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New government files released

Captain Ernest Hampton aka R Vivian. Catalogue reference MEPO 3/1955

Captain Ernest Hampton aka R Vivian. Catalogue reference MEPO 3/1955

28 October 2009

New files released by The National Archives cover subjects ranging from the French resistance during the Second World War to aristocratic impersonators.

The latest Cabinet Secretary's notebook has also been released. This is the 18th notebook to be released, covering a period from January 1959 to May 1960. The notebooks contain the handwritten notes made by the Cabinet Secretary at Cabinet meetings.

Impersonation of Lord Hampton by Ernest Hampton in Budapest (MEPO 3/1955)

This file deals with Ernest Hampton who was thought to have 'pathological reasons' for his impersonation. However, routine checks revealed his criminal past. Real name - Roy Vivian, he was found to be the mastermind behind a criminal smuggling ring. Before the Second World War he was known to pose as a member of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and claimed to have connections with MI5.

Special Operations Executive: Personnel Files (PF Series) - Peter Ivan LAKE - born 30.01.1915 (HS 9/877/5)

This unusual file contains detailed reports written by Lake of his mission to train the French resistance – the Maquis – in the Dordogne area before D-Day (June 1944). Training included 'a week long commando course' and 'evening classes in sabotage'. His heroic efforts in the Dordogne resulted in being awarded the Croix de Guerre, a French medal only bestowed on foreign military. 

List of names found in a flat occupied by IRA terrorists (PREM 16/676)

A file compiled immediately after the discovery of an IRA bomb factory following the siege at 22a Balcombe Street, Marylebone. Several dossiers were found detailing targets for the bombers, including the names of organisations and Army establishments.
The list included the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace and other high profile cultural organisations such as The British Museum and University College London. Other targets listed were power and water pumping stations and Wormwood Scrubs prison. A personal note from Prime Minister Harold Wilson urged the Metropolitan Police to identify the date the papers were written as some of the information seemed inaccurate.

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