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Diaries of Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HRPO

Scope and Contents

The collection held at Churchill Archives Centre consists of photocopies of Pownall's diaries.


  • Creation: 1933 - 1939

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Biographical / Historical

A full biographical summary of Pownall's life can be found online as part of the introduction to his papers held at King's College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (see The positions Pownall held for the period covered by the material held at Churchill Archives Centre were: Military Assistant Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence (1933-1935); Deputy Secretary (1936); Commandant, School of Artillery, Larkhill, Wiltshire (1936-1938) Director of Military Operations and Intelligence, War Office (1938-1939) and Chief of General Staff, BEF (British Expeditionary Force), France, (1939-1940). Pownall died 9 June 1961.


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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and a copy of the catalogue is available in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Existence and Location of Originals

The originals are held at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, reference GB 0099 KCLMA Pownall (see


Pownall's diaries were published as "Chief of Staff. The diaries of Lieutenant General Sir Henry Pownall", edited by Brian James Bond (Leo Cooper, London, 1972).


This catalogue was prepared by Natalie Adams at Churchill Archives Centre in June 2005 using information from Pownall's entry in the Dictionary of National Biography and from the catalogue of material held at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London.


Pownall, Sir Henry Royds, 1887-1961, Knight, Lieutenant-General

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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