Lady Churchill's letters to Sir Winston

Subjects include: Clementine's health and her pregnancy [with Sarah Churchill, later Sarah Oliver, Sarah Beauchamp and Sarah, Lady Audley]; her appeals to Churchill not to fly; a swarm of bees in the house (Pear Tree Cottage [Overstrand, Norfolk]); King George V's speech on the State Opening of Parliament, July 1914 and a mention of civil war; the break down of the Home Rule conference and Clementine's fears that the Ulster rebels would force an election; the trial of Henriette Caillaux; the build-up to the First World War; the effect of the outbreak of war on the tourist season in Norfolk; the British Expeditionary Force; the capture of some suspected German spies; the arrival of Clementine's mother, Lady Blanche Hozier, from France, and the departure of her sister Nellie Hozier [later Nellie Romilly], to work as a nurse in Belgium; press coverage of the wreck of the German cruiser Emden; concerns about Jack Churchill [John S Churchill] going into action; staying with her mother in Dieppe (May-June 1914); the replacement of Admiral Sir George Callaghan by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [as Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet]; Clementine's concern at Churchill's plan to visit Field Marshal SIr John French [Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces in France, later 1st Lord Ypres] without warning the Prime Minister.


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