Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence D - K.

Reference code: CHAR 20/5

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: May 1940 - Apr 1943

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All items are manuscript unless otherwise described.

The majority of material in this file dates to May - December 1940.

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CHAR 20/5/1 Note from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on a request for an interview by Clement Davies. 17 May 1940
CHAR 20/5/2 Administrative note from Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/5/3 Letter from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to 1st Lord Davies thanking him for his letter which has been passed to the War Office. [Carbon]. 23 May 1940
CHAR 20/5/4 Letter from Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] on a message from [? N B] Foot, Private Secretary to 1st Lord Davies enquiring about an interview with WSC; annotated by Seal to send a "nice letter" in reply. 20 May 1940
CHAR 20/5/5 Administrative note to John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]. [May 1940]
CHAR 20/5/6 Letter from Michael Dewar to WSC offering congratulations and support on his new role as Prime Minister. 16 May 1940
CHAR 20/5/7-8 Note from Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] to WSC on message from Sir James Hawkey asking WSC to speak to the Minister of Supply [Herbert Morrison] about Michael Dewar [former Director General of Shell and Gun Manufacture, Ministry of Munitions]; with note from WSC asking if Minister of Supply could talk to Michael Dewar. 18 May 1940 - 20 May 1940
CHAR 20/5/9 Letter from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to Harry Sellar [Private Secretary to Minister of Supply] asking if his Minister [Herbert Morrison] could talk to Michael Dewar [former Director General of Shell and Gun Manufacture, Ministry of Munitions]. 20 May 1940
CHAR 20/5/10 Letter from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to Michael Dewar thanking him for his letter. 27 May 1940
CHAR 20/5/11-13 Letter from Michael Dewar to WSC on requesting an interview before his mission to the United States concerned with purchase and production of tanks; annotated by WSC "Try to fit him in"; with reply from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Michael Dewar arranging an interview with WSC. 12 Jul 1940 - 14 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/5/14 Note from Edith Watson to Anthony Bevir [Private Secretaries to WSC] on phone message from Sir James Hawkey offering to bring Michael Dewar to meet WSC. 15 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/5/15-17 Telegram from Michael Dewar to Anthony [Bevir, Private Secretary to WSC] giving notification of movements; arrangements for meeting. 16 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/5/18 Letter from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to Edith Watson [Private Secretary to WSC] with rearranged times for WSC's meetings with Michael Dewar and Sir James Hawkey. [Manuscript]. [Jul 1940]
CHAR 20/5/19-20 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Sir James Hawkey granting an interview with WSC; with note by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] on the visit by Michael Dewar and Hawkey. [Manuscript]. 16 Jul 1940- 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/5/21 Note from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC noting that Ada, Lady Dill has died and the Chief of Imperial General Staff [General Sir John Dill] will be away. 24 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/5/22 Letter from General Sir John Dill to WSC thanking him for his letter of condolence. [Manuscript]. 27 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/5/23-24 Memorandum from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC requesting an interview for [Frank] Dudley Docker, annotated by WSC for Docker to put matter in writing; with filing note. 11 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/5/25 Letter from [Frank] Dudley Docker to WSC explaining he is unable to put his concerns into writing. [Manuscript]. 13 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/5/26-28 Letter from John Dodd to WSC commenting on the war situation in the Netherlands and probable German intentions towards Rotterdam; with reply from Edith Watson [Private Secretary to WSC] thanking Dodd for his letter. [Carbon]. 12 May 1940 - 15 May 1940
CHAR 20/5/29 Telegram from [George] Howard Ferguson former High Commissioner for Canada in London, to WSC advising that a broadcast "to Canada and United States would be of greatest value". 05 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/5/30-33 Letter from Maxwell Fisk to John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] with a letter of introduction from William Hughes, Australian Attorney General and Minister for the Navy; with letter from Peck to Maxwell Fisk trying to arrange a meeting with WSC. 07 Nov 1940- 16 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/5/34-35 Letters from a representative of the Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Company to John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] replying on behalf of Maxwell Fisk, suggesting the coming weekend for a visit; annotated that WSC saw him 26 November. 18 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/5/36 Letter from WSC to Arthur Greenwood [Minister without Portfolio] thanking him for the latest issue of Statistical Digest. Oct 1940
CHAR 20/5/37-39 Letters from John Gretton to WSC asking for a meeting as an old friend, several dates suggested; annotated to arrange a meeting on Thursday; with reply. 20 Aug 1940 - 23 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/5/40 Letter from [William] Howard Gritten [MP for the Hartlepools, County Durham] to WSC suggesting that his parliamentary seat be offered to Ernest Bevin and he be moved up [to the House of Lords] in recognition of his long service to the Conservative Party. 11 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/5/41 Note from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC on Ernest Bevin taking Harry Nathan's seat at Wandsworth [London] and that the Hartlepools [County Durham] would probably not accept Bevin because of [William] Howard Gritten [MP for the Hartlepools]'s unpopularity in his constituency. 14 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/5/42 Letter from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to [William] Howard Gritten thanking him for his letter, but informing him that arrangements have already been made for Ernest Bevin. 16 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/5/43 Cutting from The Times with obituary for [William] Howard Gritten. 06 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/5/44-46 Letter from Sir Arnold Gridley to WSC begging him to have greater regard for his own personal safety in such dangerous times; with acknowledgement and filing note. 16 Sep 1940
CHAR 20/5/47 Memorandum from John Colville to Anthony Bevir, John Martin, John Peck [Private Secretaries to WSC] and Charles Barker [Chief Clerk, 10 Downing Street] informing them of change of telephone number for Captain Harbord [head of WSC's personal cypher staff] and his substitute, Mr. Wetherall [Home Forces cypher staff]. [Carbon]. 19 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/5/48-51 Letter from General Sir Aylmer Haldane to WSC enclosing a letter from Laurence Maitland, recently returned from Dunkirk [France], on increased efficiency in production; discusses skilled mechanics being retained in the Army, suggests increased importation of aircraft material from the United States and reduction of wasteful modifications to orders; with reply by Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC]. 05 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/5/52-55 Memorandum from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC notifying him that Harrow School [Middlesex] was bombed and attaching two draft telegrams of sympathy addressed to [Arthur] Paul Boissier [Headmaster of Harrow School]. 04 Oct 1940 - 05 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/5/56-58 Letter from [Arthur] Paul Boissier, Headmaster of Harrow School [Middlesex] to WSC describing the bombing of Harrow School when over two hundred incendiary devices fell in one night. [Manuscript]. 06 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/5/59 Letter from Austin Hopkinson to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to arrange a meeting with WSC at the latter's request. [Manuscript]. 12 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/5/60 Note from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC with a suggested appointment with Austin Hopkinson; annotated by WSC "Yes". [Manuscript]. 15 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/5/61-62 Letter from Reverend Samuel Hughes, Secretary, Free Church Federal Council, to WSC offering condolence on the death of Neville Chamberlain; with draft reply. 20 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/5/63-66 Telegram from WSC to Harold Ickes, United States Secretary of the Interior, thanking him for his letter; initialled by WSC [copy]; with note by John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]. 13 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/5/67 Letter from Frank Wood [Assistant Principal], Air Ministry to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] forwarding a letter from Harold Ickes, United States Secretary of the Interior, to the Secretary of State for Air [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso]. 14 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/5/68-70 Letter from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to Frank Wood [Assistant Principal, Air Ministry] returning the Secretary of State for Air's letter from Harold Ickes [United States Secretary of the Interior] and enclosing a similar letter from Ickes received by WSC; Ickes acknowledges the task of defending modern civilisation which is being undertaken by the British people and WSC in particular. [Carbon]. 17 Jun 1940 - 16 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/5/71 Letter from Frank Wood [Assistant Principal, Air Ministry] to John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] returning WSC's letter from Harold Ickes [United States Secretary of the Interior]. 18 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/5/72 Letter from Josiah Wedgwood to WSC enclosing letter from Harold Ickes [United States Secretary of the Interior] "because you underestimate the value of our children as propaganda or advertisement in U.S.A."; annotated by WSC asking Private Secretary to acknowledge letter. 15 May 1940
CHAR 20/5/73-74 Letter from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to Frank Wood [Assistant Principal, Air Ministry] conveying WSC's thanks for forwarding letter from Howard Ickes [United States Secretary of the Interior] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [Secretary of State for Air, later 1st Lord Thurso]; Wood's letter enclosed. 18 Aug 1940- 21 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/5/75 Letter from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to Josiah Wedgwood thanking him for Harold Ickes [United States Secretary of the Interior]'s letter which he returns. 21 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/5/76-77 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes to WSC complaining that WSC failed to use his talents effectively whilst praising his abilities in the press; refers to activities in Belgium and letters of support he has received, many from sailors; his previous efforts to offer advice, as over naval action at the Trondjhem Fjord [? Trondheimsfjord, Norway]; annotated by WSC "Put by". [Typescript] [See note to CHAR 20/5/78 ]. 04 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/5/78 Third page of a letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes to WSC with suggestions for action in Southern Ireland; advises that security of British Empire communications is being compromised by Irish neutrality, and Dominion troops should occupy the country to defend it. [Pages 1 - 2 missing, or possibly a manuscript addition to CHAR 20/5/76 - 77 , incorrectly dated.]. 04 May 1940
CHAR 20/5/79-80 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes to WSC attaching a letter from a French Admiral [missing] to demonstrate Keyes's influence with the French Navy; promise of support from Lacaze, former French Minister of Marine, for a project of Keyes's; annotated by WSC; with letter of acknowledgement from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC]. 27 Aug 1940- 28 Aug 1940
CHAR 20/5/81 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes to WSC requesting an interview; annotated by WSC "I am engaged all day - ask him to write". 30 Oct 1940
CHAR 20/5/82 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes to WSC on Sir Julian Corbett's account of the Battle of Jutland in [?] "Official History of the Great War Naval Operations", volume III; believes account to be damaging and gives an Admiralty foreword, approved by [?] Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Beatty, to the work disclaiming responsibility for its production and disagreeing with some of the principles advocated by the author. 02 Nov 1940
CHAR 20/5/83-85 Correspondence between Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] and Miles Clauson, India Office, on a letter from Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan [Member of the Executive Council of the Governor General of India]. Jun 1940
CHAR 20/5/86 Letter from WSC to Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan [Member of the Executive Council of the Governor General of India] thanking him for his letter and "the determination of India to fight this war to the end until Hitler's baleful and treacherous domination is broken". [See CHAR 20/2A/16 for copy]. 04 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/5/87-90 Letter from Sir Zafrulla Khan [Member of the Executive Council of the Governor General of India] to WSC relaying several prophesies made by the Head of the Ahmadiyya movement of Islam, based on the Koran, including advice that Britain's best defence against a German invasion would be steel fortifications covered in molten bronze. [See CHAR 20/5/86 and CHAR 20/2A/16 for copy of WSC's reply]. 20 Jun 1940