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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Watts
WATTS, Capt William Harold, RN (d 1997)
Created 1945-1990
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Temporary Instructor Lt, Apr 1937; Instructor Lt (Meteorological), HMS RODNEY, 2 Battle Sqn, Home Fleet, 1938-1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; service on HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, Mediterranean, 1940-1942; service on Crete and evacuated from Sphakia aboard HMS NAPIER, May 1941; served at Royal Naval Air Station, Hatston, Orkney, 1942-1943; Instructor Lt Cdr, 1943; Fleet Meteorological Officer, Eastern Fleet, and British Pacific Fleet, 1944-1945; acting Instructor Cdr, Fleet Education Officer and Fleet Meteorological Officer, HMS SHEFFIELD, Flagship of V Adm Sir William George Tennant, Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station, 1946-1948; HMS DRYAD, 1948-1949; Instructor Cdr, 1948; HMS EXCELLENT, 1952-1953; Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1955; acting Instructor Capt, HMS DAEDALUS, Royal Naval Air Station, Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, 1956-1958; Instructor Capt, 1958; Naval Education Service, Admiralty, 1958-1960; HMS COLLINGWOOD, Naval Electrical School, Fareham, Hampshire, 1960-1963; HMS VICTORY, Portsmouth Command Instructor Officer and Port Librarian, 1963-1966; Aide de Camp to HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1966; Director of Studies and Dean of the College, RN College, Greenwich, 1966-1969; retired [1969]; died 1997.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1997.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Watts' RN career, training of RN Engineers and meteorology, 1945-1990, including three telegrams relating to the German and Japanese surrenders, May and Aug 1945, and to the signing of the Japanese surrender, Tokyo Bay, Japan, Sep 1945; lectures and talks by Watts relating to RN Engineer training, 1960-1962; typescript lecture notes entitled 'The Instructor Branch' [1961]; typescript address to Royal Naval Reserve Instructor Officers, [1964]; correspondence with R Adm Sir William (Alfred) Bishop, R Adm Christopher John Howard, Capt John Athol Burnett, RN, Capt Arthur Ernest Johnston, RN, Capt Alexander Malcolm Morrice, RN, Cdr William Nimmo Bowman, RN, and Richard J Ogden, Apr-Nov 1988, relating to research for a lecture by Watts on 'Meteorology in the Royal Navy in World War Two' to the History Group of the Royal Meteorological Society, Oct 1988, with edition of Meteorology and World War II. Second conference, October 1988, edited by Brian Douglas Giles (Royal Meteorological Society, School of Geography, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 1989); typescript account of German bombing of HMS ILLUSTRIOUS off Pantelleria, Mediterranean, 10 Jan 1941, entitled 'A day to remember', with two sketch maps of the operation [1990]; typescript lecture notes on the organisation of the RN Meteorological Service in World War Two [1990].

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

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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



Decorations: CBE

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
  • Higher science education
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Maritime warfare
  • Meteorology
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Seas
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Bishop, Sir, William Alfred, 1899-1991, Knight, Rear Admiral
  • Bowman, William Nimmo, fl 1988, RN Commander
  • Burnett, John Athol, fl 1988, RN Captain
  • Howard, Christopher John, b 1932, Rear Admiral
  • Johnston, Arthur Ernest, fl 1988, RN Captain
  • Morrice, Alexander Malcom, fl 1988, RN Captain
  • Ogden, Richard J, fl 1988, [scientist]

Corporate names

  • HMS Illustrious
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • China, East Asia
  • Mediterranean Sea, Seas
  • Pantelleria, Italy
  • Sicily, Italy
  • Tokyo, Japan, East Asia

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