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Grohman, Vice-Admiral Harold Tom Baillie (1888-1978)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 GRO

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Grohman, Vice-Admiral Harold Tom Baillie (1888-1978)

Date(s): [1931-1942]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2ft; 62cm

Name of creator(s): Grohman | Harold Tom | Baillie- | 1888-1978 | Vice Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Baillie Grohman joined the Navy in 1903, becoming a lieutenant in 1909. He served in the Mediterranean and on the China station, and during the First World War on the east coast, in the Dover Patrol and in minesweepers In 1922 and 1923 he served in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, and was made commander in the latter year He then became Senior Officer, First Minesweeping Flotilla, 1923 to 1924. He was promoted to captain in 1930 and between 1931 and 1933 was Senior Officer of a British Naval Mission to China. He then served in the Mediterranean, commanded a training establishment and at the beginning of the Second World War was again in the Mediterranean. He was promoted to rear-admiral in 1941 and in the same year was attached to the staff of the General Officer Commanding, Middle East. In 1942 he was nominated as Naval Force Commander for the Dieppe Raid, but, although he took part in the planning of the raid, he did not command it. Afterwards he became Flag Officer, Harwich, and in 1943 was promoted to vice-admiral, retiring in 1946.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Vice-Admiral Harold Baillie Grohman. The collection can be divided into two groups of files of official papers The larger relates to the Naval Mission to China, 1931 to 1933, and the second is concerned with the preparations for the Dieppe Raid, 1942. There are restrictions on access to the second section. In addition, there is a small number of personal letters.


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 Vice-Admiral Baillie Grohman in 1967.



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

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Grohman | Harold Tom | Baillie- | 1888-1978 | Vice Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy

China | East Asia