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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Selby
SELBY, R Adm William Halford (1902-1994)
Created 1946, 1956, [1968-1977], 1983, 1987, 1989, 1994
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1902; educated at Royal Naval Colleges, Osborne and Dartmouth; entered Royal Navy, 1916; Midshipman, HMS ROYAL OAK, Black Sea and Dardanelles, 1920; Sub-Lt, HMS VENDETTA and HM Yacht VICTORIA AND ALBERT, 1924; served on various destroyers, Mediterranean and China Stations, 1927-1936; attended Naval Staff College, 1939; commanded HMS WREN, 1939, HMS MASHONA, 1940-1941 and HMS ONSLAUGHT, 1942-1944; Capt. 1943; Chief of Staff, Londonderry, 1944-1945; Capt, 'D' Third Flotilla, in command of HMS SAUMAREZ, Mediterranean, 1946-1947; Deputy Director, Operations Division, Admiralty, 1948-1950; Capt-in-Charge, Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa, 1950-1952; R Adm, 1953; headed British Naval Mission to Greece, 1953-1955; retired, 1956; died in 1994.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1996.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his life and RN career, 1902-1956, dated 1956, [1968-1977], 1983, 1987, 1989 and 1994, principally comprising photographs relating to the mining of the HMS SAUMAREZ, Corfu Channel, 1946; 'Memoires (sic) of a salthorse', an illustrated account of his life and career, 1902-1956, notably covering his service on HMS MASHONA, North Sea, Norway and Atlantic, 1940-1941, and HMS ONSLAUGHT, Russian convoys, 1942-1944, as Chief of Staff, Londonderry, 1944-1945, on HMS SAUMAREZ, Mediterranean, 1946-1947, and in South Africa, 1950-1952, and Greece, 1953-1955, written in 1989 for private circulation.

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 provided 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, DSC

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
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Memoirs
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Seas
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • HMS Mashona
  • HMS Onslaught
  • HMS Saumarez
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Corfu, Greece
  • North Sea
  • Norway, Northern Europe
  • Oceans
  • South Africa, Southern Africa

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