Official: Committee of Imperial Defence

Reference code: CHAR 24

Part of: CHAR
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Date: 1909 - 1914

Scope/content:

The Committee of Imperial Defence papers contain correspondence, notes and prints, acquired or produced by WSC in his capacity as a member of the Committee rather than as a Departmental Minister. They therefore include papers on topics both within and outside the province of WSC's departments (he was during this period: President of the Board of Trade, 12 April 1908 - 14 February 1910; Home Secretary, 14 February 1910 - 23 October 1911; and First Lord of the Admiralty, 23 October 1911 - 25 May 1915).

The Committee of Imperial Defence was established permanently in 1904, as a small flexible advisory committee to the Prime Minister; members were usually cabinet ministers concerned with defence, military leaders, and key civil servants. During the war, its functions were taken over by the War Council, then the Dardanelles Committee, the War Committee and finally the War Cabinet.

The papers have been divided into correspondence and subject-based files, and arranged chronologically. Subjects include: aircraft development; the Forth-Clyde canal; national service; naval bases and naval strategy; the German Army and Navy; the wartime food supply; home defence.

Contained records

Reference Record Date
CHAR 24/1 Official: Committee of Imperial Defence: aerial navigation and the Forth-Clyde Canal: prints and correspondence. 05 Jan 1909 - 10 Aug 1909
CHAR 24/2 Official: Committee of Imperial Defence: National Service: correspondence. 04 Nov 1910
CHAR 24/3 Official: Committee of Imperial Defence: correspondence. 05 Aug 1909 - 12 Dec 1911
CHAR 24/4 Official: Committee of Imperial Defence: correspondence. 09 Jan 1912 - 18 Oct 1912
CHAR 24/5 Official: Committee of Imperial Defence: prints. 18 May 1911 - 29 Aug 1912
CHAR 24/6 Official: Committee of Imperial Defence: correspondence and papers. 10 Mar 1913 - 16 May 1913
CHAR 24/7 Official: Committee of Imperial Defence: Military Aspects of the Continental Problem (1911): reprint. 13 Aug 1911 - Sep 1914