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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Bolt
BOLT, R Adm Arthur Seymour ('Ben') (1907-1994)
Created 1909-1979
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box of 0.01 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Bolt, Arthur Seymour ('Ben'), 1907-1994, Rear Admiral
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1907; educated at Nautical College, Pangbourne, and Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; joined Royal Navy, 1923; service on HMS EMPEROR OF INDIA, 1925; Lt, 1929; qualified as an aircrew observer, 1931; served on HMS GLORIOUS, 1931-1934; HMS FURIOUS, 1934-1938; Lt Cdr, 1937; Commanded 812 Naval Air Sqn, HMS GLORIOUS, 1938-1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; service with No 1 'General Reconnaissance Unit' RAF, magnetic minesweeping with Vickers Wellington bombers, UK and Egypt, 1940- 1941; awarded DSC, 1940; Staff observer to Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean, HMS WARSPITE, 1941-1942; Battle of Cape Matapan, 1941; Cdr, 1941; awarded Bar to DSC, 1941; served in the Naval Air Department, Admiralty, 1942-1945; served as Second in Command of HMS BELFAST, 1946-1947; Capt, 1947; Command of HMS VULTURE, Royal Naval Air Station, St Merryn, Cornwall, 1947-1949; Capt of HMS THESEUS, 1949-1951; served in Korean War, 1950-1951; awarded DSO, 1951; Director of Naval Air Warfare, Admiralty, 1951-1953; Chief of Staff to Flag Officer Air (Home), HMS DAEDALUS, Royal Naval Air Station, Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, 1954-1956; R Adm, 1956; Member of Maritime Air Committee, 1956; Deputy Controller of Military Aircraft, Ministry of Supply, 1957-1960; awarded CB, 1958; retired 1960; died 1994.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1995 and 1996.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers, 1909-1974, comprising typescript copy of the 'Interim Report of the Advisory Committee for Aeronautics', 1909; night order book, HMS THESEUS, Korea, 1950-1951; newspaper cuttings on HMS THESEUS' departure from UK to Korea and subsequent return, 1950-1951; typescript transcript of Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies lecture by Bolt, Oct 1951, entitled 'HMS THESEUS in the Korean War and some special problems of naval aviation in that theatre' (subsequently published in the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies; standard circular letters to all retired admirals, containing Royal Navy news and information, from Chief of Naval Staff and First Sea Lord Adm Sir Varyl (Cargill) Begg, 1966-1968, Adm Sir Peter (John) Hill-Norton, 1971, and Adm Sir Michael (Patrick) Pollock, 1972-1974; article by Bolt on minesweeping in 1940-1941 by Vickers DWI (Directional Wireless Installation) Wellington aircraft entitled 'Minesweeping Wellingtons: Part 1: equipment and technique: early operations in the Thames Estuary', published in Air Pictorial (Apr-May 1979), with nine uncaptioned photographs of Wellington aircraft and a captured German magnetic mine.

System of arrangement

5 files

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
Finding aids
Summary guide entry online and due to be published in hard copy.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge University: correspondence with Capt Stephen Wentworth Roskill RN on the loss of HMS GLORIOUS.

Publication note
Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge University: correspondence with Capt Stephen Wentworth Roskill RN on the loss of HMS GLORIOUS.



Decorations: CB, DSO, DSC

Description control

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.

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  • Air transport
  • Aircraft
  • Armed forces
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Industrial facilities
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Military aircraft
  • Military equipment
  • Military organizations
  • Mines
  • Mining
  • Naval aviation
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Photographs
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Transport
  • Vehicles
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • Weapons

Personal names

  • Begg, Sir, Varyl Cargill, 1908-1995, Knight, Admiral of the Fleet
  • Bolt, Arthur Seymour, 1907-1994, Rear Admiral
  • Norton, Peter John, Hill-, b 1915, Baron Hill-Norton of South Nutfield, Admiral of the Fleet
  • Pollock, Sir, Michael Patrick, b 1916, Knight, Admiral

Corporate names

  • HMS Theseus
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • China, East Asia
  • Korea, East Asia

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