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FISHER, R Adm Ralph Lindsay (1903-1988)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Fisher
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: FISHER, R Adm Ralph Lindsay (1903-1988)
Date(s): Created [1977-1988]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1903; educated at Royal Naval Colleges, Osbourne and Dartmouth; first went to sea, 1920; Lt, Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, 1928-1931; served in China and Hong Kong, 1931-1932; undertook Naval Staff Course, 1935-1936; First Lt, Cadets' Training Cruiser, 1937-1939; commanded HMS WAKEFUL, 1940; Staff Officer (Operations) to V Adm Light Forces, Eastern Mediterranean, 1940-1941; Staff Officer (Operations) to R Adm (Destroyers), Mediterranean, 1941-1942; Chief Staff Officer to Senior Naval Officer Inshore Sqn, North Africa, 1942-1943; commanded HMS MUSKETEER, Arctic, Atlantic and Mediterranean, 1943-1945; Deputy Director of Movements, Admiralty, 1945-1946; commanded HMS SOLEBAY, 1947-1948; served on Directing Staff of JointServices Staff College, 1948-1950; Chief of Staff Far East, 1950-1952; commanded HMS INDEFATIGABLE, 1953-1954; R Adm, 1954; Flag Officer, Ground Training (Home Air Command), 1955-1957; retired, 1957; died in 1988.


Scope and content/abstract:

Memoir entitled 'Salt horse: a naval life', covering his career 1917-1957, notably his participation in the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk and the sinking of the HMS WAKEFUL, May-Jun 1940, his service in the Mediterranean, Arctic and Atlantic, 1940-1945, including Battle of Matapan, Mar 1941, second Battle of Sirte, Mar 1942, and Battle of North Cape, Dec 1943, privately printed in [1977-1988].

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 entry on-line at, andpublished in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1989.

Allied Materials

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 1996

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