Collection HOWSON - HOWSON, Capt John, RN (1871-1948)

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HOWSON, Capt John, RN (1871-1948)


  • [1943] (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

Scope and content

Copy of typescript memoir of his RN career, 1914-1918 and 1939-1943, covering his service with the Harwich force in the North Sea, 1914-1917, notably the Battle of Dogger Bank, Jan 1915, at Nore Command, 1918-1919, in the Atlantic convoys, 1939-1940, Norway, 1940, the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1940, as Staff Officer, HQ Western Approaches, 1940-1941, in the Mediterranean,1941-1942, Madagascar, 1942, Malta convoys, 1942, and the landings in North Africa, 1942, Sicily, 1943, and Italy, 1943. Includes copies of naval signals, 1915-1916.

System of arrangement

Single item

General Information

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Biographical history

Born in 1871; entered Mercantile Marine, 1887, and served in sailing vessels until 1895; obtained Extra Master's Certificate, 1895, and joined Pacific Steam Navigation Company; obtained commission in the Royal Naval Reserve, 1896, and served in South Africa, 1900-1902; served with RN, 1902-1903; transferred to Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, 1906, and commanded several of their vessels, 1910-1914, and 1919-1921; served in RN Harwich force, North Sea 1914-1917, and as Flag Lt to Cdr in Chief, Nore Command, 1918-1919; commanded hospital ship in Black Sea, 1919; served in Atlantic convoys, 1939-1940, Norway, 1940, and the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1940; Staff Officer, HQ Western Approaches, 1940-1941; served in Mediterranean, 1941-1942, and Madagascar,1942, and took part in Malta convoys, 1942, and the landings in North Africa, 1942, Sicily, 1943, and Italy, 1943; Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf, 1944; [Senior Naval Officer], Delhi, 1946; died in 1948.

Custodial history

Copies made by the Centre from originals loaned by the family in 1995.

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.

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Compiled Feb 1997

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People and Organisations

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


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