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The Papers of Captain Russell Grenfell RN

Reference Code: GBR/0014/GREN

Scope and Contents

This small collection of material consists of correspondence and drafts comprising materials for Grenfell's books: "The Bismarck Episode" (1948); "Main Fleet to Singapore" (1951); "Unconditional Hatred" (1953) and for a projected book on the Norwegian Campaign 1940.


  • 1940 - 1954

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

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

Russell Grenfell became Lieutenant in 1914. He served on HMS Revenge in the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and later served on teaching staff of Royal Naval College, Greenwich. He published many books on naval matters


3 archive box(es)



Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and a copy of the catalogue is available for consultation in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre, at the National Register of Archives in London and on the Janus website />.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Grenfell's widow in 1973.

Related Materials

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London holds a small collection of Russell Grenfell's other papers (reference code GB 0099 KCLMA Grenfell).


The collection was originally catalogued by Stephen Roskill in the 1970's. The catalogue was converted by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in June 2005.


Grenfell, Russell (fl 1914-1944), naval officer
2005-06-13 12:06:29.557000+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 336087

The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.