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The Papers of Captain Nicholas John Barker

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BARK

Scope and Contents

The collection held at Churchill Archives Centre comprises Barker's personal and naval papers, particularly on his service in the South Atlantic.


  • Creation: 1964 - 1996

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is currently closed to researchers pending advice from the British government. Please contact Churchill Archives Centre for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Nicholas John Barker was born in Malta on 19 May 1933 and joined the Royal Navy in 1951. After a series of naval commands, including the minesweeper "Brereton" and the frigates "Jupiter", "Nubian" and "Arrow", he captained "HMS Endurance" from 1980-82. During the 1982 Falklands conflict, Endurance played a key role in providing intelligence to the British task force and in the recapture of South Georgia on 26 April. He retired in 1988. On retirement, he was awarded a Defence Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge, founded an international trading company, North European Marine Services, and became Chairman of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman. He was awarded a CBE 1982. He published "The Falklands, a common denominator" in 1984, and "Beyond Endurance; an epic of Whitehall and the South Atlantic" in 1997 and died in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 7 April 1997.


21 archive box(es) : paper

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been box-listed and a copy of the finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in 1999 by Ben Barker.


The papers were box-listed by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre. This collection (fonds) level description was created by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2002, using information from the finding aid to the collection.


Barker, Nicholas John,1933-1997, Captain Royal Navy

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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