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Guide to the Norman A. Hutchings Papers, 1939-1946 and undated

Abstract

Norman Hutchings entered the Royal Navy in 1941 and received his training on board H.M.S. Collinwood. He then served as a signalman on board the destroyer, H.M.S. Faulknor, which was involved in the Battle of the Atlantic against German submarines that preyed on British merchant ships. In 1943, Hutchings posted to the naval headquarters at Fort St. Angelo on Malta.

The papers of British-born Norman A. Hutchings span the years 1939-1946, and document Hutchings' experiences during World War II serving aboard several ships in the British Royal Navy. Norman Hutchings entered the Navy in 1941 and received his training on board H.M.S. Collinwood. He then served as a signalman on board the destroyer, H.M.S. Faulknor, which was involved in the Battle of the Atlantic against German submarines that preyed on British merchant ships. In 1943, Hutchings posted to the naval headquarters at Fort St. Angelo on Malta. The collection consists of 488 items gathered by Hutchings during his World War II experience, and include correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, photographs, theater programs and ticket stubs, and other personal notes and ephemera. The materials are arranged in groups by format: Clippings, Correspondence, Diaries, Ephemera, Naval Messages, and Photographs.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Hutchings, Norman A.
Title
Norman A. Hutchings papers 1939-1946 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.2 Linear Feet, 488 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The papers of British-born Norman A. Hutchings span the years 1939-1946, and document Hutchings' experiences during World War II serving aboard several ships in the British Royal Navy. Norman Hutchings entered the Navy in 1941 and received his training on board H.M.S. Collinwood. He then served as a signalman on board the destroyer, H.M.S. Faulknor, which was involved in the Battle of the Atlantic against German submarines that preyed on British merchant ships. In 1943, Hutchings posted to the naval headquarters at Fort St. Angelo on Malta. The collection consists of 488 items gathered by Hutchings during his World War II experience, and include correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, photographs, theater programs and ticket stubs, and other personal notes and ephemera. The materials are arranged in groups by format: Clippings, Correspondence, Diaries, Ephemera, Naval Messages, and Photographs. The correspondence is primarily between Norman and his wife, Iris, but there are other exchanges with family members and friends. While the correspondence mainly details Hutchings's family home life, the seven small diaries, with daily entries written in very tiny handwriting, contain descriptions of civilian life during the Battle of Britain, as well as detailed accounts of shipboard life on the H.M.S. Faulknor and dated events such as German bombing raids in Britain. Acquired as part of the William B. Hamilton Collection of British Manuscripts.

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Contents of the Collection

One folder containing 63 items, more than half of which are comic strips. The articles include information on the Fortress of St. Angelo where Norman Hutchings was stationed on Malta as well as a few articles on naval actions and soccer highlights.

Newspaper clippings, 1942 Apr.-1945 May and undated
(1 folder)
Box 1

Twenty-seven folders consisting of letters to and from Norman Hutchings as well as a few letters to his wife Iris from people other than Norman. The bulk of the correspondence is between Norman and Iris. Arranged in alphabetical order by last name of writer.

From Norman Hutchings (NH), 1941 Oct. 2-1946 May 14 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 1
To Iris Hutchings from other individuals, 1942 Jan.-1944 Oct.
(1 folder)
Box 1
To NH from Aunt B. E. Cowell, 1941 Dec.-1945 May
(1 folder)
Box 1
To NH from Lilian Donneman, 1942 Mar.-1945 June
(1 folder)
Box 1
To NH from Frank Farrow, 1944 July-1945 Mar.
(1 folder)
Box 1
To NH from B. H. C. Fowler, 1944 Oct.-1945 May
(1 folder)
Box 1
To NH from Captain Ed Godsiffe, 1942 Mar.-1945 Jan.
(1 folder)
Box 1
To NH from George Heldan, undated
(1 folder)
Box 1
To NH from A. H. Hutchings, 1942 Feb. 2-1945 Apr.
(1 folder)
Box 1
To NH from Eric Hutchings, 1942 Jan.-1943 Nov.
(1 folder)
Box 1
To NH from Aunt Frank Hutchings, 1942 Jan.-1945 May
(1 folder)
Box 1
To NH from Iris Hutchings, 1939 Aug. 29-1945 June 11 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 1
To NH from Aunt Mabel Hutchings, 1943 Feb.-1945 Mar.
(1 folder)
Box 2
To NH from A. R. "Spots" Kelley, 1944 Apr.-1945 Oct.
(1 folder)
Box 2
To NH from Norah Kelley, 1944 May-1945 Nov.
(1 folder)
Box 2
To NH from P. J. "Mac" McCarthy, 1942 Feb.-1945 Mar. and undated
(1 folder)
Box 2
To NH from miscellaneous, 1940 Mar.-1945 Nov. and undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
To NH from National Bank Limited, 1942 May-1945 Dec.
(1 folder)
Box 2
To NH from Ted Newman, 1944 June-1945 May
(1 folder)
Box 2
To NH from L. G. Waite, 1944 Nov.-1945 Apr.
(1 folder)
Box 2
To NH from Mac Westerman, 1944 Nov.-1945 Feb.
(1 folder)
Box 2

Consists of seven diaries, each in its own envelope, with the envelopes inside two folders. The diary from 1940 provides descriptions of air raids on Britain by the Germans. The diaries from 1941 through 1945 provide details of life aboard the destroyer, H.M.S. Faulknor, in the Atlantic, as well as Hutchings's time in Malta. The diary for 1942 is very fragile; please handle with care. Arranged chronologically.

Diaries, 1940-1943
Box 2
Diaries, 1944-1945
Box 2

One folder consisting of 31 items, half of which are theater programs and ticket stubs originating from Italy. The remaining items consist of cards, notes, and a map of Surrey, England, which was Norman Hutchings's home.

Ephemera
Box 2

One folder consisting of seven items, mostly personal notes written on scraps of message paper commonly available to a naval signalman. One note marks the date that the defeated Italian Battle Fleet anchored at Malta.

Naval messages, 1943 Mar.-1943 Sept. and undated
Box 2

Two folders consisting of 39 black and white prints, mainly a package of prints featuring scenes of Bruges. Snapshots of Norman and his shipmates on Malta are also included. Also included are the packaging materials the prints came in.

Snapshots of Bruges
Box 2
Snapshots of Malta
Box 2

Historical Note

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1909 Jan. 9Born a British citizen
1941 JuneJoined Royal Navy
1943 Sept.Based in Malta

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Norman A. Hutchings Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Norman A. Hutchings Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Kenneth Dasher, June 2009

Encoded by Kenneth Dasher, June 2009

Accession 2002-0058 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.