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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Palmer
PALMER, Lt Cdr Ralph Murch (1909-1983)
Created [1898-1900], 1927-[1951]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1909; served as engineer on HMS DORSETSHIRE, 1932, HMS RESOLUTION, 1933, HMS VICTORY, 1936, HMS CUMBERLAND, 1936, HMS DRAKE, 1939, HMS PEMBROKE, 1939, HMS UGANDA, 1941, HMS ARIADNE, 1944, HMS TYNE, 1946, HMS BERRYHEAD, 1947, HMS HOWE, 1949, and HMS ORION, 1950; died in 1983.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1983.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his naval service, 1927-1951, dated 1927-[1951], notably including a brief summary of his career, 1932-1951, dated [1951]. Notebook of F M Palmer (Palmer's father), containing notes relating to his work in the Naval Store Department, HM Dockyard, Devonport, [1898-1900].

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
Mainly English, but one item in Japanese (English translation provided)
Finding aids

Summary guide entry online at

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives


Compiled Oct 1996

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
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security

Personal names

  • Palmer, F M, fl 1898-1900, naval engineer

Corporate names

  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Devonport, Devon, England
  • London, England

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