Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence Bi-C.

Reference code: CHAR 20/56A-B

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: Oct 1940 - Feb 1943


The majority of material in this file dates to 1942.

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Physical: 2 bound files (213 folios)
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Reference Record Date
CHAR 20/56A/1-3 Notes between WSC and Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] establishing that Oswald Birley has lost the use of an eye. 10 Apr 1942 - 14 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/56A/17-18 Press cutting from the Scotsman on attack by Robert Bower on WSC 's leadership; includes covering note by Alan Hodge [Assistant Private Secretary to Minister of Information] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. 05 Jun 1942 - 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/56A/19-22 Letters from Major Albert Braithwaite to WSC offering his connections with the United States to liaise for the war effort; with note and reply by Brigadier George Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]. 18 Dec 1941 - 27 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/56A/23-44 Correspondence between WSC, James Stuart [Government Chief Whip], John Martin, Francis Brown, Leslie Rowan [Private Secretaries to WSC] and A L Armstrong and Eric Jackson, [Private Secretary to Minister of Aircraft Production], John Llewellin [Minister of Aircraft Production] and Sir William Brass [later 1st Lord Chattisham], former Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Aircraft Production, on Brass's allegations about inadequate supply of aircraft spares and ministerial responsibility for aircraft repair and maintenance; includes memorandum by Brass and notes by Rowan and Brigadier George Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]. 06 Jul 1942 - 02 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/56A/4-16 Birthday congratulations for WSC from General Dwight Eisenhower [Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces in North Africa], General George Marshall [United States Chief of Staff], General Henry Arnold [Commanding General, United States Army Air Forces], Major-General Russell Hartle, Henry Stimson, United States Secretary of War, John Winant [United States Ambassador to Britain]; also includes WSC's draft replies and correspondence between Jacob Beam, Second Secretary of United States Embassy and Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC]. 30 Nov 1942 - 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/56A/45 Letter from Ernest Brown [? Minister of Health] to WSC offering his services for the war. 16 Feb 1942
CHAR 20/56A/46-48 Minute from Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos] Minister of Production to WSC arranging a job for Lieutenant-General Sir Bertram Sergison-Brooke; also includes note by [?] Gwen Davies [Secretary to WSC]. 14 Sep 1942 - 30 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/56A/49-50 Administrative notes by Sir James Grigg [Secretary of State for War] and Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] on message from Sir Alan Brooke [Chief of Imperial General Staff, later 1st Lord Alanbrooke]. 10 Mar 1942 - 14 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/56A/51-58 Correspondence between 6th Lord Hood [Private Secretary to Minister of Information] and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC], WSC, Sir James Grigg [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War], Eric Speed, War Office and Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] arranging secrecy surrounding the court martial of Lieutenant-Colonel (Temporary Brig) G Drake-Brockman; also includes letter to WSC from E Drake- Brockman and summary of evidence from the court martial. 08 Oct 1940 - 07 Feb 1942
CHAR 20/56A/59-60 Letter from [Edward] Leslie Burgin to George Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] asking whether he may refer to the establishment of a second front to rally factory workers; with reply from WSC advising against. 27 Apr 1942 - 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/56A/61-67 Letter from Sir Edward Campbell [Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer] to WSC warning about the danger of Australia and the United States attacking Japan too soon and the efficiency and strength of the Japanese; includes manuscript, typescript copy and WSC's reply. 01 Apr 1942 - 03 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/56A/68 Note from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC on [?] Ruby, Lady Carson's plea for a commission for her son. Apr 1942
CHAR 20/56A/69-71 Note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC suggesting sending a letter of sympathy to the widow of Major John Courtauld; includes copy of WSC's letter, and reply from Henrietta Courtauld. 24 Apr 1942 - 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/56A/72 Letter from Admiral Sir Walter Cowan to Admiral Sir Algernon Boyle forwarded to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound] and then to WSC advising that Cowan is now a prisoner of war in Italy. 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/56A/73-74 Letter from the Coldstream Guards at Chequers [Buckinghamshire] to WSC congratulating him on the second anniversary of taking office; with reply from WSC to Captain J Drummond-Hay. 10 May 1942 - 11 May 1942
CHAR 20/56A/75-91 Copy of a letter from John Colville [pilot, RAFVR, former Private Secretary to WSC] to CSC with impressions of South Africa and criticisms of the Empire Air Training Scheme; with correspondence between WSC, Sir Archibald Sinclair [Secretary of State for Air, later 1st Lord Thurso] and 1st Lord Cherwell [Personal Assistant to WSC, earlier F A Lindemann] enquiring about the efficiency of the scheme, and Colville's progress. 22 Feb 1942 - 15 Jul 1942
CHAR 20/56A/92-94 Notes by John Peck and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretaries to WSC] on a letter from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to inaugurate the Airgraph Service to South Africa, and also a message to John Colville, former Private Secretary to WSC. 08 Sep 1942 - 09 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/56A/95-104 Correspondence on John Colville [former Private Secretary to WSC] being found unfit for a pilot's commission; includes letters between John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], WSC, Sir Archibald Sinclair [Secretary of State for Air, later 1st Lord Thurso] and Ronald Melville [Private Secretary to Sinclair] on the inconvenience to WSC of releasing Colville, his progress in training, and the limitations of training in South Africa. 16 Sep 1942 - 11 Feb 1943
CHAR 20/56B/105-106 Pamphlet entitled "Premier Winston Churchill on the Protection of Private Capital as a feature of Economic Justice" edited by Louis Wallace [New York, United States]. 1941
CHAR 20/56B/107-108 Memorandum [submitted by Sir Edward Bridges, Secretary to the Cabinet] examining proposition by the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Stafford Cripps] for co-operation between the Services through an overall commander. [See CHAR 20/56B/129-134 for Cripps's proposition]. [Aug 1942]
CHAR 20/56B/109-116 Letter from Sir Stafford Cripps to WSC rejecting the office of Minister of Supply because of the restricted powers of the post and its exclusion from the War Cabinet; with WSC's reply, forwarding note by Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] and minute from WSC to Cripps on making their correspondence on Cripps's position public. 29 Jan 1942 - 09 Feb 1942
CHAR 20/56B/117-119 Note from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] to WSC advising the recall of Sir Stafford Cripps from India rather than allowing him to tour China; includes telegram from Sir S Seymour [? Sir Horace Seymour, British Ambassador to China] on Cripps visiting Chungking and note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to Oliver Harvey [Principal Private Secretary to Eden]. 27 Mar 1942 - 31 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/56B/120 Memorandum from Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] to WSC advising on reductions in Government committee size and number following his directive. 06 May 1941
CHAR 20/56B/121-184 Correspondence between Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons], WSC and Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] on memoranda by Cripps on subjects including: dissatisfaction in Parliament, the vote of censure against the Government and public opinion over progress of war in the Middle East, including leadership, weaponry, research and invention and the RAF; lack of public morale, the direction of the war and need for improved co-operation between the Services, a new war planning directorate, closer co-operation in scientific research and improved administration and new personnel. Impracticality of suggestions outlined by Bridges and WSC; also includes minutes by WSC and Sir Richard Hopkins [Permanent Secretary to the Treasury] on administrative structure and notes by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, Bridges and Hopkins; and a copy of CHAR 20/56B/120 at folio 140. [See CHAR 20/56B/107-108 for further copy of examination of Cripps's theory of co-operation between the Services and CHAR 20/56B/206-213 for further reaction by Hopkins to Cripps's criticisms on administration]. 02 Jul 1942 - 21 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/56B/185-193 Letters from Sir Stafford Cripps, Lord Privy Seal, to WSC requesting a meeting to discuss their working relationship as Cripps has decided not to resign; with replies by WSC on their relationship, and on his own leadership and Cripps's criticism of the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound]; includes correspondence between John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and Sir Alexander Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI] on forwarding copies to the King. 21 Sep 1942 - 04 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/56B/194-205 Correspondence between WSC and Sir Stafford Cripps, Lord Privy Seal, with WSC requesting that Cripps become Minister for Aircraft Production; with acceptance and letter of tribute from Cripps to WSC on his departure from the War Cabinet. 18 Nov 1942 - 30 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/56B/206-213 Minute and draft letter to Civil Service Heads of Department by Sir Richard Hopkins [Permanent Secretary to the Treasury] on Sir Stafford Cripps's memorandum on inefficient Civil Service organisation; also includes notes from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and letters between WSC and Cripps. [See CHAR 20/56B/121-184 for Cripps's memorandum ]. 02 Dec 1942 - 17 Dec 1942