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The Papers of Captain John Creswell

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRES

Scope and Contents

Papers comprising manuscripts of books, lectures, research notes and correspondence.
With Ralph Hudleston's notes on the defence of seabourne trade, 1911.


  • Creation: 1911 - 1973

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

John Creswell was the son of W. E. Creswell of Ewhurst, Surrey. He married Chrystal Hawkshaw in 1926, with whom he had one son.

He was a student at the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, 1927; was promoted Commander, 1929; and served in the submarine L33, 1929, and as staff officer (operations) to Admiral Brand in the Atlantic Fleet flagship. He was an instructor at the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, 1930-2. He commanded the sloop HMS Falmouth on the China Station, 1932-3. He was staff officer (operations) to Rear-Admiral Raikes, based in Alexandria, 1936, and then joined the Training and Staff Duties Division of the Admiralty, 1936-7 and from 1939, where he was mainly concerned with the instruction of Merchant Navy officers. During 1938 he was on the staff of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

He died on 20 July 1973.

His publications include: "Naval Warfare" (1936); "Sea Warfare, 1939-1945" (1950); "Generals and Admirals" (1952); and "British Admirals of the Eighteenth Century" (1972).


5 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

Copies of the collection level description and catalogue are available at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Captain John Creswell, 1970, and by his son, Simon Creswell, 1993.


The collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, November 2004. The papers have been listed. Biographical information was obtained from "The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985". The catalogue was updated by Madelin Terrazas, November 2011.


Creswell, John, d 1973, Captain

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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