Papers of Basil Mansfield

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection comprises letters, printed ephemera and photographs, relating to the career of Basil Patrick Mansfield as the captain of a tug boat for Samuel Williams & Sons Ltd at Dagenham Dock, as well as his participation in the evacuation of soldiers from Dunkirk during the Second World War.

Administrative / Biographical History

Basil Patrick Mansfield worked for Samuel Williams and Sons Ltd as a tugboat captain from the 1930s to the 1960s. He captained the tugboat "Duke", and in that role, took the tug to Dunkirk during 'Operation Dynamo'. On 31st May 1940, his tug rescued approximately 44 soldiers, bringing them safely back to England.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open to research and can be viewed at the Barking and Dagenham Archive and Local Studies Centre. To make an appointment to visit the reading room, please telephone 020 8227 2033 or email at localstudies@lbbd.gov.uk.

Note

Catalogued in accordance with ISAD(G).

Other Finding Aids

For further information about the contents of this collection, please contact the Barking and Dagenham Archive and Local Studies Centre telephone 020 8227 2033 or email at localstudies@lbbd.gov.uk.

Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

The collection was donated to Valence House Museum by the daughter of the creator, Sue Simmons, following his death. It has subsequently been transferred to the Barking and Dagenham Archive and Local Studies Centre.

Accruals

The acquisition of additional material is not expected.