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The Papers of George Allen

Reference Code: GBR/0014/GALN

Scope and Contents

This small collection of autobiographical material comprises Allen's recorded recollections of working as a naval adviser to Sir Winston Churchill on the History of the Second World War and an account of his life and career.


  • Creation: 1955 - 1976

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

George Allen, known as Peter, was born in London in 1891. His father died when he was a young boy and his mother’s financial struggles were a significant background to Allen’s childhood. Allen entered the Royal Navy aged 12 and served in a wide range of different ships including on HMS Southampton at the Battle of Jutland during the First World War. By 1934 Allen was convinced that his active service career was finished as he had not been promoted to Captain. However, the Second World War saw him return to active service. Allen rose to the position of the senior naval officer, Commodore, at the Combined Operations Headquarters where he was involved in the planning of troop landings at Oran and Algiers, Sicily and Elba during the Second World War. After his retirement from the Royal Navy in 1947, Allen was employed by Sir Winston Churchill as a naval advisor working on Churchill’s history of the Second World War (1947-54).

In 1927 Allen married Lilian Griffin Eady (known as Lila) with whom he had three children. Their first child died in childbirth. Patrick was born in 1931 and Elizabeth in 1934. Allen settled in Surrey and held several positions on Surrey County Council. He died on 9 February 1980.


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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

The collection was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Mr Patrick Allen (son) in January 2014.


This catalogue was compiled by Natalie Adams in March 2015 using information from the collection and from a newspaper obituary of Allen by Brigadier Lord Ballantrae (Feb 16 1980).


Allen, George Roland Gordon, 1891-1980, naval officer and literary assistant to Sir Winston Churchill

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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