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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Spooner
SPOONER, Megan (1898-1987)
Created 1941-[1959]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.5 box or 0.005 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born Megan Foster in 1898; noted soprano; married Cdr Ernest John Spooner, 1926; accompanied him to his final posting in Singapore as R Adm, Malaya, 1941-1942; evacuated immediately prior to the fall of Singapore, 1942; died in 1987.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1989, 1991 and 2001.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to her life in Singapore, 1941-1942, dated 1941-[1959], principally comprising diaries and personal letters describing her voyage to Malaya, 1941, and life in Singapore, 1941-1942; press cuttings, 1942, 1945-1946, relating to R Adm Ernest John Spooner's appointment as R Adm Malaya, 1942, and to his death on the island of Chibia (Tjibia, Tjebia) following his escape from Singapore, 1942; photographs, 1940, 1946, notably of Capt Sir David Bone and his search party on Chibia during their search for R Adm Spooner, 1946; correspondence relating to Megan Spooner's claim for war damages, 1945-1947. Also an account, 'Fall of Singapore and the Dutch East Indies and defence of Ceylon' by Capt Andrew Nichol Grey, RN, detailing his experiences on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Far East, ACM Sir (Henry) Robert (Moore) Brooke-Popham and subsequently Gen Sir Henry Royds Pownall, from early 1941 to Feb 1942, written [1946].

System of arrangement

The papers are arranged in the following sections: diaries and narrative accounts; correspondence; photographs; press cuttings; other papers.

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
Related units of description

Royal Naval Museum, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, holds two journals kept by Midshipman Ernest John Spooner during his service on HMS GOLIATH and HMS HIBERNIA.

Publication note
Royal Naval Museum, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, holds two journals kept by Midshipman Ernest John Spooner during his service on HMS GOLIATH and HMS HIBERNIA.


Compiled Apr 1997

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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  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Nonfiction
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Bone, Sir, David William, 1874-1959, Knight, RN Captain
  • Grey, Andrew Nichol, fl 1042-1946, RN Captain
  • Popham, Sir, Henry Robert Moore, Brooke-, 1878-1953, Knight, Air Chief Marshal
  • Spooner, Ernest John, d 1946, Rear Admiral


  • Asia
  • Chibia Island, Singapore, South East Asia
  • Malaysia, South East Asia
  • Tjebia, Singapore, South East Asia
  • Tjibia Island, Singapore, South East Asia

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