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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Marsden Smedley J B A
MARSDEN SMEDLEY, Cdr John Bertram Aubrey ([1893]-1959)
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Smedley, John Bertram Aubrey Marsden, [1893]-1959, Commander RN
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in [1893]; served in China on HMS MINOTAUR, 1913, on HMS LYDIARD, 1914-1915, HMS HARDY, 1917, and in Baltic on HMS VEGA, 1920; died in 1959.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre in 1986 from originals loaned by the family.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Cdr John Bertram Aubrey Marsden Smedley, comprising photocopies of correspondence, 1913-1920, principally comprising letters to his parents, 1913-1920, including letter written from HMS MINOTAUR, China Station describing naval manoeuvres during a rebellion in Shanghai, 1913, and letter written from HMS VEGA describing tour of duty in the Baltic, 1920. Two copy photographs, one of HMS LYDIARD, [1914-1915], and one of Marsden Smedley, [1913-1920].

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 his wife, Agatha H Marsden Smedley (Ref: GB0099 KCLMA Marsden Smedley A H)

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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  • International conflicts
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Smedley, John Bertram Aubrey Marsden, [1893]-1959, Commander RN

Corporate names

  • HMS Lydiard
  • HMS Minotaur
  • HMS Vega
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China, East Asia

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