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Miles, Admiral Sir Geoffrey John Audley (1890-1986)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 MLS

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Miles, Admiral Sir Geoffrey John Audley (1890-1986)

Date(s): [1905-1948]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 6 boxes

Name of creator(s): Miles | Sir | Geoffrey John Audley | 1890-1986 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Miles entered Britannia as a cadet in 1905. He went to sea the following year, as a midshipman, and by 1911 was a lieutenant. Miles served with submarines and destroyers during World War One, 1914-1918. His later appointments include Captain of HMS NELSON 1939-1941, which was one of the first ships to strike a magnetic mine; Head of the Military Mission to Moscow 1941-1943; Flag Officer Commanding Western Mediterranean 1944-1945; Commander-in-Chief Royal Indian Navy 1946-1947. He was made Rear-Admiral in 1941, Vice-Admiral in 1944 and Admiral in 1948. Miles was placed on the retired list in April 1948.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Geoffrey John Audley Miles. The papers chiefly cover the period of Miles' naval career, starting with his examination reports from the Naval College and ending with his time as Commander-in-Chief of the RIN. The papers include top secret correspondence, reports, directives, intelligence reports, photographs, newspaper cuttings, honours, certificates etc. The correspondence includes several letters from Lord Louis Mountbattern.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The present order reflects that imposed by Miles.

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 donated by Miles in 1981.



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 operations | Military operations | Military engineering
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
Naval education

Personal names
Miles | Sir | Geoffrey John Audley | 1890-1986 | Knight | Admiral
Mountbatten | Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas | 1900-1979 | 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma | Admiral of the Fleet

Corporate names