Skip to main content

Memoirs of the Preparation of the Home Office War Book by Ronald Wells

Reference Code: GBR/0014/WELL

Scope and Contents

Wells describes his role in the compilation and maintenance of the Home Office War Book. He also relates anecdotes about key figures such as Warren Fisher as well as staff including Sir Joseph Ball and Lawrence Burgis.


  • Creation: 1935 - 1939

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

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

Ronald Wells was in charge of the War Book for the Home Office from 1935. It was created in readiness for the potential war, which when it did happen was to be the Second World War. In 1935 he was made a member of the War Book Sub-Committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence. The Government's War Book set out the steps to be taken by each Government Department (the Admiralty, War Office, Air Ministry and the Home Office) in the "Precautionary stage" and the "War stage".


1 item(s) (1 item (25 folios))

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ronald Wells deposited these memoirs at Churchill Archives Centre in July 1970.


This collection (fonds) level description was produced by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in September 2003 using information from the memoirs themselves.

Date information

DateText: These are the dates of the events covered by Wells.


Wells, Ronald, d1982, civil servant

2003-09-05 14:37:23+00:00
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 336087