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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Duckworth
DUCKWORTH, Capt Ralph Campbell Musbury RN (1907-1983)
Created 1936-1937, 1946, 1951, 1955, [1959], [1962]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1907; educated at Royal Naval Colleges, Osbourne and Dartmouth; Lt, 1929; Lt Cdr, 1934; served in Mediterranean, 1936-1937; served as Lt Cdr and Torpedo Officer, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, 1940-1941; Cdr, 1941; served on staff of Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean and Commander-in-Chief Levant, 1941-1943; involved in planning and execution of operations for capture of Sicily, 1943; Deputy Chief of Staff to V Adm Administration, British Pacific Fleet, 1944-1945; Capt, 1946; Deputy Director Underwater Weapons Department, Admiralty, 1946-1948; Naval Attaché, British Embassy, Rio de Janeiro, 1949-1951; Imperial Defence College, 1952; Capt, 1 Destroyer Sqn, 1953-1954; Staff of Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean, 1954-1955; retired in 1955; died in 1983.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1984.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers relating to his life and career, 1929-[1962], comprising four letters written while serving in Mediterranean, 1936-1937; text of his speech to the crew of HMS BERWICK in honour of Capt Arliss, 1946; synopsis of his lecture on 'The Royal Navy today', given at the Sociedade Brasileira de Cultura Inglesa, Rio de Janeiro, 1951; curricula vitae, 1955, [1959], [1962].

System of arrangement

1 file

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 forresearch use only. Requests to publish original material should besubmitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for MilitaryArchives, 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

Imperial War Museum, London.



Decorations: CBE

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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  • Armed forces
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Higher science education
  • International relations
  • Military education
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Seas
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles

Personal names

  • Arliss, Stephen Harry Tolson, 1895-1954, Vice Admiral

Corporate names

  • HMS Berwick
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Americas
  • Caribbean
  • Mediterranean Sea, Seas
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America

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