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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Wildish H W
WILDISH, Engineer R Adm Sir Henry William (1884-1973)
2001 (1884-1973)
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

R Adm Sir Henry William Wildish: born 1883; educated at Royal Naval Engineering College, Keyham and Royal Naval College, Greenwich; Engineer Sub Lt 1904; HMS NILE 1905-1906; HMS HERMES, 1906-1907; Engineer Lt 1907; Assistant to Engineer Captain, Nore Division, 1908-1912; HMS DUNCAN 1912-1914; Senior Engineer, HMS SUTLEJ, 1914-1915; Engineer Lt Cdr 1915; Senior Engineer, HMS KING ALFRED, 1915-1916; Chief Engineer, HMS SPRINGBOK 1916-1919; Engineer Officer, Malta, 1919-1923; Engineer Cdr 1921; Engineer Officer, HMS CANTERBURY, 1923-1925; Engineer Officer, HMS DILIGENCE, 1925; Engineer Officer, HMS WEYMOUTH, 1925-1926; Engineer Officer in charge, Admiralty Fuel Experimental Station, Haslar, 1926-1928; Engineer Officer, HMS FURIOUS, 1928-1931; Engineer Capt 1930; Engineer Manager, HM Dockyard, Gibraltar, 1930-1934; Fleet Engineer Officer, Mediterranean Fleet, 1934-1936; Admiralty Engineer Overseer, Northern District, 1936-1937; Engineer R Adm, 1937; Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Nore Command, 1937-1941; CBE, 1939; Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches, 1941-1945; CB, 1942; retired 1945; KBE, 1946; died 1973.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by V Adm D B H Wildish, 2001

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copy of unpublished memoir, 'The Life of Engineer Rear Admiral Sir Henry Wildish aka The Rogue Elephant, 1884-1973', by his son, V Adm Sir Denis Bryan Harvey Wildish, covering his Naval career, 1901-1945, including chapters on his early life and training; sea service aboard HMSs NILE, HERMES, DUNCAN, 1905-1914; service in World War One as Senior Engineer of the heavy cruiser, HMS SUTLEJ, attached to 11th Cruiser Squadron based at Queenstown 1914-1915, as Senior Engineer of the heavy cruiser HMS KING ALFRED, Flagship of the 6th Cruiser Squadron, mainly engaged in patrol duties off the African coast, and as Chief Engineer of the destroyer HMS SPRINGBOK, attached to the Harwich Light Forces, 1916-1919; inter-war sea service as Engineer Officer of HMSs DILIGENCE, 1925, WEYMOUTH, 1925-1926, and FURIOUS, 1928-1931, and shore appointments particularly as Engineer Officer in Charge. Admiralty Fuel Experimental Station. Haslar, 1926-1928; service in World War Two as Engineer Admiral on the Staff of Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Nore Command, 1937-1941and as Command Engineer Officer on the Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches, Adm Sir Max Kennedy Horton, 1941-1945; Appendices include copies of his Confidential Reports (flimsies), 1904-1945; correspondence on Wildish's concept of a petrol fuelled internal combustion engine for torpedoes and submarines when submerged; details of the Stefco-Wildish Patent Two Stage Steam Dryer and the Wildish firebrick and bolt.

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 the Imperial War Museum, London

Related units of description

LIDDELL HART CENTRE FOR MILITARY ARCHIVES, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON also holds V Adm Sir Denis Bryan Harvey Wildish's unpublished memoir 'D.B.H.W.' covering his life and naval career 1917-1999 (Ref GB 0099 KCLMA Wildish D B H )

Description control

Archivist's Note
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 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 One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Horton, Sir Max Kennedy, 1883-1951, Knight, Admiral
  • Wildish, Denis Bryan Harvey, b. 1914, Vice Admiral
  • Wildish, Sir, Henry William Wildish, Knight, Rear Admiral

Corporate names

  • HMS Canterbury
  • HMS Diligence
  • HMS Duncan
  • HMS Furious
  • HMS Hermes
  • HMS King Alfred
  • HMS Nile
  • HMS Springbok
  • HMS Sutlej
  • HMS Weymouth
  • RN, Royal Navy

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