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POMFRET, Surgeon R Adm Arnold Ashworth (1900- 1984)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Pomfret
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: POMFRET, Surgeon R Adm Arnold Ashworth (1900- 1984)
Date(s): Created 1902-1975
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: box or 0.005 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

born 1900; educated at Manchester University and postgraduate at London, Capetown and Oxford; Surgeon Lt Cdr, 1929; Royal Naval Hospital, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, 1931-1934; Surgeon Cdr, 1934; Medical Officer's Promotion Course, 1935; Medical Officer in charge, Royal Naval Sick Quarters, Weihaiwei, northern China, 1937-1940; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; awarded OBE, 1941; Surgeon Capt, 1944; Medical Officer in charge of Royal Naval Hospitals Simonstown, South Africa, 1946, Portland, 1948 and Bermuda, 1950; Surgeon R Adm, 1954; Queen's Honorary Surgeon, 1954-1957; Surgeon R Adm in charge of Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth, 1954-1957; retired 1957; awarded CB, 1957; died 1984.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1902-1975, mostly concerning Weihaiwei, northern China, including typescript notes on the history of Weihaiwei, 1934, with three printed Annual Colonial Reports entitled Weihaiwei (HMSO, London, 1902, 1920 and 1929) and edition of the Weihaiwei Government Gazette containing the Convention for the rendition of Weihaiwei (5 May 1930); various invitations, menus, concert and sports programmes, Weihaiwei, 1938-1940, with booklet in French entitled Croiseur Lamotte Picquet (Pierre Le Conte, Caen, 1929); nine typescript HM Consular Notifications by Scott Langshaw Burdett, Consul, stating official instructions and advice for British subjects in the event of a Japanese takeover of Weihaiwei, Jan-Apr 1938, with typescript memorandum by Cdr Ralph Alan Bevan Edwards, Senior Naval Officer, Weihaiwei, on emergency procedures to be adopted for communication with HM Consul, Jan 1938; eleven Japanese propaganda posters, distributed in Weihaiwei, 1938, with typescript translations; newspaper cuttings relating to Weihaiwei, 1938-1939, with edition of the North China Daily News Magazine Supplement, 8 May 1938; thirty-four typescript reports by Pomfret to Commander-in-Chief HM Ships and Vessels, China Station, on prevailing situation and conditions in Weihaiwei and on Liu Kung Tao Island, Apr 1938-Nov 1940; personal and official correspondence, 1938-1975, including letter of introduction for Pomfret to Japanese V Adm Kichisaburo Nomura, from Capt Percival Henry Gwynne James, Royal Naval Liaison Officer, Shanghai, Nov 1939, letters from Elizabeth 'Betty' Clark on the Japanese occupation of Weihaiwei, Mar 1938, and letter from Surgeon Capt Harald Ernest Bruckshaw Curjel, Royal Navy, on memories of Weihaiwei, 1975; financial statements and typescript inventories for Royal Naval establishments, Liu Kung Tao Island, Weihaiwei, 1939-1940.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

8 files

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 http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/top.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1984.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

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Date(s) of descriptions:
May 1998

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