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DE CHAIR, Cdr (Henry) Graham (Dudley) (1905-1995)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA De Chair
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: DE CHAIR, Cdr (Henry) Graham (Dudley) (1905-1995)
Date(s): Created 1935-1939
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1905; educated at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; served on HMS IRON DUKE, HMS WIVERN and HMS LABURNHAM; served on HMS NELSON, Home Fleet, 1931; served on HMS VENETIA, Abyssinia, 1935; commanded HMS WRESTLER, 1936, and later HMS SCOUT; court-martialled, dismissed his ship and reprimanded after HMS SCOUT ran aground in the Thames Estuary, 1938; served as gas and ventilation officer, HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN, 1938; commanded HMS THRACIAN, Hong Kong Local Defence Flotilla, 1938-1941; Cdr, 1943; retired, 1955; died in 1995.


Scope and content/abstract:

Journal, 1935-1939, covering his service in Abyssinia (Ethiopia), 1935, UK, 1936-1938, including his court martial after the grounding of HMS SCOUT, Jan 1938, and the Far East, 1938-1939.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item

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 1996.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

De Chair's memoir Let go aft: the indiscretions of a salt horse commander (Parapress, Tunbridge Wells, 1993).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
Nov 1996

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