Soames, Mary, Dame, 1922 - 2014 (née Churchill, writer, wife of Baron Soames)
- Existence: 1922 - 2014
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Wife of Baron Soames of Fletching and youngest daughter of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:
Letters from France, chiefly the British Embassy in Paris [France], mainly on entertaining, with other subjects including: the Conference of Foreign Ministers (including Ernest Bevin [Foreign Secretary]); the declining health of "Loulou" [Louise de Vilmorin]; visits from Winston Churchill in Paris and Geneva [Switzerland], July and Aug 1946; Mary Churchill’s engagement to [Arthur] Christopher Soames; the death of Lady Diana’s sister Marjorie, Lady Anglesey.
Letters from France, chiefly the British Embassy in Paris [France], mainly on entertaining, including visits by Rosamond Lehmann and Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, with other subjects including the wedding of Mary Churchill to [Arthur] Christopher Soames, and the signing of the Treaty of Dunkirk.
Photo [at St Margaret's Church, Westminister] shows Mary Churchill [later Mary Soames] wearing a wedding dress and veil holding WSC's arm. WSC is wearing a morning suit and both are smiling.
Papers relating to Mary Soames, from other sources.
Head and shoulders portrait of Mary Churchill [later Mary Soames] wearing ATS [Auxiliary Territorial Service] uniform and beret.
Photo shows WSC sitting in a chair, wearing a metal helmet and holding a pair of large binoculars. CSC, wearing a metal helmet, stands behind him with her fingers in her ears. Mary Churchill leans over WSC, also wearing a metal helmet, pointing to the sky. Anti-aircraft guns and ATS personnel are seen in the distance.
Photo shows Mary Churchill [later Mary Soames] with 3 other ATS [Auxiliary Territorial Services] recruits seated on the grass polishing lace up shoes.
Photo shows WSC and Mary Churchill, both wearing metal helmets and binoculars round their necks, looking up at the sky. WSC has a cigar in his mouth and Mary is wearing an ATS uniform and shielding her eyes from the sun.
Photo shows Mary Churchill [later Mary Soames], wearing ATS [Auxiliary Territorial Service] uniform and peaked cap, smiling. She is surrounded by uniformed men and women who appear to be celebrating.
Comprising correspondence, literary papers, photographs, press cuttings and film.
With some correspondence with Mary Soames after Sarah Churchill's death, about her literary papers and estate, 1983-4, 1988.
The collection relates primarily to Sir Michael’s involvement with policy on Europe. It includes his diaries from 1961-4, and a memoir of his time at the Cabinet Office from 1977-81. This memoir was written by Sir Michael in retirement.