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The Papers of Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly

Reference Code: GBR/0014/LEBY

Scope and Contents

Papers on Naval Engineering and intelligence issues, 1932-92; includes some papers of R.F. Le Bailly and W.F.G Le Bailly, 1885-1914


  • Creation: 1885 - 1992


Conditions Governing Access

With the exception of a few files which are still closed (details are available in the catalogue), 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

Le Bailly served on HMS Hood, 1932; at the Royal Naval Engineering College, 1933-37; on HMS Hood, 1937-40; on HMS Naiad, 1940-42; at RNEC, 1942-44; on HMS Duke of York, 1944-46; at the Admiralty, 1946-50; on HMS Bermuda, 1950-52; at RNEC, 1955-58; at the Admiralty: as Staff Officer to Dartmouth Review Committee, 1958; as Assistant Engineer-in-Chief, 1958-60; as Naval Assistant to Controller of the Navy, 1960-63; as IDC, 1963; as Deputy Director of Marine Engineering, 1963-67; as Naval Attaché, Washington, DC, and Commander, British Navy Staff, 1967-69; at the Ministry of Defence, 1970-72; he was appointed Vice-Admiral in 1970 and retired in 1972. He was subsequently appointed Director-General of Intelligence, Ministry of Defence, 1972-75. He is the author of, "The Man Around the Engine", 1990; "From Fisher to the Falklands", 1991; "Old Loves Return", 1993.


21 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was presented to Churchill Archives Centre by Vice-Admiral Le Bailly in July 1992 (boxes 1-20), August 2005 (box 21) and March 2009 (1 folder in box 2).


This collection (fonds) level description and box list was compiled by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2003 and updated in March 2006.


Bailly, Sir Louis Edward Stewart Holland, Le, b 1915, Vice-Admiral

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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