This selection comprises often informal and humorous crew news-sheets of the KDF (flotilla), September-October 1939, including photographs of HMS Kelly, Royal Navy destroyer of the K Class at the outbreak of the Second World War, shortly after the commissioning of the ship.

The news-sheets include information on crew, preparations for engagement with the enemy, life on board ship including cinemas and recreation and the state of readiness at the beginning of the war.

Part of the collection of Basil Alderson, Medical Officer on board HMS Kelly.Ā 



Relevant people

Windsor, Edward Albert, Duke of Windsor and King Edward VIII (1894-1972), Simpson, Wallis (1896-1986), Alderson, Surgeon Capt Basil Roxby (d 1980)

Relevant organisation(s)

HMS Kelly

Specific keywords

ship, humour, wedding, royalty, football, censorship, census

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Related Archive catalogue

ALDERSON, Surgeon Capt Basil Roxby, RN (d 1980) 

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