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The Journal of Major H. A. Fowle

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FWLE

Scope and Contents

These two volumes describe Fowle's journey to Malta in 1941. He travelled on MV Georgic from Gourock in Scotland. He describes daily life on board the Georgic until it arrives in Port Tewfik, Egypt on 7 July and he disembarks the following day. The entry for 15 July includes the news that the Georgic has been bombed by the Germans and Fowle must now await instructions. July and August are spent in Cairo waiting to be moved and during this time the journal is particularly limited to describing the sites he has visited and the books he has read. On 27 August 1941 Fowle joined HM Submarine Regent which arrived in Malta on 3 September. On 2 October he records that he was told by Brigadier [Clifford Thomason] Beckett, (Commander Royal Artillery) that he was not fit to command anything. On 15 October Fowle left Malta on MV Clan Macdonald, at Gibraltar he transferred to HMS Ariguani which was part of a convoy of cargo ships. HMS Ariguani was hit [by U-83] on 26 October, its passengers were picked up by HMS Campion and then HMS Vidette and taken back to Gibraltar. On 11 November he arrived in Plymouth aboard HMS Duncan and the journal ends.


  • Creation: 1941-05-18 - 1941-11-12

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

Unfortunately all we know of Major Fowle is the information that he gives in this journal.


2 volume(s)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These diaries were purchased and deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in November 1971.


This catalogue was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in March 2005 using information from the journal.


Fowle, H. A., fl 1941, Major RA

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