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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Furse
FURSE, R Adm (John) Paul (Wellington) (1904-1978)
Created 1940, [1945]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1904; educated at Royal Naval College, Osborne, Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and Royal Naval Engineering College, Keyham, Leicestershire; commissioned into RN, 1918; served in HM Submarines, 1927-1939; service on HMS DOLPHIN, submarine depot ship, 1932-1935; HMS MEDWAY, 4 Submarine Flotilla, China, 1937-1939; served in World War Two,1939-1945; Senior Engineering Officer, HMS SANDHURST, UK, 1939; Assistant Naval Attaché, Europe and the Americas, 1940-1943; served with 5 and 6 Submarine Flotillas, 1943-1946; awarded OBE, 1946; Admiralty, 1947; Chief Staff Officer, HMS CONDOR, Royal Naval Air Station, Arbroath, Angus, 1951; Director of Aircraft Maintenance and Repair, Admiralty, 1955-1958; awarded CB, 1958;Director General of the Aircraft Department, Admiralty, 1958-1959; retired 1959; botanical expeditions to Turkey and Iran, 1960, 1962, and to Afghanistan, 1964 and 1966; awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society, 1965; died 1978.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1983.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of two typescript texts of lectures by Furse both entitled 'Assistant Naval Attaché, Europe and the Americas' [1945]; copy of typescript narrative by Furse entitled 'British Naval agent in Scandinavia, Mar-Apr 1940'. Manuscript note by Furse on a reported rumour of a German invasion of the UK, 16-17 Sep 1940.

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 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 published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives


Compiled Jan 1999

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
  • Diplomacy
  • Documents
  • Foreign relations
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Memoirs
  • Military liaison
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • German Army
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Americas
  • Caribbean
  • London, England
  • Scandinavia, Northern Europe

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