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"The Onslows and the Royal Navy"

Reference Code: GBR/0014/ONSS

Scope and Contents

A typescript biographical work about the naval careers of various members of the Onslow family including Admiral Sir Richard Onslow, Captain Richard Francis John Onslow and Admiral Sir Richard George Onslow which includes a chapter about two ships named HMS Onslow.

The most notable feature of the career of Admiral Sir Richard George Onslow was at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797 against the Dutch fleet.

Captain Richard Francis John Onslow served in World War I, (North Sea, Dover Patrol and Belgian Coast); then with the Caspian Naval Force (1919); the Naval Mission to Persia [now Iran] (1920). He was Commander at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (1934-1935); HM Yacht Victoria and Albert, (1936-1937) and HMS Coventry (1938-1940).

Admiral Sir Richard George Onslow entered the navy in 1918 and served in destroyers 1926-1945, becoming Senior Naval Officer, Northern Ireland (1947); Director of the Tactical Division of Naval Staff (1948);Naval Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty (1952-1954); Flag Officer (Flotillas), Home Fleet, (1955-1956); Flag Officer Commanding, Reserve Fleet (1956-1957) and Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth (February 1958-November 1960).

The book was not published.


  • Creation: 1981

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

The biography was written by Captain Robert Franks.


1 volume(s)

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued. A hard copy of the catalogue is available for consultation in the Reading Room of Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The typescript was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Major John Onslow in 1982.


This catalogue was prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in January 2003, using information from the typescript and from entries to members of the Onslow family in Who Was Who (A and C Black).


Franks, Robert, fl 1980, Captain Royal Navy

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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