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The Papers of Vice Admiral Sir (John) Michael Villiers

Reference Code: GBR/0014/VILL

Scope and Contents

Naval correspondence, reports and photograph albums relating to the naval career of Villiers and his father, Rear Admiral Edward Cecil Villiers. (Edward Cecil Villiers, 1866-1939, served in Naval Intelligence Depart 1903-1905; he was Captain of the RN College, Greenwich, 1906-1908; of Actæon Torpedo School Ship, 1912; Rear-Admiral retired, 1917; after retirement continued to serve as Rear-Admiral in HMS Actæon until end of the war; commanded the flotillas defending the estuary of the Thames and the Port of London for the whole duration of the War)


  • Creation: 1881 - 1968


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives.

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

Sir (John) Michael Villiers was the third son of Rear Admiral Edward Cecil Villiers. He served in the Royal Navy during World War Two, being mentioned in despatches and earning the military OBE in 1943. Subsequently he had command of HMS Ursa, 1945, and HMS Snipe, 1946-7; directed staff of Joint Services Staff College, 1948-9; was Assistant Director of Plans Admiralty, 1950-1; Queen's Harbour Master, Malta, 1952-4; in command of HMS Bulwark, 1954-7; Chief of Naval Staff, New Zealand, 1958-60; a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty, Fourth Sea Lord and Vice-Controller, 1960-3; Lt Governor and Commander in Chief, Jersey, 1964-9.


3 archive box(es) (3 archives boxes) : paper

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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

The collection was presented to Churchill Archives Centre by Mrs C Warner and Lady Webster (daughters of Sir Michael Villiers) in March 1993.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was compiled by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2003.

Date information

DateText: The papers of Edward Cecil Villiers date from 1881-1924 and those of Sir (John) Michael Villiers date from 1926-68.


Villiers, Sir John Michael, 1907-90, Knight, Vice-Admiral

2002-05-27 16:14:56+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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