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The Papers of Captain Charles Marsden

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MRDN

Scope and Contents

A photograph album and track chart of HMS Southampton, also including photographs from HMS Tenedos, and notes about Marsden's career in the Royal Navy, 1970.


  • Creation: 1916 - 1970

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

Charles Marsden was born in 1894. He was educated at Kilburn Grammar School, London.

He joined the Royal Navy and trained as a cadet in HMS Conway, 1910-12. He was also a cadet with the Pacific Steam Navigation Company, 1912-13. He was promoted Midshipman and served in the Royal Naval Reserve in HMS St Vincent, 1913-15, and HMS Macedonia, 1915. He transferred to the Royal Navy, 1916, and joined HMS Southampton, 1915-19. He was Navigating Plotting Officer in HMS Southampton at the Battle of Jutland and was wounded there, 1916. He was promoted Sub-Lieutenant and Lieutenant during the war. He took a short course at Cambridge University, 1919-20, and was appointed Navigating Officer in HMS Veronica, 1920-1. He served in HMS Wolfhound and HMS Vega, 1922-4; was promoted Lieutenant-Commander in HMS Resolution, 1924-6; and commanded HMS Tourmaline in Gibraltar, 1926, HMS Mackay, 1926-7, and HMS Veteran on the China Station, 1927-9. He commanded HMS Dunoon, 1929-32, and HMS Thanet and HMS Tenedos, 1932-5. He was promoted Commander (retired) and worked on the staff of HM Dockyard, Devonport, 1935-42. From 1940, he was recruited to the DEMS Organisation (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships) and served as a Captain, South West Approaches, 1942, Middle East, 1943-5, and Thames Area, 1945-7. He was promoted Acting Captain (retired).

He retired in 1947.


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3 item(s)

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Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The main body of the collection was donated to Churchill Archives Centre by Captain Charles Marsden, 1969. The photographs of HMS Tenedos were donated by Ross Howarth, Archivist, Royal Military College of Australia, in 2009.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, July 2005. The collection was catalogued by Edwin Welch, 1970. Biographical information was obtained from Captain Charles Marsden's notes on his career, 1970 (reference: GBR/0014/MRDN 1/2).


Marsden, Charles, b 1894, Captain

2005-07-11 16:26:27+00:00
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Repository Details

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