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"Pamela working correspondence during war", 1939-02 - 1943-03

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCKN 9/39

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, particularly relating to Pamela McKenna's work as Chairman of the Port of London Day Nursery Committee, member of the Association of the Save the Children Fund and staff officer in the St John Ambulance Brigade, from correspondents including: Malcolm MacDonald [Minister of Health] on the use of a Children's House at Bow [London] following the evacuation of the children; Major-General [William] Pat Bradshaw, thanking Pamela McKenna for her hospitality towards the British and Canadian troops quartered at Halnaker [Sussex] (2); John Adams, 1st Lieutenant of HMS Cleveland, on Cleveland's activities and Pamela McKenna's various gifts to the ship's officers and crew (9); Barbara, Lady Freyberg [earlier Barbara Jekyll, then Barbara McLaren] on her will; Walter Wigfield, Headmaster of the County School, Godalming [Surrey], on the Lady Jekyll Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Pamela McKenna's mother (3); Dr M Livingstone, senior medical officer, Surrey County Council Public Health Department, on the Cynthia Mosley Day Nursery (2); E Margaret Taylor, Matron of the Port of London Day Nursery (10); A H Eason, Honorary Treasurer of the Port of London Day Nursery (7); Edward Fuller, Secretary of the Save the Children Fund nursery schools committee, on subjects including the opening of a nursery at Sacombe Park [Hertfordshire] (6); Arthur Penn, Acting Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth, on subjects including a Red Cross service at Westminster Abbey which the Queen was to attend (2); Lady Katharine Seymour, Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen; Sir John Duncan, Chief Commissioner of the St John Ambulance Brigade, on subjects including preferring Pamela McKenna to Lady Louis Mountbatten for an administrative position in the Brigade and the contributions of both women to the Brigade (3); Lady Louis Mountbatten; Robinia, Lady Mountgarret; Sir John Sykes on a report by Pamela McKenna on the state of business in the public house and restaurant trade in the Knightsbridge district [London].

Also includes: photographs of HMS Cleveland; print of a tribute to Herbert Fisher; details of running costs, fuel and power rationing for the household at Halnaker, and valuables kept in London; annual report of the Port of London Day Nursery; text of a speech by 1st Lord Noel-Buxton, President of the Save the Children Fund, on a visit to a London nursery school, play centre and junior clubs; notes for speeches by Pamela McKenna for the opening of Sacombe Park Day Nursery, a Red Cross appeal and a visit to the Westminster Hospital.


  • Creation: 1939-02 - 1943-03


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


2 file(s)

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Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from 1940-43.

Finding aid date

2006-03-06 16:59:23.343000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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