7 Jan 1883: Born, Dublin, son of Professor D.J. Cunningham.
Educated Edinburgh Academy and Stubbington House, Fareham
1897: Entered Royal Navy, HMS Britannia
1900: Naval brigade, South African War
1915: Commanded HMS Scorpion in Dardanelles Campaign
1929: Married Nona Byatt
1932: Naval ADC to HM George V
1934-36: Rear-Admiral, Mediterranean Fleet
1937-38: Vice-Admiral, Mediterranean Fleet
1938-39: Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff 1939 KCB
1939-42: Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean
1942: Naval Commander-in-Chief, Expeditionary Force, North Africa
1943: Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Admiral of the Fleet
1943-46: First Sea Lord, Chief of Naval Staff
1946: Created Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope OM
12 June 1963: Died
The collection held at Churchill College includes a typescript copy of the book by Oliver Warner "Cunningham of Hyndhope, Admiral of the Fleet; A Memoir" and many of the letters and reminiscences used in Warner's research (Sections 1-3); additional Cunningham correspondence (Sections 5 and 6); material relating to 'A Sailor's Odyssey' (Cunningham's autobiography, Section 4); and Commander McHattie's reminiscences of Cunningham and article on HMS Chakla in 1979 (Section 7). The collection is concluded by a short biographical note on Cunningham provided by Captain Roskill in Section 8.
The collection was received in 6 stages between 1967 and 1979 from various sources, the results of a programme of active collection of material by Stephen Roskill who sought to build up a 'collection of Cunningham papers subsidiary to the main collection at the British Museum.'