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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Howson
HOWSON, Capt John, RN (1871-1948)
Created [1943]
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 1871; entered Mercantile Marine, 1887, and served in sailing vessels until 1895; obtained Extra Master's Certificate, 1895, and joined Pacific Steam Navigation Company; obtained commission in the Royal Naval Reserve, 1896, and served in South Africa, 1900-1902; served with RN, 1902-1903; transferred to Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, 1906, and commanded several of their vessels, 1910-1914, and 1919-1921; served in RN Harwich force, North Sea 1914-1917, and as Flag Lt to Cdr in Chief, Nore Command, 1918-1919; commanded hospital ship in Black Sea, 1919; served in Atlantic convoys, 1939-1940, Norway, 1940, and the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1940; Staff Officer, HQ Western Approaches, 1940-1941; served in Mediterranean, 1941-1942, and Madagascar,1942, and took part in Malta convoys, 1942, and the landings in North Africa, 1942, Sicily, 1943, and Italy, 1943; Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf, 1944; [Senior Naval Officer], Delhi, 1946; died in 1948.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre from originals loaned by the family in 1995.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copy of typescript memoir of his RN career, 1914-1918 and 1939-1943, covering his service with the Harwich force in the North Sea, 1914-1917, notably the Battle of Dogger Bank, Jan 1915, at Nore Command, 1918-1919, in the Atlantic convoys, 1939-1940, Norway, 1940, the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1940, as Staff Officer, HQ Western Approaches, 1940-1941, in the Mediterranean,1941-1942, Madagascar, 1942, Malta convoys, 1942, and the landings in North Africa, 1942, Sicily, 1943, and Italy, 1943. Includes copies of naval signals, 1915-1916.

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

Allied materials

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


Compiled Feb 1997

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
  • Communication process
  • Documents
  • Group communication
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Maritime warfare
  • Memoirs
  • Military communications
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Dogger Bank, North Sea
  • Dunkirk, France
  • Madagascar, East Africa
  • Malta
  • Mediterranean Sea, Seas
  • North Africa
  • Norway, Northern Europe
  • Sicily, Italy

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