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The Papers of Sir Charles Hyde Villiers

Reference Code: GBR/0014/VLRS

Scope and Contents

Comprising manuscript diaries and business papers.


  • Creation: 1945 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is mostly open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives. Some items remain closed.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Hyde Villiers was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. For a short period he acted as an assistant to the Rev. P. B. [Tubby] Clayton, of Toc H, London, in 1931, and subsequently worked for Glyn Mills, Bankers.

On the outbreak of World War Two he was mobilised for service with the Grenadier Guards and took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk. He later served in the Special Operations Executive in London and Italy, 1943-45, being parachuted into Yugoslavia [now Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia] and Austria in 1944. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the Military Cross in 1945.

In his post-war business career he was a Partner of Helbert Wagg and Co, 1948-60; Managing Director of J. Henry Schroder Wagg, 1960-68; Managing Director, Industrial Reorganisation Corporation, 1968-71; Chairman, Guinness Mahon & Co. Ltd, 1971-76; Chairman, Northern Ireland Finance Corporation, 1972-73; Executive Deputy Chairman, Guinness Peat Group, 1973-76; Chairman: British Steel Corporation, 1976-80; and Chairman BSC (Industry), 1977-89.

He was knighted in 1975 and published "Start again, Britain" in 1984.


19 archive box(es) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Churchill Archives Centre by Lady Villiers in August 1992.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was compiled by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2003.

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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