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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Jones B
JONES, Capt Basil, RN (1901-1986)
Created [1976]
Level of description
collection level (single item)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1900; joined RN, 1915; served as kite balloon spotter on HMS EMPRESS OF INDIA, Scapa Flow, 1917-1918, served in Black Sea, 1919-1920, and Mediterranean, 1922-1926; served on staff of Royal Naval Gunnery School, Devonport, 1928-1929; 2nd Gunnery Officer, HMS ROYAL OAK,1929-1930; 1st Lt, HMS DOUGLAS and Gunnery Officer, Mediterranean SubmarineFlotilla, 1930-1931; Staff Officer, British Naval Mission to Greece, 1931; Gunnery Officer, HMS ACHILLES, 1933-1936; 1st Lt , HMS EXCELLENT, 1936-1937; commanded HMS WALPOLE, 1938; commanded HMS IVANHOE in Mediterranean, 1938-1939, and North Sea,1939-1940; Assistant to Director of Naval Ordnance, Admiralty, 1940-1941; Maintenance Commander, Trincomalee Naval Base, Ceylon, 1942; served in Mediterranean, 1943; Commanding Officer, HMS TARTAR and Capt, 10 Destroyer Flotilla in English Channel and Bay ofBiscay, 1944, and East Indies, 1945; Capt, Royal Naval Gunnery School, Chatham, 1946-1948; Assistant Director of Operations Division (Ship Target Trials), 1948-1949; Capt, HM Dockyard, Chatham, 1949-1951; Capt, 5 Fishery Protection and Minesweeping Sqn, 1951-1953;retired list, 1953; Civil Defence Officer, Surrey[1953]-1967.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Jones in 1984.

Content & structure

Scope and content

And so to battle: a sailor's story , a memoir of his life and career, 1900-1967, notably his service in Russia, 1919-1920, the Mediterranean, 1922-1926, 1930-1931, 1938-1939 and 1943, and the East Indies, 1945, his work with the Director of Naval Ordnance, Admiralty and his service with 10 Destroyer Flotilla in the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay, 1944, written in [1976] and privately published in 1979.

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
  • Civil war
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Memoirs
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Political movements
  • Russian Civil War (1917-1922)
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • RN, Royal Navy

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