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Fullerton, Admiral Sir Eric John Arthur (1878-1962)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 FTN

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Fullerton, Admiral Sir Eric John Arthur (1878-1962)

Date(s): [1901-1955]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Fullerton | Sir | Eric John Arthur | 1878-1962 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Fullerton entered the Navy in 1895, became a lieutenant in 1900 and a commander in 1910. In 1908 he married Dorothy Fisher, daughter of Admiral Sir John (later Lord) Fisher (1841-1920). At the beginning of the First World War he commanded monitors off the Belgian coast; for this he was specially commended and promoted to captain in 1914. As Senior Officer of the Monitor Squadron in 1915 he commanded the inshore operations in East Africa and took part in the destruction of the German cruiser KONIGSBERG. From 1916 to 1918 he commanded the ORION in the Grand Fleet as Flag Captain to Rear-Admiral Goodenough (1867-1945). Between 1921 and 1923 he was Captain of the Fleet on the staff of Admiral Sir Charles Madden in the Home Fleet, was then Commodore commanding the Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham and, for a few months in 1925, was aide-de-camp to King George V. Having been promoted to rear-admiral the previous year, in 1927 Fullerton was appointed Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, the Rt. Hon (later Viscount) W.C. Bridgeman (1864-1935), and in 1929 went out to the East Indies Station as Commander-in-Chief. On his return he was Commander-in-Chief at Plymouth, 1932 to 1935, was promoted to admiral in 1935 and retired the following year. During the Second World War Fullerton served in the Royal Naval Reserve between 1940 and 1942.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Eric John Arthur Fullerton. They are mostly personal letters written between 1901 and 1955 to both Sir Eric and Lady Fullerton; the correspondents include Admirals Lord Fisher, Sir William Wordsworth Fisher, Sir William Goodenough, Lord Jellicoe (1859-1935), Earl Beatty (1871-1936), Sir John de Robeck (1862-1928), the Rt Hon W C Bridgeman and Captain Godfrey-Faussett, the King's Equerry (1896-1970). In addition, there are some letters received by Lord Fisher, including those from Lord Balfour (1848-1930) and Lord Charles Beresford (1848-1930).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented in 1973 by Mrs G.C. Howard, Admiral Fullerton's daughter.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

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.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2011-04-19

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences

Personal names
Balfour | Arthur James | 1848-1930 | 1st Earl of Balfour | statesman
Beatty | David | 1871-1936 | 1st Earl Beatty of the North Sea and of Brooksby | Admiral of the Fleet
Bridgeman | William Clive | 1864-1935 | 1st Viscount Bridgeman | statesman
Fisher | Sir | William Wordsworth | 1875-1937 | Knight | Admiral
Fullerton | Sir | Eric John Arthur | 1878-1962 | Knight | Admiral
Goodenough | Sir | William Edmund | 1867-1945 | Knight | Admiral
Jellicoe | John Rushworth | 1859-1935 | 1st Earl Jellicoe | Admiral of the Fleet
Robeck | Sir | John Michael | De | 1862-1928 | Knight | Admiral of the Fleet

Corporate names
Royal Navy