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Notes on the Second World War, 1945-12-14 - 1968-06-22

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 103/12/26
Notes on the Second World War
Notes on the Second World War

Scope and Contents

1. The Colonial Office: its policy in regard of officers who deserted immediately preceding the fall of Singapore

This memoir was submitted by Dickinson in response to a request from G. E. Gent, assistant under-secretary at the Colonial Office. The file includes Gent's letter and reply, and a letter from Dickinson accompanying the memoir.

2. Histories of the Second World War in Malaya

This section of the file preserves reviews, notes and correspondence relating to Noel Barber, 'Sinister twilight: the fall and rise again of Singapore' (1968); S. W. Kirby ‘Singapore: the chain of disaster’ (1971); Frank Owen ‘The fall of Singapore’ (1960); and John Smyth ‘Percival and the tragedy of Singapore’ (1971). It includes correspondence between Dickinson and Hugh Bryson, Noel Barber, John Smyth and Basil Liddell Hart.


  • Creation: 1945-12-14 - 1968-06-22


Conditions Governing Access

For conservation reasons, this collection must be read on Cambridge Digital Library or Master Microfilm Reel 8237.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Harold Dickinson entered the colonial police service in 1912 and served in the Straits Settlements, becoming Inspector General of Police in 1939. He was interned in Singapore during 1942-1945, and retired in 1946.


1 file(s) (1 file) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference



Dickinson, Arthur Harold, 1892-1978

Finding aid date

2012-07-19 10:41:56+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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