Sir Winston Churchill's letters to Lady Churchill, 1915-05 - 1915-12
Scope and Contents
Subjects include: Churchill’s departure for Paris to take part in negotiations on Italy’s part in the war, May 1915; the Dardanelles campaign; a successful engagement by the Royal Naval Division, May 1915; Churchill’s instructions to Clementine regarding his finances and papers in the case of his death; being offered command of a brigade by Field Marshal Sir John French [Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces in France, later 1st Lord Ypres], November 1915; the prospects of going into the front line, and Churchill’s preference for being a soldier rather than staying in the Government; serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards at the front, before having a command of his own; concerns about the marriage of Clementine’s sister Nellie Hozier to Bertram Romilly; Churchill’s plans for his political future; the conflicting advice from 10th Lord Cavan and French on whether Churchill should take command of a battalion before moving up to a brigade; Churchill’s anger against the Government, particularly Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] and Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War]; time wasted in the campaign in Iraq; Churchill’s sympathy for French’s uncertain position; visits to the French 10th Army and to Vimy ridge, December 1915, with Captain Edward Spiers [liaison officer with the French, later Edward Spears] and Spiers’s request to come with him when Churchill had his own command; news from 1st Lord Curzon [Lord Privy Seal] about the naval attack [on the Dardanelles] being renewed and Churchill’s determination that the truth should be told about the campaign; a visit to Maxine Elliott on her [Belgian Relief] barge with Spiers, December 1915; being given command of a brigade, and Asquith’s refusal to confirm this; Churchill’s memorandum on ‘Variants of the Offensive’; requests to Clementine for food and clothing supplies; Churchill’s French steel helmet; being given a battalion by Field Marshal 1st Lord Haig, the new Commander-in-Chief; Churchill’s advice that Clementine should treat Asquith with caution; French’s departure; the passage back to France [following home leave over Christmas].
- 1915-05 - 1915-12
Conditions Governing Access
With the exception of the staff wages books in CSCT 9/1, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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