RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelSubseries
Alt Ref NoEllison P/14
Extent10 files
TitleNavy Papers
Date1939-1944
DescriptionContains correspondence, photographs and printed ephemera covering and related to Ellison's time serving as a chaplain with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) during the Second World War.

A significant proportion of the correspondence is in the form of outgoing letters collected by Ellison retrospectively. Correspondents include John Henry Joshua Ellison, Cyril GARBETT and Thomas Crick, the Chaplain of the Fleet. Subjects include the time spent in the United States of America during the repair of HMS Orion, the dispute between the Captain of HMS Barham and Ellison and various reflections on the progress of the war and life as a chaplain with the RNVR.

Also contains official Royal Navy documentation, for instance Naval permits and conduct reports. Additional material directly relating to Ellison's life onboard has been arranged by ship. For instance, alongside navy messages relating to the involvement of HMS Orion in the evacuation of Crete there are also a number of letters of thanks from the next of kin of HMS Orion sailors killed in action (Ellison P/14/2).

The photographs (Ellison P/14/3) document the external appearance of the ships, their chapels and notable events such as the sinking of HMS Barham and the visit of Winston Churchill to HMS Howe.
AdminHistoryEllison served as a chaplain with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) from 1940-1943, serving on the following ships during that time: HMS Victory, HMS Barham, HMS Orion, HMS Collingwood, and HMS Howe. He began his military career in Winchester in 1939 serving at HMS Kestrel, one of the fleet airfields.
RelatedMaterialAudio tape transferred to the Imperial War Museum.

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Related name records
CodeNameDates
338Ellison; Gerald Alexander (1910-1992); Bishop of London1910-1992
GB/109/14252Crick; Thomas (1885-1970); Chaplain of the Fleet1885-1970
1196Ellison; John Henry Joshua (1855-1944); Prebendary of St Paul's1855-1944
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