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War letters (unfiled), 1914-05 - 1916-12

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/3/5

Scope and Contents

Letters to LSA from correspondents including: [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain on compromising with the Government over federalism for Ulster [Northern Ireland] and the poor promotion prospects for LSA as a Unionist in David Lloyd-George's Government (2); Hamar Greenwood on LSA's recruitment scheme; Frederick Oliver on the collapse of the Government and on the Liberals raising the question of National Service (4); George Lloyd on where he would be useful following the end of the Dardanelles Campaign, and on breaking Germany's economic power and reorganising Britain's internal politics; General Sir Henry Rawlinson [commander, 4th Army] on getting rid of Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] as Prime Minister; Robert Blatchford, Editor of the Clarion, criticising Asquith; Sir John Simon [Home Secretary] on LSA's ideas on conscription; General Sir Henry Wilson [Assistant Chief of General Staff, Expeditionary Forces in France] on subjects including LSA's usefulness at home, rather than in the Balkans, conscription and the opposition to it from Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War], the Dardanelles Campaign, fighting in France, and alternatives to Asquith as Prime Minister (10); Geoffrey Robinson [Editor of the Times, later Geoffrey Dawson]; [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain [Director-General of National Service] on controls and guidelines for conscription; Lord Robert Cecil [Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, later 1st Lord Cecil of Chelwood] on subjects including the National Service debate and faults in the Coalition Government (2); Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on using material from General Sir Henry Rawlinson in his [? History of the British Campaign in France and Flanders], and conscription (2); Sir Bartle Frere on the lack of central control of British forces; Lionel Curtis on the views of Irish Catholics in Canada about the Empire and Home Rule, and his own opinion on the Home Rule Bill; Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood] agreeing with LSA on National Service; Maurice Hankey [Secretary of the Committee of Imperial Defence], asking LSA to find out what Allied aircraft were available in Serbia, whether gunboats could be used to protect the Serbian river frontiers, and on writing the history of the campaign in Serbia.

Also includes: letter from LSA to Lord Robert Cecil [Minister of Blockade, later 1st Lord Cecil of Chelwood] on the distribution of Germany's colonies after the war; letter from LSA to Sir [James] Percy Fitzpatrick on his work in Romania, the political situation at home and the campaign in South Africa; memorandum on the situation in the Dardanelles.


  • Creation: 1914-05 - 1916-12

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The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


2 file(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Box 111

Related Materials

For the main series of LSA's correspondence, see AMEL 2.

Finding aid date

2003-05-29 14:12:55.340000+00:00

Repository Details

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