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Audio tape of Thomas Elmhirst's reminiscences about his life, 1925-30, 1973-12 - 1974-01

Reference Code: GBR/0014/ELMT 10/7

Scope and Contents

Including learning to fly an Avro 504 and a Bristol Fighter at the RAF Staff College in Andover, 1925-6; fox hunting at his family home in Yorkshire and later in Fife; a posting to the Air Ministry Air Staff as the intelligence officer for the Middle East, 1926-8; volunteering on the railways at King's Cross station during the General Strike; an undercover visit to Turkey travelling out on the Orient Express and back on a French commercial airline; an undercover visit to the oilfields at Abadan in Persia [Iran] abandoned in Baghdad and Basra [Iraq] because of security concerns; quarantine on the return journey in Oman because of a cholera outbreak in Baghdad; promotion to Squadron Leader and a posting to RAF Leuchars, 1928-30; socialising with local elite families in Fife and meeting his future wife, Katharine, in their social circle; and a posting to Malta, 1930. Description: 45 minutes, 39 seconds.


  • 1973-12 - 1974-01

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

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Physical Description

audio tape

Finding aid date

2010-11-10 11:50:14.060000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 336087

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