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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Hare
HARE, Capt Richard George Windham (1910-1995)
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.3 box (0.003 cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)
Hare, Richard George Windham, 1910-1995, Captain, RN
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1910; educated at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, 1924-1927; specialised in Navigation; Navigating Officer, HMS CURLEW, 1939-1940; Navigating and Signals Officer, HMS KENYA, 1940-1944; awarded OBE for General Good Service, June 1942; awarded Mention in Despatches for bravery during Malta Convoy (Operation PEDESTAL), Aug 1942; Cdr, Dec 1944; Staff Officer, (Plans) on Staff of V Adm Commanding British Naval Forces in Germany, Apr 1945; attended Staff Course and Joint Services Staff College Course, 1947-1948; Fleet Navigating Officer and Staff Officer (Operations) on the Staff of Commander in Chief, British Pacific Fleet, 1948-1949; awarded Mention in Despatches for outstanding courage and devotion to duty during the Yangtse incident, Nov 1949; Executive Officer, HMS OCEAN, 1950; Executive Officer, Royal Naval Air Station, Eglinton, Dec 1950-Dec 1952; Capt 1952; Capt of HMS VERYAN BAY and the 7th Frigate Sqn on the America and West Indies Station, 1953-1954; Chief Staff Officer (Plans) on Staff of Commander in Chief Channel and Commander in Chief Home Station, 1954-1956; served on staff of Commander Naval Forces, North Europe, 1956-1959; Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence (Organisation), 1959-1961; died 1995

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by family, 1996

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Captain Richard George Windham Hare on his naval service, 1940-1961; comprising diary of service as Navigating and Signals Officer, HMS KENYA, 1940-1944, in North Atlantic, Western Approaches, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific, described by Hare as "mostly dull..with some surprising observations"; narrative account, covering Aug 1940 - Mar 1942; photographs of ships served in by Hare including HMS EMERALD, 1928 and HMS KENYA, and group photograph of the Joint Staff Service Course, 1947; printed pamphlet on war service of HMS KENYA, 1940-1945; typescript memoir of naval service, 1924-1950, including personal account of the Yangtse incident involving HMS AMETHYST; booklet Some Old Hoods Remember - Hood Term, RNC Dartmouth, 1924-1927, Sixty Years on with contributions by Hare, R Adm Sir Edmund George Irving, Bill King, Ernest Naish, Nigel Pumphrey, John Rathbone, Barrie Rowe, John Smallwood, Adelbert Turner, Adm Sir Frank Roddam Twiss and Brooks Walford; Admiralty letter on Hare's retirement, giving outline of his career, Mar 1961

System of arrangement

Six files, mainly chronological arrangement

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

Allied materials

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

Description control

Archivist's Note
Sources-Navy Lists, biographical information in papers. Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project
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
Aug 2001

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  • Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945)
  • International conflicts
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Hare, Richard George Windham, 1910-1995, Captain, RN
  • Hare, Richard George Windham, 1910-1995, Captain, RN
  • Irving, Sir, Edmund George, 1910-1990, Knight, Rear Admiral
  • Twiss, Sir, Frank Roddam, 1910-1994, Knight, Admiral

Corporate names

  • HMS Amethyst
  • HMS Kenya
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Yangtze, river, China, East Asia

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