Catalogue description Prime Minister's Office: Private Office Diaries of Visits by Prime Minister
|Title:||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.
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
|Physical description:||3 file(s)|
|Access conditions:||Subject to 30 year closure|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
From 1982 Prime Minister's Office
|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.|
|Accruals:||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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