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CURREY, Adm Bernard (1862-1936)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Currey
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: CURREY, Adm Bernard (1862-1936)
Date(s): 1876-1915
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box or 0.01 cubic metres
Name of creator(s): Currey | Bernard | 1862-1936 | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1862; educated at Malvern College; joined Royal Navy, 1876; served on HMS DUKE OF WELLINGTON, flagship of Adm Sir George Elliot, 1876-1877; Midshipman, 1877; served on HMS ALEXANDRA, flagship of V Adm Geoffrey T Phipps Hornby, Mediterranean Fleet, 1877-1878; served on HMS CRUISER, 1878; Sub Lt, 1881; served on HMS TEMERAIRE, Egyptian War, 1882; landed with Naval Bde and present at Battle of Tel el Kebir, 1882; Lt, 1882; Cdr, 1895; served on HMS BLAKE, 1901; Capt, 1901; commanded HMS GOOD HOPE, Flagship of R Adm Edmund Samuel Poe, 1 Cruiser Sqn, Channel Fleet, 1904-1906; commanded HMS BLACK PRINCE, 1906; Assistant Director of Torpedoes, 1906-1908; Aide de Camp to King Edward VII, 1909-1910; R Adm, 1911; Aide de Camp to HM King George V, 1910-1911; R Adm, Home Fleet, Portsmouth, and President of Submarine Committee, 1913; served in World War One, 1914-1918; commanded 5 Battle Sqn, Channel Fleet, Flagship HMS PRINCE OF WALES, 1914-1915; Senior Naval Officer in charge, Gibraltar, 1915; V Adm, 1916; retired 1919; died 1936.


Scope and content/abstract:

Midshipman's log book, by Currey, 1876-1878, including service on HMS DUKE OF WELLINGTON, Flagship of Adm Sir George Elliot, Portsmouth, Dec 1876-Jan 1877, HMS ALEXANDRA, Mediterranean Fleet, Jan 1877-Aug 1878 and HMS CRUISER, Mediterranean Fleet, Aug-Sep 1878; papers and plans relating to anti-submarine warfare, 1913-1915, including typescript draft text of lecture by Currey entitled 'Hints on organised coast defence v submarines' [1914]; fifty six manuscript naval signals, Aug-Dec 1914, including signals to R Adm, 5 Battle Sqn from the Admiralty on support to be given to operations by Chatham Royal Marine Force at Ostend, Belgium, 26-27 Aug 1914, signals relating to the loss of the battleship HMS AUDACIOUS to a mine in the Atlantic, 27 Oct 1914, and signals ordering RN battlecruisers HMS INVINCIBLE and HMS INFLEXIBLE to sea, 4 Nov 1914 (prior to the Battle of the Falklands Islands, 8 Dec 1914); journal and signal book kept by Mid Richard Reynell on board Currey's flagship, HMS PRINCE OF WALES, 1914-1915.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

5 files, 3 volumes

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Finding aids:

Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1987.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Thirty volumes of Currey's diaries, 1885-1914, are held by the Manuscript Section, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (Ref: CRY).

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Sep 1998

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