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Madden, Sir Charles Edward, 1st Bt., Admiral Of The Fleet (1862-1935)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 MAD

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Madden, Sir Charles Edward, 1st Bt., Admiral Of The Fleet (1862-1935)

Date(s): 1877-1946

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2ft; 61cm

Name of creator(s): Madden | Sir | Charles Edward | 1862-1935 | Knight | Admiral Of The Fleet


Administrative/Biographical history:

Madden entered the Navy in 1875 and served as a midshipman on the Mediterranean Station from 1877 to 1880. He then went to the East Indies, being promoted to a sub-lieutenant in 1881. After becoming a lieutenant in 1884 he specialized in torpedoes. He was made a commander in 1896 and a captain in 1901, after which he was senior officer in destroyers in the Mediterranean and then in a cruiser on the Cape Station. From 1904 to 1905 Madden served at the Admiralty under Fisher and was Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, 1906 to 1910. In 1911 he became a rear-admiral. He was Chief-of-Staff to his brother-in-law, Admiral Jellicoe, 1914 to 1916, and was promoted to vice-admiral immediately after the battle of Jutland. From 1916 to 1919 be was second-in-command of the Grand Fleet, with the acting rank of admiral. He was promoted to admiral and created a baronet in 1919. From 1919 to 1922 he commanded the newly-constituted Atlantic Fleet. He became Admiral of the Fleet in 1924 and succeeded Earl Beatty as First Sea Lord in 1927. He retired in 1930.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Admiral Sir Charles Madden, consisting of the War Diaries of Madden, August to December 1914, and his Grand Fleet Diaries, kept in his official roles, 1914 to 1918, and official service documents, 1877 to 1900.

Also service documents of Sir Charles Madden, 2nd Bt., 1924 to 1946.


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 presented by his son, Admiral Sir Charles Madden, 2nd Bt., in 1952 and 1975.

Sir Charles Madden, 2nd Bt., also presented his own service documents, 1924 to 1946, in 1975.



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

Diaries | Nonfiction
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
Primary documents

Personal names
Madden | Sir | Charles Edward | 1862-1935 | 1st Baronet | Admiral of the Fleet

Corporate names