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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA De Chair
DE CHAIR, Cdr (Henry) Graham (Dudley) (1905-1995)
Created 1935-1939
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1905; educated at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; served on HMS IRON DUKE, HMS WIVERN and HMS LABURNHAM; served on HMS NELSON, Home Fleet, 1931; served on HMS VENETIA, Abyssinia, 1935; commanded HMS WRESTLER, 1936, and later HMS SCOUT; court-martialled, dismissed his ship and reprimanded after HMS SCOUT ran aground in the Thames Estuary, 1938; served as gas and ventilation officer, HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN, 1938; commanded HMS THRACIAN, Hong Kong Local Defence Flotilla, 1938-1941; Cdr, 1943; retired, 1955; died in 1995.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1996.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Journal, 1935-1939, covering his service in Abyssinia (Ethiopia), 1935, UK, 1936-1938, including his court martial after the grounding of HMS SCOUT, Jan 1938, and the Far East, 1938-1939.

System of arrangement

Single item

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
Publication note

De Chair's memoir Let go aft: the indiscretions of a salt horse commander (Parapress, Tunbridge Wells, 1993).



Decorations: 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.

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.

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  • Chemical actions and uses
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles

Corporate names

  • HMS Scout
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Abyssinia
  • China, East Asia
  • Ethiopia, East Africa
  • London, England

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