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Papers of Admiral Sir Ralph Alan Bevan Edwards

Reference Code: GBR/0014/REDW

Scope and Contents

Diaries and other papers


  • Creation: 1938 - 1950


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Please cite as: Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Admiral Sir Ralph Edwards, REDW.

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

Edwards was born in 1901 and educated at Osborne and Dartmouth. He entered the Royal Navy in 1914 and served in the European War of 1914-18.

He was appointed successively Midshipman in 1917, Lieutenant in 1923, Commander in 1934, Captain in 1939, Rear-Admiral in 1948, Vice-Admiral in 1952, and Admiral in 1955.

He served in the Second World War of 1939-45 as Chief of Staff Eastern Fleet and Captain HMNZS Gambia. He later acted as a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff, 1948-50; Flag Officer Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Fleet and Flag Officer (Air) Mediterranean, 1951-2; a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty, Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy, 1953-56; and Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Station and Allied Forces, Mediterranean, 1957.

He was made KCB in 1954. He died in February 1963.


4 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were presented to Churchill College by Edwards' widow and son in June 1966.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was prepared by Andrew Riley, in October 2004. It was updated in May 2012 by Lynsey Darby. Information was obtained from "Who Was Who 1981-1990" (A and C Black).


Edwards, Sir Ralph Alan Bevan, 1901-1963, Admiral

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Repository Details

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