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Sir Arthur Pedder's Memoirs of World War II

Reference Code: GBR/0014/PEDR

Scope and Contents

In 1977 Sir Jock Colville suggested that Churchill Archives Centre should approach Sir Arthur Pedder about his memoirs of World War II. Correlli Barnett (the then Keeper of the Archives Centre) did so and the Archives Centre staff then recorded Pedder's memoirs on tape and transcribed them. Captain Stephen Roskill and Sir Arthur Pedder were then sent the transcript to check. The transcript does not seem to have ever been re-typed to include their corrections so they remain clear in PEDR 2. Pedder relates anecdotes about Sir Winston Churchill, his time with Andrew Cunningham and others who worked with him, as well as siginificant events of World War II.


  • Creation: 1939 - 1945

Conditions Governing Access

The transcript is open (please consult staff about access to the tapes) for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College,

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Arthur Reid Pedder joined the navy in 1917 and passed out from Dartmouth in 1921. In 1930 he volunteered to become observer in the Fleet Air Arm. Pedder was appointed to the aircraft carrier Courageous, in 1931. He married Dolly in 1934 and they had two sons. He was promoted to commander in 1937. He was then posted to the cruiser Mauritius, in 1940, as second-in-command. Mauritius operated in the East Indies and the Pacific. Mauritius later escorted convoys against German commerce raiders in the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic. At the end of the war Pedder was promoted to captain and given command of the escort carrier Khedive. Pedder took part in the operations designed to prevent Marshal Tito, the Yugoslav leader, from absorbing Trieste. His post-war career continued in the Admiralty and the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board. Pedder was appointed as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff, 1953-1954, and Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers, 1954-1956. Pedder's final tour of duty, as vice-admiral, was as the naval commander for Nato naval forces in the northern region. He retired in 1959.


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Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These tapes and transcripts were created in 1977-1978 and deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Pedder in 1978.


This collection (fonds) level and catalogue was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in November 2004. Additional information was obtained from Pedder's entry in "Who Was Who, 1897 - 1996" (A&C Black).

Date information

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Pedder, Sir Arthur Reid, 1904 - 1995, Knight, Vice-Admiral

2004-11-01 12:19:19+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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