Official: Prime Minister: Churchill File. Correspondence, mainly on recordings of WSC's broadcasts.

Reference code: CHAR 20/10

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: May 1940 - Jan 1941

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All items are manuscript unless otherwise described.

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UKAT

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Physical: 1 bound file (50 folios)
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Reference Record Date
CHAR 20/10/1-2 Note from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC with attached Treasury calculations of WSC's salary for May. [Carbon, manuscript]. 30 May 1940
CHAR 20/10/3-4 Letter from Alexander Duckham to WSC asking for consent to distribute gramophone recordings of WSC's broadcast of 14th July ["War of the Unknown Warriors"] to schools, works and other bodies; can obtain such records from Alfred Clark [Chairman, the Gramophone Company Limited]; with covering letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to 6th Lord Hood [Private Secretary to Minister of Information] asking for advice. [Carbon]. 27 Jul 1940 - 29 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/10/5-6 Letter from 6th Lord Hood [Private Secretary to Minister of Information] to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] recommending that WSC gives his consent to the proposal [to distribute gramophone recordings of WSC's broadcast of 14th July, "War of the Unknown Warriors"]; includes note from Bevir to WSC. 30 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/10/7 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Alexander Duckham conveying WSC's appreciation of the suggestion to distribute recordings of speeches and giving his consent to the scheme. 03 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/10/8-9 Correspondence between Martin Russell [Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] and John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] on Alexander Duckham's record distribution scheme. 28 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/10/10-12 Covering letter from Alexander Duckham offering the recipient's organisation a recording of WSC's broadcast of 14th July 1940 "The War of the Unknown Warriors"; with list of first recipients of records including Cabinet Ministers, Prime Ministers of the Dominions and public and industrial organisations, and letter from Duckham to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC]. 27 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/10/13-14 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]. 04 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/10/15 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Alexander Duckham thanking him for the letter offering gramophone records of WSC's broadcasts which have not yet arrived. 05 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/10/16-20 Correspondence between Alexander Duckham and WSC's secretaries concerning distribution of further gramophone recordings of WSC's broadcasts. Jan 1941
CHAR 20/10/21 Letter from Alfred Clark, Chairman of the Gramophone Company Limited to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] offering WSC a copy of a recent recording of Dorothy Thompson's speech to the people of Canada; annotated by WSC "Yes please". 03 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/10/22-24 Correspondence between Alfred Clark, Chairman, the Gramophone Company Limited and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] on the gift of gramophone records. [Copies]. 05 Sep 1940 - 11 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/10/25-32 Lists of proposed titles for recordings of WSC's broadcasts: 19 May 1940 "In a solemn hour"; 18 June 1940 "This was their finest hour"; 14 July 1940 "The War of the Unknown Warriors" and 11 Sept 1940 "Every man to his post"; also a proposal [granted] that a photograph of WSC should appear on the record label; includes notes by Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC]. Nov 1940
CHAR 20/10/33 Two record labels by the Gramophone Company Limited as examples for WSC to choose from: "Tribute to the Memory of King George V" by Stanley Baldwin, featuring logo of "His Master's Voice" dog and gramophone, "A Message to the Empire" by Neville Chamberlain, featuring the speaker's photograph. [Nov 1940]
CHAR 20/10/34 Cutting from The Listener [BBC weekly publication] of text of WSC's broadcast of 19 May ["Arm yourselves and] Be ye men of valour", later recorded as "In a solemn hour". 23 May 1940
CHAR 20/10/35 Letter from Freda [Marquesa de Casa Maury] to WSC thanking him for nominating her charity, the Feathers Clubs Association, to receive the royalties on the records of speeches being distributed by HMV ["His Master's Voice", or the Gramophone Company Limited]; the charity supplies food to down and outs. [Manuscript]. 11 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/10/36 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Alfred Clark [Chairman, the Gramophone Company Limited] asking if the company is happy for the royalties to be given to Freda, Marquesa de Casa Maury's Feathers Clubs. [Carbon]. 26 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/10/37-38 Notes between Brendan Bracken [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] and WSC on following King George VI's example in allowing the Gramophone Company Limited to record WSC's speeches; Bracken suggests Freda, Marquesa de Casa Maury's Feathers Clubs as recipient for royalties, as they feed "thousands of harassed Londoners". [Manuscript]. 17 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/10/39-40 Letters from Alfred Clark, Chairman, the Gramophone Company Limited to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] and WSC asking for WSC's consent to the recording and publication of his speeches and the nomination of a charity to receive the profits. 16 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/10/41 Letter from Alexander Duckham to WSC asking for a signed photograph of WSC for the RAF Children's Home, adds "Our wee orphans are a sheer joy". [Manuscript]. 10 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/10/42-44 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Alexander Duckham conveying WSC's regretful refusal to a signed portrait however his rule "has to be most rigid"; includes notes by Bevir and Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC]. [Carbon]. 13 Oct 1940 - 29 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/10/45 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Alfred Clark [Chairman, the Gramophone Company Limited] accepting his offer of gramophone records. 16 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/10/46 Letter from Alfred Clark [Chairman, the Gramophone Company Limited] to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] asking whether any of the secretaries at 10 Downing Street would like records of WSC's speeches. 06 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/10/47-48 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to Eric Speed [War Office] returning his paper, a signed letter from WSC [missing] and an explanatory note from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on the War Office's request that he sign a reproduction of a letter from 1915 which will be used in a training film. [Carbon]. 18 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/10/49-50 WSC's Official Pass and Identity Card as a government official, with leather wallet. 15 Jul 1940