Collection DE CHAIR - DE CHAIR, Cdr Graham (1905-1995)

Key Information

Reference code



DE CHAIR, Cdr Graham (1905-1995)


  • 1935-1939 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

Scope and content

Journal, 1935-1939, covering his service in Abyssinia (Ethiopia), 1935, UK, 1936-1938, including his court martial after the grounding of HMS SCOUT, Jan 1938, and the Far East, 1938-1939.

System of arrangement

Single item

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Born in 1905; educated at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; served on HMS IRON DUKE, HMS WIVERN and HMS LABURNHAM; served on HMS NELSON, Home Fleet, 1931; served on HMS VENETIA, Abyssinia, 1935; commanded HMS WRESTLER, 1936, and later HMS SCOUT; court-martialled, dismissed his ship and reprimanded after HMS SCOUT ran aground in the Thames Estuary, 1938; served as gas and ventilation officer, HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN, 1938; commanded HMS THRACIAN, Hong Kong Local Defence Flotilla, 1938-1941; Cdr, 1943; retired, 1955; died in 1995.

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1996.

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

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Related descriptions

Publication note

De Chair's memoir Let go aft: the indiscretions of a salt horse commander (Parapress, Tunbridge Wells, 1993).


Decorations: DSC

Alternative identifier(s)

People and Organisations

Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Accession area