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CHAR 1/392 Personal: Lady Randolph Churchill, John S Churchill etc.: Correspondence.

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CHAR 1/392/1

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (Minto House, Hawick) to WSC, on visit to Scotland, regretting that she just missed seeing him in Edinburgh.

1 folio
25 Sep 1911
CHAR 1/392/2

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (Norfolk St., Park Lane, London) to WSC, on the break-up of her marriage to George Cornwallis-West, "I have never had any intention of asking george to return to me...It is a terrible thing to break up a home but I feel the responsibility lies with George", asking him to keep her intentions secret.

1 folio
14 Apr 1911
CHAR 1/392/3

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (Glenmuick House, Ballater, Scotland) to WSC, account of visit to Balmoral, where she was presented with the Coronation Medal by King George V, who praised her "public hard work", also on the success of WSC's recent visit to Balmoral.

1 folio
28 Sep 1911
CHAR 1/392/4-6

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (Norfolk St., Park Lane, London) to WSC, on her marriage to George Cornwallis-West, stating that she and George had "thrashed out the situation" and were determined to part when their financial position could be settled, stating that they were "very good friends and quite peaceful" but that it was impossible for them to live together permanently, as he would always "hanker after the things he wants and imagine himself the most miserable of men",.

3 folios
16 Sep 1912
CHAR 1/392/7-8

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill to WSC on her divorce from George Cornwallis-West.

2 folios
15 Feb 1913
CHAR 1/392/9-10

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (Marine Hotel, Troon, Ayrshire) to WSC, on enjoyment of golfing holiday, and on her financial affairs.

2 folios
18 Mar 1913
CHAR 1/392/11-12

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (Villa Isola Bella, Cannes, France) to WSC, congratulations on winning battle with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd George over the Naval Estimates, and on her holiday in the South of France.

2 folios
29 Jan 1914
CHAR 1/392/13-14

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill to WSC, on the possible return to office of Lord Fisher "even this superannuated Govt. would draw the line at 75", also passing on comment by Edwin Montagu that the Government had taken "more important decisions in the last month than in the whole duration of the War", also news of meeting with Lord Curzon, who spoke of his dislike of F E Smith, and news of John S Churchill in the Dardanelles.

2 folios
12 Feb 1916
CHAR 1/392/15

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (Warwick Castle) to WSC, on her intention to buy a house in the country, similar to WSC's house at Hoe Farm, Lullenden, "Which I can leave to you two boys", also account of meeting with Arthur Balfour, and with an American recently returned from Germany, where the "educated German" admitted that Germany had lost the War, not from the military, but from the economic point of view.

1 folio
20 Feb 1916
CHAR 1/392/16

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (Brook St., London) to WSC, on illness, an inflamed toe, and varicose veins, aggravated by canteen work, the toe had been amputated and the veins removed, she had suffered "pains and twinges" for three days "but am alright now".

1 folio
07 Apr 1916
CHAR 1/392/17-18

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (Ladies Athenaeum Club, Dover Street) to WSC on her finances.

2 folios
c 1913
CHAR 1/392/19-22

Letter from John S Churchill (HMS Queen Elizabeth, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC, detailed account of first day of the Gallipoli landings [Original ms, typed copies at CHAR 1/117/8-22 and CHAR 1/392/30-47].

4 folios
27 Apr 1915
CHAR 1/392/23

Letter from John S Churchill (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC, account of ANZAC landing, reporting visit to the Australians on Z Beach, Kaba Teppe [Original ms, typed copy at CHAR 1/117/23-25].

1 folio
29 Apr 1915
CHAR 1/392/24-27

Letter from John S Churchill (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC, on the Gallipoli landings, expressing fears of the poor prospect of success, also on the funeral of Rupert Brooke, with sketch map [Original ms, typed copy at CHAR 1/117/26-33].

4 folios
05 May 1915
CHAR 1/392/28-29

Letter from WSC to John S Churchill. on the political situation following his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty and appointment as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, commenting that the Prime Minister (Asquith) was very friendly and "much concerned to look after me - The new men are good and I get on well with them", noting that it had been decided to "carry the Dardanelles through "coute que coute" [with envelope marked "Letter to jack - not sent"].

2 folios
12 Jun 1915
CHAR 1/392/30-47

Letter from John S Churchill (HMS Queen Elizabeth) to WSC, detailed account of the first day of the Gallipoli landings [typed copy].

18 folios
27 Apr 1915
CHAR 1/392/48-55

Letter from John S Churchill (HMS Queen Elizabeth) to WSC, on the Gallipoli landings, expressing fears of the poor prospects for success, also on the funeral of Rupert Brooke [copy].

8 folios
05 May 1915
CHAR 1/392/56

Envelope formerly containing letters from Jack Churchill to WSC.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 1/392/57-60

Letter from John S Churchill (GHQ Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC, reporting that there was little news, as they were awaiting decisions from home, enclosing sketches showing advances since the landings.

4 folios
03 Jul [1915]
CHAR 1/392/61-68

Letter from John S Churchill (GHQ Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC, reporting that they had collected a large force to take and hold the Narrows, giving details of organisational problems between the Military and Naval Staffs [original ms, with typed copy].

8 folios
16 Jul [1915]
CHAR 1/392/69-78

Letter from John S Churchill (GHQ Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC, detailed account of failure of "grand assault" at Gallipoli [incomplete typed copy].

10 folios
11 Aug 1915
CHAR 1/392/79

Letter from John S Churchill (GHQ, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC, report on the situation in the Dardanelles, stating the urgent need for more men.

1 folio
26 Aug 1915
CHAR 1/392/80

Envelope formerly containing letters from Jack Churchill in the Dardanelles.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 1/392/81-83

Letter from John S Churchill (GHQ, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC, sending order to Cox &Co. (Bankers) to pay some dividends to him, also reporting on the military situation in the Dardanelles, he was preparing winter quarters, as the weather was threatening to break, regretting that no offensive was possible due to shortage of troops.

3 folios
09 Sep [1915]
CHAR 1/392/84

Letter from Cox &Co (Bankers, Charing Cross, London) to WSC, acknowledging receipt of his letter of 21 Sept, on dividend of £43 10s 1d from Pretoria Portland Cement Co,.

1 folio
22 Sep 1915
CHAR 1/392/85-86

Letter from John S Churchill (GHQ, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC, on the situation in the Dardanelles, which was causing a "good deal of anxiety", commenting on the failed "push" in France, which had suffered 60,000 casualties without result, commenting that if those men had been in the Dardanelles the storming of the Narrows in August might have been successful, "even now 15,000 good troops will secure the Dardanelles, but if we have to sit here on the beaches until the enemy get large reinforcements...there may be a disaster", commenting that criticism of the C in C, General Sir Ian Hamilton was most unjust, as he frequently visited the fire trenches, a source of annoyance to his Corps Commanders, stating that he was certainly in the advanced trenches far more often than General Sir John French [later 1st Lord Ypres], the C in C in France, "In France, French is often seen 30 miles from the firing line - by troops who are resting - Here no troops are resting.

2 folios
17 Oct 1915
CHAR 1/392/87-88

Letter from John S Churchill (GHQ, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC, gloom at Headquarters following the recall of the C in C, General Sir Ian Hamilton by Lord Kitchener, commenting that Hamilton had "taken it well", but that there would be a "bad reaction" when he got home, criticising the War Correspondents, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett and Keith Murdoch for "doing their utmost to poison people", also criticising Major-General W F Braithwaite, the C.G.S., who had tried to create a one-man show.

2 folios
17 Oct 1915
CHAR 1/392/89-90

Letter from John S Churchill (2 ANZAC Corps) to WSC, congratulations on appointment to command a battalion in France, hoping that he would soon be given a brigade, also reporting on the chaotic situation in the Dardanelles, where staffs and Generals "abound in the most extraordinary manner", on his intention to try to go home for a fortnight, complaining about the meanness of the War Office who "make one pay one's fare, £50".

2 folios
[Jan] 1916
CHAR 1/392/91-94

Letter from John S Churchill to WSC, on domestic politics, particularly WSC's appointment as Minister of Munitions, and on the progress of the current offensive in France, "Progress is still being made, but slowly. What is the final objective? Do they still believe in getting right through?", commenting that the Army was in good spirits "Every man is full of enthusiasm, the faces are those of a victorious army", also commenting that the Australian troops had done very well "the Germans complain that they are very rough - they only took about 150 prisoners".

4 folios
27 Jul 1916
CHAR 1/392/95-96

Letter from Lady Blanche Hozier (Southwater, Sussex) on WSC on the health of CSC, who was staying with her following miscarriage.

2 folios
[Feb] [1912]