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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleTurnbull, Sir Frank
Ref No8SUF/B/109
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 23
Date26 Oct 1976
Extent55:04 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Frederick Pethick-Lawrence
DescriptionInterview took place at 18 Aveley Lane, Farnham, Surrey. Interviewee was personal secretary to Frederick Pethick-Lawrence.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Frank Turnbull was Principal Private Secretary to both Pethick- Lawrence and Amery. Pethick-Lawrence's hostility to the Second World War all party government policy on India. His intelligence. The political situation in India when he took office; his surprise at getting the job. Contrasts in ways of working, and policy, between himself and Amery.

15:00 mins:
His Cabinet mission to India in 1946 accompanied by Sir (Richard) Stafford Cripps and Albert Victor Alexander. His carefully conserved health during the mission. His billiards.

30:00 mins:
His self-confessed eccentricity. His relationship with his colleagues. His relationship with Mohandas Gandhi. His effectiveness during the negotiations and his precision of mind.

45:00 mins:
His dislike at being separated from his wife and his frequent correspondence with her. His capacity for dealing with large amounts of paperwork and his ability to delegate.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 38
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