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Public and Political: General: Personal Office correspondence, A-B, many on WSC's health, his travels abroad, and offering support for his leadership. [please note that most of the file dates from 1943]., Mar 1941 - Aug 1947

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/463

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Correspondents include: Major-General [2nd] Lord Rennell [earlier Francis Rodd] (15 Army Group) and General [Sir Harold] Alexander [later 1st Lord Alexander of Tunis] forwarding the first Union Jack to fly on the mainland of liberated Europe; Ava, Lady Anderson [earlier Ava Wigram, later Ava, Lady Waverley] commenting on and sending on notes on Ralph Wigram and the German breaking of the Treaty of Locarno including extracts from letters by [Pierre] Flandin [former French Foreign Minister]; "Max", [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken] (2) suggesting Brendan Bracken for British Ambassador to the United States and on his return to the government; [1st Lord] Bennett; Lady Violet Bonham Carter [earlier Violet Asquith and Violet, Lady Bonham Carter, later Lady Asquith of Yarnbury] (7) including (1) on her son, Mark Bonham Carter, and his capture by the Italians, and (1) on WSC's Mansion House speech [of 30 June]; Clare Brocklebank, daughter of Sir Bindon Blood, on a Dervish sword given by WSC to Blood (4); General [Henry] Arnold; Alice, Lady Avebury (2); Consuelo Balsan [earlier Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough]; Sir John Barran sending on a volume of lectures by General [1st Lord] Wavell; Bernard Baruch (3); [Colin] Thornley [Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for the Colonies]; [2nd] Lord Knollys [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda]; [2nd] Lord Birkenhead [earlier Lord Furneaux and Frederick Smith] sending on a memorandum on [Conrad] Henlein [Sudeten Nationalist Leader; not included in the file] (2); Air Marshal [William] Bishop forwarding a book; [Sir] Edward Bridges; Zachry Brierley on his grandparents' diamond wedding (2); Mollie, Duchess of Buccleuch (5); "Johnny", Lord Dalkeith [later 9th Duke of Buccleuch and 11th Duke of Queensberry] on his naval experiences; Major-General [4th] Lord Burnham [earlier Edward Frederick Lawson] sending a photograph album; Mairi, Lady Bury on WSC signing her copy of "Marlborough" (2). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC's secretaries "M S" [?Maud Stanley], [Kathleen] Hill, and [Elizabeth] Layton, [Charles] Thompson and "D M" [Desmond Morton, Personal Assistants to WSC], [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries, John] Martin and [Leslie] Rowan, "D K" [Denis Kelly, WSC's post-war literary assistant], and CSC's secretary [Grace] Hamblin; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Lionel Berry [later 2nd Lord Kemsley].Other subjects include: various other gifts received by WSC; WSC's "Bristol" flight crew; [Hilda] Lady Butterfield's charity work.Also includes: list of "Inquiries" for WSC, February 1943; Children of the Fighting Forces charity leaflet.


  • Creation: Mar 1941 - Aug 1947

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1 file(s) (1 bound file (162 folios))

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