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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Macdonald
MACDONALD, V Adm Sir Roderick Douglas (1921-2001)
Created 1965-1967
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1921; entered RN, 1939; took part in Fleet and Convoy operations, Atlantic, Norway, Mediterranean, Eastern Fleet, East Coast and Normandy, 1939-1945; commanded HMS LEEDS CASTLE, 1953; Senior Officer, 104 Mine-Sweeping Sqn and HMS WALKERTON, 1957; Commander, Sea Training, 1959; commanded HMS FALMOUTH, 1961; Commander, Naval Forces and Joint Force Commander, Borneo, 1965; Captain (D), Londonderry Sqn, 1968, and First Frigate Sqn, Far East, 1969; Captain of the Fleet, 1970; commanded HMS Bristol, 1972; Chief of Staff to Commander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command, 1973-1976; ADC to the Queen, 1975;Chief of Staff to Commander, Allied Naval Force Southern Europe, 1976-1979; retired, 1979. Died 2001.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by Macdonald in 1994.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his service in Borneo, 1965-1966, dated 1965-1967, principally comprising notes on his visit to Tawau Naval Station, Sabah, Malaysia, 4-7 Oct 1965, written on 7 Oct 1965; directive from Maj Gen George Harris Lea, Director of Borneo Operations, outlining Macdonald's responsibilities as Commander, Naval Forces, Borneo, 6 Jan 1966; report to Commander FarEast Fleet on naval operations in Borneo, 1963-1966, written in 1966.

System of arrangement

1 file

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and published in hard copy in the Centre's room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives


Compiled Mar 1997

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Armed forces
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security

Personal names

  • Lea, Sir, George Harris, 1912-1990, Knight, Lieutenant General

Corporate names

  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Borneo, South East Asia
  • Sabah, East Malaysia, Malaysia, South East Asia

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