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

NEAME, Sir Philip (1888-1978), Lieutenant General

Service biography
Joined Royal Engineers 1908; World War I in France and Belgium 1914-1918; awarded Victoria Cross, Neuve Chapelle 1914; Instructor, Staff College, Camberley 1919-1923; Bde Maj, Infantry Bde, Aldershot 1924-1925; service in India with Bengal Sappers and Miners 1925-1929; Imperial Defence College 1930; General Staff Officer Grade 1, Waziristan District, India 1932-1933; Brig Gen, General Staff, Eastern Command, India 1934-1938; political and military mission to Lhasa, Tibet 1936; Commandant, Royal Marine Artillery, Woolwich 1938-1939; World War II 1939-1945; Deputy Chief of General Staff, British Expeditionary Force (BEF), France 1939-1940; Commander, 4 Indian Div, Western Desert 1940; General Officer Commanding Palestine, Transjordan and Cyprus 1940; General Officer Commanding-in-Chief and Military Governor, Cyrenaica, North Africa 1941; Commander, British Australian and Indian Forces against Rommel's first attack in Cyrenaica 1941; POW in Italy 1941-1943; Lt Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Guernsey 1945-1953; retired 1947

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON: Department of Sound Records holds an interview (ref: Neame 000048/15), with transcript, relating to Neame's service 1900-1918, including details of trench construction and fortification, his Victoria Cross-winning action at Neuve Chappelle, 1914, and the subsequent effect on his career, the use of the tank, 1916, and the Somme, 1916; NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM, LONDON: Victoria Cross file (Ref: 7407-83)

German strategy in the Great War (E Arnold & Co, London, 1923); autobiography: Playing with strife (G Harrap & Co, London, 1947)

Index terms
PLACES North West Europe 1914; Western Front 1914

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