Official: Prime Minister: Personal Correspondence relating to WSC.

Reference code: CHAR 20/149

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Date: 1944

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CHAR 20/149/1 Note from Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC quoting an extract from "Time" magazine publishing a statement attributed to WSC claiming "Of all the crosses I have had to bear, the Cross of Lorraine is the hardest" and asking him if he would like a denial of this to be released Initialled. Annotated that WSC only wishes a denial to be released if this article receives a lot of publicity. 03 Mar 1944
CHAR 20/149/2 Note recording a telephone call from Mr Scanlan from "Time" magazine informing them this morning's edition of "The Week" has printed the article containing the statement by WSC claiming that the Cross of Lorraine was the hardest cross he has had to bear and stating that he would like to discuss this matter with Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] Annotated. 03 Apr 1944
CHAR 20/149/3 Note marked "Volume 9. The hour is approaching, broadcast speech of March 26 1944" Manuscript. 1944
CHAR 20/149/4 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to Alfred Clark [Chairman of the Gramophone Company] thanking him for his letter informing them that they will issue the records of WSC's speech made on March 26th 1944 and asking him if the royalties from the sales of these records could be divided between the Feathers Clubs Association and the other half of the cheque to be sent to CSC and adding that the record should be named "The Hour is Approaching" Initialled. 12 Apr 1944
CHAR 20/149/5 Letter from Alfred Clark (The Gramophone Co. Ltd., Hayes, Middlesex, Chairman] to WSC asking permission to issue records of the speech he made on March 26th 1944 and asking him to nominate his choice of charity to receive any royalties from the sales of these records and adding that he is enclosing a few suggestions for the title of this record [see CHAR 22/149/6] Signed. Annotated. 11 Apr 1944
CHAR 20/149/6 Note containing suggested titles for the records of the speech WSC made on March 26th 1944 [sent with CHAR 20/149/5]. 11 Apr 1944
CHAR 20/149/7 Letter from Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to the Minister of Defence] to Lady Grigg (War Office) [Assistant Private Secretary] thanking her for sending the note regarding Major General Chatham Churchill Initialled. 13 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/149/8 Letter from Lady Grigg (War Office, Whitehall, S W 1, London) [Assistant Private Secretary] to Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to the Minister of Defence] enclosing a life history of Major General Chatham Churchill and commenting that he is obviously one of WSC ancestors Signed. 12 Jun 1944
CHAR 20/149/9 Note from WSC to CSC stating that it is most interesting there but that the weather is disappointing and adding that he will probably not return until Monday Annotated: "Thank P M & give him her love". 21 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/149/10 Letter from General Sir Frederick Pile (Headquarters, Anti Aircraft Command, "Glenthorn" Stanmore, Middlesex) [General Officer Commanding in Chief, Antiaircraft Command] to WSC marked "Personal and Confidential" stating that he expects that he has heard that Mary Churchill's [Later Mary, Lady Soames] battery has been moved from the Hyde Park site into the new "Diver" gun belt and adding that he would have informed him before the move, but that the move was carried out without him noticing and commenting that if he wished Mary to remain in London he could arrange for her transfer Signed. Annotated. 23 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/149/11 Letter from A Hodge (Ministry of Information, Malet Street, W C 1, London) [Private Secretary] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] marked "Private" enclosing CHAR 20/149/12 which is a letter from General Lord Burnham Signed. 18 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/149/12 Letter from Major General Lord Burnham [Director of Public Relations in the War Office and Senior Military Adviser to the Ministry of Information] to Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] regarding Mary Churchill [Later Mary, Lady Soames] informing him that they have done everything to prevent this and adding that the only time that the press have been to Mary' s gun site is when WSC visits and commenting that they cannot prevent this Signed. 14 Jul 1944
CHAR 20/149/13 Note marked "Film "Mission to Moscow" Manuscript. 1944
CHAR 20/149/14 Minute from WSC to Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information] stating that he has never seen this film [Mission to Moscow] and asking him to issue a contradiction as he does not wish to be associated with it Initials in typescript. Copy. 22 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/149/15 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to Bernard Sendall (Ministry of Information) [Principal Private Secretary] marked "Immediate" enclosing CHAR 20/149/14 and stating that it relates to an article in the "Daily Express" entitled "Churchill has passed this Film" [Mission to Moscow] Signed. 22 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/149/16 Newspaper cutting of an article from the "Daily Express" entitled "Churchill has passed this Film" reporting the release of a film, "Mission to Moscow" which is the first film to show living statesmen on the screen and commenting on the problems which this has caused for the film censors and noting that WSC has seen this film and that it has been passed for public exhibition. 22 Jul 1943
CHAR 20/149/17 Telegram from Mary Churchill [Later Mary, Lady Soames] to WSC stating that she is glad that he is home safely Signature in typescript. 31 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/149/18 Telegram from Mary Churchill [Later Mary, Lady Soames] to WSC thanking him for his message and stating that they are busy and in good heart Signature in typescript, signed "from your Doodle Gunner Mary". 26 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/149/19 Same as CHAR 20/149/18 Signature in typescript. [Aug] 1944
CHAR 20/149/20 Same as CHAR 20/149/18 Signature in typescript. 25 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/149/21 Note recording the details of a telegram from WSC to Mary Churchill [Mary, Lady Soames] (43, Priory Road, Westhill, Hastings) asking her to keep him informed of her affairs and commenting that he follows the triumph of her troop Signature in typescript. 25 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/149/22 Telegram from WSC to Mary Churchill [Mary, Lady Soames] asking her to keep him informed of her affairs and commenting that he follows the triumph of her troop Signature in typescript. 24 Aug 1944
CHAR 20/149/23 Telegram from CSC to Miss Whyte (Stable Cottage, Chartwell) informing her that she has written to WSC for her birthday and commenting that she is glad that she is going to Chartwell and asking her to send Mary's new address at Hasting's. 15 Sep 1944
CHAR 20/149/24 Note marked "Mary Churchill" Manuscript. 1944
CHAR 20/149/25 Telegram from CSC to Mary Churchill [Later Mary, Lady Soames] informing her that her letters have arrived and stating that both she and WSC are relieved that she is no longer under canvas, and sending her best wishes for her birthday Signed. Annotated. Sep 1944
CHAR 20/149/26 Same as CHAR 20/149/25 Signature in typescript. 14 Sep 1944
CHAR 20/149/27 Letter from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] to A Charlton (Ministry of Health) [Principal] replying to his request to use Chartwell Manor as a war time nursery for the children of mothers in Westerham and commenting that he believes that Chartwell has been inspected and found to be unsuitable and that Chartwell needs to be kept vacant as an alternative country residence for WSC Initialled. 27 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/149/28 Note from Kathleen Hill [Prime Minister's Secretary] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] regarding the request to use Chartwell Manor as a war time nursery for the children of mothers in Westerham and suggesting comments which should be used in reply to this request Signed. 26 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/149/29 Note from Kathleen Hill [Prime Minister's Secretary] to Francis Brown [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] asking him if it is true that CSC offered the use of Chartwell for evacuation purposes and that as a result the local authorities sent down two mothers and seven children and that it was later proposed that it should be used as a maternity home and commenting that she did not feel that it would be suitable for a war time nursery Initialled. Annotated. 20 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/149/30 Note from Kathleen Hill [Prime Minister's Secretary] to CSC asking if she may consult her regarding CHAR 20/149/31 Initials in typescript. 20 Sep 1943
CHAR 20/149/31 Letter from S Charlton (Ministry of Health, Regional Offices, The Chestnunts, Grove Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Senior Regional Officer) to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] stating that he believes that at the beginning of the war WSC and CSC offered the use of Chartwell for evacuation purposes and that no actual use was made of this offer and informing him that he has been approached by the Ministry of Labour and National Service to investigate the possibility of setting up a war time nursery there and asking him to enquire whether this offer still stands and whether or not Chartwell would be suitable for this purpose Signed. 20 Sep 1943