Biographical history of French:
1 July 1900, Born
1913-16, Cadet at R.N. College Osborne, Dartmouth and Keyham.
1916, Midshipman in HMS Emperor of India in Grand Fleet
1917, Sub-Lieutenant and First Lieutenant of HMS Nith
1919-20, Undergraduate at Selwyn College, Cambridge
1920, Technical courses in navigation, gunnery etc.
1920-22, HMS Orion and HMS Valiant
1922, Specialised in Long Navigation Course
1923-29, Navigating Officer of various HM Ships on Home and Africa Station, including Cadet -Training Ship
1926, Advanced Navigation Specialist Course
1926-28, Teaching and Directing Staff of HM Navigation School
1929, Navigating Officer of cruiser HMS Lowestoft, Africa Station
1930-31, R.N. Staff College, Greenwich Tactical and Ship Handling Course
1931-34, Navigating Officer aircraft carrier HMS Glorious, Mediterranean Station
1934-36, Commander, Fleet Navigating Officer and Staff Officer Operations, American and West Indies Station
1937-39, Member of the Directing and Teaching Staff, R.N. Staff College, Greenwich
1939-40, Executive Officer and 2nd in Command HMS Furious, Norwegian Campaign and Atlantic Operations
1940-42, Captain, Senior Naval Member of Executive Planning Section of Joint Planning Staff under Chief of Staff's Committee.
1942-43, Commanding cruiser HMS Hawkins, Eastern Fleet in Indian Ocean
1943-44, Commodore, director of Training Royal Indian Navy
1944-46, Deputy Director of Plans, Admiralty
1946, Imperial Defence Course
1944-47, Chief of Staff to Naval Commander in Field Marshal Lord Montgomery's major staff exercise "Spearhead"
1947-48, Commanding HMS Norfolk, Flagship of East Indies Station
1949, Tactical School
1950, Retired from active service. Working for Hydrographic Department of the Admiralty
1951-54, created Commodore and re-employed as Chief of Staff and Commander- in-Chief, Indian Navy
1954-62, Admiralty Regional Officer for S. W. Region, Bristol
1962-78, In Hydrographic Department revising Sailing Directive (16 volumes)
1 July 1978, Retired from the employment of the Royal Navy on his 78th birthday
The papers cover Captain French's career from 1930, when he attended the R.N. Staff College at Greenwich, until his retirement in 1978.
Captain French deposIted the first part of his collection at Churchill College in 1976, following this in 1978 with a second and larger consignment
The papers are owned by Churchill College, Cambridge.