officer's scrap-book during the Russo-Japanese War (Edward Arnold, London, 1905); Compulsory service: a study of the question in the light of experience (John Murray, London, 1910); National life and national training (King & Son, London, 1913); Sir Ian Hamilton's despatches from the Dardanelles (George Newnes, London, 1916); Sir Ian Hamilton's final despatch (George Newnes, London, 1916); The Dardanelles: an epic told in pictures (Alfieri Picture Service, London, 1916); The millennium? (Edward Arnold, London, 1919); Joseph L Bevir, The making of Wellington, with introduction by Hamilton (Edward Arnold, London, 1920); Gallipoli diary (Edward Arnold, London, 1920); The soul and body of an army (E Arnold & Co, London, 1921); The friends of England: lectures to members of the British Legion (G Allen Unwin, London, 1923); Now and then (Methuen & Co, London, 1926); Belted Galloways (Vinton & Co, London, 1930); Gallipoli diary, 1915 shortened edition (E Arnold & Co, London, 1930); The Scottish national war memorial, with introduction by Hamilton (Grant & Murray, Edinburgh, 1932); When I was a boy (Faber & Faber, London, 1939); Jean, a memoir of Jean, Lady Hamilton (privately printed, London, 1941: Faber & Faber, London, 1942); Listening for the drums (Faber & Faber, London, 1944); Sir Winston (Leonard Spencer) Churchill, Ian Hamilton's march (Longmans & Co, London, 1900); The commander, edited by Gen Sir Anthony Farrar Hockley (Hollis & Carter, London, 1957); Ian Bogle Monteith Hamilton, The happy warrior: a life of General Sir Ian Hamilton (Cassell, London, 1966)

Index terms
SUBJECTS Boer War 1899-1901
PLACES South Africa 1899-1901; Russia 1904-1905; Japan 1904-1905; Far East 1904-1905; Balkans 1915; Western Front 1918; North West Europe 1918

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