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Public and Political: General: General Public correspondence, A-B. [please note the majority of the file dates from 1943]., Oct 1940 - Dec 1943

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/471A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: [Bernard] Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to Minister of Information] (2) commenting on a book on WSC from the Alliance Press and a special edition of the Cuban paper Avance; Sir John Hammerton of Amalgamated Press Limited (2) sending a book "Other things than war" and an encyclopaedia of the war; [Guy] Millard of the Foreign Office sending on an Arabic translation of the Gospel of St Matthew; Brigadier-General Cecil Aspinall-Oglander sending a "Victory" potato; [Reginald] Ashford [Private Secretary to the Chairman of the Board of Customs and Excise] on a canvas bag from Brazil addressed to WSC; [Ronald] Melville [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air] and [6th] Lord Brownlow [earlier Peregrine Cust] on obtaining a signed photograph for [Major] General [Ira] Eaker; Charles Boyton (4) on oil paintings, including of WSC; the crew of WSC's BOAC "Bristol" thanking him for signed photographs; [Saville] Garner [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Dominions] and [George] Ignatieff [3rd] Secretary, Canadian High Commission, London, on a book forwarded by High Commissioner [Vincent] Massey; [John] Pimlott [Private Secretary to the Home Secretary] on forwarding a letter on recordings of WSC's war speeches. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC's secretaries "E S L" [Elizabeth Layton], [Kathleen] Hill, Jo [Sturdee, later Lady Onslow], and [Magdalene] Stenhouse, [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries] "F D W B" [Francis Brown], "E M W" [Edith Watson], [John] Peck, and [Anthony] Bevir, CSC and [her secretary Grace] Hamblin, and "C R T" [Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC].Other subjects include: various other gifts and items sent or offered to WSC including a kangaroo skin and a picture of the South African armoured train [when WSC was captured by the Boers] from Major-General [George] Brink; support for WSC from home and abroad; gifts sold in aid of the British Red Cross Society and donations to the Aid to Russia Fund; requests for WSC's signature; a request for assistance with military service and housing from a constituent; a request for information on WSC; birthday, Christmas, and Easter wishes; requests for WSC to send messages to individuals; advertising featuring WSC.Also includes: cuttings from War Savings "Wings for Victory" Issue; various poems sent to WSC; cuttings on recollections of WSC at Sandhurst [Berkshire] and the John Burns' memorial; birthday, Christmas, and Easter cards; extract from the London Spy of 8 December 1736; copy of the British Legion Annual Report and Accounts, 1941-42; advertisement from DuMont electronics featuring WSC.

Dates

  • Creation: Oct 1940 - Dec 1943

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Extent

2 file(s) (2 bound files (238 folios))

Language of Materials

English