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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Currey
CURREY, Adm Bernard (1862-1936)
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Currey, Bernard, 1862-1936, Admiral
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1862; educated at Malvern College; joined Royal Navy, 1876; served on HMS DUKE OF WELLINGTON, flagship of Adm Sir George Elliot, 1876-1877; Midshipman, 1877; served on HMS ALEXANDRA, flagship of V Adm Geoffrey T Phipps Hornby, Mediterranean Fleet, 1877-1878; served on HMS CRUISER, 1878; Sub Lt, 1881; served on HMS TEMERAIRE, Egyptian War, 1882; landed with Naval Bde and present at Battle of Tel el Kebir, 1882; Lt, 1882; Cdr, 1895; served on HMS BLAKE, 1901; Capt, 1901; commanded HMS GOOD HOPE, Flagship of R Adm Edmund Samuel Poe, 1 Cruiser Sqn, Channel Fleet, 1904-1906; commanded HMS BLACK PRINCE, 1906; Assistant Director of Torpedoes, 1906-1908; Aide de Camp to King Edward VII, 1909-1910; R Adm, 1911; Aide de Camp to HM King George V, 1910-1911; R Adm, Home Fleet, Portsmouth, and President of Submarine Committee, 1913; served in World War One, 1914-1918; commanded 5 Battle Sqn, Channel Fleet, Flagship HMS PRINCE OF WALES, 1914-1915; Senior Naval Officer in charge, Gibraltar, 1915; V Adm, 1916; retired 1919; died 1936.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1987.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Midshipman's log book, by Currey, 1876-1878, including service on HMS DUKE OF WELLINGTON, Flagship of Adm Sir George Elliot, Portsmouth, Dec 1876-Jan 1877, HMS ALEXANDRA, Mediterranean Fleet, Jan 1877-Aug 1878 and HMS CRUISER, Mediterranean Fleet, Aug-Sep 1878; papers and plans relating to anti-submarine warfare, 1913-1915, including typescript draft text of lecture by Currey entitled 'Hints on organised coast defence v submarines' [1914]; fifty six manuscript naval signals, Aug-Dec 1914, including signals to R Adm, 5 Battle Sqn from the Admiralty on support to be given to operations by Chatham Royal Marine Force at Ostend, Belgium, 26-27 Aug 1914, signals relating to the loss of the battleship HMS AUDACIOUS to a mine in the Atlantic, 27 Oct 1914, and signals ordering RN battlecruisers HMS INVINCIBLE and HMS INFLEXIBLE to sea, 4 Nov 1914 (prior to the Battle of the Falklands Islands, 8 Dec 1914); journal and signal book kept by Mid Richard Reynell on board Currey's flagship, HMS PRINCE OF WALES, 1914-1915.

System of arrangement

5 files, 3 volumes

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

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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

Thirty volumes of Currey's diaries, 1885-1914, are held by the Manuscript Section, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (Ref: CRY).

Publication note
Thirty volumes of Currey's diaries, 1885-1914, are held by the Manuscript Section, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (Ref: CRY).


Compiled Sep 1998

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 warfare
  • Anti-submarine warfare
  • Armed forces
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Log books
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Seas
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Currey, Bernard E, 1862-1936, Admiral
  • Elliot, Sir, George, 1812-1901, Knight, Admiral
  • Reynell, Richard, fl 1914-1915, Midshipman

Corporate names

  • HMS Alexandra
  • HMS Audacious
  • HMS Cruiser
  • HMS Duke of Wellington
  • HMS Inflexible
  • HMS Invincible
  • HMS Prince of Wales
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Americas
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Caribbean
  • Falkland Islands, South America
  • London, England
  • Mediterranean Sea, Seas
  • Oceans
  • Ostend, Belgium
  • Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

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