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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Gilbert-Smith
Title
SMITH, Maj David Stuart Gilbert- (1931-2003)
Date(s)
1950-2003
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes (0.02 cubic metres)

Context

Name of creator(s)

Smith, David Stuart Gilbert-, 1931-2003, Major

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1931; joined Army as National Serviceman, 1951; commissioned, Duke of Wellington's Regt, 1951; played Rugby Union for Scotland, 1952; 2nd Lt, 1 Bn, Duke of Wellington's Regt, 1 Commonwealth Div, Korea, 1952-1953; awarded MC for service during Battle of 'The Hook', Korea, May 1953; served with 1 Bn, Duke of Wellington's Regt, Cyprus, 1956; joined 22 Bn, Special Air Service (SAS), 1961; Commander, 22 Bn SAS Mountain Training Centre, Bavaria, Germany, 1965; retired from Army, 1969; head of management training, H P Bulmer, cider producer, 1969-1975; founded and ran management training company, Leadership Trust, 1975- 1993; died, 2003. Winning hearts and minds (Pen Press Publishers Ltd, London 2003)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family, 2004.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to the life and military career of Maj David Stuart Gilbert Smith, 1950-2003, including: detailed letters home from Korea, 1952-1953; account, 'The third Battle of "The Hook"', by Maj Rudolf Edmund Austin, c 1953; details of wanted members of Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston (EOKA), Cyprus, 1956; instructions on personal security for members of 22 Bn Special Air Service (SAS), [1968]. Album of photographs and press cuttings, 1950-1957, relating mainly to Gilbert-Smith's rugby union career, but also including snapshots of Gilbert-Smith in Korea, 1952, press cuttings relating to his MC following the Battle of 'The Hook', Korea, May 1953, and press cuttings relating to his service with 1 Bn, Duke of Wellington's Regt, Cyprus, 1956; photograph album relating to Gilbert-Smith's command of 22 Bn Special Air Service Mountain Training Centre, Bavaria, Germany, 1965. Winning hearts and minds (Pen Press Publishers Ltd, London, 2003), Gilbert-Smith's theories of leadership, drawing on his military experience.

System of arrangement

Letters, other papers, photographs and albums, in broad chronological order.

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, also available in hard copy in the Centre's Reading Room

Allied materials

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

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Kate O'Brien.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

August 2006

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Subjects

  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Special forces
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Smith, David Stuart Gilbert-, 1931-2003, Major
  • Smith, David Stuart Gilbert-, 1931-2003, Major

Corporate names

  • EOKA, Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston
  • Special Forces, Special Air Service

Places

  • Bavaria, Germany
  • Cyprus
  • Korea, East Asia

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