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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Keppel
KEPPEL, Adm Sir Colin (Richard) (1862-1947)
Created 1839-1948
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
7 volumes of which 5 oversized


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1862; educated at Temple Grove and joined HMS BRITANNIA as a RN Cadet, 1875; served on HMS SULTAN, Mediterranean Fleet, 1878; transferred to HMS BLACK PRINCE, 1878; service on HMS WOLVERINE, Sydney, Australia, 1878-1879; Mid, 1878; served on HMS INCONSTANT, China, Japan and Hong Kong, 1879-1882; Egyptian Campaign, 1882; service onHMS DUKE OF WELLINGTON, Flagship, Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth, 1882-1883; Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1883; HMS IRIS, Mediterranean Fleet, 1883-1884; Sub Lt, HMS INVINCIBLE, 1884; served with Naval Bde, Nile Expedition, Sudan, 1884; HMSHIBERNIA, 1884; HMS ALEXANDRA, Mediterranean Fleet, 1884-1886; Lt, 1885; Equerry and Flag Lt to Adm HRH Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of Edinburgh, Mediterranean Fleet, 1886-1889; commanded Torpedo Boat No 42, 1889; served on HMS UNDAUNTED, Devonport,Gibraltar and Malta, 1890; Equerry and Flag Lt to Adm HRH Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of Edinburgh, Commander-in-Chief, Devonport, 1890-1893; served on HMS PEARL, 1893; service on Royal Yacht VICTORIA AND ALBERT and HMS ROYAL GEORGE, Portsmouth,1893-1895; Cdr, 1895; Capt of HMS SKIPJACK, Gibraltar and Malta, and HMS HARRIER, Crete, 1895-1897; served on loan to Egyptian Government for service on the river Nile, 1897-1898; commanded gunboat flotilla, Sudan, 1898; awarded DSO, 1898; landed at Fashoda,Sudan, and delivered message from Maj Gen Sir Horatio Herbert Kitchener, Sirdar of Egyptian Army, to French garrison commander, Maj Jean Baptiste Marchand, Sep 1898; awarded CB, 1898; HMS WILDFIRE, RN Gunnery School, Sheerness, Kent, 1899; Capt, 1899; commanded HMS SPARTAN, Plymouth, 1899; commanded HMS RAINBOW, Devonport, 1900; Capt of HMS WARSPITE, andsubsequently HMS GRAFTON, and Flag Capt to R Adm Andrew Kennedy Bickford, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, 1900-1904; Capt, HMS IMPLACABLE, Mediterranean Fleet, 1905; Commodore of the Royal Yachts, 1905-1909; awarded CVO, 1906; created KCVO, 1908; R Adm, Second in Command, Atlantic Fleet, in HMS ALBEMARLE and HMS LONDON, 1909-1910; commanded HMS MEDINA on voyage to India with HM King George V for the King Emperor's Durbar, Delhi, 1911; created KCIE, 1911; appointed Equerry in Ordinary to HM King George V, 1913; V Adm, 1914; Sergeant-at-Arms, House of Commons, 1915-1935; retired as Adm, 1917; appointed GCVO,1930; retired 1932; died 1947.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1988.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Three scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine cuttings, invitations, envelopes, menus, postcards, programmes, telegrams and correspondence, 1839-1906, notably including manuscript orders for Keppel, commanding Nile flotilla, from Lt Col Francis Reginald Wingate, ordering HM Gunboats SULTAN and ABU KLEA to Fashoda, Sudan, and for Keppel to communicatethe intentions of any Europeans found there to Maj Gen Sir Horatio Herbert Kitchener, Sirdar of Egyptian Army, 18 Sep 1898; cuttings from The Illustrated London News, The Daily Graphic, The Navy and Army Illustrated, Black and White and The Penny Illustrated Paper, mostly relating to the Nile Expedition, 1885, the Sudan campaign, 1898, including the Fashoda incident, Sudan, Sep 1898;invitations and envelopes addressed to Keppel's father, Capt Hon Henry Keppel, RN, 1839-1856. Three photograph albums with 454 photographs relating to Keppel's career, 1888-1913, including service on HMS ALEXANDRA, Mediterranean, 1888-1889; the loss of HMS SULTAN, run aground, Comino Channel, Malta, 1889; RN Gunboats on the river Nile, 1897-1898; the launch of HMSDREADNOUGHT, Portsmouth, 1906; Keppel's service as Commodore of the Royal Yachts, 1905-1909; the funeral of HM King Edward VII, 1910; the coronation of HM King George V, 1911; Keppel's command of HMS MEDINA on voyage to India with HM King George V for the King Emperor's Durbar, Delhi, 1911; Royal visit to Berlin and Potsdam, Germany, 1913. Typescript volume entitled 'Reminiscences of Admiral Sir Colin Keppel GCVO KCIE CB DSO. Collected from his diary' by Rt Hon Sir Algernon Edward West [1947].

System of arrangement

7 volumes

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

Draft list available online and 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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Date(s) of descriptions

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Armed forces
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Colonial conflicts
  • Colonial countries
  • Colonial forces
  • Colonization
  • Communications media
  • Fashoda Crisis, Sep 1898
  • Information sciences
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • International tensions
  • Military organizations
  • Newspapers
  • Organizations
  • Periodicals
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Photographs
  • Political systems
  • Publications
  • Seas
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles
  • Visual materials

Personal names

  • Edward VII, 1841-1910, King of Great Britain and Ireland
  • George V, 1865-1936, King of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Keppel, Sir, Henry, 1809-1904, Knight, Admiral of the Fleet
  • Kitchener, Horatio Herbert, 1850-1916, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome, Field Marshal
  • Wingate, Sir, Francis Reginald, 1861-1953, Knight, General

Corporate names

  • Egyptian Army
  • HMS Abu Klea
  • HMS Dreadnought
  • HMS Sultan
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Asia
  • Comino Channel, Malta
  • Egypt, North Africa
  • Fashoda, Sudan, East Africa
  • India, South Asia
  • London, England
  • Mediterranean Sea, Seas
  • Nile, river, Africa
  • Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

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