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Civil defence

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 261 Collections and/or Records:

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(Untitled), 19 Sep 1944

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/257/11
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Telegram from WSC [in the United States] to Secretary of State for War [Sir James Grigg] marked "From: Octagon" and "Gunfire 280" and "Personal and Top Secret" on the Home Guard returning their boots or uniforms. [Copy].

Dates: 19 Sep 1944
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Jun 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/258B/222
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(Untitled), 15 Mar 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/198B/191
Scope and Contents Letter from 1st Lord Monsell [Regional Commissioner for Civil Defence South Eastern Region] (Bredbury, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells [Kent]) to WSC marked "personal" stating that he is giving up his job at the end of the month and would like to report "the magnificent conduct of the people of the South East of England". He refers to the inhabitants of the Cinque Ports, who are all looking forward to welcoming their Warden, and suggests that something special may be done for Dover, "a town...
Dates: 15 Mar 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open, with the exception of folios 63 and 202 which have been closed on the instructions of the Cabinet Office under S23 of the Freedom of Information Act but are available in 'sanitised' form. Review 2021.
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(Untitled), 26 Mar 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/198B/192
Scope and Contents Letter from WSC to "Bobbie" (1st Lord Monsell) [Regional Commissioner for Civil Defence South Eastern Region] marked "private" thanking him for his letter of 15 Mar written on his retirement as Regional Commissioner, thanking him for "the valuable service you have rendered at a key position in the defences of England", stating that he shares his admiration for the conduct of the people of the South Eastern Region, and agreeing with his feeling that "the special sufferings and steadfast...
Dates: 26 Mar 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open, with the exception of folios 63 and 202 which have been closed on the instructions of the Cabinet Office under S23 of the Freedom of Information Act but are available in 'sanitised' form. Review 2021.
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(Untitled), 14 Jul 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/198B/214
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Cutting from the Daily Telegraph of letter to editor from Major Mowbray (District Warden, Blackheath [London]) referring to the remarks by Herbert Morrison [Home Secretary] that no alert had been sounded before the flying bomb fell near the Clock Tower, Lewisham, and stating that if a warning had been given the casualties would have been much greater as it fell on an air raid shelter which would have been full.

Dates: 14 Jul 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open, with the exception of folios 63 and 202 which have been closed on the instructions of the Cabinet Office under S23 of the Freedom of Information Act but are available in 'sanitised' form. Review 2021.
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(Untitled), 14 Jul 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/198B/215
Scope and Contents Letter from Major C H Mowbray (District Warden, 43 Lee Park, SE 3 [London]) to Prime Minister's Private Secretary regarding the "Lewisham Bomb Incident" asking that WSC's attention be drawn to his letter in the Daily Telegraph [see CHAR 20/198B/214]. He comments on why "It was the greatest blessing that there was no alert", and refers to a second letter that he is sending to the Daily Telegraph informing them that the alert was sounded three minutes after the bomb had fallen. States that all...
Dates: 14 Jul 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open, with the exception of folios 63 and 202 which have been closed on the instructions of the Cabinet Office under S23 of the Freedom of Information Act but are available in 'sanitised' form. Review 2021.
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(Untitled), 05 Feb 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/21A/56-58
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Letter from WSC to Major-General 2nd Lord Loch enclosing a note reassuring him on the roles of the police and Civil Defence Services in the event of an invasion.

Dates: 05 Feb 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 04 Sep 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/10/13-14
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Letter from Alexander Duckham to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing letter to Sir John Anderson [Home Secretary later 1st Lord Waverley] with a suggestion for changing the Air Raid Warning note from "the demoralising wail of the amorous gargantuan tom cat" to the "cock-a-doodle-doo" signalling "defiance and triumph". [Carbon].

Dates: 04 Sep 1940
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 4-6 Aug 1950

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/28/45-51
Scope and Contents Copy of a covering letter from WSC to Clement Attlee, Prime Minister, marked "private" sending on two enclosures and undertaking to support the government on national defence, while reserving the right to criticise the Government on defence spending, and suggesting a recall of Parliament at the end of August.Includes enclosures: A copy of a note by WSC (dated 4 August) suggesting a plan for creating an emergency army for Western Europe, including the need for increased length of service by...
Dates: 4-6 Aug 1950
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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"War Cabinet: Chiefs of Staff Committee: Weekly Resume (no.56) of the naval, military and air situation from 12 noon September to 12 noon September 26th, 1940", 27 Sep 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 23/6/86-99
Scope and Contents Summary of events including: attempted landing at Dakar by General [Charles] de Gaulle; U boat activity in the North Atlantic and shipping losses; operations by German raiders; information about the disposition of German and Italian troops; events in Greece, Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia], Bulgaria, the Mediterranean and the Middle East; air attacks on Germany (including Berlin) and on invasion ports in France and...
Dates: 27 Sep 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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Wartime work, 1925 - 1978

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/LDBA 1
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Includes: Ministry of Home Security papers on design of air raid shelters; Home Office Civil Defence Research Committee minutes; Department of Scientific and Industrial Research papers on alternative construction methods; papers on bombing trials for shelters and on protection for factories and offices; road research reports; data on damage to reinforced concrete and steel framed buildings; report on damage at Hiroshima and Nagasaki [Japan].

Dates: 1925 - 1978
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: With the exception of a few files, which are still closed (details are available in the catalogue), the collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.