Archive and Medals of Chief Petty Office Steward Charles Henry Hitchcock - Personal Steward to Winston Churchill During the Atlantic Meeting on HMS Prince of Wales August 1941 Including Two Signed Photographs of Churchill
Hitchcock, Charles Henry ; Winston Churchill
Book Description: Medals and Ephemera. Book Condition: Very Good. An historically important archive from Chief Petty Officer Steward Charles Henry Hitchcock who acted as Churchill's personal steward on the HMS Prince of Wales during Churchill's first historic meeting from Roosevelt in August 1941. Includes not one, but two signed photographs of Churchill with as good a selection of supporting documents as you could wish for. These signed photographs are especially valuable due partly to the impeccable provenance which comes with them, and because they were signed at one of the great moments of the Second World War, when Churchill met Roosevelt met for the first time and cemented a friendship which led to military alliance. The first photograph is an excellent wartime image of a beaming Churchill in three piece suit, with watch chain and polka dot bow tie. The images measures 5 1/4 by 3 1/4 inches and is signed on the mount 'W S Churchill' in clear and unfaded fountain pen. The second photograph is a sepia tint photo of Churchill and Roosevelt seated on the deck of the HMS Prince of Wales and measures 6 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches. Signed towards the bottom of the photographs 'W S Churchill'. The two 'll's of Churchill are a little faint but otherwise a very good signed image of the great meeting between the two men, and and extremely rare wartime photograph of the event signed at the time.
Included are Hitchcock's medals - Defence and War Medals, The Atlantic Star, The Italy Star, The 1939-1945 Star, The Africa Star, and the Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, all in fine condition. Other ephemera includes Mention in Despatches, 1944 (pasted down on card); a short handwritten menu card for July 4th, 1944 signed by several guests including Bernard Montgomery; a small folded paper printed compliments slip from Roosevelt dated August 9, 1941 with a small section cut from the rear cover; dinner menu for Saturday, August 9, 1941 on board the USS Augusta in honour of Churchill and Roosevelt (minor area of lifting to front of card); five photographs all stamped 'Sick Bay Photo Passed by Censor Not for Re-Publication' showing Roosevelt and Churchill seated in conversation, Churchill walking on deck, Churchill walking under the ship's guns, US and British senior officers, church service on deck with Roosevelt and Churchill seated at the front; typed seating plan for luncheon on HMS Prince of Wales, Sunday 10th August, 1941; RN Certificate Educational Test, Part I 1/7/24; Steward Ratings' History Sheet for Hitchcock 1940-1945; transfer document to New Zealand Division of the RN in 1937; Passing Certificate - General 11/4/28 ; Officers' Stewards and Cooks History Sheets for 1927-1928 and 1930-39 ; large photograph of HMS Laburnum ; itinerary for HMS Leander Pacific Islands Cruise 1938; Certificate of Service recording the years 1919-1942; Bluenose Club proclamation for crossing the Arctic Circle in 1944, and similar proclamation for crossing the equator in 1933, and similar Neptune certificate from HMS Leander in 1934 ; photograph of M. V. Rangitiki with dozens of ink signatures to the mount; a small printed luncheon menu with Prime Ministerial blindstamp to top; loose leaf album (worn) with handwritten diary inside (some chipping to pages) covering 25/8/39 to August 1941 on 14 foolscap pages in a neat hand. The August 1941 entry is especially interesting and describes how Hitchcock did not know which ship he was bound for until nearly aboard the Prince of Wales. No doubt due to security issues his record for August 10th is brief 'Lunch onboard POW for President USA'. A superlative archive from a sailor who witnessed the Atlantic meeting of Churchill and Roosevelt at first hand, and served Churchill personally whilst aboard.
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