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The Papers of Sir Norman Leslie

Reference Code: GBR/0014/LESL

Scope and Contents

Papers about merchant shipping convoys during the First World War
With a letter from Cecilia Mary Leslie about her father's work, 1978


  • Creation: 1933 - 1978

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

Norman Alexander Leslie was born in 1870, the son of John Leslie. He was educated at Sherborne School. He married Mimy Muriel Gambier in 1898 (died 1934), with whom he had three daughters.

He was a partner in the firm of Law, Leslie and Co, a director of George Thompson and Co Ltd, and a well-known member of the Baltic Exchange. During the First World War, he volunteered for service in the Transport Department of the Admiralty, 1915-16. He transferred to the newly formed Ministry of Shipping, where he was involved in inaugurating the convoy system, 1917-18.

He died on 23 October 1945.

He was created CBE, 1918, and KBE, 1919.

His publications include: "The System of Convoys for Merchant Shipping 1917 and 1918" (1919).


1 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

Copies of the collection level description and catalogue are available at Churchill Archives Centre Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Pauline Hunter Blair, 1980.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, June 2005. The collection has been catalogued. Biographical information was obtained from Sir Norman Leslie's obituary in "The Times", 29 October 1945, and "Who's Who 1897-1996".

Date information

DateText: undated, 1933.


Leslie, Sir Norman Alexander, 1870-1945, Knight, shipping merchant

2005-06-14 14:32:59+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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