Papers: Alfred Dutton

Scope and Content

Papers: 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.

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).


Arranged into the following: official papers; and personal papers.

Access Information

Dim cyfyngiadau/ No Restrictions

Acquisition Information

Adnau preifat / Private deposit., 1985.


Os gwelwch yn dda archebwch y dogfenau gan ddefnyddio y rhif cyfeirnod amgen (lle ddarperidd) / Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided)

Other Finding Aids

Mae copiau clawr caled o`r catalogau ar gael yn Archifau Ynys Môn ac yn y Gofrestr Cenedlaethol Archifau. Polisi Archifau Ynys Môn yw catalogio yn iaith y ddogfen./Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives to catalogue in the language of the document.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Cyflwr da /Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives, Catalogue, Alfred Dutton Papers; Gathering the Jewels website, theme, HMS Tara (

Appraisal Information

Mae'r holl gofnodiadau sy'n cydymffurfio â pholisi casglu Swyddfa Gofnodi Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn wedi eu cadw /All records which meet the collection policy of the Anglesey Archives have been retained.


Ni ddisgwylir croniadau/Accruals are not expected

Related Material

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


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.