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Mcgivering, Lieutenant Commander John Harold (b 1923)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 MGV

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Mcgivering, Lieutenant Commander John Harold (b 1923)

Date(s): 20th century

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 8 boxes

Name of creator(s): Mcgivering | John Harold | b 1923 | Lieutenant Commander Rnr


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Harold McGivering joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1941 as an Ordinary Seaman, recieving training at HMS RALIEGH and HMS WHADDON, before attending Cypher School at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Promoted to Temporary Midshipman in 1942, McGivering was posted to the Cypher Office in Portsmouth, before going overseas to Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1943. Promoted to Temporary Sub-Lieutenant in 1943, he was then stationed at the Coastal Forces base at Pembroke, after which he was posted Ceylon as a Transport Officer in 1946. After returning to England in 1947, McGivering pursued a career as an estate agent whilst on reserve, until he was posted to Falmouth from 1958 to 1962. He recieved two further promotions, being made Lieutenant in 1962, then Lieutenant Commander in 1970. McGivering then took up a position in the Civil Service, retiring in 1979.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of John Harold McGivering, covering his career in the RNVR (later RNR) from his being accepted in the service, to his retirement and contains many orders, reports, official papers, photographs, letters etc, relating to his service years. Also present in the collection is similar material relating to his father, John McGivering, who was also in the RNVR, serving on motor launches during the First World War.


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 where donated to the National Maritime Museum by John Harold McGivering in 1983.



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: 2010-12-15

World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Mcgivering | John Harold | b 1923 | Lieutenant Commander Rnr

Corporate names
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve