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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Simpson
SIMPSON, Lt Cdr Denis Louis (d 1987)
Created [1940]-1946
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 reel


Administrative / Biographical history

Joined RN, 1942; served in HMS BIRMINGHAM in convoy from Egypt to Malta (Operation VIGOROUS), June 1942; served on anti-submarine trawlers in the Bay of Bengal, Madagascar and South Africa,, 1942-1946; died in 1987.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre from originals lent by the family in 1987.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Microfilm copies of papers relating to his naval career, 1942-1946, principally comprising 'Africa Navy blues', an illustrated account of his experiences in the RN, 1942-1946, written in 1946, covering his service on HMS BIRMINGHAM in a convoy from Egypt to Malta (Operation VIGOROUS), June 1942, and on anti-submarine trawlers in the Bay of Bengal, 1942, during the Allied invasion of Madagascar, 1942, and in South Africa, 1942-1945; diary, 1943-1945. 'War time trawler', a transcript of a broadcast by James McClurg of the South African Broadcasting Corporation concerning his experiences on board an anti-submarine trawler during World War Two, written in [1940-1945].

System of arrangement

1 reel

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

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


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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  • Air warfare
  • Anti-submarine warfare
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Film media
  • Information media
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Memoirs
  • Microfilms
  • Microforms
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Nonfiction
  • Operation Vigorous (1942)
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • McClurg, James, fl 1940-1945, broadcaster

Corporate names

  • HMS Birmingham


  • Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean
  • Egypt, North Africa
  • Madagascar, East Africa
  • Malta
  • South Africa, Southern Africa

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