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Collection Level Description: Sir William Denis Battershill photographic collection

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. t. 8
Title: Sir William Denis Battershill photographic collection
Dates of Creation: 1914-1959
Extent: 5 boxes

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir William Denis Battershill (1896-1959) was a soldier and colonial administrator. Educated at King's School, Worcester, 1908-1914, he served in India and Iraq, 1914-1919 with the 6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Entering civilian life in 1920 as a cadet in the Ceylon Civil Service, he rose to the post of 2nd Assistant Secretary and Clerk to the Legislative Council in 1928. Continuing his career, he served as Assistant Colonial Secretary, Jamaica, 1929-1935, Colonial Secretary, Cyprus, 1935-1937, Chief Secretary to the Government of Palestine, 1937-1939, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Cyprus, 1939-1941, Assistant Under-Secretary of State, Colonial Office, 1941-1942, Deputy Under-Secretary, Tanganyika Territory, 1942-1945, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Tanganyika Territory, 1945-1949.

In 1924 he married Joan Gellibrand, with whom he had two daughters. He spent the last ten years of his life after 1949 in retirement on Cyprus.

Scope and Content

System of Arrangement

The collection is arranged in 13 albums, with 23 loose duplicates.

Administrative Information

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Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 558 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A photographic index is also available in the reading room.

Related Units of Description

A partial copy of the Royal Commonwealth Society's list, with original numbering, is held by the library. The library also holds the correspondence and papers of Sir William Denis Battershill, 1914-1959 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 467).

Publication Note

A photograph of Sir Charles Tegart, taken in Palestine 1937-1938, was used in the article An Irishman is specially suited to be a Policeman by Michael Silvestri, 'History Ireland', Vol. 8, No. 4, Winter 2000.

Access Points

Battershill | William Denis | 1896-1959 | Sir | Knight and colonial administrator

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Mandates | Palestine

World War, 1914-1918 | India

World War, 1914-1918 | Iraq

World War, 1939-1945 | Great Britain

World War, 1939-1945 | Egypt

Photograph collections

India | Photographs

Pakistan | Photographs

Iraq | Photographs

Australia.Royal Australian Navy | Photographs

Yemen | Photographs

Sri Lanka | Antiquities

Sri Lanka | Photographs

Jamaica | Photographs

Cyprus | Photographs

Palestine | Photographs

Tanzania | Photographs

Great Britain | Photographs

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