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Official: War and Air: correspondence, mainly on demobilisation and the reorganisation of the Air Ministry., 01 Feb 1919 - 28 Feb 1919

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 16/4

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: King Manuel II on the "future of Portugal"; General Sir William Robertson [General Officer Commanding-in-Chief the Forces in Great Britain] (3); 1st Lord Milner [Secretary of State for the Colonies] on appointing neither Major-General Sir Hugh Trenchard or General Sir John Cowans as Governor of Nigeria (2); Andrew Bonar Law [Lord Privy Seal] passing on a copy of a letter from Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Lawson on a decline in his pay and position; Philip Kerr [later 11th Lord Lothian, Secretary to the Prime Minister] (2); Austen Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer] on War Office spending; 1st Lord Inverforth [earlier Andrew Weir, Minister of Munitions] on Lieutenant-General Travers Clarke [Quartermaster-General to the British Armies in France] and Sir Arthur Duckham (5); Walter Layton on negotiations in Paris [France]; Trenchard; Lieutenant-General Sir Hubert Gough on Irish regiments and a trip to Baku [Azerbaydzhan] (2); Walter Long [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Admiralty views of naval air requirements and General Sir Ian Hamilton possibly becoming Governor of Malta (3); Frederick Guest; 1st Lord Stamfordham [earlier Sir Arthur Bigge, Private Secretary to King George V] (3); Major-General John Seely [later 1st Lord Mottistone, Under-Secretary of State for Air] (2); Major-General Sir Frederick Sykes [First Controller-General of Civil Aviation] on the importance of civil aviation; 6th Lord Balfour of Burleigh; Lieutenant-General Sir Bryan Mahon offering his services; Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig [Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces in France and Flanders]; 1st Lord Curzon [Lord President of Council] on American criticism of British industrial relations (3); Sir George Riddell; Sir Maurice Hankey [Secretary to the Cabinet]; Sir Reginald Brade [Secretary, War Office] on his health; David Lloyd George (2); 1st Lord Hardinge of Penshurst [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] on methods of contacting the Prime Minister in Paris [France]; Oliver Locker-Lampson; Edwin Montagu [Secretary of State for India]; Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught; "Reggie" [Brigadier-General Reginald Barnes] on army reorganisation; and [1st Lord] Hardinge [of Penshurst] on the encryption of secret telegrams and French intelligence.Also includes copy telegrams and letters from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Sir Robert Horne [later 1st Lord Horne of Slamannan, Minister of Labour], Sir Eric Geddes [Minister without Portfolio], and Sir Auckland Geddes [Minister of National Service and Reconstruction].Subjects covered by the file include: matters concerning demobilisation, including the mood amongst troops, the aftermath of the mutiny at Calais [France], and army strength; British policy in Russia and Turkey; matters concerning the reorganisation of the Air Ministry, including nominations for the new Air Council and the Air Bill; the Georgetown [Scotland] Filling Factory; enlistment for the "after war" army; the occupation of Germany; promoting and honouring individuals; the formation of an "Imperial Battalion"; the imprisonment of conscientious objectors; debt incurred by the Georgian Republic.

Dates

  • 01 Feb 1919 - 28 Feb 1919

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Extent

1 file(s) (1 bound file and 1 folder (174 folios))

1 folder(s) (1 bound file and 1 folder (174 folios))

Language of Materials

English

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