Collection BURNETT - BURNETT, Rear Adm Philip Whitworth (1908-1996)

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BURNETT, Rear Adm Philip Whitworth (1908-1996)


  • 1922-1996 (Creation)

Level of description



9 boxes, including 1 outsize

Scope and content

Papers of Rear Adm Philip Whitworth Burnett, relating to his life and career, 1922-1996, chiefly photographs, reports and press cuttings relating to Nanking, China, 1927 (where Chinese National Government troops attacked British and American residents: Burnett was a midshipman in HMS EMERALD, which bombarded city); photographs of Shanghai, Karachi and Diyatalawa, 1927; photographs of Abadan, Basra and Kuwait, 1928; photographs and correspondence relating to his service in HMS KELLY, 1939-1940, and to the sinking of HMS KELLY, May 1940; photographs and press cuttings relating to North Atlantic anti-submarine operations, 1943-1945.

System of arrangement

Original order.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born, 1908; educated, preparatory school, Seascale; Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; midshipman in HMS EMERALD, [1927]; Lt, 1930; HMS KELLY, 1939-1941; Comdr, 1940; HMS OSPREY, 1941-1943; Western Approaches Escort Groups, 1943-1945; Capt, 1945; Chief of Staff to Commander in Chief, Portsmouth, 1955-1957; Rear Adm, 1955; retired from the Army, 1958; died, 1996.

Custodial history

Received from the family, 1998.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Sources: Who's Who.

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