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Dutton, Alfred, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0221 WM 1073

Held at: Anglesey Archives

Title: Alfred Dutton Papers

Short Title: Dutton, Alfred, papers

Creation date(s): 1915-1920

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.003 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Alfred Dutton


Administrative/Biographical history: Alfred Dutton, of Holyhead, Anglesey, was the Paymaster on the HMS Tara during the First World War. The Tara was formerly a passenger steamer called the SS Hibernia of the London & North Western Railway Company, which carried passengers between Holyhead and Dublin. Following the outbreak of war in 1914, the renamed ship was requisitioned by the Admiralty, and converted into an armed boarding ship. The Tara was transferred to the Eastern Mediterranean in 1915. On 5th November 1915, a German submarine torpedoed the ship at Solum Bay, Egypt. The crew, the majority of whom came from Anglesey, including Dutton, were captured by Turkish forces and held prisoner by a group of Senussi soldiers for 135 days until the British Western Frontier Force rescued them at Bir el Hakim (Libya).


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Alfred Dutton, 1915-1920, mainly correspondence and papers regarding the pay of crew members, 1915-1920; personal correspondence, 1915-1919; and Dutton's diary while a prisoner, 1915-1916.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: official papers; and personal papers.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, Caernarfon Record Office, and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Gwasanaeth Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Archives Service to catalogue in the language of the document.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Private deposit, 1985.


Related material: Further records are Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, WM 1088 and WM 1272.

Publication note: William Davies, The sea and the sand: the story of H.M.S. Tara and the Western Desert Force (Gwynedd Archives Service, 1988) is partly based on the archive.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, Catalogue, Alfred Dutton Papers; Gathering the Jewels website, theme, HMS Tara (

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2003

Dutton, Alfred | Archives
Sailors | Wales | Anglesey | Pay, allowances, etc.
World War, 1914-1918 | Mediterranean Region

Personal names
Dutton , Alfred

Corporate names
Tara (Ship)

Holyhead (Wales)

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