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LAMMERT, Capt Frank Edward Weatherstone (1903-1999)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Lammert
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: LAMMERT, Capt Frank Edward Weatherstone (1903-1999)
Date(s): 1943-1989
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 1 box (0.01 cubic metres)
Name of creator(s): Lammert | Frank Edward Weatherstone | 1903-1999 | RNVR Captain


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1903; joined Sun Life Assurance Company, 1935; commissioned, Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1937; Manager, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, South East Asia, 1940; escaped from Singapore to Australia, 1942; served on staff of Adm Sir Guy Royle, Australia, 1942; Watchkeeping Officer, armed merchant cruiser DOMINION MONARCH, sailing from Australia to UK, Nov-Dec 1942; appointed to Combined Operations, Dec 1942; Commanding Officer, 22 Landing Craft Infantry (LCI) Flotilla, Apr 1943, for operations in Mediterranean, including Sicily landings, capture of Syracuse and assault on Reggio; Senior Officer, Composite Assault Force, Operation DEVON and Operation POLYGON, for the capture of Termoli, Italy, Oct 1943; Staff College, Greenwich, Jan-Mar 1944; Commanding Officer, 334 Support Flotilla, Arromanches, Normandy, D Day, Jun 1944; assault on Walcheren Island, River Scheldt, Nov 1944; Cdr, RNVR, Apr 1945; Commanding Officer, 'M' Support Squadron, for the planned recapture of Malaya, Apr-Aug 1945; Manager, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, South East Asia, 1946-1960; Officer Commanding Singapore Division, Malayan RNVR, 1947-1957; awarded OBE, 1950; Capt, RNVR, 1952; awarded CBE, 1958; retired from Sun Life, 1961; retired from RNVR, 1964; died 1999.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Captain Frank Edward Weatherstone Lammert on service in Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) in Far East and Mediterranean, 1943-1964, including photocopies from the Public Record Office (Ref PRO ADM 199) of Lammert's reports on his command of Netherlands East Indies motor patrol vessel P-10 and the events of his escape from Singapore to Australia, Feb-Mar 1942; magazine, The Sun Life War Front, 20 Mar 1943, including Lammert's account of his escape (see also PRO copy); certificates of mentions in dispatches, Jan 1944 and Feb 1945; three copies of The Navolteer, magazine of the Singapore Division, Malayan Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Vol. 1 Numbers 2-4, Dec 1956, June 1957 and Dec 1959; Vietnamese and Singaporean press cuttings relating to goodwill visit by HMS PANGLIMA, under Lammert's command, to the Vietnamese Navy at Saigon, Apr 1957; order of ceremony for unveiling of war memorial to Malayan RNVR, Singapore, Jul 1957; letters of congratulation, 1957-1958, on relinquishing post as Officer Commanding Singapore Division, Malayan RNVR, and on award of CBE; programme for ceremonial transfer of Malayan RNVR to the Federation of Malay, Sep 1963; correspondence re Lammert's transfer to RNR retired list, 1964, and 1994-1995; exchange of letters, 7 and 14 Feb 1989, concerning Lammert's war service , 1939-1945, and other Malayan RNVR personnel; copy correspondence, Nov 1994, re the placing of an annual in memoriam notice in the Times and Telegraph, for members of the Malayan RNVR who died serving in HMS LABURNUM; correspondence with Audrey Holmes McCormick, 1994 and 1996, re her research for proposed book on volunteer forces in the Far East, 1930s - 1940s including detailed 15pp letter from Lammert relating to his naval service and to his early life in Hong Kong and China (including a meeting, aged 4, with the Chinese Emperor); photocopy map of Malaysia and Sumatra, [1964]; photographs (uncaptioned), chiefly of Malayan RNVR official events. Also letter and notes to Lammert from his brother, Robert T Oswald Lammert (1902-1981), Jun 1979, describing his experiences as a Prisoner of War, in Changi POW Camp, Singapore, 1942-1945, with photocopies of drawings by Ronald Searle, done in Changi camp, and a Union Flag picked up by Robert Lammert on the march from central Singapore to Changi camp, 1942, which he occasionally surreptitiously hoisted in camp.

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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.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by family, Dec 1999

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Biographical information from papers. Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project from original lists by Kate O'Brien.

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:
Aug 2001

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