Prime Minister's Office: Private Office Diaries of Visits by Prime Minister

Prime Minister's Office: Private Office Diaries of Visits by Prime Minister

This series contains typewritten diaries of events during visits by the Prime Minister, apparently compiled by his private secretaries. The diaries concern the Prime Minister's visits to the USA and Canada in 1941 to 1945, and to Italy in August 1944.


Chronological order

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
3 file(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure
Immediate source of acquisition:
Prime Minister's Office , from 1982
Custodial history:
The diaries came into the possession of Commander C R Thompson, who was personal assistant to the Minister of Defence. The diaries were returned to official custody by Commander Thompson's godson, Simon W Thompson, who deposited them with the Treasury Solicitor.
No further accruals expected
Administrative / biographical background:

Commander Charles Ralfe Thompson, RN (1894-1966) was personal assistant to the Minister of Defence from 1940 to 1945. During this period, the office of Minister of Defence was held by the Prime Minister, and Thompson organised and accompanied Churchill on all his official journeys until Churchill left office in July 1945.

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