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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Parsons
Title
PARSONS, Lt Gen Sir Lawrence Worthington (1850-1923)
Date(s)
Created 1914-1916, 1932, [1977], 1984
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file

Context

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1850; Lt, Royal Artillery, 1870; Capt, 1880; Adjutant, Auxiliary Forces, 1881-1889; Maj, 1886; Lt Col, 1896; Col on Staff, South Africa, 1900-1901; Col on Staff, Salisbury Plain District, 1901-1903; Maj Gen 1903; Maj Gen, 1903; Inspector General, Artillery, India, 1903-1906; Lt Gen, 1909; commanded 6 Div, Cork, 1906-1909; retired 1909; re-employed to command 16 (Irish) Div, 1914-1915; replaced as Commanding Officer and retired, 1915; Col Commandant, Royal Artillery, 1917; died in 1923.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to 16 (Irish) Div, 1914-1918, dated 1914-1918, 1932, [1977], 1984, notably a typescript transcript of extracts from Parson's diary, 1914-1916, relating to the raising and training of 16 (Irish) Div, 1914-1915, and their service in France, 1915-1916, copied in [1977]; correspondence, 1915-1918, principally comprising letters relating to Parson's replacement as Commanding Officer, 16 (Irish) Div, Nov 1915, and to 16 (Irish) Div's service in France under Maj Gen Sir William Hickie, 1916-1918; letters from officers of 16 (Irish) Div regarding their service in France, notably the battle of the Somme, 1916, and the third Battle of Ypres, 1917; 'John Redmond and General Parsons', a draft typescript article by Esmonde Robertson (Parsons' grandson) relating to political controversies surrounding the formation of 16 (Irish) Div during the period 1914-1915, written in [1977].

System of arrangement

1 file

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

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.

Language/scripts of material
English
Finding aids

This Summary Guide

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Existence and location of copies

Royal Artillery Institution, Woolwich (Ref: MD/1111/7) and National Library of Ireland

Related units of description

The Royal Artillery Institution holds diary covering his service in Natal, 1899-1900 (Ref: MD/1111/1); letters, 1901-1905, from Gen Rt Hon Sir Redvers Henry Buller, FM Sir Evelyn Wood, FM Sir Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts of Kandahar, Pretoria and Waterford, FM Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum, Col William Riddell Birdwood, and Col Henry Crichton Sclater (Ref: MD/1111/2), letters to his wife on military operations, South African War, 1899-1900 (Ref: MD/1111/3), and letters on training manoeuvres (Ref: MD/1111/4). The National Library of Ireland holds copies of notes by Parsons on his role in World War One, while the papers of John Redmond include correspondence with Parsons relating to the 16th (Irish) Div.

Publication note
The Royal Artillery Institution holds diary covering his service in Natal, 1899-1900 (Ref: MD/1111/1); letters, 1901-1905, from Gen Rt Hon Sir Redvers Henry Buller, FM Sir Evelyn Wood, FM Sir Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts of Kandahar, Pretoria and Waterford, FM Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Viscount Kitchener of Khartoum, Col William Riddell Birdwood, and Col Henry Crichton Sclater (Ref: MD/1111/2), letters to his wife on military operations, South African War, 1899-1900 (Ref: MD/1111/3), and letters on training manoeuvres (Ref: MD/1111/4). The National Library of Ireland holds copies of notes by Parsons on his role in World War One, while the papers of John Redmond include correspondence with Parsons relating to the 16th (Irish) Div.

Notes

Note

Decorations: KCB

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Subjects

  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Political doctrines
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Hickie, Sir, William Bernard, 1865-1950, Knight, Major General
  • Redmond, John, 1856-1918, Irish politician
  • Robertson, Esmonde, fl 1977, author

Corporate names

  • British Army

Places

  • Ireland
  • Somme, France
  • Ypres, Belgium

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