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Manuscript diary, 1939-09 - 1945-06

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SPRS 11/3/1

Scope and Contents

Subjects include: the outbreak of war; directing the Hadfield-Spears Mobile Hospital Unit in France and its evacuation; ELS's departure for Dakar [Senegal] with General Charles de Gaulle and her concern for his position with the Government; bombing raids in London; taking the ambulance unit to the Levant; accounts of torture by the Gestapo in southern France; her view of de Gaulle's hostility to Britain; the unit's part in the victory parade in Paris; de Gaulle's ingratitude to ELS; her own work in the war.

Also includes an outline for a book on the war and a calendar of dates, and brief drafts of a story.


  • Creation: 1939-09 - 1945-06

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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


1 volume(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Acc 1048 Box 6


Some pages at the front and back of the diary have been torn out.

Date information

DateText: The diary covers September-October 1939, April 1940-March 1941 and April-June 1945.

Finding aid date

2007-03-06 14:06:51+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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