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Thursby, Sir Cecil Fiennes, Admiral, (1861-1936)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 THY

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Thursby, Sir Cecil Fiennes, Admiral, (1861-1936)

Date(s): [1909-1917]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2 Boxes

Name of creator(s): Thursby | Sir | Cecil Fiennes | 1861-1936 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thursby entered the Royal Navy in 1874, was promoted to Lieutenant in 1883 and to Commander in 1895. Made up to Captain in 1901, he was given command of HMS KING ALFRED and then HMS SWIFTSURE, stationed in Asia-Minor and Crete. Promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1911, Thursby took part in the Dardenelles campaign and was in charge of landing the ANZAC forces at Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli in 1915. After this he was given command of the British Adriatic Squadron in 1916, then, as Vice-Admiral, was given the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron in 1917. Towards the end of his career, Thursby was commanding Coastguard and Reserves, followed by an appointment to Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, before retiring as Admiral in 1920.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Cecil Fiennes Thursby. The papers include a number of official orders and reports, some relating to Thursby's time as Captain of HMS SWIFTSURE in 1909. Many more concerned with the Dardenelles campaign, especially the Gallipoli landings and subsequent evacuation. Also present in the collection are British Adriatic Reports for 1916-17, reports on the 1917 Conference of Corfu, letters to Thursby during his time in the Eastern Mediterranean and reports on the use of submarine chasers.


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 to the National Maritime Museum in 1986 by Mrs Christina Thursby in memory of her late husband, Lieutenant-Colonel Thursby, son of Admiral Thursby.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Oct 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

Submarine warfare | Warfare | Military engineering
Submarines | Ships | Vehicles | Transport
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Thursby | Sir | Cecil Fiennes | 1861-1936 | Knight | Admiral

Corporate names
HMS Swiftsure

Mediterranean Sea | Seas