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The Papers of Jack Oughtred

Reference Code: GBR/0014/OTRD

Scope and Contents

Papers mainly comprising letters to his fiancée, Phyllis Bentham.


  • Creation: 1914 - 1923

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

John Alwyn Oughtred was born in 1894. He was educated at Hymers College, Hull, and Newton College, Newton Abbot. He married Phyllis Bentham (died 1981), 1919, with whom he had one son.

He worked in the London Joint Stock Bank Ltd, Hull. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the East Yorkshire Regiment, 1915. He fought on the Western Front, 1916-18, and was awarded the Military Cross, 1917. He was promoted Lieutenant, 1916, and Captain, 1917.

After the war, he joined the Bentham family business, William Jackson and Son Ltd, a firm of Hull food manufacturers and retailers, becoming managing director in 1942. He died in 1958.


5 archive box(es)

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The letters are arranged in chronological order.

Other Finding Aids

Copies of the catalogue are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were loaned to Churchill Archives Centre by Christopher Oughtred, 1999.

Related Materials

Artefacts enclosed with Jack Oughtred's letters have been retained by the Oughtred family.


The letters have been published in Alan Wilkinson (ed), "Destiny. The War Letters of Captain Jack Oughtred M.C. 1915-18" (1996).


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, April 2004. Information was obtained from Alan Wilkinson (ed), "Destiny. The War Letters of Captain Jack Oughtred M.C. 1915-18" (1996).


Oughtred, John Alwyn, 1894-1958, Captain

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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