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ISMAY, Gen Hastings Lionel, 1st Baron Ismay of Wormington

General and miscellaneous correspondence, mostly congratulatory unless otherwise stated, arranged alphabetically by correspondent, 1915-1965

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ISMAY: 5 General and miscellaneous correspondence, mostly congratulatory unless otherwise stated, arranged alphabetically by correspondent, 1915-1965


ISMAY: 5/1

1915-1960

Correspondence mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'A' including Rev Lancelot J Allen, 1915, 1943-1961 relating to Charterhouse, Surrey with text of Allen's sermon at Charterhouse 12 Dec 1946; Rt Hon Leopold Stennet Amery, 1951 recommending his son Julian Amery for a post at the Commonwealth Relations Office; John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley, 1931, 1933, 1959 relating to India with printed memoir of Anderson reprinted from 'Biographical memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society', vol 4, Nov 1958; G Murray Andrews, 1957 relating to an appeal fund for Tewkesbury Abbey; William Waldorf Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor, 1939 relating to the security of the Suez Canal and possible attacks by Italy, request for an Indian brigade in Egypt, latest situation in the Western Desert, North Africa during World War Two. With various papers and letters relating to Australia. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/2

1929-1965

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'B' including Robert McGowan Barrington-Ward, Editor The Times relating to a quotation sent by Ismay; Gen Sir George de Symons Barrow relating to Desert Mounted Corps dinner and on a poem, possibly by FM Archibald Percival, 1st Earl Wavell; Sir Gerald (Reid) Barry relating to the Festival of Britain 1951 and Ismay's appearance in a television programme about Rt Hon Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill; Gen Sir William Henry Bartholomew; William Loren Batt relating to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO); Gerald Baynham relating to Charterhouse, Surrey; R Adm. Tufton Percy Hamilton Beamish relating to Joint Service (Consultative) Committee; J Burgon Bickersteth, relating to Canada, the end of World War Two, the Nuremberg Trials, 1946; Frederick Winston Furneaux Smith, 2nd Earl of Birkenhead relating to British Military Mission to Yugoslav Partisans, 1944–1945; Oswald Birley relating to portraits; AVM Charles H Blount; N A Bogdan; Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby relating to television programme on politicians of the 1930s, attempt to get position of Chief of the Imperial General Staff for Maj Gen Sir John (Theodosius) Burnett-Stuart; Brendan Bracken, 1st Viscount Bracken relating to Rt Hon Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the 1945 general election; US Gen Omar Nelson Bradley relating to NATO; Sir Harry Ernest Brittain relating to a speech by Ismay on Dominion affairs, 1952; Lt Gen Sir Frederick A M Browning relating to a NATO dinner; Lawrence Franklin Burgis relating to Ismay's work on defence organisation, 1962-1963; US Lt Gen Chris E Burrows relating to NATO; Burnett-Stuart with paper on the Home Guard, 1942 and related reply and notes from Ismay. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/3

1916-1964

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'C' including A H Candlin, 1951 relating to Ismay's speech in the House of Commons on Defence; Victor Frederick William Cavendish-Bentinck, 9th Duke of Portland, 1944-1947 relating to Joint Intelligence Committee of Chiefs of Staff; R Adm William Scott Chalmers, 1940 with paper relating to situation in Narvik, Norway, 1940 and reply from Ismay; Lt Col Sir Martin Charteris, 1964 relating to a portrait sitting; Gen D de Chassey, 1957 relating to Ismay's contribution to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO); AF Alfred Ernle Montacute Chatfield, 1st Baron Chatfield, 1938-1956 paying tribute to Ismay's work; FM Philip Walhouse Chetwode, 1st Baron Chetwode, 1936-1940 relating to work at the War Office; Captain Arthur Wellesley Clarke, 1943 relating to a recent naval engagement, visit to North Africa, meeting with ADF Andrew Browne Cunningham, 1st Baronet Cunningham; Sir (Geoffrey) Miles Clifford, 1964 relating to Ismay's proposed resignation from the Panel of the Leverhulme Trust Fund; Capt Clive Meysey, 1933 relating to retreat of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from Dunkirk France, 1940; John Rupert Colville, 1954-1955 relating to a television programme on Rt Hon Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill; Colin Coote, 1951-1965 relating to his retirement as Editor of The Daily Telegraph and to Churchill's declining health; Brig A T Cornwall Jones, 1945 relating to the British Joint Staff Mission, Washington DC USA and Ismay's journey; Sir Herbert (James) Creedy, 1931 relating to his retirement; Maj Gen Sir James Cubitt, 1916-1930 relating to World War One and Staff College, Camberley; Adm Andrew Browne Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, 1943-1951 relating to NATO and Atlantic Command. With correspondence from representatives of Canada; messages of congratulation from Mayors and other representatives of the corporation of Cheltenham; correspondence relating to an obituary notice by Ismay for Frederick Alexander Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell of Oxford with Ismay's notes. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/4

1939-1951

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'D' including R Adm Victor Hilary Danckwerts, Jul & Dec 1940 relating to his forced retirement from the Navy due to illness and requesting Ismay's help in finding alternative employment; Maj Gen. Roland Dening, Jan 1951 relating to India; FM Sir John Greer Dill, Aug 1936, Dec 1943, May & Nov 1944 thanking Ismay for his help, expressing concern over illness, with replies from Ismay and text of memorial address for Dill; ACM Sir Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, Oct 1939 relating to a meeting with Ismay; William H Draper, Jun 1952, May & Jun 1953 relating to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) with replies from Ismay; Basil Sheridan Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 4th Marquess of Dufferin and Ava requesting assistance in finding work and relating to job with Alfred Duff Cooper; John Foster Dulles, Feb 1959 relating to NATO; Capt Oswald Dyke, 1942-1943 relating to Ismay's efforts to find him work; Capt Vivian Dykes, 1940 and Winnie Dykes, 1946 relating to the death of her husband. With correspondence relating to Denmark. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/5

1942-1951

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'E' including George Fielding Eliot, Nov 1951 proposing the creation of an Anglo-American Combined Chiefs of Staff; Gen Sir Hugh Jamieson Elles, Dec 1940 suggesting that Rt Hon Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill visit Bristol; Dr Geoffrey Evans, Aug 1942 on the psychology of the will to win, Mar 1943 on the likelihood of German defeat. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/6

1939-1962

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'F' including Brig Sir Bernard Fergusson, Mar 1952 relating to work for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO); Alistair Forbes, Apr 1952 relating to speech as Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and Seretse Khama. With general correspondence relating to France


ISMAY: 5/7

1931-1957

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'G' including German Gen Freiherr Leo von Schweppenhurg Geyr, Nov 1937 thanking Ismay for a tribute at the end of his tenure as German military attaché; Martin Gilliatt, Mar 1956 thanking Ismay on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother for a lunch given for her; Olive Grove thanking Ismay for a letter of condolence on the death of her son, Lancelot Grove and for photographs of his grave. With general correspondence relating to Greece. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/8

1927-1952

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'H' including FM Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, Nov 1927 relating to minutes sent by Ismay (as secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence); Rt Hon Richard Burdon Haldane, 1st Viscount Haldane of Cloan [1927] relating to minutes sent by Ismay (as secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence); Maj Leonard Handley, 1947 relating to India; Alexander Henry Louis Hardinge, 2nd Baron Hardinge, Apr 1943 thanking Ismay on behalf of the King for information on the North African campaign and the climate in north Africa; Col Eric Hayes, 1936 thanking Ismay for efforts on his behalf; Arnold Danford Patrick Heeney, 1952 relating to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO); Maj Gen Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart, 1943 sending Home Forces calendar for 1943; Wg Cdr Sir Eric John Hodsoll, 1952 relating to NATO and civil defence; Maj Gen Sir Leslie Hollis to Wheatley, London Controlling Section, 1946 relating to honours and awarding criteria; Maj Gen Sir Leslie Hollis, 1947 relating to the Ministry of Defence under Rt Hon Albert Victor Alexander. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/9

1931-1960

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'I' including FM William Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, 1940 relating to the possible move of the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to Canada during World War Two, with reply from Ismay relating to the Princesses' opposition to the plan. With letters written by correspondents from Italy and from India including letter from Hashmalulla Khan, 1933 relating to his opposition to Indianisation of the Army and to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/10

1931-1956

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'J' also including Lt Gen Sir Ian Jacob, 1947 relating to Ismay's departure from the Cabinet Office and 1956, relating to Ismay and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Rt Hon (Robert) Anthony Eden as Prime Minister; W B James, 1940 advocating the bombing of Germany; A C Jerram, 1938 thanking Ismay for a complimentary letter and for his co-operation with the Admiralty for the last 6 years; Augustus John, 1945 relating to 2 drawings of Ismay, with Ismay's reply expressing preference and sending cheque. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/11

1931-1956

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'K' also including Maj Gen Sir John Kennedy, 1940 on the fall of France and preparations for World War Two in Northern Ireland; Maurice Knott, 1944 on retirement from the War Cabinet; Brig Gen Hayes Kroner, 1956 (with reply from Ismay) on recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) talks between UK, USA and France. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/12

1931-1955

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'L' also including Eve Curie, wife of Henry Richardson Labouisse, 1955 relating to Labouisse's work with United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) specifically with Palestinian refugees and the problems caused in the Middle East by the Arab Israeli conflict; Maj Gen Sir Robert Laycock, 1947 thanking Ismay for his assistance during Laycock's work for Combined Operations; Rt Hon Oliver Lyttleton, 1941 relating to the career of his son, Antony Alfred Lyttleton; Pamela Lytton, Lady Lytton and Victor Alexander George Robert Lytton, 2nd Earl of Lytton, 1943 relating to their complaint over procedure for notifying next of kin of deaths with reply from Ismay; Sir Federick Bovenschen, War Office, 1943 on the same subject with reply from Ismay. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/13

1939-1959

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'M' also including Lt Gen Sir George MacMunn, 1939 relating to his wish to contribute to the war effort, 1947 relating to the Indian Army; Lt Col John Robert Jermain MacNamara, 1941 expressing the opinion that weaknesses in home defence would make Britain unable to withstand an attempted invasion, criticism of the higher direction of the war, proposals for a 'flying tank' with replies from Ismay; Maj Desmond Morton, 1940 relating to Stanley Melbourne Bruce, High Commissioner for Australia in London and his attempt to attain assurances of Rt Hon Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill's support on political matters through Morton, Churchill's private secretary rather than through Ismay. With correspondence relating to Peter Mendolssohn's The age of Churchill (Thames and Hudson, London, 1961) including Ismay's criticism of comments on FM Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome and the author's response. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/14

1940-1959

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'N' also including letter from Ismay, 1944 to MRAF Sir Cyril Louis Norton Newall relating to his attendance at the conferences of allied leaders during World War Two; R Adm Angus Dacres Nicholl, 1941 relating to his departure from the Cabinet Office, 1945 the Japanese surrender Aug 1945 with text of news release by Nichols on Ismay's retirement from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), 1957; With letters from correspondents in New Zealand and in Norway including Halvard Lange, Norwegian Foreign Minister on NATO. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/15

1947-1965

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'O'. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/16

1940-1952

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'P' also including Charles Peake, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) political adviser, 1945 relating to lack of access to Rt Hon Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, Prime Minister on a recent visit to Paris with letter on the same subject from Alfred Duff Cooper, 1945; Sir Francis Spencer Portal, 1952 relating to Ismay's departure from the board of Portals Holdings Ltd; George Price, 1946 thanking Ismay for assistance during Price's work for the British Joint Staff Mission in Washington DC, USA. With letters from correspondents in Pakistan, Poland, including Polish Gen Mariam Kukiel, Minister for National Defence, 1944 relating to supplies to Warsaw, Poland. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/17

1951

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'Q'. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/18

1925-1957

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'R' also including notes and thankyou letters relating to Ismay and the British Chiefs of Staffs' visit to John D Rockerfeller Jnr's Colonial Williamsburg Inc, Virginia, USA, 1943. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/19

1930-1964

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'S' also including MRAF Sir John (Maitland) Salmond, 1963 denying that he was responsible for Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley's plans for the defence of Singapore in 1932; MRAF Sir John Cotesworth Slessor, 1964 relating to his talk at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Defence College on nuclear weapons as a deterrent against USSR; text of talk, 1924 by Gen Sir William Joseph Slim, entitled 'What is courage?'; Sir Waldron Smithers, 1942 relating to Intelligence Officers and raiding parties; FM Jan Christian Smuts. 1942 relating to naval stores guards in South Africa, with letter from Ismay, 1950 recalling a speech by Smuts at Dover, Kent during World War Two; Charles M Spofford, 1957 paying tribute to Ismay's work for NATO. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/20

1927-1947

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'T' also including Adm Sir William George Tennant, 1942 relating to a new appointment; Sir Geoffrey Harington Thompson, 1938 relating to Sir Robert MacLeod Hodgson and Spain; Sir Henry Thomas Tizard, 1945 relating to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan, Aug 1945; Ronald Tree, 1945 relating to the army career of his son Michael Tree; MRAF Hugh Montague Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard of Wolfeton, 1945 forwarding pamphlets entitled 'The principles of air warfare' (May, 1945) and 'Air power and national security' (Aug 1946) also with letter from Ismay, 1946 in response to request by Trenchard for information on the Chief of Staff Committee; Col Sir John F Turner, 1941 relating to the defence of RAF aerodromes with reply from Ismay giving his views on the fall of Crete, 1941; Sir Walter Tyrell, 1927 relating to the Committee of Imperial Defence Co-ordination Sub-Committee. With letters from correspondents in Turkey. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/21

1947

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'U'. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/22

1946-1951

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'V' also including note by Ismay, 1947 on the career of Lt Gen Sir Louis (Ridley) Vaughan, first commandant of Staff College, Quetta, India. With correspondence from the Vintners Company, 1946-1947 regarding honours bestowed on Ismay. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/23

1931-1965

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and correspondents with surnames beginning with 'W' also including Brig Michael Wardell, 1946 relating to his invention of the 'land mattress', a multiple 30 tube 3-inch rocket launcher, and his return to journalism; FM Henry Maitland Wilson (and others), 1945 relating to Wilson's request for information on security problems in post-occupational Germany for a proposed speech, with notes prepared by Brig E A L Gueterbock (7pp) for Wilson's use and letter from the Foreign Office requesting that Wilson should not give the talk; FM Henry Maitland Wilson, 1st Baron Wilson of Libya, 1946 relating to proposed book on the Middle East by Lady Ranfurly and opposition to this from M W (Reader) Bullard, with letter from Ismay relating to restrictions on using information obtained in an official capacity and an extract from Parliamentary debates (Hansard), House of Commons 31 Jul 1946 (HMSO, London, 1946) entitled 'Ex-ministers writings (Government policy); V Adm Norman Atherton Wodehouse, 1938 relating to his resignation over Portuguese policy. 1 file


ISMAY: 5/24

1931-1947

Correspondence, mostly congratulatory and social between Ismay and unidentified correspondents including text of address by Lawrence Hunt to the Canadian Club of Toronto, Apr 1945 entitled 'America's debt to Britain'; list of documents which further information on identification had been given. 1 file


ISMAY: 6 Printed material, 1941-1951



ISMAY: 6/1-2 Prime Minister's telegrams, 1941-1942


ISMAY: 6/1

1941

The Prime Minister's personal telegrams (HMSO, London, 1941), copy no. 6. Printed, 1 vol


ISMAY: 6/2

1942

The Prime Minister's personal telegrams (HMSO, London, 1942), copy no. 10. Printed, 1 vol


ISMAY: 6/3-8 Printed materials relating to the War Cabinet, Chiefs of Staff Sub-Committee, 1943-1944


ISMAY: 6/3

1943 Jun 5

War Cabinet Chiefs of Staff Committe: record of meetings held in North Africa between 29 May and 3 Jun 1943, C.O.S. (43)290(0) (HMSO, London, 1943). Printed, 20pp


ISMAY: 6/4

1943 Sep 30

War Cabinet Chiefs of Staff Committe: QUADRANT, record of proceedings at House Washington between 3 and 11 Sep 1943, C.O.S. (43)513(0) (part C), (HMSO, London, 1943). Printed, 17pp


ISMAY: 6/5

1943 Dec 31

War Cabinet Chiefs of Staff Committe: SEXTANT record of British Chiefs of Staff proceedings, Malta, Cairo and Tehran between18 Nov and 7 Dec 1943, C.O.S. (43)791(0) (part 1) (HMSO, London, 1943). Printed, 107pp


ISMAY: 6/6

1944 Feb 25

War Cabinet Chiefs of Staff Committe: SEXTANT record of British Chiefs of Staff proceedings at Cairo and Tehran between 18 Nov and 7 Dec 1943, C.O.S. (43)791(0) (part 2) (HMSO, London, 1944).. Printed, 97pp


ISMAY: 6/7

1944 Mar 8

War Cabinet Chiefs of Staff Committe: SEXTANT record of British Chiefs of Staff proceedings at Cairo and Tehran between 24 Nov and 7 Dec 1943, C.O.S. (43)791(0) (part 3) (HMSO, London, 1944).. Printed, 172pp


ISMAY: 6/8

1944 Oct 26

War Cabinet Chiefs of Staff Committe: TOLSTOY: minutes of military meetings, (14-15 Oct 1944, Moscow, USSR), C.O.S. (44)915(0) (HMSO, London, 1944). Printed, 2pp


ISMAY: 6/9-6/10 Other printed materials relating to the War Cabinet, 1944


ISMAY: 6/9

1944

Notes on conversation after a dinner at the British Embassy, Moscow, USSR, 11-12 Oct 1944 1am - 3.45am (HMSO, London, 1944). Printed, 2pp


ISMAY: 6/10

1944

Anglo Soviet political conversations at Moscow, 9-17 Oct 1944 (HMSO, London, 1944). Printed, 71pp


ISMAY: 6/11-6/19 Combined Chiefs of Staff papers, 1943-1947


ISMAY: 6/11

1943

CASABLANCA conference Jan 1943, papers and minutes of meetings, (Office of US Combined Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC, 1943). Printed, 324pp


ISMAY: 6/12

1943

TRIDENT conference May 1943, papers and minutes of meetings, (Office of US Combined Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC, 1943). Printed, 518pp


ISMAY: 6/13

1943

QUADRANT conference Aug 1943, papers and minutes of meetings, (Office of US Combined Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC, 1943). Printed, 520pp


ISMAY: 6/14

1945

ARGONAUT conference Jan-Feb 1945, papers and minutes of meetings, (Office of US Combined Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC, 1945). Printed, 336pp


ISMAY: 6/15

1945

TERMINAL conference Jul 1945, papers and minutes of meetings, (Office of US Combined Chiefs of Staff, Washington DC, 1945). Printed, 358pp


ISMAY: 6/16

1945

Report by Supreme Commander to the Combined Chiefs of Staff on the operations in Europe of the Allied Expeditionary Force 6 Jun 1944 - 8 May 1945. Printed, 123pp


ISMAY: 6/17

1945

Biennial report of the Chief of Staff of United States Army to Secretary of War 1 Jul 1943-30 Jun 1945. With atlas supplement. Printed 123pp and 101pp


ISMAY: 6/18

1951

Report to the Combined Chiefs of Staff by Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, 1943-1945, V Adm Earl Louis Mountbatten of Burma, (HMSO, London, 1951), inscribed to Ismay with letter of presentation. Printed, 280pp


ISMAY: 6/19

1947

Preliminary edition of Report to the Combined Chiefs of Staff by Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, 1943-1945, V Adm Earl Louis Mountbatten of Burma, (HMSO, London, 1951) inscribed to Ismay and autographed by Mountbatten, (may have been withdrawn in 1948 by Ministry of Defence on security grounds). With supplement. Printed 306pp and map

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