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CHAR 1/375 Personal: Churchill Family: Correspondence.

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CHAR 1/375/1-2

Receipt for personal and confidential envelope addressed to Brigadier R Laycock.

1 folio
13 Apr 1943
CHAR 1/375/3-4

Letter from Diana Churchill [Sandys] to WSC, expressing relief at his return from the "Trident" Conference in Algiers, "we have been rather anxious about you since they got Leslie Howard", also on the birth of her daughter, Celia [Sandys], promising to bring her to see him as soon as she is allowed to go out.

2 folios
06 Jun 1943
CHAR 1/375/5

Letter from Diana Churchill [Sandys] to WSC, reminder that her daughter Celia was being Christened that evening at 1815, hoping that he would be able to attend.

1 folio
29 Jun 1943
CHAR 1/375/6

Letter from Pamela Churchill to WSC, offering sympathy on illness, sending him book, "They were expendable" by W L White Pamela Harriman.

1 folio
[1943]
CHAR 1/375/7-16

Letter from Randolph Churchill (Algiers) to WSC, account of meetings with General Eisenhower and General Henri Giraud on the political situation in Algiers, particularly the need to liberalise the regime before repression led to further assassinations [original ms, with typescript copy] World War II, North Africa.

10 folios
1943
CHAR 1/375/17-18

Letter from Randolph Churchill (Algiers) to WSC, thanks for allowing him to accompany his staff on visit to North Africa, praising the effect of the arrival of Air Marshal Sir Arthur "Maori" Coningham on the Desert Air Force.

2 folios
20 Feb 1943
CHAR 1/375/19

Letter from Randolph Churchill (Algiers) to WSC, expressing worries over his health, also with account of meeting with General Giraud.

1 folio
25 Feb 1943
CHAR 1/375/20-21

Letter from Randolph Churchill (Algiers) to WSC, on his new post as Liaison Officer with the North Irish Horse, who were equipped with the new "Churchill" tanks.

2 folios
12 Mar 1943
CHAR 1/375/22

Letter from Sarah Oliver [formerly and later Sarah Churchill (R.A.F. Medmenham) to WSC, expressing regret at missing his broadcast speech on post-war planning, describing it as one of his greatest "one that will cheer our hearts and lend us new courage to fight this thing to the end".

1 folio
21 Mar [1943]
CHAR 1/375/23

Letter from Randolph Churchill (North Irish Horse, BNAF) to WSC, praising his broadcast of 21 March on post-war planning "technically the best speech I have ever heard...You spoke a good deal faster than usual - which was good - and your voice sounded young, eager and vigorous", also commenting on the political situation in North Africa, which had improved since Giraud had been persuaded to take a more liberal line.

1 folio
24 Mar [1943]
CHAR 1/375/24-25

Letter from WSC to General Sir Harold Alexander, asking him to forward letter to Randolph Churchill, serving with the North Irish Horse in North Africa [2 carbon copies].

2 folios
16 Apr 1943
CHAR 1/375/26

Letter from F D Brown (10 Downing St.) to Wing-Commander R C Vaughan, Air Ministry, asking for letter from WSC to General Sir Harold Alexander to be delivered to Algiers by air [carbon].

2 folios
16 Apr 1943
CHAR 1/375/27-37

Letter from WSC to Randolph Churchill; advising him to keep clear of Pierre Flandin, criticising Flandin's spiritless view of France, showing how hard it would be to set them up again as a Great Power; praising RSC's decision to join the North Irish Horse, and asking him for an account of the fighting he had seen; advising him against taking part in domestic politics while serving in the Army, commenting that he had suffered himself in World War I, when he came home on leave and criticised the Admiralty; also on the friendly nature of the House of Commons, which accepted his "guidance" on all matters of the war "practically without demur", commenting that the "slimy" Richard Stokes continued to criticise the Churchill Tanks, but that they were beginning to show their worth; also thanking RSC for his praise of WSC's broadcast speech on post-war planning [21 March], commenting that he had been most reluctant to be drawn into the area of domestic and post-war politics, stating that the speech had a steadying effect on the Labour Party, and that he felt that there was little possibility of Labour ministers leaving the Government, or of an alliance between the Labour Party and the Communists; also giving family news, particularly of "Baby Winston", who was developing more personality, which was taking the form of "naughtiness", but that his mother [Pamela Churchill] was taking infinite pains with him and "extreme patience makes him yield his point of view" [2 carbon copies].

11 folios
16 Apr 1943
CHAR 1/375/38

Note from F D Brown to Kathleen Hill, sending receipts for two letters enclosed for forwarding with Randolph Churchill's last letter to WSC.

1 folio
17 Apr [1943]
CHAR 1/375/39-41

Letter from Randolph Churchill (North Irish Horse, BNAF) to WSC, on House of Commons debate on RSC taking part in domestic politics while a serving officer, criticising the War Office for not briefing WSC properly, commenting that it looked like sabotage, stressing the need to emphasise that he was a separate individual, and that WSC had no responsibility for his actions.

3 folios
c 1943
CHAR 1/375/42

Letter from Randolph Churchill (North Irish Horse, BNAF) to WSC, regretting that his regiment would not be taking part on the next battle, commenting that the Churchill tanks were proving a great success, also noting the arrival of Mike Wardale in North Africa, with a Naval 20 barrelled 2 inch rocket, asking WSC to tell Prof. F A Lindemann that despite having few targets he had already shot down a FW 120.

1 folio
c 1943
CHAR 1/375/43

Letter from Randolph Churchill (Algiers) to WSC, expressing pleasure at seeing him during his visit to North Africa, also commenting on the improved political situation in the area.

1 folio
c 1943
CHAR 1/375/44

Letter from Randolph Churchill (2 SAS Regiment, BNAF) to WSC, on the Italian campaign Operation Husky; Invasion of Sicily.

1 folio
01 Aug 1943
CHAR 1/375/45-46

Letter from Randolph Churchill (Palermo, Italy) to WSC, reporting on the success of Commando Units in Operation Husky (Invasion of Sicily), objecting to Mountbatten's plan to merge the Commandos "out of existence in a Marine Division", "Dickie [Mountbatten] has been so busy with his new responsibilities that the Commandos have been sadly neglected", commenting that many of the best officers would be reluctant to stay on.

2 folios
07 Aug 1943
CHAR 1/375/47-49

Letter from Randolph Churchill to WSC on his political future, enclosing copy of letter to Sir Norman Seddon-Brown, Chairman, Preston Conservative Association, stating that he wished to stay in the Army until the end of the War, and offering to resign his seat if the Association wished for more continuous representation, also thanking WSC for sending photographs of "Baby Winston".

3 folios
24 Aug 1943
CHAR 1/375/50

Telegram from WSC to Sir George Harvie-Watt, on Randolph Churchill's letter to Sir Norman Seddon-Brown, Chairman of Preston Conservative Association, stating that he wished to stay in the Army until the end of the War, and offering to resign his seat if they wished for more continuous representation, stating that in his opinion there was no need for RSC to resign [carbon copy, annotated "not sent"].

1 folio
11 Sep 1943
CHAR 1/375/51-53

Telegram from WSC [signed "Air-Commodore Spencer] to Randolph Churchill, stating that he felt there was no need for RSC to resign as MP for Preston due to military service [2 copies].

2 folios
14 Sep 1943
CHAR 1/375/54

Letter from James Stuart (Government Chief Whip) to WSC, on Randolph Churchill's letter to Sir Norman Seddon-Brown, Chairman, Preston Conservative Association, stating that he wished to remain in the Army until the end of the War, and offering to resign his seat if they wished for more continuous representation, stating that he was making discreet enquiries in the Constituency, and would report back.

1 folio
17 Sep 1943
CHAR 1/375/55

Letter from WSC to James Stuart, (Government Chief Whip) on Randolph Churchill's letter to Sir Norman Seddon-Brown, Chairman, Preston Conservative Association, stating that he wished to remain in the Army until the end of the War, and offering to resign his seat if they wised for more continuous representation, asking him to "watch discreetly over this business" [carbon].

1 folio
13 Sep 1943
CHAR 1/375/56-58

Letter from Sir Norman Seddon-Brown, Chairman, Preston Conservative Association, to Randolph Churchill, on his offer to resign as MP, stating that it was the unanimous desire of the Committee for him to remain in the Army, and for him to continue as their Member, asking him not to release the letter to the press, as the Labour Party might cause difficulties, also commenting on improved war news [copy].

3 folios
17 Sep 1943
CHAR 1/375/59

Letter from Kathleen Hill to Lilian Buck (ps to Randolph Churchill), thanks for sending copy of letter from Sir Norman Seddon-Brown [copy].

1 folio
04 Oct 1943
CHAR 1/375/60

Letter from James Stuart (Government Chief Whip) to WSC, stating that all was quiet in Randolph Churchill's constituency [Preston], and that there was no pressure on him to resign due to his absence on War Service [copy, annotated "Chief Whip speak to me. WSC 22.9"].

1 folio
22 Sep 1943
CHAR 1/375/61

Telegram from Randolph Churchill to his son, Winston Churchill, Christmas and New Year greetings [copy].

1 folio
24 Dec 1943
CHAR 1/375/62

Telegram from Randolph Churchill to WSC, offering congratulations on exceptionally fine speech [? "The Task Ahead", Lord Mayor's Luncheon, 9 Nov 1943].

1 folio
09 Nov [1943]