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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Hamilton, J
HAMILTON, Adm Sir John (1910-1994)
Level of description
Collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

HAMILTON, Adm Sir John (1910-1994)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1910; educated Royal Navy College, Dartmouth; joined Royal Navy, 1924; second in command, HMS ARDENT, 1934; qualified as Gunnery Specialist, 1936; Training Development Officer, Gunnery School, 1939-1940; on staff of Admiral Andrew Cunningham and Fleet anti aircraft Gunnery Officer, HMS WARSPITE, 1940-1942; Commander, 1943; Commander, Gunnery Division, Admiralty, 1943-1945; posted to South East Asia, 1945; British Commonwealth Occupation Force, Japan, 1946; in command, HMS ALACRITY, Far East, 1947-1948; Captain, 1949; Deputy Director, Radio Equipment, 1950-1951; in command, 5 Destroyer Squadron, 1952-1953; Director of Naval Ordnance, Admiralty, 1954-1956; in command HMS NEWFOUNDLAND, Far East and Suez, 1956-1958; Rear Admiral, 1958; Naval Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty, 1958-1960; Vice Admiral, 1961; Flag Officer Flotillas, Home Fleet, 1960-1962; Flag Officer, Naval Air Command, 1962-1964; Commander in Chief, Mediterranean, and Commander in Chief Allied Forces, Mediterranean, 1964-1967; Admiral, 1965; retired, 1967; died, 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, Sept 2004.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Manuscript account 'From bombardment to island kingdom' by Admiral Sir John Hamilton, 1985, detailing his service, 1943-1946, including work as Commander, Gunnery Division, Admiralty, 1943-1945, planning naval fire support for Normandy landings (Operation OVERLORD), and subsequently compiling analysis of operations; Commander, Naval Bombardment, Force 'W', planning and training for planned invasion of Malaya (Operation ZIPPER), 1945; Senior Naval Officer, port of Sabang, Sumatra, 1945-1946.

System of arrangement

One 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 Archives and Information Management.

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



Decorations: GBE, CB.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Katharine Higgon.

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

October 2007

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  • History
  • Military engineering
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military operations
  • Naval history
  • Naval operations
  • Operation Overlord (1944)
  • Operation Zipper (1945)
  • War
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • HAMILTON, Adm Sir John, Knight (1910-1994)

Corporate names

  • Admiralty
  • Royal Navy


  • France
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Normandy
  • South East Asia
  • South East Asia
  • Sumatra
  • Western Europe

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