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Citizen Service League and Army League: correspondence, 1938-10 - 1946-11

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/7/78

Scope and Contents

Correspondence between LSA (as Chairman) and representatives of the Leagues including 1st Lord Iliffe, President, (6), 1st Lord Willingdon, Vice-President [earlier Freeman Freeman-Thomas] and 17th Lord Derby, Vice-President [earlier Lord Stanley] (7) on subjects including funding and membership of the committee.

Other correspondents include: [Robert] Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon], declining to take part in the National Service League or to attend a meeting (3); 2nd Lord Selborne on National Service in times of crisis; [Charles] Geoffrey Vickers, Chairman of the Association for Service and Reconstruction, on widening the Citizen Service League's aims on National Service and more universal training (2); Leslie Hore-Belisha, Secretary of State for War, on militia training for anti-aircraft units; Sir Douglas Hacking, Chairman of the Conservative Party, warning that holding meetings to promote conscription might stir up opposition to it; 1st Lord Hankey on his opposition to permanent National Service; Osbert Peake [later 1st Lord Ingleby]; 4th Lord Salisbury [earlier Lord Cranborne] on subjects including signing the Declaration on National Service (5); Sir Cuthbert Headlam; Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Chatfield [Minister for Co-ordination of Defence]; Winston Churchill, declining to sign LSA's Declaration as he hoped for stronger measures; 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken], promising support from the Daily Express (2); Edward Beddington-Behrens; Arthur Ingram, Bishop of London; Sir Harry Hague.


  • 1938-10 - 1946-11

Conditions Governing Access

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


1 file(s)

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Former / Other Reference

Box 182

Finding aid date

2004-03-24 16:57:02.340000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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