Miscellaneous papers of Robert Kirk Dickson, chiefly typescript carbon copies of notes, speeches and other documents associated with his military career. Edit


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  • 1941-1951. (Creation)


  • 243 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents are as follows:

    (i) Typescript carbon copies of official reports, 1942, by Robert Kirk Dickson from H.M.S. Manxman, with 'Chronological summary of the first commission of H.M.S. Manxman, 1941-2, written by R.K.D, in 1944 at the request of the Deputy Director, Operations Division (Mining), Admiralty' (folio 1);

    (ii) Typescript carbon copy of 'Boil down of Cossac (43) 28. Appreciation and Outline Plan for Operation Overlord', by Captain Robert Kirk Dickson, Deputy Director of Plans, 22 July, 1943, headed 'Most Secret (one carbon only)' (folio 43);

    (iii) Typescript carbon copy of 'Note of an interview with the Prime Minister', signed by Captain Robert Kirk Dickson, 29 September, 1943, and headed 'Most Secret' (folio 46);

    (iv) Typescript carbon copy of 'British Commonwealth and Empire', signed by Robert Kirk Dickson, 22 October 1944 (folio 48);

    (v) Typescript carbon copy of 'Future publicity for the British Navy', signed by Robert Kirk Dickson, 8 November 1944 (folio 50);

    (vi) Typescript stencil copy of 'Report by Rear Admiral R.K. Dickson, Chief of Naval Information, covering the history of the Naval Information policy up to mid-summer 1945, with proposals for the future of the Department', 25 July 1945 (folio 55);

    (vii) Typescript stencil copy of Captain's Standing Orders for H.M.S. Theseus, 27 January 1947 (folio 78);

    (viii) Typescript carbon copy of 'Speech by Rear Admiral R.K. Dickson, D.S.O., Chief of Naval Information, proposing the health of the City and County of Bristol at a municipal luncheon, Wednesday, 14th February, 1945', with a related press cutting (folio 121);

    (ix) Typescript carbon and stencil copies of radio broadcasts, 1945, by Robert Kirk Dickson (folio 124);

    (x) Typescript carbon copy of 'Speech by Rear Admiral R.K. Dickson, D.S.O., Chief of Naval Information, at the opening of the Naval Exhibition at Amsterdam, Monday, 1st October, 1945’ (folio 165).

    (xi) Typescript carbon copy of 'Speech by Rear Admiral R.K. Dickson, D.S.O., Chief of Naval Information, to the Rotary Club of Wanstead and Woodford, Monday, 8th October, 1945' (folio 169);

    (xii) Typescript carbon copy of the address by Robert Kirk Dickson at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 18 October 1945' (folio 176);

    (xiii) Royal Navy official photograph of a tabular document headed: 'The fortunes of the Greynville [5th] Term that left the R.N. College, Dartmouth, on the mobilisation in 1914' (folio 184);

    (xiv) Letter, 16 August 1946, of Sir Geoffrey Arthur Romaine Callender, Director of the National Maritime Museum, to Robert Kirk Dickson (folio 185);

    (xv) Typescript copies of notes made in the Department of Naval Information for the use of H.M.S. Vanguard, when taking the Royal Family to South Africa in February 1947 (folio 188);

    (xvi) Typescript 'Notes for Captain Dickson, Edinburgh Maritime Exhibition', 1947 (folio 206);

    (xvii) Typescript stencil copy of 'Table money. Remarks by Rear Admiral R.K. Dickson, D.S.O., Head of British Naval Mission to Greece', Athens, 30 September 1949, headed 'Restricted' (folio 207);

    (xviii) Manuscript draft of an article, 1951, by Robert Kirk Dickson on air power (folio 212);

    (xix) Correspondence, September 1951, between Robert Kirk Dickson and the Secretary of Trinity House concerning the former's application to be an Elder Brother of Trinity House (folio 220);

    (xx) Typescript biographical notes, 1947-1949, concerning Robert Kirk Dickson (folio 226).

  • Arrangement

    243 folios.