Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence A - Be.

Reference code: CHAR 20/55

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: Feb 1942 - Jan 1943

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CHAR 20/55/1-2 Old file covers. 1942
CHAR 20/55/3-20 Notes and correspondence concerning enclosed memorandum by Captain Bernard Acworth advocating peace with Japan; referred by Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to Ministry of Information, Home Office and the Chief Whip, with letters from Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information], Herbert Morrison, Home Secretary [and Minister of Home Security] and James Stuart [Chief Whip]; note from WSC to Bracken asking for supervision of a public meeting held by Acworth, and Metropolitan Police Special Branch report on the meeting, annotated by WSC; also includes (folio 4, 6 March 1942) a congratulatory note from A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty]. 04 Feb 1942 - 03 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/55/21-29 Correspondence between Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC], A V Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, WSC and 1st Lord Leathers [Minister of War Transport] on absence of a sleeper carriage for Alexander on a train. 23 Oct 1942 - 28 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/55/30 Note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on a request from Leo Amery for WSC to hear Julian Amery's views on the general position and morale of the Army in Egypt; annotated by WSC declining, but asking for a report from Julian Amery. 03 Jul 1942
CHAR 20/55/31-38 Correspondence regarding John Amery's anti-Semitic broadcasts from Berlin [Germany]; public reactions to Leo Amery, Secretary of State for India, remaining in office; note from Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on the broadcast; letter from Leo Amery suggesting broadcaster was an impostor. 19 Nov 1942 - 20 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/55/39-66 Correspondence about traitorous statements by Group-Captain Charles Anderson, Ministry of Aircraft Production, and breaking and entering whilst mentally unstable; correspondents include Wing-Commander John Wright [Commander, Midland Region Air Training Corps, later John Cecil-Wright], Major Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC], Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC], John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], Ronald Melville [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air], WSC and Air Marshal Arthur Harris, Commanding-in-Chief, Bomber Command. 26 Mar 1942 - 10 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/55/67 Letter from WSC to Ava, Lady Anderson [earlier Ava Wigram, later Ava, Lady Waverley] thanking her for sending a letter from [Andre] Charles Corbin [former French Ambassador to Britain]. [see CHAR 20/55/81-83 for Lady Anderson's and Corbin's letters]. May 1942
CHAR 20/55/68-69 Letter from John Andrews [Prime Minister of Northern Ireland] to WSC informing him of the decision to lift the death sentence from six murderers; with reply. 31 Aug 1942 - 04 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/55/70-74 Travel arrangements for Clement Attlee [Secretary of State for Dominions Affairs] to travel to Newfoundland and Canada; also includes telegram from Attlee to WSC on the success of his visit. 25 Sep 1942 - 28 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/55/75-80 Correspondence between Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India], John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], General Sir Alan Brooke [later 1st Lord Alanbrooke], Chief of General Staff, Sydney Redman [Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for War], Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] and WSC rejecting retirement and honours for General Sir Claude Auchinleck. 22 Sep 1942 - 27 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/55/81-83 Letter from Ava, Lady Anderson [earlier Ava Wigram, later Ava, Lady Waverley] to WSC sending a letter [enclosed, in French] from [Andre] Charles Corbin [former French Ambassador to Britain] asking her to write to him and speaking of the hope in France for a British victory; Lady Anderson also passes on a comment from Sir Eric Phipps [former British Ambassador to France] on the escape of General Henri Giraud from France. [See CHAR 20/55/67 and also. 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/55/84-88 Letter from 6th Lord Winterton [earlier Lord Turnour] to Brigadier George Harvie-Watt [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] conveying 1st Lord Baldwin's good wishes to WSC; includes Harvie-Watt's reply and note to WSC. 13 Jun 1942 - 15 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/55/89 Letter from Edith Watson [Private Secretary to WSC] to Ronald Harris [Private Secretary to Secretary of the War Cabinet] on the disposal of Cabinet Papers from 1st Lord Baldwin. 23 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/55/90-92 Newspaper cuttings from Daily Express and notes from John Martin and Leslie Rowan [Private Secretaries to WSC] about the requisitioning of 1st Lord Baldwin's home. 14 Dec 1942 - 17 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/55/93-96 Cutting from the News Chronicle of article on Admiral Jean Darlan [Commander-in-Chief of land, air and sea forces, Vichy France] by [Charles] Vernon Bartlett, including letter of praise from WSC and Bartlett's reply. Nov 1942
CHAR 20/55/97-99 Letters from Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish to WSC enclosing extracts from an account by his son of a journey from Singapore to Sumatra; with reply. [See CHAR 20/53C/290 for further copy of WSC's reply]. 07 Jun 1942 - 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/55/100-102 Telegram from WSC to Lieutenant-Commander 2nd Lord Beatty [earlier Lord Borodale] congratulating him on his Distinguished Service Cross; includes note by Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC]. 18 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/55/103-110 Letter from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] to WSC, on Beaverbrook's past reasons for threatening to resign from the Government, and his views on policy issues towards the Soviet Union, including recognizing their frontiers, increasing supplies of tanks and aircraft to the Soviet Union, and opening a second front; includes notes by John Peck, Edith Watson and Francis Brown [Private Secretaries to WSC], and reports by Reuters on Beaverbrook's reasons for resigning from the Cabinet. 17 Mar 1942 - 24 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/55/111-137 Letters from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [former Minister for Aircraft Production and Minister of Supply, earlier Max Aitken] to WSC, Lord Cranborne [Lord Privy Seal, later 5th Lord Salisbury] and Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] on the aircraft and shipbuilding programme, including the lack of dive-bombers, asking for minutes of the Defence Committee of Supply and on his speech in the House of Lords on anti-tank gun development; also includes a letter from A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] to WSC on Beaverbrook's attempt to have a public discussion on shipbuilding; Beaverbrook's draft statement on the shortage of dive-bombers; answers to Beaverbrook's questions in the House of Lords on artillery sent to the Middle East and a copy of the House of Lords official report; WSC's, Bridges's and Lieutenant-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC]'s replies to Beaverbrook; and notes by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], Cranborne, Bridges, Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC], Sir James Grigg [Secretary of State for War], Ronald Weeks, Deputy Chief of General Staff, Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] and Ismay. 22 May 1942 - 08 Jul 1942
CHAR 20/55/138-148 Letter from Eduard Benes, President of the Czechoslovak Republic to WSC, thanking him and Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] for finally settling an end to the Munich Agreement; with draft replies and correspondence between Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC] and Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to Eden]. 26 Aug 1942 - 02 Jan 1943