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Duff, Admiral Sir Alexander (1862-1933)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 DFF

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Duff, Admiral Sir Alexander (1862-1933)

Date(s): [1914-1934]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Duff | Sir | Alexander | 1862-1933 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Duff entered the Navy in 1875, passed as a sub-lieutenant in 1881 and as a lieutenant in 1884, after which he specialized in torpedo duties. He was promoted to commander in 1897 and to captain in 1902. In 1911 he became Director of Naval mobilization and two years later was promoted to rear-admiral. During the first half of the war he was second-in-command of the Fourth Battle Squadron, flying his flag in the EMPEROR OF INDIA in 1914 and in the SUPERB at Jutland, 1916. Duff was then appointed as Director of the Anti-Submarine Division. In 1917 he was made Assistant Chief of Naval Staff. He was promoted to vice-admiral in 1918 and from 1919 to 1922 was Commander-in-Chief on the China Station. He retired in 1925.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Alexander Duff, consisting of letters received from Lord Jellicoe (1859-1935) and Sir Charles Madden (q.v.), 1916 to 1933, and a few letters from Jellicoe to Lady Duff, 1934; a series of notes and letters, 1914 to 1919, on the convoy system; papers on mercantile shipping, conferences and convoys, 1918, and some of Duff's retrospective views on convoys written in 1931 and a private diary kept between 1914 and 1916.


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 in several sections by Lady Duff between 1948 and 1969.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 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

Merchant shipping | Maritime transport | Transport
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
Water transport

Personal names
Duff | Sir | Alexander | 1862-1933 | Knight | Admiral
Jellicoe | John Rushworth | 1859-1935 | 1st Earl Jellicoe | Admiral of the Fleet
Madden | Sir | Charles Edward | 1862-1935 | 1st Baronet | Admiral of the Fleet

Corporate names