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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Marsden Smedley A H
MARSDEN SMEDLEY, Mrs Agatha H (1895-1985)
1918-1919, 1928, 1932, 1935, 1942-1946, 1967, 1974, 1976
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Smedley, Agatha H Marsden, 1895-1985
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1895; served with WRNS, 1918-1919, British Red Cross Society, 1928-1935, and Auxiliary Territorial Service, 1938-1945; died in 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1986.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers and photographs relating to the life and career of Agatha H Mardsen Smedley, 1918-1935, notably her work with the WRNS, 1918-1919, British Red Cross Society, 1928-1935, and Auxiliary Territorial Service, 1938-1945, dated 1918-1919, 1928, 1932, 1935, 1942-1946. Papers relating to the celebrations held to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the WRAF, WRAC and WRNS, 1967. Photocopy of minutes of Greater London Branch of the WRAC Association, Aug 1974, and Marsden Smedley's WRAC Association membership card, 1976.

System of arrangement

1 file

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

Detailed catalogue available 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

LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON holds the papers of Mrs Marsden Smedley's husband, Cdr John Bertram Aubrey Marsden Smedley (Ref: GB0099 KCLMA Marsden Smedley J B A), her father, Adm Alexander Bethell (Ref: GB0099 KCLMA Bethell A E) and her brothers, Capt Edward Bethell (Ref: GB0099 KCLMA Bethell E W) and Lt Maurice Bethell (Ref: GB0099 KCLMA Bethell M J).

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.

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
Feb 1997

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  • Employment
  • Womens employment

Personal names

  • Smedley, Agatha H Marsden, 1895-1985

Corporate names

  • ATS, Auxiliary Territorial Service
  • British Red Cross Society
  • WRNS, Women's Royal Naval Service

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