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Official: War Cabinet: Correspondence., 18 Jan 1918 - 03 Oct 1918

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 27/32
Scope and Contents Correspondents include: David Lloyd George, Prime Minister, on munitions requirements for the Admiralty (1); Sir Eric Geddes [First Lord of the Admiralty] on munitions; Sir Auckland Geddes [Minister of National Service and Reconstruction] on a ministry of supply; and Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig [Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces in France and Flanders] (2).Also includes copy letters from WSC to the individuals mentioned above including 12 letters to Lloyd George about his...
Dates: 18 Jan 1918 - 03 Oct 1918
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Official: War Cabinet: notes and correspondence., 20 Jan 1940 - [May] [1940]

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 23/3
Scope and Contents Includes papers by various individuals on various subjects, including: defence organisation, as in the procedures of the Military Co-ordination Committee and Chiefs of Staff Committee; Lord Halifax [earlier Lord Irwin and Edward Wood, Foreign Secretary] on his disapproval of a broadcast by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on neutral countries; extracts from the press on foreign reaction to WSC's broadcast on neutrals; notes from Cabinet, including WSC and Neville Chamberlain [Prime...
Dates: 20 Jan 1940 - [May] [1940]
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Official: War Cabinet: Prime Minister's Directives., 27 Jun 1940 - 30 Dec 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 23/4
Scope and Contents Printed directives by the Prime Minister, WSC, on subjects including: War Cabinet arrangements; the brevity of reports; the unlikelihood of invasion from the sea, including a note by Sir Dudley Pound, 1st Sea Lord; draft notes on defence against invasion, including notes by the Chiefs of Staff; the priority of the air force; strengthening the army; munitions; the reinforcement of Malta; relations with Vichy France in the Mediterranean; strengthening the forces in the Mediterranean; the...
Dates: 27 Jun 1940 - 30 Dec 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Official: War Cabinet: Prime Minister's Directives., 06 Mar 1941 - 12 Dec 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 23/9
Scope and Contents Printed directives by the Prime Minister, WSC, on subjects including: the battle of the Atlantic; food imports; army scales; the naval programme; the Mediterranean; warning Stalin against Germany (including extracts of correspondence between WSC, the Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] and Sir Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union]; policy in Syria; Egypt and the Middle East; security of cabinet papers; the maintenance of forces in the Middle East; the...
Dates: 06 Mar 1941 - 12 Dec 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Official: War Cabinet: Prime Minister's Directives., 18 Dec 1941 - 30 Dec 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 23/10
Scope and Contents Printed directives by the Prime Minister, WSC, on subjects including: the future conduct of the war; the Pacific and the Japanese fleet; the entry of the United States into the war; the Atlantic Front; the Indian Ocean; the function of the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey]; Vichy France's co-operation with Germany; the function of the Minister Resident in West Africa [1st Lord Swinton, earlier Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister, earlier Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame]; Fleet Air Arm...
Dates: 18 Dec 1941 - 30 Dec 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Official: War Cabinet: Supreme War Council., 12 Sep 1939 - 13 Jun 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 23/2
Scope and Contents

Printed records of the Council's meetings, on subjects including: the general situations in Britain; France; Germany; Poland; Italy; Spain; the Balkans; the Baltic; naval policy; the Eastern Front; the Western Front; air policy; South eastern Europe; Northern Europe; the Soviet Union; Scandinavia; British troops in France; the evacuation from Dunkirk [France]; appeals to the United States.Also includes: printed index.

Dates: 12 Sep 1939 - 13 Jun 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Official: War Cabinet: various papers., 18 Feb 1917 - 22 Jul 1917

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 27/1
Scope and Contents Includes papers on various subjects including: petrol consumption by the Admiralty; conference papers from the Petrograd [later Leningrad and St Petersburg, Russia] conference on munitions; a paper by WSC on naval war policy; tables comparing the strengths of the navies of the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany; printed correspondence (dating to 1915) between WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, and [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] Commander in Chief of the Grand Fleet, about the attack...
Dates: 18 Feb 1917 - 22 Jul 1917
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Official: War Council, 1914-1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 26
Scope and Contents The War Council was established in November 1914 to direct the overall conduct of the War. This class contains all of WSC's correspondence and papers relating to the discharge of this responsibility except those relating to the Admiralty and certain other specific bodies such as the Cabinet and its various committees. The two correspondence files (26/1 and 26/2) contain valuable correspondence with Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War and General Sir John French [later 1st Lord Ypres],...
Dates: 1914-1915
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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Official: War Council., 09 Aug 1914 - 31 Dec 1914

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 26/1
Scope and Contents General Correspondence Correspondents include Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, on Yeomanry Organisation, the possible use of Russian troops on the Western Front and at Gallipoli, and his visit to the British Expeditionary Force in France; General Sir John French, (later Lord Ypres) C. in C., British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front; Herbert Asquith (later Lord Oxford and Asquith), Prime Minister, giving permission for WSC to visit Dunkirk to look into Naval matters, but...
Dates: 09 Aug 1914 - 31 Dec 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Official: War Council., Jan 1915 - May 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 26/2
Scope and Contents General Correspondence.Correspondents include 1st Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, (3) mainly on Russia; General Sir John French [later 1st Lord Ypres] (9), mainly on the Western Front; General Sir Ian Hamilton (8); on the Territorial Army; Major-General William Birdwood, the 2nd London Division and the Dardanelles; F E Smith [later 1st Lord Birkenhead] (2); Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], Prime Minister (2), on the War Council and the Dardanelles; David Lloyd...
Dates: Jan 1915 - May 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Official: War Priorities Committee: minutes., 04 Jan 1918 - 06 Sep 1918

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 27/40
Scope and Contents Includes committee minutes of statements made by: General Jan Smuts [South African Representative on the Imperial War Cabinet]; [17th] Lord Derby [earlier Edward Stanley] Secretary of State for War; WSC, Minister of Munitions; [1st] Lord Rothermere [earlier Harold Harmsworth] Air Minister; and Sir Auckland Geddes, Minister of National Service and Reconstruction.Subjects discussed include: shipbuilding; labour for construction work; use of existing buildings for government departments; the...
Dates: 04 Jan 1918 - 06 Sep 1918
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Papers: Navy and Admiral 1st Lord Fisher, 1902 - 1919-01

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/ESHR 17
Scope and Contents

Printed papers, including: papers on the Mediterranean Fleet; the new Admiralty training scheme; memoranda by Fisher; naval necessities; 'Some notes by Lord Fisher for his Friends'.

Dates: 1902 - 1919-01
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Papers of Admiral Sir Frederick Parham

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/PARM
Scope and Contents

Album from HMS Malaya and a recording of Parham's reminiscences.

Dates: 1917 - 1990-08
Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Papers on naval subjects, 1822 - 1918

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/FISR 5
Scope and Contents

Subjects include: shipbuilding; war plans; fleet operations and manning; naval reforms; armaments and gunnery; training; submarines; Admiralty policy; development of cruisers and battleships; oil engines; strategy during the war; the Dardanelles Campaign and Inquiry; air warfare; Fisher's own career.

Dates: 1822 - 1918
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Political: Constituency: Dundee: Correspondence., 01 Jan 1912 - 31 Dec 1912

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 5/14
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include Sir George Ritchie (Consituency Chairman); The Women's Freedom League (Dundee Branch); Herbert Samuel (Postmaster General).Subjects include the possibility of giving Admiralty work to Dundee shipbuilders; Female suffrage; Irish Home Rule; Post Office Telephones and Telegraphs.

Dates: 01 Jan 1912 - 31 Dec 1912
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Political: Constituency: Woodford [Essex]: Correspondence with or on behalf of constituents, A - J., 25 Jan 1950 - 08 May 1950

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 3/56
Scope and Contents Correspondents include: Percy Cohen, [Joint Director], Conservative Research Department (2); Sir William Wakefield on a proposed increase in London taxi fares; George Earle, Chairman, Association of Portland Cement Manufacturers Limited, on the nationalisation of the cement industry; J W Faulkner, Clerk of Chigwell [Essex] Urban District Council (5); Joan, Lady Davidson [later Baroness Northchurch], MP for [Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire]; Philip Moore [later Lord Moore of Wolvercote],...
Dates: 25 Jan 1950 - 08 May 1950
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Political: Constituency: Woodford [Essex]: correspondence with or on behalf of constituents, G-K., Apr 1945 - May 1946

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 3/25A-B
Scope and Contents Correspondents include: J H Hughes of the Air Ministry (5); Lena Prescott of the Ministry of Health (6); M L Elder of the War Office (7); Sir James Hawkey [Chairman of Woodford Conservative Association] (11); [Nicholas] Henderson [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] (2) and Evelyn Shuckburgh [First Secretary, HM Embassy, Prague, Czechoslovakia (later Czech Republic and Slovakia)] on the parents of a constituent in Czechoslovakia; A E Hine, Private Secretary, Ministry of...
Dates: Apr 1945 - May 1946
Conditions Governing Access: Open (folios 61-8, 195-207, and 335-47 opened in 2022)
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Political: Constituency: Woodford [Essex]: correspondence with or on behalf of constituents, I-Z., Jul 1946 - Jul 1947

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 3/37
Scope and Contents Correspondents include: Theresa Brewster, Private Secretary, War Damage Commission (4); Sir James Hawkey, Chairman of Woodford Conservative Association; L D Baynes of the War Office (4); [Evan] Maude [Assistant Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer]; M M Killeen, Private Secretary to the Minister of Pensions (4); J H Hughes of the Air Ministry (5); [Anthony] Ridge, [Principal Private Secretary to the Postmaster General]; [Kenneth] Witney, [Assistant] Private Secretary [to the Home...
Dates: Jul 1946 - Jul 1947
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Press Cuttings, 1921-08 - 1921-12

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 5/23
Scope and Contents

Including: naval estimates and naval growth.

Dates: 1921-08 - 1921-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Press Cuttings, 1922-03 - 1922-05

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 5/25
Scope and Contents

Including: the Empire Settlement Bill and migration; naval estimates.

Dates: 1922-03 - 1922-05
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Press Cuttings, 1922-09 - 1922-11

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 5/26
Scope and Contents

Including: emigration; Andrew Bonar Law's new cabinet; Winston Churchill's attack on LSA's naval estimates.

Dates: 1922-09 - 1922-11
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Press Cuttings, 1922-11 - 1923-04

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 5/27
Scope and Contents

Including: Unionist Party principles; Empire migration schemes; Empire trade; LSA's inspection of the naval boatyard, Devonport [Devon] as First Lord of the Admiralty; naval estimates.

Dates: 1922-11 - 1923-04
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Press Cuttings, 1923-04 - 1923-07

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 5/28
Scope and Contents

Including: Singapore Naval Base; Empire settlement; the Royal Naval Air Force debate.

Dates: 1923-04 - 1923-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Protection and preference, 1923-06 - 1924-01

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/3/69
Scope and Contents Memoranda by LSA on taxation and Imperial Preference, particularly: the British Dyestuffs Agreement; proposed financial assistance to develop Imperial resources, the position regarding protection and preference and the relation of overseas trade to employment; comments on a Board of Trade memorandum on Imperial preference; the McKenna duties [tax on luxury imports]; the relation of overseas trade to employment. Also includes: memorandum by Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame [President of the...
Dates: 1923-06 - 1924-01
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Public: Admiralty, 1906 - 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCKN 3
Scope and Contents Includes: correspondence, mainly with other members of the Board of Admiralty, flag officers and the Cabinet, on naval business, particularly the naval estimates and the feud between Admiral Lord Charles Beresford and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, 1st Sea Lord; papers and correspondence relating to the inquiry on Admiral Beresford; intelligence reports by Sir [Arthur] Trevor Dawson and other papers on the German battleship programme; Admiralty correspondence relating to the 1910...
Dates: 1906 - 1915
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.