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Jerram, Rear Admiral Sir Rowland Christopher (1890-1981)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 JRR

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Jerram, Rear Admiral Sir Rowland Christopher (1890-1981)

Date(s): 1907-1958

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 4 boxes

Name of creator(s): Jerram | Sir | Rowland Christopher | 1890-1981 | Knight | Rear-Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Rowland Christopher Jerram joined the Royal Navy in 1907 and was transported at once to join HMS KING ALFRED at the China Station. He was promoted to Clerk, then joined HMS INVINCIBLE as part of the Home Fleet in 1910. In 1911, he was promoted to Assistant Paymaster and joined HMS NEPTUNE, later making Paymaster Lieutenant in 1913. During the First World War, Jerram served aboard HMS IRON DUKE with the Grand Fleet, before joining HMS LION and taking part in the Battle of Dogger Bank in 1915. In 1917 he joined HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, which took part in the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in November 1918. After the war, Jerram was appointed Secretary to Admiral Sir Ernie Chatfield, (later Lord Chatfield), 4th Sea Lord. Jerram remained as Chatfield's secretary until 1940, during which time the Admiral had been appointed 3rd Sea Lord, C-in-C Home Fleet, C-in-C Mediterranean Fleet, 1st Sea Lord, Chairman of the Commission on the Defence of India and Minister for co-ordination of Defences. During this time Jerram also took promotions, being made Paymaster Lieutenant-Commander in 1921, Paymaster Commander in 1929 and Paymaster Captain in 1938. From 1942-43, Jerram served on HMS CLEOPATRA, which took part in the raising of the siege of Malta in 1942. In 1943 he was appointed Secretary to Combined Operations HQ under Earl Mountbatten, who he subsequently followed to the South-East Asian theatre as Comptroller HQ SACSEA from 1943-45. After one further appointment as the head of the Admiralty Mission to the Mediterranean in 1945, Jerram retired as Rear-Admiral in December the same year.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Rowland Christopher Jerram, including journals, 1907-1914 and 2 large scrapbooks containing photographs, signals, orders and newspaper cuttings covering the first half of Jerram's career. Also present in the collection are 3 photograph albums, 1908-1932, and various letters, reports, newspaper cuttings, etc, relating to the major part of the Rear-Admiral's career, as well his civilian activities, such as his position as Commander of the St. John Ambulance in Cornwall, 1949-1958.


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 to the National Maritime Museum in 1981 by Lieutenant-Commander F.R. Jerram.



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)

Personal names
Jerram | Sir | Rowland Christopher | 1890-1981 | Knight | Rear-Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy

Cornwall | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe