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Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes., 15 Jan 1919 - 27 Mar 1919

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 16/15A-B

Scope and Contents

Includes carbon copies of minutes (some annotated in reply) from WSC to various individuals including: Secretary [War Office, Sir Reginald Brade]; Chief of Imperial General Staff [General Sir Henry Wilson]; Air Secretary [Jack Scott]; Major-General John Seely [later 1st Lord Mottistone, Under-Secretary of State for Air]; Chief of the Air Staff [Major-General Frederick Sykes, until February 1919; Major-General Sir Hugh Trenchard, from February 1919]; Director of Military Intelligence [Major-General William Thwaites]; Adjutant-General [Lieutenant-General Sir George Macdonogh]; Finance Member [Sir Archibald Williamson, later 1st Lord Forres]; Sir James Stevenson [Surveyor-General of Supply]; Military Secretary [Lieutenant-General Sir Francis Davies]; Deputy Chief of Imperial General Staff [Major-General Charles Harington]; Under-Secretary of State for War [1st Lord Peel]; Sir Arthur Duckham; Quartermaster-General [General Sir John Cowans]; Violet Douglas-Pennant; Director General Army Medical Service [Lieutenant-General Sir John Goodwin]; Major-General Fabian Ware; 7th Lord Londonderry [earlier Lord Castlereagh]; [?Brigadier-]General George Smyth-Osborne; Director of Military Operations [Major-General Percy Radcliffe]; Major-General Wyndham Childs [?Deputy Adjutant-General]; General William Bartholomew [Deputy Director of Military Intelligence]; Controller-General of Civil Aviation [from February 1919, Sykes]; Major-General Ernest Swinton; Director of Personal Services; and other War and Air officials.Subjects covered by the file include: the reorganisation of the War Office and the RAF; matters concerning Germany, such as conditions there, the Army of the Rhine, and peace terms; demobilisation; army matters, including pay, appointments, and estimates; possible civil unrest in Britain; matters concerning Russian policy, including support for General Anton Denikin and Admiral Alexander Kolchak, the Canadian withdrawal, and the use of poison gas; decorations; withdrawal from Bulgaria; Indian responsibilities; defending Great Britain; aircraft and airship production; conscientious objectors in prison; surplus arms and grenades; Major-General Cameron Shute's treatment of subordinates; court martials and death sentences; German prisoners of war in Britain; air force ranks; war graves and cemeteries; military transport.


  • 15 Jan 1919 - 27 Mar 1919

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2 file(s) (2 bound files (323 folios))

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