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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

April 13th, 2010, 4:09 am #1

I thought to post this link due to it's rather unique role during the Great War & the Second World War.

It's first Minister,was non-other then Canadian Born, William Maxwell Aitken,1st Baron Beaverbrook,BT, PC. 25 May 1879-9 June 1964.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Information_(United_Kingdom)

Here's a link on Lord Beaverbrook (A loyal North Shore B'y

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Aitken ... eaverbrook


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Christopher Furlotte

April 15th, 2010, 1:16 am #2

I've just remembered that another Canadian had served with served with M.O.I., as assistant deputy to Viscount Lord Northcliffe. Who was appointed Director of Propaganda in Enemy Countries. Circa February 1918.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Har ... orthcliffe

Sir Campbell Stuart,K.B.E. (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire) joined the CEF in early 1914 as a young subaltern in the 199th Battalion Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Rangers,of Montreal,Quebec,Canada. Here's a link on this unit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199th_Batt ... ngers,_CEF

He was later asked to the served under Lord Northcliffe in New York & Washington,USA as Lieutenant-Colonel(C.E.F.) in rank, and his role as a Assistant Military Attache`at the British War Mission-British Embassy. He was still paid by the Government of Canada!

He was later posted to served under Viscount Lord North Cliffe, in London at the former residence of The Marquess of Crewe in Curzon Street. His role as deputy was to organize information/propaganda as well as reading daily reports about the enemy.

He was to later write a book titled: 'Secrets of Crewe House'. I've managed to find a link of this rare book!

http://www.archive.org/stream/secretsof ... 9/mode/2up

He worked with with "The Times" of London newspaper, during the inter-war years. He was asked to serve as Director of Enemy Propaganda from 1938 to 1940 at Electra House, (Department EH) which was secretly funded by "SIS" for propaganda purposes! On September 3rd 1939, the organization along with Royal Air Force were thinking of dropped propaganda leaflets about 6 million of them over western Germany at the start of the war. Sir Campbell Stuart worked closely with British Actor Noel Coward, who was his representative of the Anglo-French Propaganda Council in Paris,France at the start of the war, and later became good friends.

He later was asked to be Chairman of the Imperial Communications Advisory Committee, and on 17th August 1940, he asked to set down and just devote himself to Imperial Communications for the remainder of the war.

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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

April 15th, 2010, 8:23 pm #3

A detailed Biography of Mr Noel Coward Esq.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No%C3%ABl_Coward



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Christopher Furlotte

April 16th, 2010, 10:26 pm #4

This is historical link on the role of the B.S.C. & Noel Coward. Many of the employees of this organisation haled from Canada, and Great Britain as well as USA. Camp X (Special Training School-103) was part of Special Operations Executive. It was controlled by B.S.C. in New York and offices in Toronto. It worked closely with the R.C.M.P!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Se ... ordination

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_X
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April 17th, 2010, 10:31 am #5

I thought to post this link due to it's rather unique role during the Great War & the Second World War.

It's first Minister,was non-other then Canadian Born, William Maxwell Aitken,1st Baron Beaverbrook,BT, PC. 25 May 1879-9 June 1964.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Information_(United_Kingdom)

Here's a link on Lord Beaverbrook (A loyal North Shore B'y

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Aitken ... eaverbrook


Christopher
I've discovered two rare films from the M.O.I. and one of them shows West Indies Volunteers in uniform, both in the British & Canadian Forces as well. The other is how to garden in war time Great Britain titled "Dig for Victory".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViGwxJloI70


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_Gs7Vik75k


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Christopher Furlotte

April 19th, 2010, 2:59 am #6

I've just remembered that another Canadian had served with served with M.O.I., as assistant deputy to Viscount Lord Northcliffe. Who was appointed Director of Propaganda in Enemy Countries. Circa February 1918.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Har ... orthcliffe

Sir Campbell Stuart,K.B.E. (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire) joined the CEF in early 1914 as a young subaltern in the 199th Battalion Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Rangers,of Montreal,Quebec,Canada. Here's a link on this unit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199th_Batt ... ngers,_CEF

He was later asked to the served under Lord Northcliffe in New York & Washington,USA as Lieutenant-Colonel(C.E.F.) in rank, and his role as a Assistant Military Attache`at the British War Mission-British Embassy. He was still paid by the Government of Canada!

He was later posted to served under Viscount Lord North Cliffe, in London at the former residence of The Marquess of Crewe in Curzon Street. His role as deputy was to organize information/propaganda as well as reading daily reports about the enemy.

He was to later write a book titled: 'Secrets of Crewe House'. I've managed to find a link of this rare book!

http://www.archive.org/stream/secretsof ... 9/mode/2up

He worked with with "The Times" of London newspaper, during the inter-war years. He was asked to serve as Director of Enemy Propaganda from 1938 to 1940 at Electra House, (Department EH) which was secretly funded by "SIS" for propaganda purposes! On September 3rd 1939, the organization along with Royal Air Force were thinking of dropped propaganda leaflets about 6 million of them over western Germany at the start of the war. Sir Campbell Stuart worked closely with British Actor Noel Coward, who was his representative of the Anglo-French Propaganda Council in Paris,France at the start of the war, and later became good friends.

He later was asked to be Chairman of the Imperial Communications Advisory Committee, and on 17th August 1940, he asked to set down and just devote himself to Imperial Communications for the remainder of the war.

Chris
Accidentally stumbled across this rather interesting account of The Lord Tweedsmuir 15th Governor General of Canada. He was a second Lieutenant in British Army Intelligence, and also director of War Propaganda Bureau later to amalgamated as M.O.I. Ministry of Information during the Great War.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bucha ... Tweedsmuir


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April 22nd, 2010, 2:39 am #7

I've discovered two rare films from the M.O.I. and one of them shows West Indies Volunteers in uniform, both in the British & Canadian Forces as well. The other is how to garden in war time Great Britain titled "Dig for Victory".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViGwxJloI70


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_Gs7Vik75k


Chris
Most of these gentlemen became quite well to do, in their later years of various careers and public duties. One of the most famous as far as TV & Media works was Lord Kenneth Clark, a Scot raised in England and served in the Ministry of Information during the Second World War.

Here's a couple of links on this topic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Clark

His magnificent documentary-"Civilisation" (BBC) 1966. For those who are interested?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxsVroiUHik

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9lmepH9 ... re=related

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