Official: Prime Minister: Randolph Churchill file.

Reference code: CHAR 20/102

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CHAR 20/102/1-5 Letter from Randolph Churchill (Algiers) to WSC informing him: that bad weather has meant that he is still stuck in Algiers; that he has seem General Dwight Eisenhower [Commander in Chief of the North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] and has told him that the recent arrests have made a bad impression and that General Henri Giraud must relax his regime; that Eisenhower had agreed with his suggestions; that he spoke to General Giraud on this matter and that he seemed co-operative, and suggesting that Anthony Eden should visit and talk to these Generals to sort out the matter; that the political censorship there is most harmful and needs to be relaxed and enclosing an article which he has written which he managed to get past censorship [not present]; and that he has just heard that the prisoners have been released and that Eisenhower is grateful for his intervention Signature in typescript. Copy. 01 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/102/6 Telegram from WSC to Randolph Churchill stating that he was interested to read his letters and that he has told Harold Macmillan [Minister Resident in Algiers] that he should see him (T27/3). 05 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/102/7 Telegram from Harold Macmillan [Minister resident in Algiers] to WSC informing him that Randolph Churchill has just left Algiers, that he is trying to contact him and will send a message when he has done so (T45/3). 07 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/102/8 Telegram from WSC to Harold Macmillan [Minister resident in Algiers] stating that he believes that it would prove valuable for him to see Randolph Churchill as he holds interesting views (T28/3). 05 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/102/9 Letter from Randolph Churchill (Algiers) to WSC informing him that he has seen Harold Macmillan [Minister resident in Algiers] and that he seems to have all the right ideas and informing him that General Dwight Eisenhower [Commander in Chief of North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] made some very civil remarks about him at a recent press conference Signed manuscript. 10 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/102/10 Letter from Major G G L Helder (War Office) to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] enclosing CHAR 20/102/9 Signed manuscript. 06 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/11 Folder marked "Captain Randolph Churchill's letter to the Evening Standard" [see CHAR 20/102/12-14] Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/102/12-14 Letter from Randolph Churchill (North Africa) to the Editor of the Evening Standard stating that he has recently read some of the British and United States papers and is shocked to discover their critical tone towards some of the personalities in this theatre of war, particularly their belief that all Frenchmen who have occupied an official post in the Vichy Government are traitors and claiming that this attitude will only foster animosities which could lead to civil war in France when she is no longer occupied. Arguing that those who have been officials in the Vichy Government have only done so to retain order in their country and asking them to call and truce and allow the French to judge for themselves Initials in typescript. Copy. 25 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/102/15 Note marked "Captain Randolph Churchill's letter to the Evening Standard" Manuscript. [Feb] 1943
CHAR 20/102/16 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Captain Randolph Churchill enclosing copies of Hansard containing reports of the reactions in the House of Commons to his letter in the Evening Standard and stating that Eleanor Rathbone [Independent MP for the Combined Universities] intervention was "shattering" and was well received Signed. 26 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/17 Telegram from WSC to Harold Macmillan (Minister resident in Algiers) marked "Secret and Private" informing him that Randolph Churchill has not sent him a message about [Pierre] Flandin and that he is now attached to an armoured unit, the North Irish Horse, which will shortly be engaged and stating: that if he returns to Algiers then he is free to say whatever he thinks fit; that his letter to the Evening Standard has caused him a great deal of trouble but that it had showed a remarkable amount of wisdom; that when Tunis is clear of the enemy Randolph should return to the House Initialled (T388/3). 28 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/18 Newspaper article from the Evening Standard of a letter from Randolph Churchill to the Editor, same as CHAR 20/102/12-14. 10 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/19 Newspaper article from The Times entitled "Capt. Churchill's Letter" stating that WSC circulated for publication in the House of Commons Official Report a copy of Randolph Churchill's letter to the Evening Standard [see CHAR 20/102/12-14] and that this was the subject for debate in the House of Commons yesterday, raising the question of the rights of serving officers writing letters to the newspapers and including a copy of the letter. 17 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/20 Note marked "Papers in regard to P M's reply to P Q by Mr Bevan" Manuscript. 16 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/21-22 Extract from Hansard entitled "Army Officer Letter To Press" reporting the question put to WSC by Aneurin Bevan [Independent Labour MP for Ebbw Vale, Monmouth] asking him if he has any comment to make regarding the letter sent to the Evening Standard by a serving officer and WSC's reply stating that the letter does not contravene paragraph 547 (a) of the King's regulations as it does not deal with matters of security, adding that it contains a valid point of view and describing the examples given by others MP's to WSC of servicemen who are not permitted to write freely to the press. Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/23 Letter from S Redman (War Office, Whitehall, London) [Principal Private Secretary] to Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] enclosing CHAR 20/102/24 and stating that the conversation between WSC and Sir James Grigg [Secretary of State for War] has now made the enclosure partly out of date. Signed. 15 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/24-25 Note from Sir James Grigg (War Office, Whitehall, S W 1, London) [Secretary of State for War] stating that the main problem is that the letter did not pass through censorship, but adding that only a small percentage of letters from officers do, as they are often delivered by other officers going home on business and suggesting that he refer to Article 547 and state that this letter did not contravene this and that censorship is for security only and not opinion Initialled. 15 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/26 Note from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that he has discovered that all letters from soldiers should pass through the base censor and that the Secretary of State for War [Sir James Grigg] is drafting him a minute regarding this Initialled. Annotated. 15 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/27 Note from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC regarding Randolph Churchill's letter, informing him that he has received a telegram from the Allied Force Headquarters stating that the letter did not pass through the normal censorship channels Initialled. Annotated. 14 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/28 Note from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] stating: that WSC has instructed the War Office to ascertain the facts; that if this cannot be done in time for the question to be answered then the reply will have to be that enquiries are being made into this and that if the question is repeated in a couple of days time then he will be able to answer it then Initialled. Annotated. 13 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/29-31 Letter from Sir James Grigg (War Office, Whitehall, S W 1, London) [Secretary of State for War] to WSC regarding letters from Army personnel and stating: that the decision whether or not to publish letters from these men depends on whether the subject of the letter is military; that he does not view the letter to cover military matters but that this may be open to opinion; that he suggests that the authorities in North Africa are contacted to see if the letter passed through the usual censorship channels and that he should state that he has instructed him to contact the military authorities in North Africa Initialled. Annotated by Rowan that the military authorities should be contacted immediately to see if the letter was censored. 12 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/32 Minute from WSC to Sir James Grigg [Secretary of State for War] stating that the facts should be ascertained and that he believes that many critical letters and speeches have been written by serving officers and that the letter in question seems to be sensible Initialled (M 152/3). 11 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/33 Letter from Aneurin Bevan [Independent Labour MP for Ebbw Vale, Monmouth] to George Harvie Watt [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary] informing him that he has sent him a copy of the letter that he sent to WSC. Signature in typescript. Copy. 19 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/34 Letter from Aneurin Bevan [Independent Labour MP for Ebbw Vale, Monmouth] to WSC informing him that on Tuesday he will be asking him if he would like to comment on the fact that a serving officer has written to the Evening Standard and whether or not he knows if the letter was passed by a superior officer and stating that he requested that this be accepted as a private notice question but that this was denied adding that he hopes that he has recovered from his illness Signature in typescript. Copy. 11 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/35 Note from Miss E M Watson [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that Aneurin Bevan [Independent Labour MP for Ebbw Vale, Monmouth] has tried to obtain permission to put a Private Notice Question to him tomorrow regarding the letter which is due to appear in the Evening Standard that evening but that this has been denied and warning him that Bevan could put it on the Order Paper Initialled. 10 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/36 Note marked "Papers in regard to the raising of the Churchill letter" Manuscript. 23 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/37 Note from Aneurin Bevan asking permission to put a Private Notice to WSC regarding a letter which appeared in the Evening Standard Annotated "Disallowed by Mr Speaker". 11 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/38 Note from Miss E M Watson [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] stating: that she has spoken to Aneurin Bevan [Independent Labour MP for Ebbw Vale, Monmouth] who has informed her that he was asking for permission to put a Private Notice to WSC concerning a letter in the Evening Standard; that she had replied that this was a matter for the Secretary of State for War and that she has spoken to Sir Ralph Verney [Examiner of Private Bills] to state that the matter was not of urgent public importance and that she has since heard that the Question has been disallowed Initialled. 10 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/39-42 Extract from Hansard entitled "Army Officer's Letter to Press" reporting on: Aneurin Bevan's speech declaring that his desire to put the question to WSC regarding the letter in the Evening Standard was not done so to embarrass him, stating that he had tried to put it to him as a Private Notice, but that this had been denied and that either a statement is given allowing all members of the armed forces to write to the press or that the matter is looked into in more detail; and noting WSC's reply that the letter was looked at by the Assistant Director of Public Relations, censored and passed; and of Eleanor Rathbone's [Independent MP for Combined Universities] comment that this is a display of feline malice. 23 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/43 Extract from the Kings Regulations. Political and non military activities, section 541. 1943
CHAR 20/102/44 Note from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] marked "Statement agreed with S of S for War tonight" Manuscript. Annotated that a copy has been given to Sir James Grigg. 16 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/45-51 Draft statement written by the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg for WSC in reply to the question raised by Aneurin Bevan [Independent Labour MP for Ebbw Vale, Monmouth, regarding letter from Randolph Curtail to the Evening Standard] informing him that the Assistant Director of Public Relations acted as the unit censor and stating that alterations may have to be made to Article 541 and 547 of the King's declaration, adding that the Army, Navy and Air Force all have different practices regarding this matter and that many MP's who are serving officers have voiced their opinions and that the only way to prevent this from happening is for the officers to devote all their time to the House of Commons Annotated. 1943
CHAR 20/102/52 Note stating that John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] thinks that the top copy of this was given to the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg Manuscript. 22 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/53 Minute from WSC to the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg informing him that he does not think that this is the right way to handle it and enclosing a revised draft [see CHAR 20/102/54-58] and noting that this matter has now been raised to a Consolidated Fund Bill Initialled (M186/3). 22 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/54-58 Draft version of CHAR 20/102/45-51. [1943]
CHAR 20/102/59-60 Note stating that that the text of the letter in question [Randolph Churchill's letter to the Evening Standard] is now before the house and commenting: that it merely defends the known policy, that it does not violate Article 547A; that MP's cannot be regarded as the same as those who do not have this representative nature; and that the letter was not submitted to the Base Censorship and he has contacted the military authorities for them to take action. [Mar 1943]
CHAR 20/102/61 Letter from S Redman (War Office, Whitehall, S W 1, London) [Principal Private Secretary] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] enclosing a draft of the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg's, proposed statement in Tuesday's Adjournment Debate Signed. Annotated by John Martin that Grigg hopes that he is happy that he should deal with this matter and marked by WSC "No". 19 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/62-71 Statement by the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg [regarding Randolph Churchill's letter to the Evening Standard] expanding on CHAR 20/102/59-60. 17 Mar 1943]
CHAR 20/102/72 Telegram from the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg to General Gale stating that he has now heard that Randolph Churchill's letter was given to his Assistant Director of Public Relations, McCormack as Unit Censor and then handed over to RAF ground staff and is inquiring if it is in accordance with his censorship instructions that letters do not go through the postal service and if so stating that these measures should be tightened up. 19 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/73 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to WSC stating that James Stuart (Chief Whip) has informed him that Aneurin Bevan [Independent Labour MP for Ebbw Vale, Monmouth] will certainly raise the question of Randolph's letter [to the Evening Standard] tomorrow and that it is believed that it would be better if the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg, replied on his behalf Initialled. 16 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/74 Letter from Eleanor Rathbone [Independent MP for the Combined Universities] (5 Tufton Court, Tufton Street, S W 1, London) to WSC thanking him for his recent letter and stating that she received such a good reception from the House of Commons as she had merely reflected the general mood of the House Signed. 26 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/75 Same as CHAR 20/93A/9 Signed. 24 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/76 Note marked "Telegrams to Capt R Churchill & Mr Harold Macmillan" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/102/77 Letter from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to V G Lawford (Foreign Office) [Assistant Private Secretary] asking him to arrange for the despatch of a telegram from WSC to Randolph Churchill via the Resident Minister's Office at Algiers, Harold Macmillan Initialled. 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/78 Note stating that WSC would like this to be sent at his own expense Initialled manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/102/79 Telegram from WSC to Randolph Churchill marked "Private and Personal" and informing him that Dr Krommer has died suddenly at New York [United States] and stating that he has had a good deal of trouble over his letter and asking him not to do any more Initialled. 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/80 Telegram from Harold Macmillan, Resident Minister in Algiers, to WSC thanking him for his telegram no. 421, and informing him that he will act accordingly and will welcome Randolph here after the battle (T400/3). 29 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/102/81 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] to WSC informing him that Randolph is well and is either in the Hotel Majestic Tunis or in a villa at Sidi Bou Said near Tunis. 13 May 1943
CHAR 20/102/82 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] informing him that he would like to hear some news about Randolph Churchill T686/3. 12 May 1943
CHAR 20/102/83 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander's Personal Assistant to WSC informing him that Randolph Churchill is with the North Irish Horse and that he is well and that a letter from him is on its way. 28 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/102/84 Telegram from WSC to General Alexander's Aide de Camp asking him to inform him which unit Randolph Churchill is with Initials in typescript T588/3. 26 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/102/85 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] asking him to send a message to Randolph Churchill which stated that he had received his letter and wished him good luck. 15 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/102/86-87 Minute from Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] to WSC reporting on a broadcast from Paris [France] in which Randolph Churchill might have been involved. He reports that he has learnt from "Most Secret sources" that the Axis Secret Service in Spain had reported an "alleged conversation" between a Lt-Col Churchill and a correspondent for an Italian newspaper, the "Popolo d'Italia". Morton reports that Lt-Col Churchill (a different person from Randolph Churchill) denies any involvement and has been warned to be discreet. Typescript signed with initials annotated by WSC. 29 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/102/88 Report on the world broadcasts for the war cabinet relating the major news stories around the world and noting that the Spanish correspondent of the Popolo d'Italia interviewed Randolph Churchill who claimed that the Allies were war weary Annotated by WSC asking Major Morton to look into this. 23 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/102/89 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] stating that he hopes that he will not be denied any chance of distinguishing himself on his account T947/3. 04 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/102/90 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre to WSC informing him that Randolph Churchill is with Colonel Bill Stirling's second SAS regiment and that he will be acting as a liaison officer between this unit and 51 Division and stating that he will not actually be taking an active part in the forthcoming operations. 04 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/102/91 Draft telegram from WSC to General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] asking him for information about Randolph Initialled manuscript T935/3. [1943]
CHAR 20/102/92 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Miss L H Buck stating that he is glad that Randolph's letters have been reaching him more regularly and that they should continue to use the Foreign Office bag to forward his mail Initialled. 06 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/102/93 Letter from L H Buck (23 Leigham Avenue, S W 16, London) to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] thanking him on Randolph Churchill's behalf for sending his mail by Foreign Office bag and is asking him if this process can be continued Signed. 03 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/102/94 Telegram from WSC to Randolph Churchill stating he is delighted that they had a show and asking him for a full description (T1025/3). 13 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/102/95 Telegram from WSC to Randolph Churchill informing him that he is sending him some photographs from Pamela of Winston (Not registered). 28 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/102/96 Same as CHAR 20/102/95. 28 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/102/97 Telegram from WSC to Randolph Churchill stating that he is glad to hear of Bob Laycock's account of the battle (T1432/3). 27 Sep 1943