Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on the Russian campaign.

Reference code: CHAR 16/7

Part of: CHAR 16
Next record: CHAR 16/8
Previous record: CHAR 16/6

Date: 01 May 1919 - 31 May 1919

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Correspondents include: Walter Long [First Lord of the Admiralty] on cemeteries in France; General Sir Henry Wilson [Chief of Imperial General Staff] (7); 1st Lord Inverforth [earlier Andrew Weir, Minister of Munitions] (2); Major-General Neill Malcolm, British Military Mission, Berlin [Germany], sending on a letter purporting to be by Enver Pasha appealing for British intervention to preserve Turkey; Elizabeth Haldane on the territorial force nursing service; Lieutenant-General Sir Philip Chetwode accepting the post of Military Secretary at the War Office; David Lloyd George; Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] and Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig [Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in Great Britain] on Haig being present for General John Pershing's [Commander-in-Chief of American Expeditionary Forces] visit to London; 1st Lord Stamfordham [earlier Sir Arthur Bigge, Private Secretary to King George V]; 17th Lord Derby [British Ambassador to France]; 1st Lord Curzon [Lord President of Council] (4) and ?Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Cuninghame on subjects including the situation in Hungary; General Sir John Cowans on the Slough [Berkshire] depot; Lieutenant-General Sir Hubert Gough; 7th Lord Londonderry [earlier Lord Castlereagh] on the Violet Douglas-Pennant case; Sir Eric Geddes, Sir Guy Granet, and George Roberts [Food Controller] on Granet receiving a peerage; Andrew Bonar Law [Lord Privy Seal] on strike-breaking (2); General Anton Denikin on receiving Major-General Herbert Holman as British representative at his headquarters; Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood]; Winifred, Duchess of Portland on honouring Douglas Shields.

Also includes copy telegrams and letters from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Austen Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer], Sir Reginald Brade [Secretary, War Office], Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Haking, Arthur Balfour [Foreign Secretary], King George V, Frederick Guest, General Tscherbatchev, Sir Frederick Ponsonby [later Lord Sysonby, Keeper of the Privy Purse], General Louis Botha [Premier of South Africa], and Sir Laming Worthington-Evans [Minister of Pensions].

Subjects covered by the file include: defence spending; payments for officer training; matters concerning the campaign in Russia, including recognising Admiral Alexander Kolchak's government, operations in north Russia, the repatriation of Russian prisoners from Germany, and the possible withdrawal of Canadian troops; appointing Brigadier-General Edward Spears as Military Attache in Paris [France]; army and civil service appointments; conscription issues; Brade's health; training for the armies of occupation; medal details; moving the Royal Irish Rifles' Record Office.

Also includes: anonymous letter sent to Edward Marsh [WSC's Private Secretary] enclosing a statement by a Major Maclean on Major-General Sir Arthur Lyndon-Bell's [Director of Staff Duties] refusal to give him an appointment.

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CHAR 16/7/23-25 Letter from Enver [Pasha], ex- Turkish Minister of War (Smolensk [Russia]) to WSC making observations on Turkey's reasons for entering the war and on the huge sacrifices made and news of the 'coup de grace' [final blow] of dividing up his fatherland. He begs WSC to use his influence on [David] Lloyd George to re-establish links and to keep Asia Minor and Thrace together; warns him about Turkey and Arabia and against offending Islam. Ends by promising great loyalty. 03 May 1919