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Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on demobilisation problems., 01 Jan 1919 - 31 Jan 1919

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 16/3

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Correspondents include: Lieutenant-General Travers Clarke [Quartermaster-General to the British Armies in France]; Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig [Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces in France and Flanders] (2); 1st Lord Milner [Secretary of State for the Colonies]; High Commissioner [?in Siberia, Robert Hodgson]; Lieutenant-General 10th Lord Cavan, Commander-in-Chief, Italy; General Sir Henry Wilson [Chief of Imperial General Staff]; Sir Eric Geddes [Minister without Portfolio] (2); Quartermaster-General, General Sir John Cowans; Austen Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer] on funding for a number of areas, including an official residence for WSC (3); General Sir Edmund Allenby [Commander-in-Chief Egyptian Expeditionary Force]; Lieutenant-General Sir George Milne [Commanded the British Forces at Constantinople, later Istanbul, Turkey]; Lord French [earlier Sir John French, later 1st Lord Ypres, Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland]; 1st Lord Inverforth [earlier Andrew Weir, Minister of Munitions] on the disposal of surplus stores; David Lloyd George on not being properly informed by WSC (2); Walter Long [First Lord of the Admiralty] on tensions with the Admiralty over the RAF; 1st Lord Curzon [Lord President of Council] on WSC being summoned to War Cabinet meetings; Lieutenant-General Sir George Macdonogh [Adjutant-General] (2); 2nd Lord Esher [earlier Reginald Brett] congratulating WSC and on modifying the Army Council; Sir Maurice Hankey [Secretary to the Cabinet] on a committee to oversee the breaking up of German armament production; Andrew Bonar Law [Lord Privy Seal]; 17th Lord Derby [British Ambassador to France]; George Barnes [Minister Plenipotentiary, Paris Peace Conference] on soldiers' pay; Woodrow Wilson sending on a letter from General John Pershing [Commander-in-Chief of American Expeditionary Forces] on German demobilisation; 2nd Lord Cromer [Equerry in Ordinary and Assistant Private Secretary to HM]; Sir George Riddell; Deputy Chief of Imperial General Staff [Major-General Charles Harington]; 1st Lord Northcliffe [earlier Alfred Harmsworth] (2).Also includes copy telegrams and letters from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Lieutenant-General Sir William Marshall [General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Mesopotamia (later Iraq) Expeditionary Force], [Sir Charles Maynard] Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces at Murmansk [Russia], Lord Burnham, Walter Layton, and 1st Lord Stamfordham [earlier Sir Arthur Bigge, Private Secretary to King George V].Subjects covered in the file include: matters concerning demobilisation, including a meeting at the War Office, control of transport, the numbers involved, publicising the revised scheme, maintaining the army of occupation, and the mutiny at Calais [France]; the Bolshevik threat and British policy in Russia; Cowans becoming Governor of Nigeria; the establishment of a staff college at Camberley [Surrey]; purchasing nitrate stocks; promoting and honouring individuals.Also includes: copy of demobilisation instructions.


  • Creation: 01 Jan 1919 - 31 Jan 1919

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1 file(s) (1 bound file (132 folios))

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