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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Burnett
BURNETT, Rear Adm Philip Whitworth (1908-1996)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
9 boxes, including 1 outsize


Name of creator(s)

BURNETT, Rear Admiral Philip Whitworth (1908-1996)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1908; educated, preparatory school, Seascale; Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; midshipman in HMS EMERALD, [1927]; Lt, 1930; HMS KELLY, 1939-1941; Comdr, 1940; HMS OSPREY, 1941-1943; Western Approaches Escort Groups, 1943-1945; Capt, 1945; Chief of Staff to Commander in Chief, Portsmouth, 1955-1957; Rear Adm, 1955; retired from the Army, 1958; died, 1996.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from the family, 1998.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Rear Adm Philip Whitworth Burnett, relating to his life and career, 1922-1996, chiefly photographs, reports and press cuttings relating to Nanking, China, 1927 (where Chinese National Government troops attacked British and American residents: Burnett was a midshipman in HMS EMERALD, which bombarded city); photographs of Shanghai, Karachi and Diyatalawa, 1927; photographs of Abadan, Basra and Kuwait, 1928; photographs and correspondence relating to his service in HMS KELLY, 1939-1940, and to the sinking of HMS KELLY, May 1940; photographs and press cuttings relating to North Atlantic anti-submarine operations, 1943-1945.

System of arrangement

Original order.

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 provided 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 and Information Management, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

No additional finding aids.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Who's Who.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Oct 2008

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  • Military engineering
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Naval operations
  • Ships
  • Submarine warfare
  • Submarines
  • Vehicles
  • Warfare

Personal names

  • BURNETT, Rear Adm Philip Whitworth (1908-1996)


  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Basra
  • China
  • China
  • East Asia
  • East Asia
  • Gulf States
  • Iran, Islamic Republic
  • Iraq
  • Jiangsu
  • Karachi
  • Kuwait
  • Middle East
  • Middle East
  • Middle East
  • Nanjing
  • Pakistan
  • Shanghai
  • Shanghai Shi
  • South Asia
  • South Asia
  • Sri Lanka

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