Official: Cabinet: Chanak Committee.

Reference code: CHAR 22/15

Part of: CHAR 22
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Date: 15 Sep 1922 - 30 Sep 1922

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Correspondents include: Sir Hugh Trenchard, Air Chief Marshal, Chief of Air Staff, on diverting RAF men aboard the "Braemar Castle" from Iraq to Constantinople [later Istanbul, Turkey] in case of war with Turkey (2); Sir Laming Worthington-Evans [Secretary of State for War] on stopping Turkish arms traffic; 10th Lord Cavan [Chief of Imperial General Staff, earlier Lord Kilcoursie]; General Sir Charles Harington, [General Officer Commanding -in-Chief, Allied Forces of Occupation in Turkey] on being allowed to use his own judgement in not precipitating war.

Also includes: paraphrases of telegrams between WSC and the Governors-General of Canada (1st Lord Byng), Australia [1st Lord Forster], New Zealand (1st Lord Jellicoe), the Union of South Africa ("Arthur Frederick" [Prince Arthur of Connaught]) and the Officer administering the Government of Newfoundland [Canada] (Sir William Allardyce), on the Co-Operation of the Dominions in the Turco-Greek situation, protecting Constantinople and the Gallipoli [Turkey] Peninsula from Mustapha Kemal Ataturk and the Turks; draft instructions by WSC to [?] General Harington on persuading Mustapha Kemal to withdraw from the neutral Chanak [Turkey] zone and re-enter Europe through a conference rather than violence; notes by WSC on action to be taken against Mustapha Kemal; a statement by Sir Hugh Trenchard showing the approximate dates of arrival of RAF units at Constantinople; lists of artillery to be sent to General Harington; draft notes by WSC on the Mudanya [Turkey] Conference; an extract from a speech by Benjamin Disraeli [Lord Beaconsfield and Lord Hughendon] on the Treaty of San Stefano [Italy]; draft notes by WSC on a meeting between Mustapha Kemal and the Allied generals; draft instructions by WSC to [?] General Harington on defence priorities.

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