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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Tyrrell
TYRRELL, Engineer Cdr Edward, RN ([1912]-1994)
Created 1933-1995
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born [1912]; trained on HMS EREBUS, 1932; Midshipman (Engineer), 1933; Specialist Enginneering Courses, HMS VIVID, Royal Naval Engineering College, Keyham, Leicestershire, 1933-1936; Sub Lt (Engineer), 1935; Lt (Engineer), 1936; HMS GLORIOUS, Mediterranean Fleet, 1936-1937; Advanced Engineering Course, Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1938-1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; served on Destroyer HMS ENCOUNTER at Dunkirk, the Mediterranean and the Far East, 1939-1942; Battle of Java Sea, Feb 1942; captured by the Japanese following the sinking of HMS ENCOUNTER, HMS EXETER and HMS POPE, Java Sea, Mar 1942; POW, Zentsuji Camp, Shikoko Island, Japan, 1942-1945; Lt Cdr, 1944; Assistant Engineer Inspector, Engineer in Chief's Department, Admiralty, 1946-1947; Cdr (Engineer), 1948; Engineer Officer, HMS VENGEANCE, Home Fleet, 1949-1951; Engineer in Chief's Department, Admiralty, 1951-1955; retired, 1955; died 1994. Publications: With Alfred Cecil Hardy, Shipbuilding. Background to a great industry (Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, London, 1964).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

With Alfred Cecil Hardy, Shipbuilding. Background to a great industry (Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, London, 1964).

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1998.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Typescript text of talk by Tyrrell to Wimbledon Literary and Scientific Society [1985], entitled 'Some recollections of a prisoner of war of the Japanese', relating to his experiences as a POW in Zentsuji Camp, Shikoko Island, Japan, 1942-1945. Copies of eight certifications on Tyrrell by Commanding Officers of RN ships and establishments, 1933-1955, with copy of Tyrrell's Mention in Despatches citation for service on HMS ENCOUNTER, Mar 1942, copy of letter relating to the award of the Dutch Order of Orange Nassau, Aug 1948, and copy of newspaper cutting relating to Tyrrell's wedding, Dec 1947. Typescript address by R Adm William Terence Colborne Ridley at Tyrrell's memorial service, Jan 1995.

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
Finding aids

Summary guide entry available online at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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


Compiled Aug 1999

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
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Seas
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • War prisoners
  • War victims
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Ridley, William Terence Colborne, b 1915, Rear Admiral

Corporate names

  • HMS Encounter
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Americas
  • China, East Asia
  • Java Sea
  • Nassau, Bahamas, Caribbean
  • Shikoko Island, Japan, East Asia

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