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

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CHAR 20/96A/1 Filing note marked "1943 DE-DU" Manuscript. 1943
CHAR 20/96A/2 Telegram from Admiral [Andrew] Cunningham (Commander in Chief, Mediterranean) to the Air Ministry stating that WSC wishes to see Captain [?William] Deakin and for him to bring a note from the head of his department about the Yugoslav position and that the appropriate authorities should be telegraphed stating that WSC's presence is an absolute secret. 30 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/3 Telegram from the Air Ministry to Admiral [Andrew] Cunningham (Commander in Chief Mediterranean) stating that Captain [?William] Deakin is in Yugoslavia and cannot travel in time [to meet WSC], but that the note will be detached as requested. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/4 Note to [John] Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] attaching the reply to the message sent in response to CHAR 20/96A/2 [see CHAR 20/96A/3]. Signed manuscript. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/5 Telegram from the Mideast to the Air Ministry stating that Captain [?William] Deakin is in Yugoslavia and cannot travel in time [to meet WSC], but that the note will be despatched as requested and that this signal is "not be repeated Algiers". Noted that there will be 4 advanced copies and that it is being circulated to Brigadier [Ian] Jacob. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/6 Letter from C Garland (Offices of the War Cabinet, London) to J A Williams regarding "Trident" [code word for the Washington conference, United States] asking him to despatch the attached telegram and to return the original to Captain Clifford at the War Cabinet Offices and to ensure that no copies are kept Signed. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/7 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Captain Clifford marked "SECRET & IMMEDIATE" referring to CHAR 20/96A/2 stating that the best method would be to communicate WSC's message through the Minister of State. He encloses a draft telegram. Initialled. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/8 Note from C Garland to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] which reads "Returned, no copies have been made at all" Signed manuscript. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/9 Cypher telegram from the Air Ministry to the Mideast Annotated that it should be deciphered by a member of the Minister of State's personal staff. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/10 Deciphered telegram for the Minister of State from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] marked "Immediate" stating that WSC who is staying at Admiral [Andrew] Cunningham's villa in Algiers [Algeria] wishes to see Captain [?William] Deakin, who should arrive for lunch at the villa on Thursday. WSC would like Deakin to bring a note from the head of his department about the Yugoslav position, adding that WSC's position is absolute secret Annotated: "no circulation". 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/11 Note from C Garland to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] enclosing two advanced copies of CHAR 20/96A/2 and informing him that no action has been taken by them to telegraph the appropriate authorities in the Middle East Signed. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/12 Letter from 17th Lord Derby [earlier Sir Edward Stanley] (Knowsley, Prescot, Lancashire) to WSC marked "Confidential" stating that he was not surprised that he was unable to accept the invitation and informing him how sorry he was to hear of his ill health and political difficulties. Signature in typescript. Copy. 19 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96A/13 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to 17th Lord Derby [earlier Sir Edward Stanley] on behalf of WSC informing him that WSC would like to see him very much and will write to him as soon as possible Initialled. 26 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96A/14 Draft letter to 17th Lord Derby [earlier Sir Edward Stanley] informing him that WSC will be back at Downing Street from 15 March onwards and would like to see him soon if there is any chance of him coming to London. Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96A/15 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that 17th Lord Derby [earlier Sir Edward Stanley] would like to know when he is well again so that he may visit him in London and attaching a draft letter for WSC to consider [see CHAR 20/96A/14] Initialled. 11 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96A/16 Telegram from BAD, Washington DC [United States] to Sir Dudley Pound (1st Sea Lord) stating that Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Head of British Joint Staff Mission, Washington] has been in hospital for 3 weeks for an operation and hopes to leave hospital on 3 May (although he has been prescribed 2 weeks rest). He adds that if the visit from Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander American British Dutch and Australasian Command] takes place as planned this will disrupt Dill's rest which may lead to future illness and asks whether it would be possible for Wavell to stay in England for longer. 29 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96A/17 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Head of British Joint Staff Mission, Washington, United States] wishing him a speedy recovery Not registered. 30 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96A/18 Note marked "Mr Driberg & Sir A Duncan" Manuscript. 1943
CHAR 20/96A/19 Letter from Rutherford Tippetts (Shell Mex House, London) [Private Secretary, Ministry of Supply] to WSC stating that he will probably have read with some amusement references in the papers to Sir Andrew Duncan [Minister of Supply] and is enclosing Duncan's reply to Thomas Driberg [Independent MP for Maldon], whose speech started the whole thing off Signed. Annotated "He is a dirty skunk". 28 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96A/20 Letter from Sir Andrew Duncan [Ministry of Supply] to Thomas Driberg [Independent MP for Maldon,] expressing surprise at his speech and stating that he has never received an offer of this nature and that if he had he would not have given it any consideration as he regards himself precluded from doing anything other than that proposed by the Prime Minister [WSC]. Signature in typescript. Copy. 28 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96A/21 Letter from Geoffrey Lloyd [Conservative MP for Ladywood, Birmingham] to WSC marked "Confidential" requesting that Captain Dunn, presently attached to Middle East Intelligence Centre, Middle East Forces, should be given permission to take a few weeks' leave, in order that he may be able to assist Birmingham in the purchase of Sir Charles Hyde's newspapers, the Birmingham Post and Mail, as he is familiar with newspaper management and finance Initialled. 15 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96A/22 Minute from WSC to Sir James Grigg [Secretary of State for War] marked "Secret and Confidential" asking him to inform him of the conditions in which Captain Dunn [Middle East Intelligence Centre] may be granted leave and noting that Dunn may stand for the vacancy at Aston, Birmingham, adding that as this paper deals with party politics he must ensure that it does not pass out of his control Initialled. Annotated that it is referring to the request made by Geoffrey Lloyd Conservative MP for Ladywood, Birmingham, to grant Captain Dunn a few weeks' leave in order to assist in some business in Birmingham. 23 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96A/23-24 Letter from Sir James Grigg [Secretary of State for War] to WSC marked "Secret and Confidential" stating that there are no precedents for granting Captain Dunn [Middle East Intelligence Centre] leave for the reasons listed in his minute [involvement with the purchase of Birmingham newspapers] as leave is only granted on grounds of compassion. He adds that the closest case he can find is the case of Major John Morrison [later 1st Lord Margadale] who was brought home to fight a by-election in Salisbury [Wiltshire] and that he was prepared to grant leave for Captain Dunn if he is adopted as a candidate for the vacancy at Aston [Birmingham]. Initialled. Annotated "Chief Whip to comment". 28 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96A/25 Letter from James Stuart [Chief Whip] to WSC agreeing with a suggestion from the Secretary of State for War [Sir James Grigg, see CHAR 20/96A/23-24] that Captain Dunn [Middle East Intelligence Centre] should be refused leave as this will create a precedent and stating that Major [John] Morrison [later 1st Lord Margadale] had been adopted [as parliamentary candidate] for Salisbury [Wiltshire] before his application for leave had been agreed and that if Captain Dunn were to be adopted for Aston [Birmingham] the situation would be different. Signed. Annotated: "No action". 30 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96A/26 Note concerning the refusal of a request by Geoffrey Lloyd [Conservative MP for Ladywood, Birmingham] for leave to be granted to Captain Dunn [Middle East Intelligence Centre] for business purposes. Manuscript. 1943
CHAR 20/96A/27 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Geoffrey Lloyd [Conservative MP for Ladywood, Birmingham] marked "Personal and Confidential" informing him that WSC has decided not to initiate any action concerning Lloyd's request [for leave to be granted to Captain Dunn, see CHAR 20/96A/21]. Initialled. 02 May 1943
CHAR 20/96A/28 Letter from WSC to Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster] discussing Cooper's wish to go to the United States for his "special business" and instructing that such a visit should be kept secret. Therefore Cooper should not travel with the Quadrant party as it will receive a lot of publicity and would lead to queries about his reasons for visiting the United States. See CHAR 20/96A/29]. 30 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96A/29 Letter from Major Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] to WSC informing him that Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster] has decided not to go to the United States as it might cause confusion and damage the British Intelligence interests which he was proposing to visit. Initialled. Annotated "Your letter to Mr Cooper drafted before this minute was received is now below". See CHAR 20/96A/28. 30 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96A/30 Note from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] informing him that WSC would like to inform Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster] that he thought that he had made a wise decision [not to visit the United States, see CHAR 20/96A/29] and offering to tell Cooper. Signed manuscript. Annotated: "I have done it D M". 30 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96A/31 Note from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich] is leaving early on Tuesday morning Initialled manuscript. Annotated: "The P M doubts if he will be able to see him". 17 Dec 1943
CHAR 20/96A/32 Note marked "1943 E-EV". 1943
CHAR 20/96A/33 Telegram from Lord Halifax (Washington D C, United States) [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] to Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] marked "Personal" informing him that President Roosevelt suggests that, if Eden is able to visit the United States the following week, he may wish to make a speech in Washington addressing the Maryland State legislature, and stating that Eden is expected to stay for a fortnight and to visit an aircraft factory, a military camp, and an industrial centre; that Winant is staying during his visit and that he had cancelled his tour Annotated. 15 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96A/34 Note from Francis Brown to WSC informing him that Anthony Eden's father, Sir William Eden was 5th Baronet of Maryland, United States. Initialled. 16 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96A/35 Telegram from General Dwight Eisenhower [Allied Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] to WSC stating that he was delighted by his recent visit and asking him not to forget the photographs. 09 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96A/36 Telegram from WSC to General Dwight Eisenhower [Allied Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] informing him that: he has made all the announcements in the House of Commons to give Eisenhower plenary powers "without any public definition of the particular functions of his subordinates"; that he was having relevant portions of his speech sent to him and asking him to remind him which photographs he requires. 11 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96A/37 Note marked "Photographs of P M for General Eisenhower (and of C O S)" Manuscript. 1943
CHAR 20/96A/38 Note from Francis Brown [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] to "Tommy" [Commander Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC] asking him to deal with the "P O" plan. Initialled manuscript. Annotated. 1943
CHAR 20/96A/39 Telegram from General Dwight Eisenhower [Allied Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] to WSC thanking him for his generous message and asking him to send signed photographs of each of the British Chiefs of Staff to hang in his office. Annotated T154/3. 12 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96A/40 Letter from Hugh Elles (Regional Headquarters, Woodland Road, Bristol) [Regional Commissioner] to General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] asking him to arrange a meeting for him with WSC, explaining "My job will shortly come on to a care and maintenance basis. When the armies go abroad I want to tail on behind them." Signed manuscript. 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96A/41 Letter from General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] to General Sir Hugh Elles (Regional Headquarters, Woodland Road, Bristol) [Regional Commissioner] informing him that he has no influence over WSC's appointments but has passed on his request to the relevant individuals. Signature in typescript. 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96A/42 Letter from George Harvie Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] (Office of the Minister of Defence) to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] enclosing a letter from Sir Hughes Elles [Regional Commissioner, Bristol, see CHAR 20/96A/40] and his reply to it stating that he hopes "you will deal faithfully with this unwarranted importunity" Initialled. 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96A/43 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to WSC informing him: that Sir Hughes Elles [Regional Commissioner, Bristol] would like to arrange a meeting with him to discuss the possibility of him following the armies abroad; that he has spoken to the Ministry of Home Security who informed him that the positions of Regional Commissioners would not be "on a care and maintenance basis" and that they would be sorry to lose him as he is considered to be one of the better Commissioners. Initialled. Annotated by WSC "I really cannot see him". 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96A/44 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to General Sir Hugh Elles [Regional Commissioner, Bristol] informing him that WSC is not able to see him on the date proposed due to pressures of work and suggests that Elles might care to write to him Initialled. 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96A/45 Letter from Sir Hugh Elles (Regional Headquarters, Woodland Road, Bristol) [Regional Commissioner] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] asking him to put his name forward to WSC if a vacancy for a Civil Administrator arises in the rear of the Armies in France or Germany, stating: that he understands about armies; that he has had 4 years' experience of civil administration in war emergencies; that he has been Chairman of the largest of the International Commodity Agreements for 5 years. Signed. 15 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96A/46-47 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to WSC detailing a letter he has received from Sir Hugh Elles [Regional Commander, Bristol, see CHAR 20/96A/45] Initialled. Annotated. 19 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96A/48 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Sir Hugh Elles [Regional Commander, Bristol] stating that WSC has been informed of his wishes and that he will reply in due course Initialled. 27 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96A/49 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] has suggested that WSC might send a message to Walter Elliot [Conservative MP for Kelvingrove, Glasgow, Scotland] who is still laid up after his accident and is currently at a Nursing Home, and supplying a draft message. Initialled manuscript. 11 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/96A/50 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Mrs Walter Elliot on WSC's behalf wishing her husband a speedy recovery and asking to be informed of his progress Initialled. 14 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/96A/51 Letter from Mrs Walter Elliot (25, Belgrave Crescent, Edinburgh 4, Scotland] to Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] describing her husband's progress after his accident. Signed. 19 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/96A/52 Note from Elizabeth Layton [Secretary to WSC] to the Private Office stating that WSC would like information about [1st] Lord Elton and his political background. Initials in typescript. 31 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96A/53 Note from George Harvie Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC describing the political career of [1st] Lord Elton stating that: he contested the Thornbury Division of Gloucestershire as a Socialist in 1924 and 1929; that he was expelled from the Labour Party for supporting Ramsay MacDonald; that he then became honorary Political Secretary of the National Labour Committee and was editor of the National Labour Group's newsletter; that he was created a peer in 1934 by Ramsay MacDonald and that it has been suggested that he is toying with the idea of joining the Conservative Party. Signed. 01 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/96A/54 Letter from Arthur Evans (60, Park Lane, London) [Conservative MP for South Cardiff, Wales] to WSC marked "Personal" informing him that, due to his physical disabilities, he is unable to accept a command which will require marching and therefore has been temporarily released from the Army in order to carry on with his political work. He asks whether he may be of service in another capacity. Signed. 01 Jul 1940
CHAR 20/96A/55 Letter from Arthur Evans (60, Park Lane, London) [Conservative MP for South Cardiff, Wales] to WSC marked "Personal" informing him that he is due to be invalided out of the Army; enclosing a copy of his doctor's report and suggesting that he might be considered for a vacancy as Governor of India, the Colonies or the Dominions, adding that he has been a member of the House for 18 years Signed. Annotated "[1st] Lord Moyne [earlier Walter Guinness] to see.". 22 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96A/56 Extract from a medical report on Colonel Arthur Evans [Conservative MP for South Cardiff, Wales] by A Roycn Jones (146 Harley Street, London, W 1) stating that this officer is unfit for military service as his legs below the knee are thin and wasted and are suffering from severe "bi- lateral rigid pes plano valgus with hallux rigidus". 1943
CHAR 20/96A/57 Letter from WSC to Colonel Arthur Evans [Conservative MP for South Cardiff, Wales] marked "Personal" thanking him for his recent letter [see CHAR 20/96A/55] and informing him that his name will be considered if a suitable position arises Signed. 29 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/96A/58 Letter from John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to C H Thornley [Private Secretary, Colonial Office] enclosing a letter from Colonel Arthur Evans to WSC and his reply [see CHAR 20/96A/55 and CHAR 20/96A/57] and informing him that WSC would like [1st] Lord Moyne [earlier Walter Guinness, Deputy Minister of State Middle East] to see them. Initialled. 31 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96A/59 Letter from Ruth Malleson (Colonial Office, Downing Street, London) [Assistant Private Secretary, Colonial Office] to John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him the Colonel Arthur Evans' letter [Conservative MP for South Cardiff, Wales, see CHAR 20/96A/55] will remain in their department on file Signed. 03 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/96A/60 Note from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC asking him if he would like Lord Cranborne [earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil, later 5th Lord Salisbury, Lord Privy Seal] and Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to see Colonel Arthur Evans' letter [Conservative MP for South Cardiff, Wales, see CHAR 20/96A/55] Initialled. Annotated: "no". 04 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/96A/61 Note from John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Major Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] noting that he has not acknowledged a letter as it was marked "private" and that if the correspondent asks Peck will inform him that it has been forwarded Initialled manuscript. 1943
CHAR 20/96A/62 Letter from Colonel Arthur Evans (46, Brook Street, London, W 1) [Conservative MP for South Cardiff, Wales] to Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] marked "Private and Confidential" informing him that he has just seen in The Times that Jack Herbert's position as the Governor of Bengal [India] may soon become vacant and asking him to consider him for this position. Signed. 03 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/96A/63 Letter from John Martin (The White House, Washington [United States]) [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Mr Bernard Sendall [Private Secretary, Ministry of Information] asking him to show Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] the attached letter [see CHAR 20/96A/64] and to inform him of his comments, adding that Martin believes it will be a case of "acknowledging and then forgetting". Initialled. Annotated "Yes. B B". 09 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/96A/64 Copy of CHAR 20/96A/64. 03 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/96A/65 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Colonel Arthur Evans (46 Brook Street, W 1) [Conservative MP for South Cardiff, Wales] informing him that a note has been made of his application which will be considered when the position [of Governor of Bengal, India] becomes available. Initialled. 17 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/96A/66 Note marked "1943 FO-FR" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/96A/67 Copy of a letter from R Fontelle (Vatican City, Canon of St Peter [Italy]) to Sir D'Arcy Osborne [later 12th Duke of Leeds] stating that he was deeply moved by WSC's speech in Quebec [Canada] and remarking on the example set by Great Britain of "dignity, tenacity and patience" during this war. Signature in typescript. 31 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96A/68 Letter from Guy Millard [Assistant Private Secretary, Foreign Office] to Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] enclosing a letter [see CHAR 20/96A/67] Signed. 28 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96A/69 Telegram from Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] to WSC marked "Personal" congratulating him on his speech which "Breathes the spirit of our Commonwealth and our cause" Initialled. 10 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/96A/70 Telegram from WSC to Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] thanking him and adding that he hopes that Fraser is better. 11 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/96A/71 Note marked "Capt. H Moreton Frewen" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/96A/72-73 Letter from Captain Hugh Frewen (Jerome Park, Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia) to WSC stating: that as he is aged 57 he is regarded as being too old for active service but that he still wishes to be of some service in the war; that he believes he can be of some use in Nigeria dealing with the administration adding that he can speak Hasau and has had 5 years' experience in administration; that he is writing to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Oliver Stanley, offering his services and encloses a letter from Lord Gowrie [earlier Alexander Hore-Ruthven, Governor General of Australia] testifying to the high regard in which he is held in Nigeria and informing him of the recent family news. Signed. 05 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/96A/74-76 Letter from Captain Hugh Frewen (Jerome Park, Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia) to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Oliver Stanley, offering his services as a temporary political officer in the administration of the Northern provinces of Nigeria and providing a detailed autobiography of his career Signature in typescript. Copy. 11 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/96A/77 Testimonial from Lord Gowrie [earlier Alexander Hore-Ruthven] (Admiralty House, Sydney) [Governor General of Australia] stating that he has known Captain Hugh Frewen for several years and can attest to his good character, adding that Frewen is keen to do some service in the war and is physically fit for such employment. Signature in typescript. Copy. 08 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/96A/78 Note from Christopher Eastwood (Colonial Office) enclosing documents from Captain Hugh Frewen (a letter to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Oliver Stanley, CHAR 20/96A/74-76 and a testimonial from Lord Gowrie [Governor General of Australia, CHAR 20/96A 77) adding that Frewen would like WSC to assist him in finding a position in the Nigerian administration, of which he has considerable experience. 05 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/96A/79 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Christopher Eastwood (Colonial Office) enclosing a letter from Captain Hugh Frewen [see CHAR 20/96A/72-73] asking for re employment in the Colonial Office stating that he served in Nigeria about 28 years ago and asking for advice about a reply. Initialled. 21 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/96A/80 Letter from Colin Thornley (Colonial Office, Downing Street, London) [Private Secretary, Colonial Office] to Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him that there is very little chance that Captain Hugh Frewen will be offered a position in the Colonial Service in Nigeria. The department has had many offers from retired Colonial officials, many of whom have had longer and more recent experience and who are younger than 55 which is the retiring age in West Africa and enclosing a copy of a letter sent to him [see CHAR 20/96A/81 in reply to his letter to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Oliver Stanley [see CHAR 20/96A/74-76] Signed. 28 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/96A/81 Letter from the Colonial Office to Captain Hugh Frewen informing him that [1st] Lord Moyne [earlier Walter Guinness, Deputy Minister in the Middle East] does not see any possibility of offering him a position in the Colonial Services in Nigeria as he has had many offers from retired Colonial Officials and is only able to accept a small number of them Copy. 28 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/96A/82 Note from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that the Colonial Office have not accepted Captain Hugh Frewen's offer of his services as a Colonial officer in Nigeria as he has passed the retirement age in West Africa and as they have had many offers from individuals with greater experience which is more recent and that they have written to him regarding this but suggest that the attached draft may be sent [see CHAR 20/96A/83]. Initialled. 26 May 1941
CHAR 20/96A/83 Letter from WSC to Captain Hugh Frewen thanking him for offering his services and informing him that his offer will be kept on record in case an opportunity should arise Initialled. 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/96A/84 Envelope from Captain Hugh Frewen (Jerome Park, Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia) addressed to WSC. Annotated. 14 Nov 1941
CHAR 20/96A/85 Letter from Captain Hugh Frewen (Jerome Park, Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia) to WSC enclosing a letter which he has sent to the War Office offering his services to "AMGOT" Signature in typescript. Copy. Marked "A". 12 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96A/86-88 Letter from Captain Hugh Frewen to the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg, offering his services to the Allied Military Government in Italy and providing a detailed description of his career Signature in typescript. Copy. Annotated with a note that copies have been sent to WSC and to [15th] Lord Lauderdale [earlier Sir Ian Maitland]. Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96A/89 Airgraph of CHAR 20/96A/85-88. 12 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96A/90 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Nicholas Morrison [Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of State for War] informing him that Captain Hugh Frewen, WSC's cousin, has written to WSC enclosing a copy of his letter to the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg, offering his services in connection with "AMGOT" and asking for his views. Initialled. 03 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/96A/91 Letter Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Miss C Campbell (War Office) enclosing a copy of Captain Hugh Frewen's airgraph to WSC [see CHAR 20/96A/89] Initialled. 09 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/96A/92 Letter from Miss C Campbell (War Office, Whitehall, London) to Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] stating that as Captain Hugh Frewen is 60 years old, he is in the upper age limit for Civil Affairs, and unless he possesses very exceptional qualifications she does not see that any position can be found for him, adding that the work of Civil Affairs officers is extremely strenuous Signed. 20 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/96A/93-4 Note from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that during his absence an airgraph was sent by Captain Hugh Frewen [see CHAR 20/96A/89] offering his services to "AMGOT". A copy of was sent to the War Office, who replied stating that he was too old for a strenuous position [as a Civil Affairs Officer]. Brown reminds WSC that Frewen had offered his services before for re-employment in Nigeria which was refused and enclosing a draft reply for his consideration [see CHAR 20/96A/95] Initialled. Annotated: "Civil regret". 21 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/96A/95 Letter from WSC to Captain Hugh Frewen stating that he had taken up the question [of his employment with "AMGOT"] with the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg, but that the age limits for "AMGOT" were adverse Initialled. 03 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96A/96 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Miss L M E Parker (Dominions Office) asking her to send the attached letter [CHAR 20/96A/97] to Captain Hugh Frewen in Australia by the quickest means possible and informing her that a letter has been sent to him by WSC by ordinary means but that this will take a considerable time to reach him Initialled. 09 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96A/97 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Captain Hugh Frewen explaining that WSC had replied to his letter but that the reply had been sent by ordinary mail and so he encloses a copy of the letter [see CHAR 20/96A/95] Initialled. 09 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96A/98 Note marked "1943 GA-GU" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/96A/99-101 Letter from William Gallacher [Communist MP for Fife, Scotland] to WSC submitting some opinions which he claims are felt by a large number of the population, stating: that the establishment of a second front in Western Europe is the key to victory; that the proportion of the British and United States armies engaged in action against the enemy is relatively small; that everything is now in the Allies' favour regarding war production; that full political support should be given to the anti-fascist forces in Italy; that the French National Committee should be recognised and that the military and political strategy of the United Nations should be co-ordinated Signed. 10 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/102 Letter from John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to William Gallacher [Communist MP for Fife, Scotland] acknowledging, in WSC's absence, the receipt of his letter [see CHAR 20/96A/99-101] Initialled. 11 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/103 Note from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that [6th] Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker, Aide De Camp, General to the King, Governor and Commander in Chief of Malta] is well, that he left Hendon [London] that morning for Port Reith. Rowan offers to send a message to Gort for WSC. Annotated noting the contents of the message sent. see CHAR 20/96B/104. 13 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96B/104 Note for [6th] Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker, Aide De Camp, General to the King, Governor and Commander in Chief of Malta] from WSC wishing him luck for the future. Manuscript. Annotated with a note that the message was phoned to the station. 13 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96B/105 Message from [6th] Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker, Aide De Camp, General to the King, Governor and Commander in Chief of Malta] to WSC thanking him for his message and adding that he looks forward to welcoming him in Malta. 13 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96B/106 Letter from Colonel John Gretton (35 Belgrave Square, S W 1, London) [Conservative MP for Burton, Derbyshire] to WSC marked "Personal" resigning from the House of Commons on account of his physical inability to carry on Signed manuscript. 08 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/107 Note from WSC to George Harvie Watt [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary] asking him to draft a reply [to Colonel John Gretton's letter of resignation, see CHAR 20 96 B/106]. Initials in typescript. 08 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/108 Note from George Harvie Watt [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary] to WSC enclosing a suggested draft letter to Colonel Gretton [concerning his resignation as Conservative MP for Burton, Derbyshire] Signed. 10 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/109 Letter from WSC to Colonel John Gretton [Conservative MP for Burton, Derbyshire] expressing sorrow at his retirement and gratitude for his friendship and valuable public service Signed. 14 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/110 Note from WSC to Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] asking him to vet a speech to be made by Sir John Grigg [Secretary of State for War] without letting "P J" [Grigg] know. Initialled. Annotated that he was referring to a speech to be made by Sir James Grigg on the 5 November in Oxford and that the answer is now with Bracken. 27 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96B/111 Letter from Brendan Bracken (Ministry of Information, Malet Street, London) [Minister of Information] to WSC informing him that a speech by Sir James Grigg [Secretary of State for War] was quite "inoffensive", that the part dealing with India and the army is excellent but that the end is "rather sloppy". Initialled. Annotated with a note by Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC] about returning the speech to the war office. 01 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/96B/112 Note marked "Oxford Speech Manuscript. Annotated with a note that it was handed to WSC by Sir James Grigg, Secretary of State for War. 1943
CHAR 20/96B/113-114 Letter from Amy Guest (Villa Artemis, Palm Beach, United States) regarding the question of India after the war and asking if he thinks it might be possible to separate India into Hindu and Mohammedan states controlled by a central capital which would administer national departments but would leave religion and education to be governed locally Signed. 16 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96B/115-116 Copy of a letter from Amy Grant (Villa Artemis, Palm Beach, United States) to Senator [Burton] Wheeler asking him to clarify statements President Roosevelt was believed to have made in 1932 that he would be the last President of the United States and asking about the future government and administration. Includes a manuscript note from Amy Guest to WSC offering her opinions on post-war relations with Germany, stating that the simplest way to end the war would be to offer "to take her [Germany] in" and for Britain and Germany to federate their resources, adding that if there is to be a great army to keep the peace then Great Britain can afford to be generous Initialled manuscript. 15 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/96B/117 Letter from WSC to Amy Guest thanking her for her letters and for informing him of her views [see CHAR 20/96B/114-116] but adding that he could not comment in detail Signed. 26 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96B/118 Note marked "1943 H-HU". c 1943
CHAR 20/96B/119 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] to WSC informing him that Richard Wood (2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade) is in hospital in either Cairo [Egypt] or Palestine [Israel] with jaundice and suggesting Richard should be granted sick leave in the United States, particularly considering how serious jaundice can be in Egypt. Annotated by WSC with a note asking what can be done without causing criticism. 22 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/96B/120 Letter from Sir James Grigg [Secretary of State for War] (War Office, London) to WSC stating that he does not think that [Richard Wood, son of Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] could be sent to the United States on sick leave as this would be criticised. He adds that if Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Head of British Joint Staff Mission, Washington, United States] was to find himself in need of a junior officer with recent experience of the fighting in the Middle East for then [Richard Wood] may be considered and that he would explore the possibilities of this if he wished Initialled. Annotated by WSC "Better leave it". 30 Nov 1943
CHAR 20/96B/121 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Arthur Poynton [Private Secretary, Ministry of Production] marked "Secret" informing him of the action taken on the telegram sent from the Minister of Production [see CHAR 20/96B/119] stating that WSC felt that it would not be possible to grant sick leave [to Richard Wood] as this would attract criticism and that if [Wood] was sent to become a member of Field Marshal Sir John Dill's Staff at Washington [United States] then [the intervention of WSC] would become public knowledge Initialled. 07 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/96B/122 Deciphered telegram from the Minister of State [Washington, United States] to WSC marked "Immediate" stating the Richard Wood, youngest son of Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] is reported to be seriously wounded. 07 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/96B/123-127 Copy of a letter from Richard Wood to his parents, Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] from a hospital in Cairo recounting the details of how he was wounded by a bomb and of his journey to Cairo [Egypt] and of his progress Signature in typescript. Copy. 09 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/96B/128 Telegram from WSC to [Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] stating that he was sorry to hear of Richard [Wood]'s severe wound and that he has called for a special report Copy. Annotated. 11 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/96B/129 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Guy Millard [Assistant Private Secretary, Foreign Office] confirming that WSC would like a telegram sent to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States, see CHAR 20/96B/128] and asking him to make arrangements and to charge it to WSC's private account Initialled. 11 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/96B/130 Telegram from Lord Halifax [British Ambassador in the United States] to WSC thanking him for his telegram [see CHAR 20/96B/128] and stating that his son [Richard Wood] is "as well as can be expected" Copy. 12 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/96B/131 Note from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing that Richard Wood [son of Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] is dangerously ill and is still at a Field Ambulance Hospital as he could not be moved back to a base hospital. [Wood] was wounded in an air raid and the bomb has shot away both his feet but he has not had both his legs amputated above the knee as they had thought; that Lord Halifax [British Ambassador in the United States] is being kept informed by the Middle Eastern authorities Initialled. 14 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/96B/132-133 Letter from Lord Halifax (British Embassy, Washington D C, United States) [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] to WSC marked "Private and Personal" enclosing a copy of a letter from his son [Richard Wood, see CHAR 20/96B/123-127] and stating that all the medical arrangements sound excellent and that they hope to transport [Richard Wood] to the United States to get him "fitted" and that President Roosevelt said he would facilitate transport for this. He adds that he is anxious to know what WSC has been able to do. Signed. Annotated. 23 Jan 1943
CHAR 20/96B/134 Draft of a telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] thanking him for a copy of a letter from his son [Richard Wood, see CHAR 20/96B/123-127] and stating that he was deeply moved by it. 02 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96B/135 Copy of a telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States. see CHAR 20/96B/134]. 07 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96B/136 Letter from John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to V Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary, Foreign Office] marked "Immediate" enclosing a telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] and asking him to despatch it [see CHAR 20/96B/134]. 07 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96B/137 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin British Ambassador in the United States] to WSC marked "Personal" informing him that his son [Richard Wood] has arrived from Cairo [Egypt] "very well and in grand spirits". Annotated by WSC with his reply. 23 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96B/138 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] stating that he is glad that he [Halifax's son, Richard Wood] is with him. Not registered. 24 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/96B/139 Letter from John Winant (Embassy of the United States of America) [United States Ambassador to Great Britain] sending him a message from Averil Harriman [United States Diplomat] in which he expresses delight that "Max" [1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Max Aitken] back into the Government Signed. Annotated. 27 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/96B/140 Letter from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Jacob Beam (Embassy of the United States of America) [Second Secretary, United States Embassy in London] confirming that WSC received his letter [see CHAR 20/96B/139] Initialled. 28 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/96B/141 Letter from Sir Percy Harris [Labour MP for Bethnal Green, London] to WSC informing him of the events of his recent visit to the United States and Canada stating: that he was impressed with the immense popularity WSC had in North America; that Canada, in spite of their difficulties, is making a great contribution to the war effort; that he was able, with the help of Mackenzie King [Canadian Prime Minister] to make valuable contact with members of the United States Congress which he hopes will lead to a better understanding Signed. Initialled. 20 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96B/142 Letter from WSC to Sir Percy Harris [Labour MP for Bethnal Green, London] thanking him for his letter regarding his visit to Canada and the United States [see CHAR 20/96B/144] and hoping to be able to speak to him further on the matter Initialled. 23 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96B/143 Letter from Commander Charles Thompson ("in the air") [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] asking him to obtain for WSC the original cartoon by David Low which appeared in The Evening Standard which was of WSC with President Roosevelt sitting on a sofa "with a scruffy looking Harry [Hopkins] in the background" and to present it to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] Signed Manuscript. 27 May 1943
CHAR 20/96B/144 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Michael Foot (The Evening Standard) thanking him for sending the original of David Low's Cartoon in The Evening Standard on the 13 May and confirming that it will be sent to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] Initialled. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96B/145 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Commander Charles Thompson [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] informing him that he has obtained the original of the cartoon by David Low [see CHAR 20/96B/143] and that he is sending it to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] Initialled. Annotated. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/96B/146 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Kathleen Hill [Prime Minister's Secretary] asking her for suggestions for people to approach and for information about a cartoon [see CHAR 20/96B/143]. Includes reply by Kathleen Hill recommending that an approach be made to the Art Editor with note that the cartoon appeared on the 13 May in The Evening Standard Part manuscript. Initialled. 30 May 1943
CHAR 20/96B/147 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Michael Foot (The Evening Standard) thanking him on WSC's behalf for the original David Low cartoon Initialled. 05 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/148 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that he has received a letter from Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to President Roosevelt] thanking him for a David Low cartoon Initialled. 18 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/149 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that Sir Richard Hopkins [Permanent Secretary of the Treasury and Head of the Civil Service] has been ordered by the doctor to take 3 weeks' rest and that Sir Alan Barlow [Joint Second Secretary, Treasury] will be taking over his position whilst he is away and enclosing a draft letter to Hopkins [see CHAR 20/96B/150] for him to consider Initialled. 17 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96B/150 Letter from WSC to Sir Richard Hopkins [Permanent Secretary of the Treasury and Head of the Civil Service] expressing sympathy at the news of his illness and recommending that he should not return to work until he is fully recovered Signed. 18 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96B/151 Telegram from WSC to General Horrocks wishing him a happy recovery Annotated that the Defence regiment will retransmit. 25 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/152 Letter from Arthur Boyle (The War Office, Whitehall, London) to John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him that General Horrocks is dangerously ill, that he has had two operations and that his resistance is low Signed. 02 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96B/153 Letter from Lieutenant Frank de Vine Hunt (Upper War Room) [Map Room Staff] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] enclosing a Universal Projector Docket and asking him whether [1st] Lord Cherwell [earlier F E Lindemann, Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] or WSC would be able to comment on it, stating: that the Hydrographic Department approves of the proposal and will prepare an experimental global map on transparent paper and that the artificial silk manufacturer would provide the necessary apparatus if WSC was interested but adding that the apparatus would only be a small beginning but that there could be far reaching results Signed. 04 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96B/154 Letter from Lieutenant Frank de Vine Hunt (Upper War Room) [Map Room Staff] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] thanking him for his promise of assistance. Signed. 08 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96B/155 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Lieutenant Frank de Vine Hunt [Map Room Staff] stating that his letter arrived whilst he was on leave and therefore doubted whether he would be able to get comments from [1st] Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann, Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] in time and that he thought that WSC should not be troubled on this matter Initialled. 07 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96B/156 Note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to [1st] Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann, Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] referring to a file [not present relating to a proposal for a Universal Projector] which contains letters sent from Lieutenant Frank de Vine Hunt [Map Room Staff] an enthusiastic cartographer, regarding a proposal which he deems worth considering. He asks whether he would meet de Vine Hunt and listen to his ideas. 12 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96B/157 Note marked "KE-KI" Manuscript. c 1943
CHAR 20/96B/158 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes (Tingewick House, Buckingham) [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] to A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough, 1st Lord of the Admiralty] recommending that he urge Clement Attlee to take note of the advice given in Keyes' minutes to the War Cabinet and WSC. He states that locking up 5 fast transports at Sierra Leone was deplorable; that the Japanese are demonstrating the proper use of amphibious power; that the War Cabinet, due to their inability to grasp the importance of amphibious power, have lost the opportunity of knocking Italy out of the war whilst Germany was occupied in the Soviet Union; and that this force should be used immediately in the Mediterranean to destroy the Italians. He recommends that Alexander should urge the War Cabinet to inform WSC that this advice should be followed. Signed. 22 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/96B/159 Note attached to CHAR 20/96B/158 with details of the minutes referred to in it. 1941
CHAR 20/96B/160-161 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes (22 St Leonard's Terrace, London) [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] to Clement Attlee [Secretary of State for the Dominions] expressing "despair" at the decision to disperse the Allies' amphibious force. He comments that this decision was a disaster made on the advice of two Joint Commanders with no experience in combined operations and backed by those who had supported the disastrous Norway campaign; and that the prolongation of the Libyan campaign was a result of this disastrous decision. He recommends a Combined Operation in the Mediterranean against the Italians as this would capitalise on Germany's weaknesses. 18 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/96B/162-164 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes (22 St Leonard's Terrace, Chelsea, London) [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] to WSC enclosing a copy of his book [not present] which was based on the Lees Knowles lectures on "Military Science". He states that, although Great Britain has had a great victory in North Africa, she has failed in the Middle East by not making use of her amphibious power to strike at the enemy's island bases and communications and refers to the example of Gallipoli and remarks made by WSC to strengthen his case. Keyes expresses certainty that the whole country would be behind WSC if, with President Roosevelt's permission, he relieved the Chiefs Of Staff Committee of all of their constitutional responsibility. Signed. 25 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96B/165 Draft of a telegram from WSC [to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, Conservative MP for Portsmouth [Hampshire] thanking him for his book Initials in typescript. 28 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/166 Copy of CHAR 20/96B/165. 29 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/167 Extract from "Parliamentary Debates" an official report from the House of Commons on a speech by Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] entitled the "Central Direction of the War". Published by His Majesty's Stationary Office, 6p. Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96B/168-173 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes (22 St Leonard's Terrace, Chelsea, S W 3, London) [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] to WSC marked "Most Secret and Personal" regarding the career of Commander C Varley who has invented a small submarine called a "Sea Tank" which would enable a diver to attach an explosive charge to the bottom of a ship by the means of an arm operated from inside the submarine. He explains that Varley is not held in high regard by the Admiralty, and that the Admiralty does not like this form of attack preferring to place a charge on the bottom of the sea (which Keyes does not think would be effective); that the diving suits now used have caused one life to be lost, (which Keyes claims would not have happened with Varley suits); that the Admiralty have rejected Varley's "Sea Tank" despite enthusiastic reports of it, in favour of an inferior invention by Vickers. Keyes urges him to recommend this design to the United States so that a sufficient number could be used in the Far East. Signed. 22 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96B/174 Note from 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann] (Great George Street, London) [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] to WSC informing him of the history of Commander C Varley's Sea Tank which is a modified version of a craft used by the Admiralty, adding that Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] has written to him urging him to adopt this new design or at least to offer it to the United States to produce and enclosing a draft reply for Keyes, if WSC decides that he does not want to see him Signed. 29 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96B/175 Draft letter compiled by 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann, Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] on behalf of WSC to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] stating: that he does not believe that the model [of sea tank] currently being used by the Admiralty and that proposed by Commander C Varley are sufficiently different to warrant the creation of a new line; that he should hesitate in interfering with the Admiralty on such a technical matter and that he believes that the best option would be to approach the United States Annotated. 29 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96B/176 Minute from WSC to A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough, First Lord of the Admiralty] regarding a letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] concerning the Admiralty's attitude towards Varley's "Sea Tank's" stating that he cannot go into the rights and wrongs of the situation and enclosing a draft reply to Keyes which he suggests WSC should send if he does not have any objections [see CHAR 20/96B/177]. 30 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96B/177 Same as CHAR 20/96B/175. Jul 1943
CHAR 20/96B/178 Letter from [Clifford Jarrett] (Admiralty) [Principal Private Secretary] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] informing him that the Admiralty does not have any objection to the draft reply to Sir Roger Keyes [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] enclosed in WSC's minute M541/3 [see CHAR 20/96B/177] Signed. Annotated by Francis Brown that a copy is attached for WSC to sign. 02 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/179 Same as CHAR 20/96B/175 Signed. 03 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/180 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes (Tingewick House, Buckingham) [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] asking him to forward a letter to WSC for him Signed manuscript. 08 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/181-184 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes (Tingewick House, Buckingham) [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] to WSC marked "Private and Personal" informing him that he has seen Admiral [Harold] Stark and told him of WSC's approval for Varley's "Sea Tank" design to be offered to the United States, adding that he sees it is a shame that Britain cannot adopt this design and stating that he feels that he has been treated badly, that he has done his job well but has been left in the wilderness during the war on account of his age and highlighting actions which he sees to have been mistakes which have been targeted against his Commandos on account of professional jealousy and adding that he could be of some use overseas Signed. Annotated by Keyes with a note that he never expected such a blow from WSC and asking how much longer he would allow him to remain in idleness. 08 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/185 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes (Tingewick House, Buckingham) [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] asking him to forward a letter from him to WSC Signed manuscript. 11 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/186 Letter from WSC to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] marked "Private" stating that he could not offer him a fighting position on account of his age and that he was surprised to hear that Keyes felt he had not been recognised for his services, adding that although he felt he would incur criticism from the armed forces he submitted Keyes name to King George VI for the honour of a peerage. Signature in typescript. Copy. 14 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/187-88 Original copy of CHAR 20/96B/186. 14 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/189-193 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes [Conservative MP for Portsmouth] to WSC stating that he did not accept his argument that he was too old for active service, giving examples of men over 70 who had been re-employed; that much could have been done with the amphibious forces if he had not have removed his support from him; that his appreciation for his work on the Combined Operations only came months after he had been succeeded by [Lord Louis] Mountbatten; that he supported the attack against the government in his speech on the "Central Direction of the War" as he saw it as an opportunity of speaking against his advisers and enclosing a copy of this speech which he claims reveals his faith and devotion to him [see CHAR 20/96B/167] Signed. 22 Aug 1943
CHAR 20/96B/194 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Major L J Carver (Offices of the War Cabinet) asking him to forward a letter to General Key via Etousa, on behalf of WSC Initialled. 05 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/195 Letter from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Major General William Key informing him that he gave WSC his message and that WSC thanked him and wished him good luck Initialled. 05 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/196 Telegram from WSC to Rear Admiral Alan Kirk (United States Naval Headquarters, Grosvenor Square, London) [Provost Marshal General of the United States Forces in Britain] thanking him [see CHAR 20/96B/197-198] Signature in typescript. 14 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/96B/197-198 Note from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that Major General Key [Provost Marshal General of the United States Forces in Britain] had visited him that morning with the [10th] Duke of Marlborough in order to pay him his respects before leaving to take up a new appointment commanding the forces in Iceland and adding that this appointment has not been given much publicity and that the current General in Iceland does not know of this move and asking him if he would like him to send him a note of thanks and congratulations Initialled. 01 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/96B/199 Note from John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC asking him if he would like to send a telegram to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] stating that he and his wife were grieved to hear about his nephew Initialled. Annotated by WSC adding the word "Gallant" to describe his nephew. 05 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96B/200 Letter from John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Eleanor Emery (Dominions Office) [Private Secretary] to despatch a telegram to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] from WSC [see CHAR 20/96B/199 Initialled. 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96B/201 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Canadian Prime Minister, see CHAR 20/96B/199] (149). 06 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96B/202 Telegram from Mackenzie King [Canadian Prime Minister] to WSC thanking him for his telegram of condolence at the loss of his nephew through enemy action at sea and adding that he would show the telegram to the boy's mother and twin brother (165). 08 Oct 1943
CHAR 20/96B/203 Letter from Alan Kirk [Provost Marshal General of the United States Forces in Britain] to WSC saying farewell and informing him that he is to leave England to take up his new appointment as Commander of the Amphibious Force, United States Atlantic Fleet relieving Vice Admiral Hewitt and thanking him for letting him keep a photograph of him which he states will be treasured by his family Signed manuscript. Annotated by WSC thanking him. 13 Feb 1943