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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA King-Hall
KING-HALL, Cdr (William) Stephen (Richard), Baron King-Hall of
Created 1936-1963
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
6 boxes or 0.06 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1893; educated at Osborne and Dartmouth; Sub Lt, 1914; served with Royal Navy, World War One, 1914-1918; HMS SOUTHAMPTON, Grand Fleet, 1914-1917, including Battle of Jutland, 1916; 11 Submarine Flotilla, 1918; awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal United Services Institute, 1919; Admiralty Naval Staff, 1919-1920; Royal Naval Staff College, 1920-1921;Torpedo Officer, HMS DURBAN, China Sqn, 1921-1923; Lt Cdr, 1923; Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1924; Intelligence Officer, Mediterranean Fleet, 1925-1926; Atlantic Fleet, 1927-1928; Cdr, 1928; Admiralty Naval Staff, 1928-1929; resigned from Royal Navy, 1929; founded the King-Hall Newsletter Service, 1936; MP for Ormskirk Division, Lancashire, 1936-1944; service in World War Two, 1939-1945, in Ministry of Aircraft Production and Ministry of Fuel and Power; founded the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government, 1944; Honorary Director and Chairman of Council, 1944-1962; Knighted, 1954; died 1966.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Western civilisation and the Far East (Methuen, London, 1924); Imperial defence. A book for taxpayers (Fisher Unwin, London, 1926); The uncharted sea (Arnold, London, 1926); The China of today (Woolf, London, 1927); Posterity (Hogarth Essays, London, 1927); Letters to Hilary (Ernest Benn, London, 1928); The romantic adventure (Stanley Paul, London, 1928); Hilary growing up (Ernest Benn, London, 1929); The war on sea (Benn's Sixpenny Library, London, 1929); The middle watch, with Ian Hay (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1930); B. J. One. A play in one act [1930]; Post-war pirate (Methuen, London, 1931); Britain's chance. Being a demand for British leadership at this time of great danger in the international economic and political situation, and a statement of sixteen points of policy for the consideration of the British Cabinet (New Statesman and Nation, London, 1932); Bunga-Bunga (Nicholson and Watson, London, 1932); The Midshipmaid. A naval manoeuvre in three acts, with Ian Hay (French's, London, 1932); Here and there. Broadcast talks for children (Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1932); The economist in the witness box, with N F Hall (Nicholson and Watson, London, 1933); Three plays and a plaything (Nicholson and Watson, London, 1933); Our own times, 1913-1934. A political and economic survey (Nicholson and Watson, London, 1934); News for children (Nicholson and Watson, London, 1934); Admirals all. An amphibious adventure in three acts, with Ian Hay (French's, London, 1935); A North Sea diary, 1914-1918 (Newnes, London, 1936); King George V, 1910-1936. The story of a great reign (Evans Brothers, London, 1936); The Empire yesterday and today (Oxford University Press, London, 1937); The future of party politics (Nicholson and Watson, London, 1937); The world since the war (Nelson and Sons, London, 1937); Thirty days of India. A note book (Herbert Jenkins, London, 1937); Chatham House. A brief account of the origins, purposes and methods of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Oxford University Press, London, 1937); The Crowning of the King and Queen (Evans Brothers, London, 1937); Tracing history backwards, with Kenneth Christopher Boswell (Evans Brothers, London, 1937); Defence-what can I do? (John Murray, London, 1938); Our own times, 1913-1938 (Nicholson and Watson, London, 1938); History of the war (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1939); Total victory (Faber and Faber, London, 1941); Britain's third chance. A book about post-war problems and the individual (Faber and Faber, London, 1943); Number 10 Downing Street. A play (National News-Letter, London, 1948); North American diary (K-H Services, London, 1949); Off the record. A naval comedy in three acts, with Ian Hay (Samuel French, London, 1949); My naval life, 1906-1929 (Faber and Faber, London, 1952); History in Hansard, 1803-1900. An anthology of wit, wisdom, nonsense and curious observations to be found in the debates of Parliament, with Ann Dewar (Constable, London, 1952); The Communist conspiracy (Constable, London, 1953); German Parliaments. A study of the development of representative institutions in Germany (Hansard Society, London, 1954); Letters from Africa (Geoffrey Bles, London, 1957); Defence in the nuclear age (Victor Gollancz, London, 1958); Men of destiny, or the moment of no return (K-H Services, London, 1960); Our times, 1900-1960 (Faber and Faber, London, 1961); Power politics in the nuclear age. A policy for Britain (Victor Gollancz, London, 1962); Three dictators. Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin (Faber and Faber, London, 1964).

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1980.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound editions of the K-H News-Letter, 1936-1941, the National News-Letter, 1941-1957, and the King-Hall News-Letter, 1958-1959. Bound editions of Personal letters, 1946-1954. Editions of seven books and pamphlets by King-Hall, World history. An outline from the earliest times to the present day for the young of all ages (K-H Services, London, 1948), North Americandiary (K-H Services, London, 1949), Men of destiny or the moment of no return (K-H Services, London, 1960), Moment of no return (Ballantine Books, New York, 1961), Power politics in the nuclear age (Victor Gollancz, London, 1962), Common sense in defence (K-H Services, London, 1962) and Parliament viewing hall: a look-listen room. A scheme to enable more people to see and hear the proceedings of Parliament, with Gerald F Sheard (K-H Services, London, 1963). Editions of seven books and pamphlets published by King-Hall, United Europe. A short history of the idea by Sydney D Bailey (National News-Letter, London, 1948), The state of Britishindustry by S E Davson (National News-Letter, London, 1948), India, Pakistan in world politics by Jossleyn Hennessy (National News-Letter, London, 1949), What is Communism? by John Plamervatz (National News-Letter, London, 1949), Snorky, a stanley crane by Kay King-Hall (K-H Services, London, 1961), The peace race by Seymour Melman (Ballantine Books, New York, 1961) and National incomes policy, a democratic plan by Elliott Jaques (K-H Services, London, 1963).

System of arrangement

70 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

Box 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
Related units of description

The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart contain correspondence with King-Hall, 1938-1966(Ref: GB99 KCLMA Liddell Hart 1/424). The papers of Lionel George Curtis in the Department of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, OxfordUniversity, contain correspondence with King-Hall, 1930-1954 (Ref: MSS Curtis; Eng hist b 224, c 776-877).

Publication note
The papers of Lionel George Curtis in the Department of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, contain correspondence with King-Hall, 1930-1954 (Ref: MSS Curtis; Eng hist b 224, c 776-877).


Compiled Sep 1998

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
  • Central government
  • Collectivism
  • Communism
  • Disarmament
  • East West relations
  • Government
  • Government departments
  • History
  • International relations
  • Maritime warfare
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Peace
  • Political doctrines
  • Public administration
  • State security
  • Warfare

Corporate names

  • RN, Royal Navy


  • India, South Asia
  • London, England

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