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Manuscript diary, 1941-03 - 1942-03

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SPRS 11/3/2

Scope and Contents

Diary kept during ELS's time as Head of the Spears Mission to Syria and the Lebanon and First Minister to the republics of Syria and the Lebanon. Subjects include: the journey of the Hadfield-Spears Mobile Hospital Unit to the Levant via South Africa and Egypt; difficulties in dealing with the Free French; her happiness at being with ELS; moving up to the front line in Syria; her poor view of General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East]; life keeping house for ELS in Damascus; General Charles de Gaulle's refusal to co-operate with the British; ELS's arguments with de Gaulle and the Foreign Office over Lebanese independence; her concern about leaving "Peti" [Michael Spears] on his own and bitterness at having to leave ELS with Nancy Maurice; her views on ELS's aide, 2nd Lord Oxford and Asquith; ELS's disillusionment with the Free French; travelling through the Libyan desert in the Tobruk area; liaison difficulties for the unit between the British and French forces.

Also includes loose pages of draft memoirs on the work of the unit [? "Journey Down a Blind Alley"] and on reasons for backing General Georges Catroux [Commander-in-Chief of the Free French in the Levant] instead of de Gaulle.


  • Creation: 1941-03 - 1942-03

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

Finding aid date

2007-03-06 16:10:43.767000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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