Letters and papers of Sir William Linton Andrews

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1)(a) 21 diaries, 1915-1970; (b) 8 travel diaries, 1934-1967; (c) Drawings by Joseph Grey and photographs, 1914-1918; (d) First World War memoir "Stick it, Jock" by Sir Linton Andrews and J. B. Nicholson; (e) 4/5 Battalion, Black Watch, papers: War diary and notes, 1915-1917; Operational orders, 1916; Battalion Mention Roll, 1915-1916; Operational trench map of Schwaben Redoubt, 1916. (2)(a) Correspondence from Sir Linton Andrews to Lady Andrews, 1915-1956; (b) Correspondence between Sir Linton and Frank Bacon, 1916-1917; (c) 3 letters from Bacon to Lady Andrews, 1917; (d) 2 letters to Lady Andrews enclosing manuscript poems by Joseph Lee, 1915; (e) Various correspondence, including letters to members of Douglas family, 1876-1915; (f) Newspaper cuttings: Miscellaneous, 1916-1927; Leeds Mercury, 1925-1939; Yorkshire Post, 1939-1970; Indexes to cuttings, 1925-1970, 1939-1945. (3)(a) 2 documents by M. H. B. Eddowes concerning Timothy Evans and the Christie murder case, with related correspondence, 1966. (b) Printed books and journals by, or containing articles by, Sir Linton Andrews, 1906-1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Linton Andrews was born in Hull in 1886 and educated at Hull Grammar School and Christ's Hospital. From the age of 16 he worked on a number of provincial newspapers, before serving in the Black Watch during the First World War. In 1919 he joined the Dail Mail, and was editor of the Leeds Mercury from 1923. When the newspaper amalgamated with the Yorkshire Post in 1939 he became editor. He was knighted in 1954, and from 1956 to 1959 he was the first Chairman of the Press Council. He retired in 1960 and wrote an autobiography and several books about journalism. He married Gertrude Douglas in 1915.

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Related Material

See also MS 385.