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

Reference code: CHAR 20/139A

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Date: 18 Jan 1943 - 01 Jan 1945

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CHAR 20/139A/1 Note marked "1944 Alexander Amery" Manuscript. 1944
CHAR 20/139A/2 Note marked " Perr Corres Alexander. Sent some photographs to the P M, October 1944" Manuscript. Oct 1944
CHAR 20/139A/3 Letter from Captain Sir Rupert Clarke (Personal Assistant to General Sir Harold Alexander) to Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to the Minister of Defence] informing him that General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Allied Armies in Italy] has asked him to send the enclosed photographs [not present] taken during the battle of Matauro River to WSC and adding that things have changed since his visit to them and that now they are seeing signs of moving from their home in the woods Signed. 25 Sep 1944
CHAR 20/139A/4 Letter from Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to the Minister of Defence] to Captain Sir Rupert Clarke (Personal Assistant to General Sir Harold Alexander) to thanking him on WSC's behalf for sending the photographs from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Allied Armies in Italy] Initialled. 06 Oct 1944
CHAR 20/139A/5 Letter from B Sendall (Ministry of Information Malet Street W C 1, London) [Private Secretary to the Minister of Information] to John Peck enclosing some press cuttings of Field Marshal Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Allied Armies in Italy] Signed. Annotated. 28 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/6 Note stating that WSC had the press cuttings regarding Field Marshal Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Allied Armies in Italy] sent to his wife Manuscript. Dec 1944
CHAR 20/139A/7 Letter from John Colville to Lady Margaret Alexander sending her a collection of press cuttings regarding Field Marshal Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Allied Armies in Italy] Initialled. 02 Dec 1944
CHAR 20/139A/8 Letter from Lady Margaret Alexander (The Vale, Windsor Forest, Berkshire) to John Colville thanking him for forwarding the press cuttings of Field Marshal Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Allied Armies in Italy] from WSC Signed. Annotated. 22 Dec 1944
CHAR 20/139A/9 Letter from Leopold Amery (India Office) [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC enclosing a volume of speeches on the empire and suggesting that their contents may help him in his Prime Ministers' meeting Signed. Annotated. 23 Feb 1944
CHAR 20/139A/10 Letter from WSC to Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] thanking him for the volume of speeches and stating that he is delighted to learn of his recovery Signed. Annotated. 05 Mar 1944
CHAR 20/139A/11 Letter from Leopold Amery (India Office) [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC informing him that he has recovered and informing him that during his illness he had time to read a book on Lord Randolph Churchill and commenting on his fathers life Signed. 05 Mar 1944
CHAR 20/139A/12 Letter from Maurice Headlam (Bareleigh Aston Stevenage, Hertfordshire) to Leopold Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] asking him to urge those concerned to publish the book on the life of the Bishop and commenting that due to a lack of paper, there is a waiting list for authors Signature in typescript. 23 Mar 1944
CHAR 20/139A/13 Letter from Leopold Amery (India Office) [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC informing him that Sir Maurice Headlam has written a book about their old Harrow friend Nugent Hicks, the Bishop of Lincoln who has recently died and that he is finding it difficult to publish the book due to a shortage of paper and asking him to join him in recommending the publication of this book to the committee which controls the allocation of paper Signed. 29 Mar 1944
CHAR 20/139A/14 Letter from John Colville to F Turnbull [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for India and Burma] regarding Leopold Amery's [Secretary of State for India and Burma] request to WSC to recommend the publication of a biography of Bishop Hicks and asking him if it would be possible for Amery alone to make the recommendation and that if it is felt that WSC's recommendation was necessary that this could be given at a later date Initialled. 30 Mar 1944
CHAR 20/139A/15 Letter from Leopold Amery (India Office, Whitehall, London) [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC congratulating him on yesterday's speech Signed. 22 Apr 1944
CHAR 20/139A/16 Registry form noting the details of a letter from Leopold Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC regarding the inventor of the Plough and the Habbakuk [Self propelled floating air field made of ice and wood pulp] and noting that he now has another idea which may prove useful in the field of jungle warfare and marking that WSC suggested that he should contact General Robert Laycock [Chief of Combined Operations]. Jul 1944
CHAR 20/139A/17 Note from WSC to the Private Office stating that he should see General Ira Eaker [Air Commander in Chief Mediterranean Allied Air Forces] Initials in typescript. Annotated asking if Eaker is a typing error and General Eaker name is crossed out and replaced with General Robert Laycock [Chief of Combined Operations]. 17 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/139A/18 Letter from George Dodds [Prime Minister's Assistant Private Secretary] to F Turnbull [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State India and Burma] informing him of WSC's reply to his letter regarding Mr Pyke the inventor of Plough and Habbakuk [Self propelled floating air field made of ice and wood pulp] Initialled. 18 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/139A/19 Note detailing a letter to WSC from Leopold Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] regarding Lord Munster [Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for India and Burma] and the Post war organisation of the services Manuscript. Oct 1944
CHAR 20/139A/20 Letter from Leopold Amery (India Office, Whitehall, London) [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC informing him of Mr Pyke's (inventor of the Plough and the Habbakuk [Self propelled floating air field made of ice and wood pulp]) problem, that the Admiralty are trying to remove him from his post and stating that Pyke was his discovery and asking him to speak to him on the matter for five minutes Signed. 13 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/139A/21 Note stating that Leopold Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] is interested in Mr Pyke's (inventor of the Plough and the Habbakuk [Self propelled floating air field made of ice and wood pulp]). 14 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/139A/22-4 Letter from Leopold Amery (India Office, S W 1, London) [Secretary of State for India and Burma] marked "Secret" stating that he is sorry to lose Lord Munster [former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State India and Burma Office, now Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Home Office] but adding that he is willing to accept Listowel as his successor and informing him that he was glad that he has been chosen as a member of the Cabinet Committee on the post war organisation of the services and listing the aspects which they will have to consider Signed. Annotated. 30 Oct 1944
CHAR 20/139A/25 Letter from John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to F Turnbull [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for India and Burma] asking him to inform Leopold Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] that WSC has received his letter Initialled. 31 Oct 1944
CHAR 20/139A/26 Note detailing a letter from Leopold Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC apologising for his comments in Cabinet regarding the Indian debt. 14 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/27 Letter from Leopold Amery (India Office, Whitehall, London[Secretary of State for India and Burma] to WSC apologising for his comments in Cabinet yesterday Signed manuscript. 07 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/28-9 Copy of CHAR 20/138B/158-9. 07 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/30 Note marked "1944 A-As" Manuscript. 1944
CHAR 20/139A/31 Note marked "Personal Correspondence Arnold. Gift of book to P M September 1944" Manuscript. Sep 1944
CHAR 20/139A/32 Letter from General Henry Arnold (War Department, Commanding General, Army Air Forces, Washington, United States) [Chief of Army Air Force, United States] to WSC thanking him for all his hospitality during his recent visit to London Signed. Annotated. 01 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/139A/33 Letter from John Colville to R Chilver (Air Ministry) asking him to despatch the enclosed telegram to General Henry Arnold [Chief of Army Air Force, United States] from WSC [see CHAR 20/139A/34] Initialled. 01 Sep 1944
CHAR 20/139A/34 Letter from WSC to General Henry Arnold [Chief of Army Air Force, United States] thanking him for the book "A A F" and for the inscription written inside it Initialled. 01 Sep 1944
CHAR 20/139A/35 Letter from K H [Kathleen Hill, WSC's Secretary] to WSC informing him that a book has arrived for him from General Henry Arnold [Chief of Army Air Force, United States] and asking him if he would like the Private Office to draft a message of thanks Initials in typescript. Annotated "Yes". 31 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/36 Registry form noting that a book entitled "A A F" has been sent to WSC by General Henry Arnold [Chief of Army Air Force, United States] Manuscript. Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/37 Note marked "Pers Corres Assheton. Mr Ralph Assheton [later 1st Lord Clitheroe] Letter to PM, Nov 44". Manuscript. Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/38 Letter from Ralph Assheton [later 1st Lord Clitheroe] (24, Old Queen Street, Westminster, London) [Chairman of the Conservative and Unionist Organisation and Conservative MP for Rushcliffe, Nottingham] to WSC thanking him for his hospitality at the weekend and informing him that he is greatly inspired by his encouragement. Signature in typescript. 22 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/39 Letter from Ralph Assheton [later 1st Lord Clitheroe] (24, Old Queen Street, Westminster, London) [Chairman of the Conservative and Unionist Organisation and Conservative MP for Rushcliffe, Nottingham] to WSC. Same as CHAR 20/139A/38. Signed manuscript. 22 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/40-41 Letter from Lord Astor (Cliveden, Taplow, Lord Mayors Parlour, Plymouth) [Lord Mayor of Plymouth] to WSC relating some tales which he has heard from his keeper Cooper regarding the childhood visits of WSC and his brother Jack [John Churchill] to Cliveden Signature in typescript. Copy. 14 Apr 1944
CHAR 20/139A/42 Letter from Lord Astor (Cliveden, Taplow, Lord Mayors Parlour, Plymouth) [Lord Mayor of Plymouth] to WSC relating some tales which he has heard from his keeper Cooper, regarding the childhood visits of WSC and his brother Jack [John Churchill] to Cliveden Signed. 14 Apr 1944
CHAR 20/139A/43 Letter from WSC to Lord Astor [Lord Mayor of Plymouth] thanking him for his letter relating the stories of his childhood antics Signed. 16 May 1944
CHAR 20/139A/44 Note to WSC informing him that WSC thought that he might like to know that Colonel and Lady Astor's son Gavin is reported as missing and informing him that CSC thought that he might like to write a note to Colonel Astor and that she would write to Lady Violet Astor Initialled manuscript. Annotated. 15 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/139A/45 Letter from WSC to Lady Astor of sympathy at the news that her son Gavin is reported as missing Signed. 21 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/139A/46 Letter from Lady Astor (Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent) thanking him for his letter and informing him that they have been informed, unofficially, that their son Gavin has been taken prisoner and is only slightly wounded in the shoulder Signature in typescript. Copy. 24 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/139A/47 Original of CHAR 20/139A/46. Signed Manuscript. 24 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/139A/48 Letter from Lady Bailey (RAF Station, High Wicombe, Buckinghamshire) to WSC asking to see him briefly Signed manuscript. 25 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/139A/49 Note to WSC arranging a meeting with Lady Bailey Initialled manuscript. 02 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/50 Letter from CSC to Mr Dodds arranging a meeting between WSC and Lady Bailey Initialled. Annotated. 02 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/51 Note stating that a message has been left for Lady Bailey at the Forum Club Initialled manuscript. 02 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/52 Letter from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to R Chilver [Air Ministry] marked "Private" asking him to inform him what the present position with Lady Bailey's son is Initialled. 25 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/139A/53 Letter from Roger Fulford (Air Ministry) to Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] informing him that Sir Archibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso] has discussed the matter of Lady Bailey's son with WSC Signed. Annotated. 31 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/139A/54-5 Letter from Lady Bailey (Forum Club, 6 Grovesnor Place, S W 1, London) to WSC informing him of the condition of her two sons stating that they are tired and have done their fair share of operational work and that they should be given the opportunity to do something that will help them after the war Signature in typescript. 29 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/139A/56-7 Same as CHAR 20/139A/54-55 Signed manuscript. 29 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/139A/58 Note marking the wartime employment of Squadron Leader James Bailey Manuscript. 29 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/139A/59 Letter from John Colville to Group Captain Sir Louis Greig (Air Ministry) marked "Personal" informing him that it has come to WSC's attention that Lord Baldwin's son is being employed in an unimportant job and that perhaps his abilities are not being stretched and asking him to look into the situation Initialled. 18 Jan 1944
CHAR 20/139A/60 Letter from John Colville to WSC informing him that Lord Baldwin's son has now been posted to Transport Command with the rank of Flight Lieutenant and is being employed on the Air Priorities Board at Algiers Initialled. 25 Feb 1944
CHAR 20/139A/61 Note marked "Personal Correspondence Baruch. About Robert Patterson, August 1944" Manuscript. 25 Feb 1944
CHAR 20/139A/62 Note from John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC informing him that no action needs to be taken regarding the matter he raised with Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken, Lord Privy Seal] regarding the King's English Initialled manuscript. 01 Jan 1945
CHAR 20/139A/63 Letter from Bernard Baruch (War Department Washington, United States) to WSC introducing Robert Patterson (United States Under Secretary of War) Signed. 08 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/64 Same as CHAR 20/139A/63. 08 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/65 Letter from Bernard Baruch (597 Madison Avenue, New York 22, New York, United States) containing a copy of a letter which will be given to him by Robert Patterson (United States Under Secretary of War) [see CHAR 20/139A/64] and stating that they have still got a long way to go before the war is over and adding that when the war is over they must stick together and remove all selfishness if the world is going to be a better place Signed. 10 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/66 Envelope marked "Ref 97/524/44, British Embassy Washington D C, United States". c 1944
CHAR 20/139A/67 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to B Sendall (Ministry of Information) asking him to let him know how long Robert Patterson [United States Under Secretary of War] intends on staying in this country Initialled. 14 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/68 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to John Peck [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] stating that he believes that WSC was accompanied by Robert Patterson [United States Under Secretary of War] on his destroyer in Corsica and that WSC might like to inform Bernard Baruch of this fact Initialled. 19 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/69 Same as CHAR 20/139A/68Annotated. 19 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/70 Telegram from WSC to Bernard Baruch (War Department, Washington, United States) marked "Top Secret" informing him that he was accompanied by Robert Patterson (United States Under Secretary for War) on his destroyer during the landings on the south of France. 22 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/71 Letter from John Colville to V Lawford (Foreign Office) [Assistant Private Secretary] asking him to send CHAR 20/139A/70 Initialled. 23 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/72 Same as CHAR 20/139A/70. 22 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/73 Letter from G E Millard (Foreign Office) [Assistant Private Secretary] to John Colville enclosing a letter from Bernard Baruch to WSC Signed. 25 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/74 Letter from John Colville to WSC enclosing a letter from Bernard Baruch regarding Robert Patterson [Under secretary of State for War] and asking him if this letter requires any reply Signed. 27 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/139A/75 Note from WSC to John Colville asking him to send a telegram to Bernard Baruch thanking him Initials in typescript. 01 Sep 1944
CHAR 20/139A/76 Telegram from WSC to Bernard Baruch (597 Madison Avenue, New York 22, New York, United States) thanking him for his recent letter Initials in typescript. 01 Sep 1944
CHAR 20/139A/77 Telegram from WSC to Bernard Baruch stating that he is sorry that he did not have time to see him during his short stay in the United States Initialled. Annotated. 30 Sep 1944
CHAR 20/139A/78 Telegram from Bernard Baruch to WSC informing him that Sidney Hillman is leaving for England today and advising that he should see him Annotated with a reply. 01 Dec 1944
CHAR 20/139A/79 Telegram from WSC to Bernard Baruch thanking him for his message Initialled. 03 Dec 1944
CHAR 20/139A/80 Letter from Hendman (Foreign Office, S W 1, London) to John Colville regarding Sidney Hillman's visit to England and whether or not WSC should see him noting that Hillman is here with other United States Labour men and a representative of the Soviet Union Trade Unions for a preparatory Committee organising an International Trade Union Congress and arguing that if WSC sees Hillman he may also have to see the others and providing him with a case justifying WSC's meeting solely with Hillman should he decide to do so Signed. 08 Dec 1944
CHAR 20/139A/81 Note marking the details of a letter from Bernard Baruch to WSC asking him to see Sidney Hillman Manuscript. Dec 1944
CHAR 20/139A/82-3 Letter from John Colville to WSC informing him that the Foreign Office have contacted them regarding the visit of Sidney Hillman [United States Labour Leader] and noting their advice on whether WSC should see him and stating that Lord Cherwell [Earlier Frederick Lindeman] is willing to see him but that he does not believe that their interests are the same Initialled. Annotated. 10 Dec 1944
CHAR 20/139A/84 Note reporting the details of some correspondence between WSC and Mr and Mrs Bates regarding a press report which claimed that they were in difficult circumstances Manuscript. Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/85 Letter from Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to the Minister of Defence] to WSC stating that he does not think that he need worry himself about the welfare of Mr and Mrs Bates (mother and father of the late Corporal Bates VC) and informing him that the British Legion and the Mayor of Camberwell are taking an interest in their case but adding that he has written to the War Office to inform them of his concern Initialled. 08 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/86 Letter from Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to the Minister of Defence] to J McGregor (War Office) informing him that WSC has read a report in the papers regarding the situation of Mr and Mrs Bates (mother and father of the late Corporal Bates VC) and asking them if there is any way in which WSC could assist them Initialled. Annotated. 08 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/87 Letter from J McGregor (War Office, Whitehall, London) to Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to the Minister of Defence] informing him that Mr and Mrs Bates (mother and father of the late Corporal Bates VC) are no longer in need of financial assistance and explaining why Signed. 17 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/88 Note marked "Pers Corres Beaverbrook, Evening Standards use of the word "tensed" Jan/45" Manuscript. Jan 1945
CHAR 20/139A/89 Printed extract from the House of Commons debate covering equal pay and Civil aviation. 18 Apr 1944
CHAR 20/139A/91 Letter from Lord Beaverbrook [Lord Privy Seal] to WSC informing him that Harry Hopkins' [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] health has improved and that President Roosevelt is pleased with his selection of Harry Truman and commenting on the political atmosphere in the United States Copy. 23 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/139A/92 Telegram from WSC to Lord Beaverbrook [Lord Privy Seal] marked "Personal and Top Secret" thanking him for his account. 24 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/139A/93 Letter from Lord Beaverbrook (Gwydyr House, Whitehall, S W 1, London) [Lord Privy Seal] to WSC informing him that he intends to attend a conference of the Council of Retail distributors at Caxton Hall and stating that he will speak favourably of the independent traders and shopkeepers and detailing how the council was established Initialled. 02 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/94 Letter from James Stuart [Chief Whip] informing him that the difficulties of retail distributors are mainly the concern of the President of the Board of Trade and that as Lord Beaverbrook's (Lord Privy Seal) comments will attract a lot of publicity , he should first contact the President of the Board of Trade and adding that Beaverbrook will presumably follow the line agreed by the War Cabinet Signed. 06 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/95 Minute from WSC to Lord Beaverbrook's (Lord Privy Seal) stating that he does not agree with James Stuart (Chief Whip) and that he does not believe that he should go and explaining the reasons why Initialled. Annotated giving the context of the letter. 09 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/96 Newspaper cutting from the Daily Express entitled "Finish the Job, Traders Called to Finish the Fight against Multiples reporting on the second annual conference of the Council of Retail Distributors. 24 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/97 Note recording the details of the correspondence between WSC and Lord Beaverbrook [Lord Privy Seal] regarding Beaverbrook's wish to attend the Conference of the Council of Retail Distributors Manuscript. 1944
CHAR 20/139A/98 Letter from John Peck [Prime Minister's Personal Secretary] to Miss E Hogg [Assistant Private Secretary Lord Privy Seal] informing him her that WSC has asked him to draw Lord Beaverbrook's [Lord Privy Seal] attention to an article in the Evening Standard [see CHAR 20/139A/99 as he is outraged by their use of the word tensed Initialled. 27 Nov 1944
CHAR 20/139A/99 Letter from Lord Beaverbrook (Gwydyr House, Whitehall, S W 1, London) [Lord Privy Seal] to John Peck [Prime Minister's Personal Secretary] regarding an article in the Evening Standard which outraged WSC due to their use word "tensed" and informing him that WSC should discuss this matter with Ernest Bevin (Minister of Labour) who has reduced the numbers of newspaper staff, depriving them of adequate compositors and proof readers and containing the article in question Initialled. 01 Dec 1944