Official: Admiralty

Reference code: CHAR 19

Part of: CHAR
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Date: 1939 - 1940


The Admiralty papers contain correspondence, minutes, and War Cabinet papers created or accumulated as a result of WSC's activities as First Lord of the Admiralty, a position held from 3 September 1939 to 10 May 1940 when he became Prime Minister.

The material contains correspondence with senior Admiralty figures, politicians including Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, public and foreign figures including Edward, Duke of Windsor [earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and Edward VIII], and WSC's Personal Assistant Professor F A Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell] on subjects including naval strategy and engagements, armament production, merchant shipping, and more general political considerations.

The file of Secret and Personal correspondence [CHAR 19/2A-C] is an original file recovered from the Admiralty Private Office in 1946. It contains some material not confined to the departmental limits of the Admiralty.




Contained records

Reference Record Date
CHAR 19/1 Official: Admiralty: correspondence. 05 Sep 1939 - 23 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A-C Official: Admiralty: Secret and Personal correspondence. 1939 - 1947
CHAR 19/3 Official: Admiralty: First Lord's minutes. [printed]. 04 Sep 1939 - 31 Dec 1939
CHAR 19/4 Official: Admiralty: War Cabinet papers by WSC. Sep 1939 - Dec 1939
CHAR 19/5 Official: Admiralty: correspondence. Jan 1913 - Apr 1940
CHAR 19/6 Official: Admiralty: First Lord's minutes. [printed]. 01 Jan 1940 - 03 May 1940
CHAR 19/7 Official: Admiralty: copies of minutes [?mostly from F A Lindemann, later 1st Lord Cherwell, WSC's Personal Assistant] to WSC, with a summary of the contents at the start of the file. Also includes a small amount of later correspondence [from the time of the production of WSC's "Second World War"]. Jan 1940 - Sep 1949
CHAR 19/8 Official: Admiralty: War Cabinet papers by WSC. Jan 1940 - May 1940