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

Reference code: CHAR 20/57A-C

Part of: CHAR 20
Next record: CHAR 20/58
Previous record: CHAR 20/56A-B

Date: Nov 1941 - Jan 1943

Scope/content:

The majority of material in this file dates to 1942.

Other details

Access:

Open

Physical: 3 bound files and 1 folder (297 folios)
Publication: Alternative format:
Original Reference: Language:

Contained records

Reference Record Date
CHAR 20/57A/1-3 Telegram from WSC to Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt, later 1st Lord Killearn] asking him to see Captain [Frederick] William Deakin; with reply assenting. 26 Dec 1942 - 29 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/57A/10-12 Correspondence between WSC and 3rd Lord Denman on the transfer of [?] Richard Casey [Minister of State Resident in the Middle East, former Australian Minister to the United States] from Washington to Cairo [Egypt]; includes note by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. 24 Mar 1942 - 26 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/57A/13-15 Telegram from WSC to 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley] sending "Hearty Congratulations" [on winning the Derby]; with reply, and letter from Derby condemning unpatriotic strikers. 14 Jun 1942 - 15 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/57A/16-17 Letter from Jack Sutherland-Harris [Principal Private Secretary to Robert Hudson, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] appealing for help in drainage dispute concerning Anthony de Rothschild, 6th Lord Rosebery [earlier Lord Dalmeny] and the Ministry; with reply declining. 03 Apr 1942 - 05 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/57A/18-29 Letter from Professor Dimitroff, Head of Bulgarian Agrarian Party, to WSC with birthday congratulations; with replies from Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC], drafted on advice of Hugh Dalton [Minister of Economic Warfare]; includes correspondence between Brown, Hugh Gaitskell [Principal Private Secretary to Dalton] and Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary]. 30 Nov 1941 - 06 Feb 1942
CHAR 20/57A/30-31 Details of career of Sergeant Michael Dunbar, formerly Brigade Major to International Brigade in Spain, sent by General Sir Alan Brooke [later 1st Lord Alanbrooke], Chief of Imperial General Staff, to WSC. 08 Jul 1942 - 11 Jul 1942
CHAR 20/57A/32 Letter from Private Secretary to WSC [? John Martin] to Captain James Duncan advising him to write directly to Lord Louis Mountbatten about joining his staff. 14 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/57A/33-35 Travel arrangements between WSC, Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] and Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] for the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and his wife, Alfred Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich] and Lady Diana Cooper [earlier Lady Diana Manners, later Diana, Lady Norwich] from Cairo [Egypt] to Britain. 30 Jan 1942 - 31 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/57A/36-39 Minute from WSC to the Lord President of the Council [Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley] and Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] requesting that Alfred Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich], Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, be included on the Lord President's Committee; with reply from Anderson declining, and a note from John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC] to Charles Hendriks, Privy Council Office. 11 Mar 1942 - 22 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/57A/4 Personal minute from WSC to [Desmond] Morton asking him about the intelligence or MI5 employment for which Ian Colvin and [William] Deakin have been taken out of their regiments. Typescript signed with initials by WSC. 11 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/57A/40-61 Correspondence between Alfred Duff Cooper [former British Minister Resident in Singapore, later 1st Lord Norwich], the Colonial Office, Private Secretaries to WSC, including John Martin and Leslie Rowan, Lady Diana Cooper [earlier Lady Diana Manners, later Diana, Lady Norwich], Bruce Fraser [Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury] on the Duff Coopers' compensation claims for luggage lost in Singapore when the Japanese invaded; includes memoranda on Duff Cooper's claim and war damage compensation in Britain and the Colonies in general. 10 Jun 1942 - 30 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/57A/5-6 Minute from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC informing him that Ian Colvin is due to start work for the Ministry of Information arranging broadcast programmes to the German army for propaganda purposes and that [William] Deakin has been interviewed for intelligence work for SO2. Signed typescript annotated by WSC. 28 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/57A/62 Note from "D C" [? Alfred Duff Cooper, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, later 1st Lord Norwich] to WSC on confusing Major-General Pierse Mackesy, Military Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, with General Sir Ivor Maxse. 09 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/57A/63-64 Letter from Patrick Donner to A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] asking for reassurance in Parliament that the Barham and Ramillies have not been sunk, and on raising the question of the loss of the Prince of Wales and Repulse; with note from Alexander to WSC. 26 Jan 1942 - 27 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/57A/65 Note indicating that correspondence file on Admiral Sir Reginald Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax removed for Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC]. 15 May 1942
CHAR 20/57A/66-69 Note from Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC] to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] on forwarding a message from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] to 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken]; also includes note from Guy Millard, Foreign Office, sending Eden's message to Brown. Folio 68 (6 May) is covering note from Brown to Ronald Melville [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air, Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso] with a minute [at CHAR 20/57A/70] to Sinclair from WSC and Eden. 17 Apr 1942 - 06 May 1942
CHAR 20/57A/7 Minute from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC discussing the possibility of Ian Colvin doing intelligence work relating to secret propaganda to the German armed forces. Signed typescript annotated by WSC. 31 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/57A/70-71 Memorandum from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] to WSC asking if he may use an aeroplane for a journey to Edinburgh [Scotland]; annotated with reply. 06 May 1942
CHAR 20/57A/72-79 Letter from Eric Errington [including transcript] to WSC requesting that bombers be sent to stop the Germans attacking Stalingrad, as food convoys have reached the north of the Soviet Union; with reply from WSC on the impracticability of the mission, and 2 draft replies (1 satirical) from the Chief of Air Staff [Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal] and also notes and correspondence from the Air Ministry, John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and Lieutenant-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC]. 24 Sep 1942 - 08 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/57A/8-9 Notes between WSC and Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC] arranging an interview for Captain Ian Colvin. 06 Jun 1942 - 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/57A/80-83 Cuttings from the Times reporting a speech by Oliver Lyttelton, Minister of Production [later 1st Lord Chandos] on Anglo-Soviet week, the German onslaught against the Soviet Union and the need to do more to help; with letter of complaint from William Gallacher [with transcript]; includes filing note. 20 Jul 1942 - 07 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/57A/84-96 Letter from 17th Lord Derby [earlier Lord Stanley] to WSC with text of farewell speech by 1st Lord Geddes [Regional Commissioner for South East and North West regions] on the progress of the war and state of Government, particularly the inefficient bureaucracy of the Civil Service; includes reply from WSC to Derby. 10 Jul 1942 - 27 Jul 1942
CHAR 20/57B/105-110 Telegrams from 6th Lord Gort [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Malta, earlier John Vereker] to Colonial Office advising he has been ordered home by doctors due to a chronic ulcer; with reply from the Secretary of State for the Colonies [Oliver Stanley] and covering notes from Edward Edmonds [Principal, Colonial Office] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. 29 Dec 1942 - 30 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/57B/111 Note from Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] reminding WSC to tell Samuel Goldwyn that he enjoyed the film "The Princess and the Pirate". [27] Mar 1942
CHAR 20/57B/112-118 Letter from WSC to Pamela Gott with sympathy on the death of her husband [Lieutenant-General William Gott]; with reply [with transcript] and reminder to write from CSC. 26 Aug 1942 - 01 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/57B/119-125 Letter from Sir Edward Grigg [former Joint Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Altrincham] to WSC, assuring him of his loyalty, but adding that WSC never allowed him to state his views on war organization and claiming the right to do so now, with reply from WSC regretting that Grigg had to be asked to resign due to events, and advising him to pursue any matters he wishes in Parliament as he proposes; also includes notes between Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC] and Charles Harris [Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury]. 28 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/57B/126 Letter from Sir James Grigg, Secretary of State for War, to WSC hoping they can be on better terms in 1943. 24 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/57B/127 Letter from Clement Attlee [Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs] to WSC advising that Grenfell [? David Grenfell] has volunteered for Labour liaison work in Canada or the United States. 03 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/57B/128 File cover for Griffin Libel Case, including WSC's opinion on the entry of the United States into the war, "papers now with Mrs. Hill" [Kathleen Hill, Secretary to WSC]. Nov 1942
CHAR 20/57B/129-130 Letter from Lord Halifax [Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] to WSC on the encouragement from British success against German raiders, and BBC alarm at a threat from "Max" [? 1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Max Aitken] to take over the BBC building for Government use; includes filing note misdating it to 1942. 02 Nov [1940]
CHAR 20/57B/131-134 Telegram from the Minister of State, Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC advising that Peter Wood, son of Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] was killed in action; with message of sympathy from WSC and CSC, reply from Halifax and Dorothy, Lady Halifax [earlier Lady Dorothy Wood and Dorothy, Lady Irwin] and covering note from John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC] to Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary]. 02 Nov 1942 - 03 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/57B/135-136 Letter from Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], following enquiry from General Sir Robert Haining, former Intendant- General, Middle East, that the War Office and Home Office have both declined to employ him. 12 May 1942 - 14 May 1942
CHAR 20/57B/137-149 Letters from Commander Stephen King-Hall to WSC, on his resignation from the National Labour Organization, to become an Independent in support of the Government; also on material in one of King-Hall's newsletters and avoiding the appearance of doing nothing to help the Soviet Union, with letter from WSC to King-Hall suggesting that he meet Air Marshal Arthur Harris, Commander-in- Chief, Bomber Command; includes notes from Anthony Bevir, Francis Brown and Kathleen Hill [Private Secretaries and Secretary to WSC]. 24 Feb 1942 - 03 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/57B/150-153 Letter from 1st Lord Hankey to WSC thanking him for his kindness to his son Robin Hankey, in Teheran [Iran]; includes note from WSC to the Private Office asking the name of Hankey's son. 10 Dec 1942 - 19 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/57B/154-156 Letter from 1st Lord Simon [Lord Chancellor] to Lord Cranborne [Secretary of State for the Colonies, later 5th Lord Salisbury] on answering question of United Nations maritime power raised by 1st Lord Hankey in House of Lords debate; with draft reply from WSC in correspondence between Colin Thornley [Principal Private Secretary to Cranborne] and Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC]. 17 Jul 1942 - 20 Jul 1942
CHAR 20/57B/157-183,185 Letter from 1st Lord Hankey [Paymaster-General] to WSC enclosing memoranda on the use and techniques of Bomber Command and the dispersal of capital ships and their use against Japan, written before his resignation; forwarded to the Secretary of State for Air [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso] and Chief of Air Staff [Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal], the First Lord of the Admiralty [A V Alexander] and 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound]; with replies by Sinclair and Pound dismissing suggestions, and responses from Hankey. 04 Mar 1942 - 28 May 1942
CHAR 20/57B/184,186 "Less Nonsense" a poem by A P Herbert, requested by WSC, with note from Lieutenant-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/57B/187-189 Memorandum by Professor A V Hill [Member, War Cabinet Scientific Advisory Committee] on Science and the U-boat War addressed by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee to all MP's; includes covering note by Edward Salt, Deputy Chairman, Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. 24 Nov 1942 - 26 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/57B/190 Letter from Norman Holden to WSC condemning British Generals, particularly Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival [General Officer Commanding, Malaya, later Malaysia], as cowards. [copy]. 27 Feb 1942
CHAR 20/57B/191-199 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Hordern, Ministry of Information, to WSC sending a volume of the "Official History of the War of 1914-1918, East Africa"; with follow up requesting help finding employment, WSC's reply to Hordern's earlier letter and notes from Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] and Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC]. 12 Nov 1941 - 22 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/57B/97-104 Letter from Major Sir Ralph Glyn to WSC protesting at the favours extended to Labour members in the House of Commons, preventing him from voicing his opinions on India; includes transcript, WSC's reply and notes by Edith Watson [Private Secretary to WSC]. 11 Sep 1942 - 13 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/57C/200-203 Correspondence between Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Hordern, Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC] and Frank Pickford [Assistant Private Secretary to Minister of Labour and National Service] on Hordern's efforts to find war employment. 26 Nov 1942 - 09 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/57C/204-245 Letters from Admiral [Robert] Phipps Hornby to WSC on perceived anti-British and pro-German sentiments in the Arabic Listener; also includes correspondence between WSC, John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], Alan Hodge [Assistant Private Secretary to Minister of Information], John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], Colin Thornley [Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies], Ruth Malleson, Colonial Office, Professor Laurence Rushbrook Williams, Eastern Service Director, BBC, "B B" [Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information] and Major Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC], and a translation of an article from the Arabic Listener, with Hornby's comments. 07 Jan 1942 - 05 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/57C/246-248 Biographical notes by Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] on Captain Austin Hudson with congratulatory note from WSC on a speech by Hudson and letter of thanks to WSC from Hudson. 24 May 1942 - 27 May 1942
CHAR 20/57C/249-256 Apology from General Sir George Jeffreys to WSC for his protest in the House of Commons against British soldiers taking orders from inexperienced foreigners, particularly United States admirals; with reply and correspondence between Colonel Douglas Clifton Brown [Deputy Speaker, House of Commons, later 1st Lord Ruffside] and George Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] and cutting from the Chicago Tribune reporting Jeffrey's speech. 10 Jan 1942 - 10 Feb 1942
CHAR 20/57C/257 Telegram from WSC to Captain 2nd Lord Jellicoe [earlier Lord Brocas] congratulating him on his DSO. 18 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/57C/258-263 Telegram from WSC to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes with condolences on the death of his son, Lieutenant-Colonel Geoffrey Keyes; with letter from Keyes (Oct 1942) thanking WSC for a reference to his son, and adding that he did not receive any message from WSC at the time of his son's death, and also thanking WSC for an offer of a peerage and offering his services in the war; also includes correspondence between John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], WSC and Keyes on the mislaid telegram. 01 Jan 1942 - 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/57C/264-286 Correspondence between Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] and Herbert Morrison [Home Secretary] on Keyes's allegations of corruption in dockyards and delayed ship repairs; with memorandum by Alexander on Keyes's allegations, extracts from the Sunday Times and the Times, notes between Leslie Rowan, John Martin and Edith Watson [Private Secretaries to WSC] and Clifford Jarrett [Principal Private Secretary to Alexander], Alan Ker, Admiralty and Henry Strutt [Principal Private Secretary to Morrison], report by George Hall [Financial Secretary to the Admiralty] dismissing allegations, and extract from Hansard. 08 Mar 1942 - 03 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/57C/287-288 Letter from WSC to King George VI postponing dinner with the War Cabinet in order to be sure of meeting the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]. 06 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/57C/289-290 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] with birthday congratulations; with warm reply. 17 Dec 1942 - 18 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/57C/291-297 Letter from Lieutenant Frank Kingham to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] asking for help in gaining an active posting; arranged through General Sir Frederick Pile [General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Anti-Aircraft Command]. 07 Dec 1942 - 20 Dec 1942