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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Wildish D B H
WILDISH, V Adm Denis Bryan Harvey (b.1914)
1999 (1917-1999)
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)
Wildish, Denis Bryan Harvey, b. 1914, Vice Admiral
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1914, son of R Adm Sir Henry William Wildish, educated at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, 1928-1931; entered RN as Cadet, 1932, sea service in HMSS RAMILLIES and REVENGE, 1932; transferred to Engineering Branch, 1933; Mid (E), 1933; RN Engineering College, Keyham, 1933-1936; Sub Lt (E) 1935; appointed to HMS NELSON, 1936-1938; Lt (E) 1937; RN Apprentice Training Establishment, 1938-1939; Damage Control Officer, HMS PRINCE OF WALES, 1940-1941; Staff of Fleet Engineer Officer, Far East Fleet, 1942; Engineer Officer, HMS ISIS, Apr 1942-Feb 1944; RN Engineering College, Devonport, Feb 1944-Sep 1946; Lt Cdr (E) 1945; Senior Engineer, HMS IMPLACBLE, Sep 1946-Aug 1948; Cdr (E) 1948; Planning Staff, Exercise Trident, 1948-1949; Staff of Engineer Officers' Admin Course, 1949-1951; Assistant Naval Attaché, British Embassy, Rome, Italy, 1951-1954; Engineer Officer, HMS EAGLE and Staff EO to Flag Officer Heavy Squadron, 1954-1956; Admiralty, Officer Planning Section, 2nd Sea Lord's Department, 1956-1958; Capt 1957; Admiralty Engineer Overseer, Southern District, 1958-1960; Deputy Director, Fleet Maintenance (Organisation), 1960-1962; Director of Fleet Maintenance, 1962-1964; Senior Officers War Course, 1964; Commodore, Naval Drafting, 1964-1966; R Adm 1966; Adm Superintendent HM Dockyard, Devonport, 1966-1970; CB 1968; V Adm 1970; Director General of Personnel Services and Training (Naval) and Deputy Second Sea Lord, 1970-1972.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, June 2000

Content & structure

Scope and content

Privately published memoir, D.B.H.W. , covering his life and career, 1917-1999; including account of childhood and education; early service in RN, 1928-1933; decision to transfer to Engineering Branch, 1933; construction of HMS PRINCE of WALES and establishment of Damage Control Department, 1940-1941; account of engagement with the German battleship BISMARCK and the sinking of HMS HOOD, May 1941; account of 'Atlantic Meeting' between Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, Aug 1941; the loss of HMSS PRINCE OF WALES and REPULSE, Dec 1941; service as Engineer Officer, HMS ISIS, Indian Ocean, 1942-44; post-war service in aircraft carriers HMS IMPLACABLE, 1946-1948 and HMS EAGLE, 1956-1956 and subsequent career as a 'Whitehall Warrior' and Adm Superintendent, Devonport.

System of arrangement

single volume

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

Allied materials

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

Copy also presented to Imperial War Museum, London (GB 0062)

Related units of description

LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON (GB 0099) holds Wildish's memoir of his father, The Life of Engineer Rear Admiral Sir Henry William Wildish, 1884-1973, aka The Rogue Elephant .

Description control

Archivist's Note
Sources: Who's Who, Navy Lists. Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM 25 Project.
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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Date(s) of descriptions
Aug 2001

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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Wildish, Denis Bryan Harvey, b. 1914, Vice Admiral
  • Wildish, Denis Bryan Harvey, b. 1914, Vice Admiral

Corporate names

  • HMS Eagle
  • HMS Hood
  • HMS Implacable
  • HMS Isis
  • HMS Prince of Wales
  • HMS Repulse
  • RN, Royal Navy

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