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Peters, Admiral Sir Arthur Malcolm (1888-1979)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 PET

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Peters, Admiral Sir Arthur Malcolm (1888-1979)

Date(s): [1908-1945]

Level of description: Collection


Name of creator(s): Peters | Sir | Arthur Malcolm | 1888-1979 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Having attended Stubbington House School, Fareham, Peters trained as a cadet on HMS BRITANNIA, at Dartmouth. He went to sea in 1904 and served in the North Sea throughout the First World War, in HMS SOUTHAMPTON and ORION, being present at the Battle of Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and Jutland. He was then appointed 1st Lieutenant of the Signal School at Portsmouth. From 1925 to 1927, Peters was executive officer and second in command of a cruiser at the New Zealand station. He was then appointed Commander of the EREBUS, a training ship for direct entry cadets, at Portsmouth. Peters' later appointments include Senior Naval Officer, West Coast of Africa, Commander of HMS SOUTHAMPTON (1936-1938), Commodore in charge of Naval Establishments, Hong Kong (1939-1940), Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty (1941-1942) and Flag Officer Commanding West Africa (1943-1945). Peters was promoted to rear-admiral in 1940, vice-admiral in 1943 and admiral in 1946. He retired in 1946 and received a KCB n that year.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Adml Sir Arthur Malcolm Peters. They span the wide range of Peters' naval career, from his time at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1908, to his later appointment as Flag Officer Commanding West Africa (1943-1945). The papers include a large number of notebooks and lecture notes from various naval courses, journals, logbooks, material relating to cables, some correspondence, ephemera, printed books and a large amount of photographic material.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were purchased by the Museum in two lots in 1981 and 1982.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 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: 2010-08-26

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
Naval education

Personal names
Peters | Sir | Arthur Malcolm | 1888-1979 | Knight | Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Naval College | Greenwich
Royal Navy

West Africa | Africa