Official: Prime Minister: Correspondence.

Reference code: CHAR 20/136

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Date: 04 Feb 1944 - 29 Sep 1944

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CHAR 20/136/1-2 Letter from King George VI to WSC regarding whether or not he is eligible to wear the Africa Star and the 1939-43 Star and stating that he hopes that he will wear the Africa Star as he was instrumental in making that campaign a success and adding that he hopes that he will make sure that Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham (First Sea Lord) and Air Marshal Sir Charles Portal (Chief of Air Staff) receive appropriate honours for their services In the Kings Hand. 04 Feb 1944
CHAR 20/136/3 Letter from WSC to King George VI informing him that he has made arrangements with General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force in Western Europe] regarding arrangements to award him the American Mediterranean Theatre Medal and informing him that he is ensuring that Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham (First Sea Lord) and Air Marshal Sir Charles Portal (Chief of Air Staff) receive appropriate honours Copy. Signature in typescript. 06 Feb 1944
CHAR 20/136/4 Letter from King George VI to WSC appealing to him not to accompany the troops on D Day In the Kings Hand. 02 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/136/5 Envelope marked for the Prime Minister and noting that it contains King George VI's letter to WSC regarding the D Day landings and the Prime Minister's reply Manuscript. 02 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/136/6-8 Letter from WSC to King George VI stating that there is a great difference between the King being present at the bombardment [D Day landings] and one of his subjects and commenting that he hopes that no principle will be laid down which will inhibit his movement but adding that he will accept his wishes and not go. 03 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/136/9 Letter from King George VI to WSC stating that he hopes that he will not send him a reply to his recent letter as he will be able to inform him of his comments when he sees him tomorrow afternoon In the Kings hand. 31 May 1944
CHAR 20/136/10 Letter from King George VI to WSC stating that he has decided that there are too many dangers in their being where they planned [accompanying the troops] on D Day and asking him to reconsider his plan In the King's hand. 31 May 1944
CHAR 20/136/11 Letter from Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay (Office of Allied Naval Commander in Chief Expeditionary Force, Admiralty, London) [Naval Commander in Chief Allied Expeditionary Force] to WSC marked "Top Secret and Personal" informing him of the arrangements that have been made for his accompanying the troops during the D Day landings and stating that he has not told Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham (First Sea Lord) as he had wished this, but that he has mentioned it to General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force in Western Europe, United States Army] and that he is averse to these plans and adding that he agrees commenting that he should not take any risks with his life and suggesting that he should go there once the situation has settled Signed. 16 May 1944
CHAR 20/136/12 Envelope marked that it contains correspondence between King George VI and WSC May June 1944 and that WSC has instructed that these letters are to be locked away Annotated: "All published in Vol 5 of War Memoirs". [Jun] 1944
CHAR 20/136/13 Letter from WSC to George Harvie Watt (Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary) stating that he should see the extract from "The Londoner's Diary" in the Evening Standard and asking him to give him a list of all the companies he has become connected with since he came to 10 Downing Street and adding that he may be open to attack from those claiming that his association with him was increasing his influence in the business world Initialled. Annotated. 25 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/136/14 Note from John Colville [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him of the other directorships which Colonel [George] Harvie Watt [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Secretary] has accepted since his appointment at 10 Downing Street Manuscript. 24 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/136/15 Extract from ["The Londoner's Diary" in the Evening Standard] commenting on the increased influence of Colonel George Harvie Watt [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Secretary] in the business world and announcing his recent appointment to the board of the Birmingham Small Arms Company. 24 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/136/16 Note marked "Pers Corres- Miscellaneous Walsh, Wing Commander Walsh, was head of A M Couriers" Manuscript. [Jul] 1944
CHAR 20/136/17 Letter from William Dunlop (Foreign Office, S W 1, London) [Head of the King's Messengers and Communications Department] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] marked "Personal and Confidential" informing him that he has had a visit from Colonel Robert Walsh stating that he is giving up his position as Head of the Air Ministry couriers and asking to be considered for employment as an acting King's messenger and noting that they do not normally accept anyone over 55 for this position and that Walsh is now nearly 60 and asking him for his opinion as he has been named as a referee Signed. Annotated with the action that has been taken. 02 Oct 1944
CHAR 20/136/18 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Colonel Robert Walsh (Air Ministry) stating that he is sorry that he is giving up his position as Head of the Air Ministry couriers and informing him that he will be happy to answer any enquiries from the Foreign Office regarding his suitability to become one of the King's messengers Initialled. 02 Oct 1944
CHAR 20/136/19 Letter from Colonel Robert Walsh (Flat 6 78 Buckingham gate S W 1, London) to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] informing him that he has applied for a position as a King's messenger and that he has named him as one of his referees Signed manuscript. 29 Sep 1944
CHAR 20/136/20-22 Copy of a letter from WSC to King [George VI] about honours in which he says that he was "honoured and touched" to have been considered for the Order of the Garter but that he feels he should not receive this until he retires. He suggests that [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] and Lord Cranborne [later 5th Lord Salisbury] should be considered for the Garter; discusses honours for distinguished wartime figures and the issue of reviving the Order of St Patrick; he recommends that Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso] and Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham should be given the Order of the Thistle; and expresses pleasure that the King has accepted his suggestion that David Lloyd George should be offered an Earldom as 'this will spare him at his great age from the toil of a modern election in his consituency, and will preserve him in the councils of the nation'. Unsigned carbon typescript. 19 Dec 1944
CHAR 20/136/23-24 Letter from King George VI (Buckingham Palace) to WSC about honours in which he says he will not press WSC to accept [the Order of the Garter] while he is Prime Minister but comments "I feel that the Country will expect me to give you a high homour which it will acclaim as a fitting tribute for all your arduous work in this War". He gives his opinions on WSC's suggestions for honours for others as follows: [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] should receive an honour later "when the foreign situation is clearer"; Lord Cranborne [later 5th Lord Salisbury] who receive the Order of the Garter; Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham should receive the Order of the Thistle; deferring honours for the two Field Marshals until their campaigns are over; and his pleasure that [David Lloyd George] will accept [an Earldom]. He concludes that WSC must have "plenty of worries this Christmas time" and hopes for success on the Western Front. Signed manuscript. 24 Dec 1944
CHAR 20/136/25 Envelope marked to WSC and annotated that it contains letters from 19th and 24th December 1944 Manuscript. 19 Dec 1944 - 24 Dec 1944
CHAR 20/136/26 Blank sheet of 10 Downing Street headed notepaper. 1944