J Roland Powell was born in London in 1889, the son of a clergyman. Educated at Sherborne School he graduated with a degree in History from Queen’s College, Cambridge, in 1911. He served as a chaplain with the Yeomanry in the Middle East during World War One, and believed himself to be ‘the only man to have organised a whist drive on the Mount of Olives’. He then held a number of curacies, principally in London, where he spent several years working in Limehouse, before becoming Vicar of Kingsbury, greater London, in 1931. He served on the Council of the Navy Records Society for many years, subsequently serving as a vice-president, and died in Bedford in 1980.
• The Letters of Robert Blake (Navy Records Society, 1937)
• The Navy in the English Civil War (1962)
• Documents Relating to the Civil War (Navy Records Society, 1963)
• The Rupert and Monck Letterbook (Navy Records Society, 1969)
• Robert Blake: General at Sea (1972)
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