Churchill's engagements diary for 1918

Contributed by Caroline Parish

Churchill's engagements diary for 1918

My grandmother must have kept this day diary as a keepsake of her time at the War Office during the 1st World War when Churchill was Minister for Munitions, a relatively junior member of government. At 11.30am on 4th November there is a meeting with a certain Col.Lawrence, presumably, T.E. Lawrence, just a week away from Armistice Day. At 10.00am on 3rd October there is a meeting with S.Sassoon - it is interesting to speculate how well Churchill knew these people and about what they spoke. Among many entries of interest it is empty on the days from Friday 9th August until a lunch at The Savoy on 21st August! This blank period coincides with the start of the shooting season and the temptation is to assume that Churchill was on the moors... and if so, to contrast this with what might be deemed acceptable at a time of war today. I discovered this diary, an original record relating to one of our greatest statesmen, in a box of papers belonging to my mother. Handwriting in it is recognisably, and with some piquancy for me, my grandmother's. In the same box of papers was a book of autographs including that of a brother, one of two, who lost their lives in France.

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