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

Reference code: CHAR 16/9

Part of: CHAR 16
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Date: 01 Jul 1919 - 31 Jul 1919

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Correspondents include: Major-General Sir Hugh Trenchard [Chief of the Air Staff] on the availability of aeroplanes for Air Ministry officials; Frederick Guest [Patronage Secretary, Treasury]; Major-General John Seely [later 1st Lord Mottistone, Under-Secretary of State for Air] on air force matters, including flying casualties (2); Austen Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer] (2) on subjects including War Office stocks and army estimates; Clive Wigram [Assistant Private Secretary and Equerry to the King]; 17th Lord Derby [British Ambassador to France] (2); Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood] (2); Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig [Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in Great Britain] (3) on subjects including his earldom; Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] (2); Edward, Prince of Wales [later King Edward VIII and the Duke of Windsor] on inspecting an American regiment (2); General Sir Henry Wilson [Chief of Imperial General Staff]; Major-General Percy Radcliffe [Director of Military Operations, War Office] on Hoare's interference; Violet, Duchess of Rutland on Lord French [earlier Sir John French, later 1st Lord Ypres] attending the victory march in London; Sir George Arthur; 1st Lord Stamfordham [earlier Sir Arthur Bigge, Private Secretary to King George V] on General Sir William Robertson [Commander-in-Chief, British Army on the Rhine] and honours (2); General Sir Ian Hamilton sending on material from ex-servicemen's movements; Grand Duke Dmitri; Edwin Montagu [Secretary of State for India] on the committee on the Army in India; Robertson on his position; General Sir Reginald Wingate on his services in Sudan and Egypt enclosing a copy of a 1916 telegram from [Sir Edward] Grey [then Foreign Secretary]; General John Pershing [Commander-in-Chief of American Expeditionary Forces] on his reception in London; 1st Lord Inverforth [earlier Andrew Weir, Minister of Munitions] on the disposal of motor cars.

Also includes copy telegrams and letters from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Walter Long [First Lord of the Admiralty], Sir Joseph Maclay [Minister of Shipping], Brigadier-General Edmund Ironside [Commander-in-Chief Allied troops, Archangel, Northern Russia], 1st Lord Curzon [Lord President of Council], Sidney Greville [Comptroller and Treasurer to HRH Prince of Wales], King George V, and Arthur Balfour [Foreign Secretary].

Subjects covered by the file include: medals; matters concerning the campaign in Russia, including supplies, General Anton Denikin, the Russians in Paris [France], Admiral Alexander Kolchak, attacking Petrograd [later Leningrad and St Petersburg], British volunteers, and south Russian railways; Haig attending a 14 July review in Paris; recommendations and appointments; British troops guarding German prisoners of war.

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Physical: 1 bound file (105 folios)
Publication: Alternative format: Folio 57: Copyright holder (Duchess of Rutland) has withheld permission for online publication. Available on microfilm at Churchill Archives Centre.
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