Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence L - M.

Reference code: CHAR 20/27

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: Jun 1940 - Feb [1942]

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The majority of material in this file dates to 1941.

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CHAR 20/27/1 Copy of a minute from WSC to [Sir James Grigg] Secretary of State for War asking about Mr Langley who is employed in the War Office. Carbon typescript. 21 May 1941
CHAR 20/27/2 Note from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] (War Office, Whitehall [London]) to WSC informing him that Lieutenant J M Langley is employed as a liaison officer between MI6 and the War Office and co-ordinates escapes by prisoners of war. Typescript signed with initials. 22 May 1941
CHAR 20/27/3 Note from WSC to Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] informing him that [Lieutenant J M Langley] has been expressing "exceedingly defeatist views". Typescript signed with initials. 26 May 1941
CHAR 20/27/4-5 Note from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC concerning "undesirable" opinions expressed by J M Langley. He informs WSC that "C" [Major-General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6] will not employ Langley abroad although Langley will continue with secret service work. Signed typescript annotated with a note by WSC "Why not give him a hint". 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/27/6 Note to Major Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] informing him that V M Kenny-Levick offers his services to the War Office and the Foreign Office. 26 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/27/7-9 Correspondence between Brendan Bracken [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] and Walter Liddall [MP for Lincoln] agreeing that John Hipwood's [enclosed] letter, suggesting the establishment of a "Free German" movement in the United States both as propaganda and as a focus for non-Nazi Germans to prove their loyalty, is interesting and will be shown to Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] upon his return from the Balkans. 09 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/27/10 Letter from Blanche, Lady Lloyd to WSC thanking him for his condolences on the death of her husband 1st Lord Lloyd. 15 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/27/11-13 Telegram from Oliver Locker-Lampson to WSC requesting an interview; with filing note and note by [? Martin Gilbert, 1960's]. 15 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/27/14 Telegram from John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC], to Oliver Locker-Lampson suggesting he put query into writing as interview is impossible. [Draft]. Feb 1941
CHAR 20/27/15 Letter from Oliver Locker-Lampson to the Private Secretary to WSC offering his services in Yugoslavia where he fought in the First World War. 19 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/27/16 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to Oliver Locker-Lampson thanking him for the offer of his services which has been noted. 24 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/27/17-18 Notes from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and Brendan Bracken [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC informing him that the Chief Whip [James Stuart] has spoken to Oliver Locker-Lampson who has agreed to drop his aim to go to Yugoslavia. 08 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/27/19-21 Letter from 7th Lord Londonderry [earlier Lord Castlereagh] to WSC on subjects including Hitler and Napoleon; enclosing newspaper cutting on a broadcast by Londonderry entitled "Napoleon, Hitler Comparison"; with telegram from WSC thanking him for his letter. 13 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/27/22-23 Letter from 7th Lord Londonderry [former Secretary of State for Air, earlier Lord Castlereagh] to WSC thanking him for a recent afternoon they spent together at Luton aerodrome [Bedfordshire]. [Manuscript original with typescript copy]. 26 May 1941
CHAR 20/27/24-28 Letter from [Sir Charles] Leonard Lyle [President, Tate and Lyle Limited] to WSC explaining his reasons for backing the motion for the appointment of a Minister of Production. 02 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/27/29 Letter from George Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC], to [Sir Charles] Leonard Lyle thanking him for his letter. 04 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/27/30 Letter from Oliver Lyttelton [Minister of State, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC enquiring about his health. 25 Feb [1942]
CHAR 20/27/31 Letter from Oliver Lyttelton [Minister of State, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC giving his assessment of General 6th Lord Gort [Governor and Commander- in-Chief of Gibraltar, earlier John Vereker], as requested. 04 Oct 1941
CHAR 20/27/32 Letter from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Gerald Cole-Deacon [Secretary, Railway Companies Association] suggesting he mark the box "To Mr Marshall from the Railway Executive ...". 22 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/27/33-35 Letter from 1st Lord McGowan [Chairman, Imperial Chemical Industries Limited, ICI] to Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing the annual statement to the shareholders of Imperial Chemical Industries Limited [confidential until the Annual General Meeting]; with acknowledgement from WSC. 02 May 1941
CHAR 20/27/36-37 Letter from [Joseph] Saville Garner [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, Lord Cranborne, later 5th Lord Salisbury] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], on a request for leave received by Lord Cranborne from Malcolm MacDonald [British High Commissioner in Canada] who wishes to discuss recent developments raised by Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada]; annotated by WSC postponing leave, with reply. 14 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/27/38-40 Letter and minute from [Joseph] Saville Garner [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs] to WSC urging him to allow Malcolm MacDonald [British High Commissioner in Canada] to return during August after his tour of Canada; with note by Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] giving WSC's advice for him to wait a few months. 18 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/27/41 Telegram from Malcolm MacDonald [British High Commissioner in Canada] to the Secretary of State for Dominions Affairs [Lord Cranborne, later 5th Lord Salisbury] reiterating his request for leave in order to bring his information from Britain up to date before his lecture tour in September. 21 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/27/42-50 Letters from [Joseph] Saville Garner [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, Lord Cranborne, later 5th Lord Salisbury], Lord Cranborne and Malcolm MacDonald [British High Commissioner in Canada] repeating requests for MacDonald to return on leave from Canada; with replies by WSC, Anthony Bevir and Leslie Rowan [Private Secretaries to WSC] annotated by WSC denying permission. Jul 1941 - Sep 1941
CHAR 20/27/51-53 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel John Macnamara to WSC discussing the inadequacy of respirators, ammunition and transport provided for the 56th (1st London Irish Rifles Division); also asks for shamrock for his troops on St Patrick's Day, 17 March. 18 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/27/54-61 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel John Macnamara [1st London Irish Rifles Division] to WSC explaining his plan for a small three-element military striking force working in co-operation with the Royal Navy and RAF. 21 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/27/62-63 Memorandum from Major-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC] to WSC answering the complaints of Lieutenant-Colonel John Macnamara [1st London Irish Rifles Division] of 18 Feb; annotated by WSC. 23 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/27/64-68 Prime Minister's personal minute D63/1 to Major- General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC] suggesting Lieutenant-Colonel John Macnamara [1st London Irish Rifles Division] should be thanked for his suggestions of 21 Feb; with draft responses. 22 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/27/69-73 Letter from Matilde, Lady Mallet enclosing documents procured by Sir Henry Hozier on the defence of Panama; with acknowledgement from John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC]. 29 Sep 1941
CHAR 20/27/74-75 Letter from John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC] to Arthur Harvey [Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War] asking for comment on an enclosed telegram [not present] from John Masefield [Poet Laureate] to WSC on writing a history of the Dunkirk [France] Campaign; with acknowledgement from Peck to Masefield. 05 Jun 1940
CHAR 20/27/76-78 Letter from Anthony Eden [Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Avon] to WSC asking for intervention with John Masefield on his forthcoming account of Dunkirk [France] "The Twenty-Five Days" which concentrates on "confusion and horror" without mentioning military plans or cohesion. 20 Dec 1940
CHAR 20/27/79 Prime Minister's personal minute M.436 advising the Secretary of State for War [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] to compel John Masefield to "recast his story" [of the Dunkirk Campaign, France] as special facilities were extended to him to aid his research. 21 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/27/80-81 Letter from John Masefield to WSC, enclosing rough proofs for his history of the Dunkirk [France] Campaign "The Twenty-Five Days" [not present, but see CHAR 20/27/88]. 01 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/27/82-84 Letter from [Henry] David Margesson [Secretary of State for War] to John Masefield explaining that unless he revises his book on the Dunkirk [France] Campaign as requested publishing will not be permitted; he will be reimbursed for the extra inconvenience. 01 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/27/85-87 Notes between Private Secretaries, including Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] annotated by WSC, concerning John Masefield's correspondence. 04 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/27/88 Proof copy of "The Twenty-Five Days" by John Masefield. [Printed, separate item in box]. 1940
CHAR 20/27/89-90 Letter from 2nd Lord Melchett [earlier Sir Henry Mond] to WSC enclosing a copy of a speech by Sir Frederick Smith [F E Smith, later 1st Lord Birkenhead] "Law, War and the Future" delivered to the New York State Bar Association in January 1918; on the theme of respect for international law. 19 Feb 1941
CHAR 20/27/91-102 Correspondence between Algernon Moreing and Lieutenant- Colonel George Harvie Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] enclosing Moreing's notes on manning 6 pounder Twin Coast Artillery Equipment; with a letter from J R Bingham [Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary of the War Office] explaining that the 73rd Coast Training Regiment is to be disbanded as reserves are already trained in use of the equipment. Nov 1941 - Dec 1941
CHAR 20/27/103-106 Letter from Brigadier-General John Morgan to WSC asking whether he may send a copy of the memorandum he prepared on the status of Eire [Ireland] to Lord Cranborne, Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs [later 5th Lord Salisbury] and requesting WSC's opinion on a paper prepared on "war aims"; reply giving permission and suggesting paper on war aims be submitted to Arthur Greenwood [Minister without Portfolio]. 06 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/27/107-108 Letter from Robert Morgan to WSC querying his intentions towards China following a broadcast [? 24 August, on the Atlantic Charter] which Morgan feels implies the United States' policy towards Japan was one of appeasement; with reply suggesting events in the Far East have taken a "favourable turn". 26 Aug 1941
CHAR 20/27/109-112 Letters from Robert Morgan to WSC on British policy towards China; asks whether arms could be given to aid against Japan; with reply by WSC that aid from the United States has been released for use in China. Sep 1941 - Oct 1941
CHAR 20/27/113-116 Letter from Frederick Montague [Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport, later 1st Lord Amwell] to WSC enclosing a letter [copy] from Lord Randolph Churchill to a Mr Hancock advising him to stick to the name of "Tory" rather than adopting "Radical"; includes letter of thanks by Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC]. 08 Jan 1941
CHAR 20/27/117-124 Newspaper cuttings from the Daily Mail reporting on the court case of the first girl fined for refusing to comply with a Ministry of Labour war work directive; annotated by WSC, with letters from Hubert Gee [Principal Private Secretary to Minister of Labour and National Service] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] explaining the case. Nov 1941
CHAR 20/27/125 Letter from William Morrison [Postmaster General, later 1st Lord Dunrossil] to WSC accepting the offer of the use of his flat. 12 May 1941
CHAR 20/27/126 Telegram from Sir [Wilfrid] Thomas Southorn [Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Gambia] to Secretary of State for the Colonies [1st Lord Moyne, earlier Walter Guinness] asking whether WSC wishes to see him immediately upon his return. 11 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/27/127-128 Letter from James Roosevelt to WSC discussing the Battle of Crete and proposing a visit to the United States by Lord Louis Mountbatten. 16 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/27/129 Note from A V Alexander [First Lord of the Admiralty] to WSC regarding Lord Louis Mountbatten's appointment to the command of the Illustrious and his proposed visit to the United States. 20 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/27/130-131 Letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to Herschel Johnson [United States Minister in Britain] enclosing a message from WSC to James Roosevelt thanking him for his letter. [See CHAR 20/29A/30 for acknowledgement]. 21 Jun 1941