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KING-HALL, Cdr (William) Stephen (Richard), Baron King-Hall of

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA King-Hall
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: KING-HALL, Cdr (William) Stephen (Richard), Baron King-Hall of
Date(s): Created 1936-1963
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 6 boxes or 0.06 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1893; educated at Osborne and Dartmouth; Sub Lt, 1914; served with Royal Navy, World War One, 1914-1918; HMS SOUTHAMPTON, Grand Fleet, 1914-1917, including Battle of Jutland, 1916; 11 Submarine Flotilla, 1918; awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal United Services Institute, 1919; Admiralty Naval Staff, 1919-1920; Royal Naval Staff College, 1920-1921;Torpedo Officer, HMS DURBAN, China Sqn, 1921-1923; Lt Cdr, 1923; Staff College, Camberley, Surrey, 1924; Intelligence Officer, Mediterranean Fleet, 1925-1926; Atlantic Fleet, 1927-1928; Cdr, 1928; Admiralty Naval Staff, 1928-1929; resigned from Royal Navy, 1929; founded the King-Hall Newsletter Service, 1936; MP for Ormskirk Division, Lancashire, 1936-1944; service in World War Two, 1939-1945, in Ministry of Aircraft Production and Ministry of Fuel and Power; founded the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government, 1944; Honorary Director and Chairman of Council, 1944-1962; Knighted, 1954; died 1966.


Scope and content/abstract:

Bound editions of the K-H News-Letter, 1936-1941, the National News-Letter, 1941-1957, and the King-Hall News-Letter, 1958-1959. Bound editions of Personal letters, 1946-1954. Editions of seven books and pamphlets by King-Hall, World history. An outline from the earliest times to the present day for the young of all ages (K-H Services, London, 1948), North Americandiary (K-H Services, London, 1949), Men of destiny or the moment of no return (K-H Services, London, 1960), Moment of no return (Ballantine Books, New York, 1961), Power politics in the nuclear age (Victor Gollancz, London, 1962), Common sense in defence (K-H Services, London, 1962) and Parliament viewing hall: a look-listen room. A scheme to enable more people to see and hear the proceedings of Parliament, with Gerald F Sheard (K-H Services, London, 1963). Editions of seven books and pamphlets published by King-Hall, United Europe. A short history of the idea by Sydney D Bailey (National News-Letter, London, 1948), The state of Britishindustry by S E Davson (National News-Letter, London, 1948), India, Pakistan in world politics by Jossleyn Hennessy (National News-Letter, London, 1949), What is Communism? by John Plamervatz (National News-Letter, London, 1949), Snorky, a stanley crane by Kay King-Hall (K-H Services, London, 1961), The peace race by Seymour Melman (Ballantine Books, New York, 1961) and National incomes policy, a democratic plan by Elliott Jaques (K-H Services, London, 1963).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

70 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 entry on-line at,and published 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 1980.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The papers of Capt Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart contain correspondence with King-Hall, 1938-1966(Ref: GB99 KCLMA Liddell Hart 1/424). The papers of Lionel George Curtis in the Department of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, OxfordUniversity, contain correspondence with King-Hall, 1930-1954 (Ref: MSS Curtis; Eng hist b 224, c 776-877).

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Sep 1998

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