King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

King's College London
Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Survey of the Papers of Senior UK Defence Personnel, 1900-1975

Name
BURNETT, Sir Robert Lindsay (1887-1959), Admiral

Service biography
Joined RN 1902; China Station 1904-1907; Atlantic and Mediterranean Fleet 1908-1910; cruiser HMS ESSEX on voyage to South America to mark centenary of Argentine Republic 1910; Instructor, Physical Training Schools, Harwich, Shotley and Plymouth 1911-1914; Cdr, Destroyers, Grand Fleet, World War I 1914-1918; Director of Physical Training and Sports 1933; World War II 1939-1945; Commanding Home Fleet Destroyer Flotillas 1942; 10 Cruiser Sqn 1943; Commander-in-Chief South Atlantic 1944-1946; Commander-in-Chief Plymouth 1947-1950; retired 1950

Papers
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON: Microfilm of papers (ref: PP/MCR/229); including unpublished memoir of his service 1902-1914; letters received by Burnett 1924-1927, including single letters from Rear Admiral William Wordsworth Fisher, Vice Admiral Michael Henry Hodges, Rear Admiral (William Archibald) Howard Kelly, Captain George Hamilton D'Oyly Lyon, Captain the Hon Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, Admiral Sir John Tovey, Rear Admiral Frederick Charles Dreyer, Captain Bruce Austin Fraser and Lieutenant Thomas Hope Troubridge; copy account by Rev James Churchill Waters, Chaplain RN in HMS KING GEORGE V, of the sinking of the BISMARCK, May 1941; congratulations on the successful passage of Convoy PQ 18 to Murmansk, USSR 1942, whose escort was under Burnett's command; despatches detailing action against the German battleship HIPPER, Dec 1942, in defence of Convoy JW 51; typescript transcripts of signals relating to the sinking of the German armoured cruiser SCHARNHORST by HMS DUKE OF YORK, Dec 1943; printed battle summary on the Russian convoys, 1942, issued by the Admiralty 1944; battle summary on the sinking of the SCHARNHORST, 1943, issued by the Admiralty 1945: revised battle summary on the sinking of the SCHARNHORST, 1943, issued by the Admiralty 1950; typescript copies of correspondence 1959, concerning Burnett's decision that Convoy PQ 18 should continue its passage to Murmansk, USSR, Sep, 1942

Publications

Index terms
SUBJECTS Russian convoys 1942
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