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Public and Political: General: Gifts: Birthday gifts: General public I-Z., 1864 - 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/428A-G

Scope and Contents

Correspondents (concerning 80th birthday gifts to WSC) include: Helmut Isenberg, Export Director, Paper-Mate Eastern (3); Terence Grady (2) and John Graham (3) [Assistant Private Secretaries to Foreign Secretary]; King Peter II of Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia]; Ludwig Koch; Leslie Pine, Managing Editor of Burke's Peerage (2); Geoffrey Lane; Claude Muncaster; [William] Gladstone Murray; [Leonard] David Gammans; Sir John Blake-Reed; Ada Reeve; David Renton; James de Rothschild; Brigadier Ralph Rayner, Chairman of Council, Royal Society of St George; Wilfrid Shewell-Cooper; Colonel John Astor, [Chief Proprietor of] the Times; Feliks Topolski; [Benjamin] Ifor Evans, Fellow of University College London (3); W Warren (3); Charles Fletcher-Cooke, MP for Darwen, Lancashire.Also includes copies of correspondence from WSC and CSC to the individuals mentioned above and to R V Jones, John Stacpoole of the Colonial Office, [2nd] Lord Moynihan, and Sonia, Lady Fairfax [of Cameron]; birthday cards; newspaper cuttings; photographs (including a photograph of WSC with King Edward VIII [later the Duke of Windsor]); sketches; poems; various objects including a confederate states 10 dollar bill (dating to 1864) and a Queen Victoria penny (dating to 1874); postcards of Harrow school; a souvenir record of the Times; and notes and copies of correspondence from R McHale [Secretary to WSC], Elizabeth Gilliatt [Secretary to WSC], Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel, Secretary to WSC], John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC], Christopher Soames [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC], and Anthony Montague Browne [Private Secretary to WSC].Other subjects covered by the file include: the transport of gifts. Most of the material in the file dates 1954-1955.


  • Creation: 1864 - 1955

Conditions Governing Access

Open except for folios 482-497 which have been removed from the file on grounds of data protection as they contain sensitive information about named individuals. Closed for 75 years until 1 Jan 2030.


7 file(s) (7 files (1045 loose folios))

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