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SELBY, R Adm William Halford (1902-1994)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Selby
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: SELBY, R Adm William Halford (1902-1994)
Date(s): Created 1946, 1956, [1968-1977], 1983, 1987, 1989, 1994
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1902; educated at Royal Naval Colleges, Osborne and Dartmouth; entered Royal Navy, 1916; Midshipman, HMS ROYAL OAK, Black Sea and Dardanelles, 1920; Sub-Lt, HMS VENDETTA and HM Yacht VICTORIA AND ALBERT, 1924; served on various destroyers, Mediterranean and China Stations, 1927-1936; attended Naval Staff College, 1939; commanded HMS WREN, 1939, HMS MASHONA, 1940-1941 and HMS ONSLAUGHT, 1942-1944; Capt. 1943; Chief of Staff, Londonderry, 1944-1945; Capt, 'D' Third Flotilla, in command of HMS SAUMAREZ, Mediterranean, 1946-1947; Deputy Director, Operations Division, Admiralty, 1948-1950; Capt-in-Charge, Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa, 1950-1952; R Adm, 1953; headed British Naval Mission to Greece, 1953-1955; retired, 1956; died in 1994.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to his life and RN career, 1902-1956, dated 1956, [1968-1977], 1983, 1987, 1989 and 1994, principally comprising photographs relating to the mining of the HMS SAUMAREZ, Corfu Channel, 1946; 'Memoires (sic) of a salthorse', an illustrated account of his life and career, 1902-1956, notably covering his service on HMS MASHONA, North Sea, Norway and Atlantic, 1940-1941, and HMS ONSLAUGHT, Russian convoys, 1942-1944, as Chief of Staff, Londonderry, 1944-1945, on HMS SAUMAREZ, Mediterranean, 1946-1947, and in South Africa, 1950-1952, and Greece, 1953-1955, written in 1989 for private circulation.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 file.

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 provided 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

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1996.

Allied Materials

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National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 1997

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