Notes and correspondence on Admiral Sir James Somerville and the Eastern Fleet, 1977 - 1990
Scope and Contents
Also includes: copies of letters from Somerville to Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser [Commander-in-Chief Eastern Fleet] in 1944-45 on his discussions with the Americans about British participation in the Pacific; extracts from the Somerville diaries.
- 1977 - 1990
Conditions Governing Access
Some material within the collection is closed to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
Edwards joined the Navy in 1922, then in 1925 as Chief Cadet Captain received the King George V Dirk. He was made Commander in 1943 and during the war, served initially in the North Sea (1939-40) with Vice Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton. He then became Fleet Signal Officer with Admiral Sir James Somerville, Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet, from 1942-44, then Chief Signal Officer to Commander-in-Chief Western Approaches, with Admiral Sir Max Horton (1944-45), ending the war as Chief Signal Officer to Naval Air Command (1944-46), with Admiral Sir Denys Boyd, Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Troubridge and Admiral Geoffrey Oliver. Edwards retired in 1947. He died in 2003.