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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), 01 Nov 1940 - 30 Nov 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/13/8
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, November 1940.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff; senior civil servants including Sir James Grigg [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War] and Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence].Subjects covered by the minutes include: air force plans...
Dates: 01 Nov 1940 - 30 Nov 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 18 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/22B/198
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Letter from WSC to Major-General Sir Alfred Knox informing him that rifles are not being sent to the Soviet Union: "On the contrary, we suggested to them that they might let us have a quarter of a million from their very large stocks. They were mildly surprised"; discusses supplies to the Home Guard in Buckinghamshire.

Dates: 18 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), Jan 1941 - May 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/23/13-82
Scope and Contents Papers on possible gas attack, particularly by a phosgene bomb or mustard gas, including: notes by Private Secretaries to WSC on files in the possession of Group Captain Charles Anderson [former Personal Assistant to the Minister of Aircraft Production] including minutes on Anti-Gas Protection belonging to the Ministry of Aircraft Production [enclosed] and confidential files from the Air Ministry; also papers on the Assessment of a Gas Attack, phosgene or mustard gas, and suggested...
Dates: Jan 1941 - May 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 06 Oct 1943

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/94B/167
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Letter from WSC to Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley Lord President of the Council] marked "Personal and Private" stating that he has no objections to him returning to his house and that he has not yet returned to No 10 on the advice of the Civil Aviation Service as the building is so old that even a near miss by a heavy bomb may bring it down and informing him that trouble in Dudley's domestic affairs may lead to comment by the palace. Signed.

Dates: 06 Oct 1943
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open.
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(Untitled), 01 Jul 1943 - 31 Jul 1943

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/104/1
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, July 1943.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; the Chiefs of Staff; senior civil servants, including Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; "C" [Major General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service].Subjects covered by the minutes...
Dates: 01 Jul 1943 - 31 Jul 1943
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Sep 1943 - 30 Sep 1943

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/104/3
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, September 1943. Some written by WSC when in Canada and the United States.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: senior civil servants, particularly Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; President Roosevelt; Harry Hopkins [Special...
Dates: 01 Sep 1943 - 30 Sep 1943
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 May 1942 - 31 May 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/67/4
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, May 1942.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence].Subjects covered by the minutes include: aircraft production; bombing policy; operation "Ironclad" in Madagascar; the availability of ammunition for the Home Guard; naval operations in the Indian Ocean;...
Dates: 01 May 1942 - 31 May 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 30 Mar 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/72/135-136
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Telegram from the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Stafford Cripps] (India) regarding the serious position in India with regard to ARP and fire fighting provision: comments on the existing position; details requirements for fire fighting personnel, trailer pumps and hose, and instructors for ARP schools. Annotated: "Phoned Mr Harrison, India Off" [Francis Harrison, Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for India].

Dates: 30 Mar 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Oct 1939

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 19/2C/303-307
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Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on issues such as training of territorial troops by deployment to India; the need for more Air Squadrons and the exaggerated emphasis placed on Air Raid Precautions. [typed copy, with manuscript annotations by WSC].

Dates: 01 Oct 1939
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open.
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(Untitled), 07 Oct 1939

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 19/2C/311-313
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Letter from WSC to Sam [Sir Samuel Hoare, later 1st Lord Templewood, Lord Privy Seal] with suggestions for the reorganisation of the Home Front and rationing. [draft; see CHAR 19/2A/51-53 for final version].

Dates: 07 Oct 1939
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open.
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(Untitled), 01 Dec 1939 - 31 Dec 1939

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 19/3/4
Scope and Contents First Lord of the Admiralty's printed minutes, December 1939.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (sometimes annotated with additional printed information) to: the Sea Lords, particularly [3rd Sea Lord and] Controller [Rear-Admiral Bruce Fraser], 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound], and 4th Sea Lord [and Chief of Supplies and Transport, Vice-Admiral Guy Royle]; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff [Rear-Admiral Tom Phillips]; Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain]; [Permanent] Secretary...
Dates: 01 Dec 1939 - 31 Dec 1939
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 20 Nov 1939

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 19/4/32
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Printed note by WSC on proposed changes to the black-out system.

Dates: 20 Nov 1939
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 24 Mar 1926

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/188/16
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Letter from Air Marshal Sir John Salmond to WSC sending card for his brother-in-law, Matthew Smith's exhibition of paintings, also commenting on the "infantile paralysis" affecting his Home Defence Force.

Dates: 24 Mar 1926
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 30 Aug 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/394/11
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Note from Mary Shearburn [Secretary to WSC, later Mary Thompson] to WSC, confirming that although construction of Anderson Shelters had ceased, there were a few available, at 10 pounds for a six seater, and 15 pounds for one accommodating up to 10 people [annotated by WSC, asking her to buy a large shelter for Chartwell, Kent].

Dates: 30 Aug 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 28 Aug 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/394/13
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Note from Mary Shearburn [Secretary to WSC, later Mary Thompson] to WSC, on air raid precautions at Chartwell [Kent], noting that there were adequate shelters for the staff and the cottages, that for anyone sleeping in the "big house" there was a cellar which would make a splendid shelter, leading out of the day nursery, and that if an Anderson Shelter were required for CSC when staying in the new cottage, a good place for it would be opposite the door to the muniment room.

Dates: 28 Aug 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 26 Dec 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/394/74
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Letter from Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] to Brigadier Charles Hertzberg, Chief Engineer, 7th Corps, on camouflage at Chartwell [Kent]. [Carbon].

Dates: 26 Dec 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 20 Dec 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/394/75
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Letter from Brigadier Charles Hertzberg, Chief Engineer, 7th Corps, to Maryott Whyte, on camouflage at Chartwell [Kent], confirming that work on alteration of the ponds had been completed and that they had been made useless for the guidance of aircraft by night [annotated by WSC].

Dates: 20 Dec 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 14 Dec 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/394/76
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Note from Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] to Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC], news that WSC had been invited to lunch with the Canadian Division at Leatherhead [Surrey], also that the Canadian Engineers had been camouflaging the swimming pool and draining the lakes at Chartwell [Kent]. [Carbon].

Dates: 14 Dec 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), [Dec] 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/394/78
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Note by Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC], reporting a conversation between Maryott Whyte and the Chief Engineer, 7th Corps, on camouflage at Chartwell [Kent], particularly attempts to camouflage the middle pool, which was taking much time and labour, confirming that they would obtain WSC's permission before draining it.

Dates: [Dec] 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 12 Mar 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/394/94-95
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Letter from Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] to Maryott Whyte, on an estimate from Hammond and Hussey Limited, for a long ladder for use at Chartwell [Kent] in case of incendiary bombs.

Dates: 12 Mar 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 29 May 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/394/206
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Letter from [Grace Hamblin, Private Secretary to CSC] to Kent War Agricultural Executive Committee, asking if it would be possible to use German prisoners-of-war to remove barbed wire from the Chartwell estate [Kent]. [Carbon].

Dates: 29 May 1945
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 28 May 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/394/207
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Note from Grace Hamblin [Private Secretary to CSC] to CSC, on the possibility of using German prisoners-of-war to clear barbed wire from the Chartwell estate [Kent], also on the possibility of employing a second gardener, and on the removal of two copper beech trees from in front of the house.

Dates: 28 May 1945
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 13 Mar 1935

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/243/20
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Letter from Desmond Morton (Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1) to WSC, on Major General Henry Rowan-Robinson's book "Efficiency and Economy through a Ministry of Defence". Describing it as an able and compelling statement, and a valuable contribution to the subject, particularly the proposal for a single Ministry of Defence.

Dates: 13 Mar 1935
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 12 Apr 1935

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/243/28
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Letter from Lord Winterton (Eccleston Square, London SW1) to WSC, on the possibility of an Adjournment Debate on air policy. Stating that the Speaker [Captain Edward Fitzroy] had advised against, as the Government would be compelled to give a whole day debate after the Easter Recess.

Dates: 12 Apr 1935
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 03 Jun 1936

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/255/5-6
Scope and Contents Letter from WSC to Sir Abe Bailey, stating that he was sure that "The Times" would not print a letter containing a favourable reference to him. That a week earlier Lord Bayford had made a friendly reference to him at a Conservative meeting, "The Times omitted this reference which in every other paper was the only sentence printed from the speech". Commenting that "in the present posture of affairs I have no wish whatever for office. I would not join any Government which I did not feel was...
Dates: 03 Jun 1936
Conditions Governing Access: Open