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Whittaker, Captain Jack Kilner, RNVR (1892-1979)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 WHR

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Whittaker, Captain Jack Kilner, RNVR (1892-1979)

Date(s): [1914-1919]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 box, 5 volumes.

Name of creator(s): Whittaker | Jack Kilner | 1892-1979 | Captain RNVR


Administrative/Biographical history:

Jack Kilner Whittaker enlisted in the London Division of thr RNVR in 1912, subsequently being mobilised at the outbreak of the First World War. His first posting was to HMS KENT, and almost immediately he saw action at the Battle of the Falklands. During this action, the KENT sunk the German Light Cruiser NURNBERG. Three months later, the KENT and HMS GLASGOW, tracked down and sunk the DRESDEN, the only German vessel to escape from the Battle of the Falklands. In 1917, after three years in the KENT, Whittaker was promoted to Temporary Sub-Lieutenant, and attended HMS EXCELLENT for gunnery training. He then served in HMS MINDFUL and HMS WOLSEY, before resigning from the RNVR in 1919 with the rank of Lieutenant. Whittaker re-joined the RNVR in 1939, serving on HMS LYNX, HMS HAMPTON, HMS SPARTIATE and HMS SOUTHERN PRINCE. He was promoted to Temporary Acting Lieutenant-Commander in 1940, and was mentioned in Despatches in 1941, before being appointed to the Inter-Service RDF Board in 1942. Whittaker was then posted to the Admiralty Signal Department for a short time, before getting transferred to the escort carrier HMS VINDEX for Russian convoy duty. He was then posted to HMS DRAKE in 1945, before being made Executive Officer of HMS BLACKCAP at Royal Naval Air Station, Stretton. Whittaker was released from service on 21st December, 1945.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Jack Kilner Whittaker. They contain service papers, logs, charts, photographs and printed material. Most of the collection deals with Whittakers First World War service, especially the Battle of the Falklands, with some items covering the Second World War.


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 1979 by Mrs Whittaker.



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: 2011-04-19

Naval battles | Battles
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Whittaker | Jack Kilner | 1892-1979 | Captain RNVR

Corporate names
Royal Navy