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The Papers of Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HHLT

Scope and Contents

"Before I forget", annotated draft of Hughes-Hallett's memoir on Combined Operations, 1941-5, including his memoir of the Dieppe Raid and the planning for D-Day (Operation Overlord); with a letter to him from Winston Churchill MP (Prime Minister), 19 September 1954


  • 1954

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 holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Hughes-Hallett was born in December 1901, serving as a Midshipman in "HMS Lion", May 1918; in the Norwegian campaign, 1940, in "HMS Devonshire" (despatches); was the Naval Commander during the Dieppe Raid; Commodore Commanding Channel Assault Force and Naval Chief of Staff (X), 1942 and 1943; Captain of "HMS Jamaica", December 1943; in command of "HMS Vernon", 1946-8 and of "HMS Illustrious", 1948-9; Vice-Controller of the Navy, 1950-2; and Flag Officer, Heavy Squadron, Home Fleet, 1952-3.

He retired from the navy in September 1954 on his adoption as a Conservative Parliamentary candidate. He served as the MP for East (later North East) Croydon, 1954-64. He was a British Representative at the Council of Europe, 1958-60; and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport for Shipping and Shipbuilding, 1961-4.

He died in 1972.


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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 Papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Richard Hughes-Hallett in December 1990.

Related Materials

Churchill Archives Centre also holds the memoirs of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Hughes-Hallett, GBR/0014/HUHT.

Related Materials

Fuller versions of the memoir are held by the National Archives of Canada and the Imperial War Museum, London, England


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue of the papers was compiled by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in May 2003, using information obtained from " Who's Who 1897-1996" (A&C Black).


Hallett, John, Hughes-, 1901-1972, Vice-Admiral

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Repository Details

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