MACDONALD, V Adm Sir Roderick (Douglas) (b 1921)

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 Far East Fleet on naval operations in Borneo, 1963-1966, written in 1966.

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.


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Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by Macdonald in 1994.

Other Finding Aids

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