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Jerram, Admiral Sir Thomas Henry Martyn (1858-1933)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 JRM

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Jerram, Admiral Sir Thomas Henry Martyn (1858-1933)

Date(s): 1872-1916

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 3ft; 91cm

Name of creator(s): Jerram | Sir | Thomas Henry Martyn | 1858-1933 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Martyn Jerram entered the Navy as a navigating cadet in 1871. He served in home waters in the VALOUROUS, 1873, and the HERCULES, 1873 to 1874, and was then in the MONARCH, 1874 to 1877, Mediterranean, with two short periods spent in the CRUISER in 1876 and the SWIFTSURE in 1877. In 1881 he became a lieutenant and was on the China Station from 1882 to 1883 in the IRON DUKE. He took out the new torpedo boat CHILDERS, built for the government of Victoria, Australia, in 1884 and was then appointed to the REINDEER, East Indies Station, and in 1889 to the CONQUEST. In 1891 Jerram was called upon to act as vice-consul in Mpanda, Tanganyka, until the British South Africa Company's expedition to Mashonaland had disembarked. He became a commander in 1894, a captain in 1899, a rear-admiral in 1908 and was appointed second-in-command in the Mediterranean, 1910 to 1912. From 1913 to 1915 he was Commander-in-Chief, China, and had to counter Von Spee's powerful squadron. To make best use of his ships, Jerram shifted his flag on shore at Singapore. From 1915 to 1916 he commanded the Second Battle Squadron, Grand Fleet, and led the line at Jutland, handing over his command when Beatty became Commander-in-Chief. When the Naval Welfare Committee was established, Jerram became its President.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Martyn Jerram including official service documents; logs, 1872 to 1877, 1884 to 1888; a diary, 1882; official and private letters and memoranda, relating mainly to the China command, 1913 to 1915. There are some papers for the Vitu expedition, 1890, and for Jerram's time in the Grand Fleet, 1915 to 1916, and a few post-Jutland reports, and some photograph albums.


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 Admiral Jerram's son, Brigadier R.M. Jerram, in 1967.



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 affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Jerram | Sir | Thomas Henry Martyn | 1858-1933 | Knight | Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy

China | East Asia
Jutland | Denmark | Northern Europe | Western Europe | Europe