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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Wretham
WRETHAM, Kenneth Edward (b 1925)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Wretham, Kenneth Edward, b 1925, telegraph operator

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1925, trained as a telegraph operator, HMS ROYAL ARTHUR, 1943; escort carrier HMS RAJAH, 1944-1945.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Kenneth Wretham loaned the items for copying in 2003

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of official photographs of HMS RAJAH, 1944-1945, including details of anti-aircraft guns; aircraft on board (some crashed onto deck); aircraft being unloaded by crane; Suez Canal; wardroom and ratings messdeck, Christmas 1944; boxing and hockey on deck. Also copy of a certificate of service for 1943-1946; wireless history sheet, 1943-1945.

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 published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Originals retained by Kenneth Wretham

Related units of description

The Centre holds the papers of Peter Lavender that contain telegrams transmitted from, and received by, HMS RAJAH, 1944.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell for the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions

National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

May 2003

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  • Air transport
  • Armed forces
  • Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945)
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Naval aviation
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • Transport
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Wretham, Kenneth Edward, b 1925, telegraph operator
  • Wretham, Kenneth Edward, b 1925, telegraph operator

Corporate names

  • HMS Rajah
  • RN, Royal Navy

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