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Peters, Sir Arthur Malcolm, Admiral, 1888-1979... – PET

Peters, Sir Arthur Malcolm, Admiral, 1888-1979
Finding reference:
Peters, Sir Arthur Malcolm, Admiral, 1888-1979
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Administrative/Biographical history:
Having attended Stubbington House School, Fareham, Peters trained as a cadet on HMS BRITANNIA, at Dartmouth. He went to sea in 1904 and served in the North Sea throughout the First World War, in HMS SOUTHAMPTON and ORION, being present at the Battle of Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and Jutland. He was then appointed 1st Lieutenant of the Signal School at Portsmouth. From 1925 to 1927, Peters was executive officer and second in command of a cruiser at the New Zealand station. He was then appointed Commander of the EREBUS, a training ship for direct entry cadets, at Portsmouth. Peters' later appointments include Senior Naval Officer, West Coast of Africa, Commander of HMS SOUTHAMPTON (1936-1938), Commodore in charge of Naval Establishments, Hong Kong (1939-1940), Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty (1941-1942) and Flag Officer Commanding West Africa (1943-1945). Peters was promoted to rear-admiral in 1940, vice-admiral in 1943 and admiral in 1946. He retired in 1946 and received a KCB n that year.

The papers were purchased by the Museum in two lots in 1981 and 1982. They span the wide range of Peters' naval career, from his time at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1908, to his later appointment as Flag Officer Commanding West Africa (1943-1945). The papers include a large number of notebooks and lecture notes from various naval courses, journals, logbooks, material relating to cables, some correspondence, ephemera, printed books and a large amount of photographic material.

Section of the catalogue:
Personal papers
Language/script of material:
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London


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Section: Personal papers