Sunday, 9 November 2008

Charles Archibald Vlieland

VLIELAND, Charles Archibald is the son of Charles James Vlieland and Alice Edith Millen.
He was baptised Sep 1890 at St Thomas Devon 5b 59

He was married to  Dorothy Margaret Morgan and  Audrey Louisa Hubert née Hanhart 
Vlieland Charles A Morgan Cardiff 11a 705

From his marriage Dec 1914 - Cardiff (1837-1974),Glamorgan,Monmouthshire to Dorothy Margaret Morgan .

Margaret Francis Morgan Vlieland

His second marriage to Audrey Louisa Hubert born 1956 Holborn

He was educated at Exeter School and Balliol College, Oxford; held various appointments in the Malayan Civil Service,

You can read more about that in his Malayan years
He wrote a lots of books.and dedicated them  to his wife  Margaret Morgan 
And used for these books the alias of Jerome Nicolas 
The Widow's Peak [A novel][1946]
The Asbestos Mask [1948]
Whispering Steel [1949]
Salute to To-Morrow [1949]
Deirdre [1952]
Charles Archibald's great-niece tells us
Charles Archibald rose very fast in the Malayan Service and wrote the Malayan Census of 1932, but seems to have made few friends and, more important, allies on the way up (his nickname, sadly, was 'Starchy Archie'). He was a brilliant linguist and spoke several native dialects of Penang, Perak and Selangor and went hunting with the local rajahs. They told him that the Japanese would come by land down the Malay peninsula but when he put this to a military strategy meeting early in the war no one supported him: 'rubbish', said the military, 'the Japanese will come by sea and be smashed by impregnable Fortress Singapore'. (I think he may have also encountered some prejudice as not being 'quite British', i.e. a quarter Dutch, and this told against him as well, and he was a civilian who knew as much about strategy as the military themselves, which would have caused some ripples.) He returned to Britain, and was proved only too right in late 1941 and early 1942 when the Japanese rolled up the peninsula in eight weeks and took Singapore. Naively, he seems to have thought that even after having poured egg on the faces of the top brass they would welcome him back in 1945, but he was pensioned off to write the stack of memoirs now held in the Imperial War Museum, mentioned in the blog, trying to justify his position.
Of course, this story is told from Charles Archibald's point of view; the British genuinely, if complacently, thought that the defences of Singapore constructed in 1938 would repel any attack and saw no need to take advice from a civilian member of the administration with somewhat dubious native contacts.
Jerome Nicholas alias Charles Archibald Vlieland
Al speurend komen we een andere blog tegen met daarin het handschrift en de handtekening van " het alter ego" van de schrijver.Wednesday, 16 May 2007
The Asbestos Mask - Jerome Nicholas
Al speurend komen we een andere blog tegen met daarin het handschrift en de handtekening van " het alter ego" van de schrijver.
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
The Asbestos Mask - Jerome Nicholas
This book was once owned by Kathleen Davies (August 1948). Inside there is a letter to Miss Davies from the author, who signs himself as Archie Wheeland. The endorsement in the book explains that Jerome Nicholas is 'his alter ego'.
The letter itself is interesting:
"Dear Miss Davies
Thank you very much for your efforts over the Birmingham Mail. I am very glad to have the extra copies - one I shall now be able to send to my beloved mother in law, who is the Anne of the dedication (To Another Anne whose spirits as unquenchable as my love for her) and will be thrilled to bits!
I return your copy of the book endorsed on the title page.
Yours sincerely
Archie Wheeland"

So who was he?

We know who he was !

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Charles Archibald Vlieland

Wij weten wie Archie Wheeland was. Hij is een kleinzoon van Jerome Nicholas, deze Charles Archibald Vlieland
Hij was Colonial Administrator, geboren in 1890, overleden in 1974. Woonde in Alton, Hampshire, England. Hij was de vader van Margaret Frances Morgan Vlieland die overleed 19-03-1969. Zij huwde 12-11-1938 met Brigadier Edward John Clervaux Chaytor.
Today(april 2010) we received a lot of information about Charles Archibald in the Malayan years.We decided to do a seperate article about them..
Here we have C.A.Vlielands signature.

Charles Archibald Vlieland wrote:
The Widow's Peak [A novel][1946]
The Asbestos Mask [1948]
Whispering Steel [1949]
Salute to To-Morrow [1949]
Deirdre [1952]
and several books about the Malay Peninsula.
Secretary for Defence, Malaya, 1938-1941; died in 1974.
Scope and content/abstract:
Papers relating to his life and career, 1911-1942, dated 1911, 1938, [1960-1965], 1967, principally comprising bound typescript entitled 'Disaster in the Far East, 1941-1942', an account of his work as Secretary for Defence, Malaya, 1938-1941, and his assessment of the events leading up to the fall of Singapore, 1942, written in [1960-1965], including a copy of his unofficial report on the defence of Malaya, 1940, and a census map of Malaya, 1931, with covering letter to the Centre and cutting of his article on 'Singapore: the legend and the facts' from the The Daily Telegraph, 1967.
Language/scripts of material: English.
System of arrangement:
1 volume and 1 file
Conditions governing access:
Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.
Finding aids:
Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.
Archival history:
Immediate source of acquisition:
Memoir and associated items presented to the Centre by Vlieland in 1965. Other papers presented to the Centre by Peter Elphick in 1994.
Date(s) of descriptions: Oct 1996
Another connection to Exeter is Charles Archibald Vlieland who was born there.
He is also a descendent of Jerome Nicholas Vlieland.
So we have a language teacher,a mayor and a secretary of defence with Durch roots.
We keep on searching for Jerome Nicholas .
And now the father of C.A.Vlieland Charles James Vlieland both named Charles and therefore sometimes only referred to as Charles.
Charles James Vlieland father of Charles Archibald .

C. A. Vlieland, British Malaya (the Colony of the Straits Settlements and the Malay
States under British protection, Namely the Federated States of Perak,
Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Pahang and the States of Johore, Kedah,
Kelantan, Trengganu, Perlis and Brunei: A Report on the 1931 Census and on
Certain Problems of Vital Statistics (London: Crown Agents for the Colonies,
November 27, 1914.
Second Division : Clerks—Walter Alfred John
Barnett. Louis William Caulcott, Cecil Sydney
Cooper, Barnett Ellen, Arthur George Fisher,
Fred Sheard.'Hunsworth, Gilbert Vivian Kynch,
William Stewart Hunter Millar, George Moreland,
Harold Myers, Stanley Richard Ward.
Colonial Office : Eastern Cadets—Henry Hamilton
Gardiner, Charles Archibald Vlieland.
Inland Revenue : Female Typist, London—
Justina M'Cardle.
Scotch Education Department : Assistant Clerk
(Abstractor)—William Morrison Morrison.
Post Office : Female Typists, London—Jessie
Fraser, Ada Kathleen Marjory Lucy Moore.

C.A.Vlieland lived in his last years in a handsome villa, 57 The Park, St Albans, Herts,

His second marriage to Audrey Louisa Hubert born 1956 Holborn

His first marriage Dorothy Margaret Morgan geboren 1886 Cardiff and married 1914 Durham.

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