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Transcripts of Basil Sanderson's Diaries

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BSAN

Scope and Contents

Typed transcript of diaries and memoir of Sanderson's time in France during the First World War. Includes a note from Sanderson dated February 1969 explaining that some of the original books had been destroyed by a typist.


  • Creation: 1915-08 - 1969-08

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Biographical / Historical

Basil Sanderson was born 18 June 1894, the son of Harold Sanderson and Maud Blood. In 1927 he married Evelyn Constance with whom he had twin sons and one daughter. Sanderson was educated at Rugby School and at Trinity College, Oxford.

Sanderson served in the First World War in the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry and was mentioned twice in despatches. He had a long and distinguished business career and held directorships of many organisations.

During the Second World War, Sanderson held positions as Director of Shipping in Port in the Ministry of Shipping (1939-41), Head of Port and Transit Control, Ministry of War Transport (1941-45). Sanderson died 15 August 1971.


1 volume(s)

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Other Finding Aids

Copies of the catalogue are available for consultation in the Reading Room at Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volume was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Sanderson in 1969.

Related Materials

The archives of Trinity College, Oxford hold photograph albums relating to Basil Sanderson’s childhood and military service, and notes dating from his time on the Western Front.


This collection level description and catalogue were prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2004 using information from Sanderson's entry in Who Was Who (A& C Black).


Sanderson, Basil, 1894-1971, 1st Baron Sanderson of Ayot

2004-02-25 12:11:28+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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