Armed Forces Part 6: correspondence and papers relating to venereal disease

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 AMS/B/07/27
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 AMS/4/01
  • Dates of Creation
      1944-1956
  • Physical Description
      2 folders

Scope and Content

Consists of:

- correspondence with Meliscent Shephard concerning army policy of no recognition of prostitutes, but increase in cases of venereal disease

- correspondence enlisting support for making brothels in Alexandria out of bounds to British troops

- carbon copy of report on the moral welfare of the fighting forces in India

- concerning the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene's decision to campaign for the appointment of women liaison officers to distribute relief to the Allied Forces following Anne Dacie's talk on her relief work among refugees in Italy after German occupation

- correspondence concerning the deportment of Belgian women to other countries (1945)

- statistics showing cases of venereal disease in the British Army (1947)

- correspondence concerning the moral situation in Germany in relation to venereal disease legislation (1947)

- report of Allied Control Authority coordinating committee Directive no 52 Combating Venereal Disease (7 May 1947)

- papers relating to deputation to the War Minister, Major General Roberts held on 3 Jun 1947

- minutes of Sub-committee to consider Army Lecture series (13 Jun, 8 Jul, 18 Jul 1947) with correspondence about and draft schemes for lectures

- resolution passed at the Conference on Venereal Disease in the Forces (11 Dec 1947) to send a Commission of Enquiry to Germany

- minutes of group on sex education in HM Forces (Sep and Dec 1948)

- report of the Free Church Federal Council Deputation to the British Army of Occupation of the Rhineland (BAOR) (1-6 Nov 1948)

- memorandum on sex education and guidance in the Services (Mar 1949)

- correspondence concerning the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene's withdrawal of support of the memorandum on sex education (because the Association had no policy on physical sex education and did not approve of the availability of prophylactic packets)

- summary of film 'Shadow on happiness' intended audience was all ranks of the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC) (Jul 1949)

- concerning regulations applicable to members of armed forces who have venereal disease (1953)

Publications:

- leaflet 'Traffic in women and children' speech by Lord Balfour of Burleigh from 'Wife and Citizen' Feb 1945

- flyer for conference 'Venereal disease in the Forces' on 11 Dec 1947

- leaflet 'Venereal disease and conscription' by Lord Moran, reprinted from 'The Spectator' 8 Aug 1947

- leaflet 'Conscription and disease' from 'The Friend' (1947)

- pamphlet 'It's up to you now!' National Council of Young Men's Christian Association, 1948

- leaflet 'Memorandum on the preparation of members of youth organisations and of the churches for service in HM Forces', The British Council of Churches Youth Department, 1948

- 'Conscription. An appeal to the churches by the Editor of 'The Friend' reprinted from 'The Friend', 1 Oct 1948

- pamphlet 'With our boys in Germany. Official report of Free Church Federal Council Deputation to the British Air forces of Occupation', 1948

Press cuttings glued to paper (1944-1956): concerning legislative control of venereal disease, British troops of the Rhine

One press cutting 'Occupying soldiers need not meet paternity claims' from 'Church Times' dated 16 Mar 1951