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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Pomfret
POMFRET, Surgeon R Adm Arnold Ashworth (1900- 1984)
Created 1902-1975
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
Ā½ box or 0.005 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

born 1900; educated at Manchester University and postgraduate at London, Capetown and Oxford; Surgeon Lt Cdr, 1929; Royal Naval Hospital, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, 1931-1934; Surgeon Cdr, 1934; Medical Officer's Promotion Course, 1935; Medical Officer in charge, Royal Naval Sick Quarters, Weihaiwei, northern China, 1937-1940; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; awarded OBE, 1941; Surgeon Capt, 1944; Medical Officer in charge of Royal Naval Hospitals Simonstown, South Africa, 1946, Portland, 1948 and Bermuda, 1950; Surgeon R Adm, 1954; Queen's Honorary Surgeon, 1954-1957; Surgeon R Adm in charge of Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth, 1954-1957; retired 1957; awarded CB, 1957; died 1984.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1984.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1902-1975, mostly concerning Weihaiwei, northern China, including typescript notes on the history of Weihaiwei, 1934, with three printed Annual Colonial Reports entitled Weihaiwei (HMSO, London, 1902, 1920 and 1929) and edition of the Weihaiwei Government Gazette containing the Convention for the rendition of Weihaiwei (5 May 1930); various invitations, menus, concert and sports programmes, Weihaiwei, 1938-1940, with booklet in French entitled Croiseur Lamotte Picquet (Pierre Le Conte, Caen, 1929); nine typescript HM Consular Notifications by Scott Langshaw Burdett, Consul, stating official instructions and advice for British subjects in the event of a Japanese takeover of Weihaiwei, Jan-Apr 1938, with typescript memorandum by Cdr Ralph Alan Bevan Edwards, Senior Naval Officer, Weihaiwei, on emergency procedures to be adopted for communication with HM Consul, Jan 1938; eleven Japanese propaganda posters, distributed in Weihaiwei, 1938, with typescript translations; newspaper cuttings relating to Weihaiwei, 1938-1939, with edition of the North China Daily News Magazine Supplement, 8 May 1938; thirty-four typescript reports by Pomfret to Commander-in-Chief HM Ships and Vessels, China Station, on prevailing situation and conditions in Weihaiwei and on Liu Kung Tao Island, Apr 1938-Nov 1940; personal and official correspondence, 1938-1975, including letter of introduction for Pomfret to Japanese V Adm Kichisaburo Nomura, from Capt Percival Henry Gwynne James, Royal Naval Liaison Officer, Shanghai, Nov 1939, letters from Elizabeth 'Betty' Clark on the Japanese occupation of Weihaiwei, Mar 1938, and letter from Surgeon Capt Harald Ernest Bruckshaw Curjel, Royal Navy, on memories of Weihaiwei, 1975; financial statements and typescript inventories for Royal Naval establishments, Liu Kung Tao Island, Weihaiwei, 1939-1940.

System of arrangement

8 files

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

This Summary Guide

Allied materials

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



Decorations: CB, OBE

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
  • Colonial countries
  • Communication process
  • Humanitarian law
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Occupied territories
  • Organizations
  • Persuasion
  • Political systems
  • Propaganda
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Burdett, Scott Langshaw, 1897-1961, diplomat
  • Clark, Elizabeth 'Betty', fl 1938, correspondent of Surgeon Rear Admiral Arnold Ashworth Pomfret
  • Curjel, Harald Ernest Brucksham, fl 1938-1975, Surgeon Captain
  • Edwards, Ralph Alan Bevan, 1901-1967, Admiral
  • James, Percival Henry Gwynne, fl 1939, RN Captain
  • Nomura, Kichisaburo, fl 1939, Japanese Vice Admiral

Corporate names

  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Caen, France
  • Liu King Tao Island, China, East Asia
  • London, England
  • Weihaiwei

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