Catalogue description Admiral Gerald Dickens KCVO CB CMG

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Title: Admiral Gerald Dickens KCVO CB CMG

Records of his naval career, comprising: his ms Midshipman's Journal, in two volumes, covering his service in the cruisers HMS BLAKE, HMS ECLIPSE and HMS CLEOPATRA in Home waters and on the East Indies Station (1896 - 1899); five ms diaries kept during his service in the RN Barracks, Portsmouth and in the cruiser HMS KING ALFRED, the destroyer HMS HART and the cruiser HMS HAWKE on the China Station (1905 - 1909), in command of the destroyer HMS HARPY in the Mediterranean and Home waters, including service off the Dardanelles (August - November 1914) and again in support of the Gallipoli campaign (April - December 1915), in command of the cruiser HMS CARLISLE on the China Station (1922 - 1924), in the sloop HMS HAREBELL, as Captain Auxiliary Patrol (1925 - 1926) and in command of the battle cruiser HMS REPULSE in the Atlantic Fleet (1931); ms and ts ts draft chapters for a proposed memoir of his naval career between 1894 and 1945; two files of interesting letters written and received by him (1915 - 1949), his correspondents including Winston Churchill, Lord Hankey, Admirals of the Fleet Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, Sir John Kelly, Sir Dudley Pound, Sir John Cunningham and Lord Fraser of North Cape, Admirals Sir Ragnar Calvin and Sir Wilfrid Patterson and Field Marshal Sir John Dill and the subjects including the Invergordon mutiny and the sinking of the BISMARCK; a further file of 29 letters from Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope (1950 - 1959) and 4 letters from Admiral of the Fleet Lord Chatfield (1951 - 1959); ts and ms drafts of lectures by Dickens on military and naval matters (ca 1931 - 1935) and correspondence with Rear Admiral R A Currie (1931) concerning the latter's lecture on the escape of the GOEBEN and BRESLAU in August 1914.



Date: 1896-1959
Related material:

See also DPH (HU 59222-44) and DPB for Admiral Dicken's own copy of "The Tenedos Times", the 1914 - 1915 journal of the 5th Destroyer Flotilla

Held by: Imperial War Museum Department of Documents, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Dickens, Gerald Charles, 1879-1962, Admiral

Physical condition: Original Documents, Microfilm
Access conditions:


  • Dardanelles, Ottoman Empire
  • China
  • Dardanelles campaign, 1915-1916
  • Naval personnel
  • First World War, 1914-1918
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