Armed Forces Part 4: correspondence and papers relating to venereal disease

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 AMS/B/07/25
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 AMS/4/01
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      1 folder

Scope and Content

Consists of:

- minutes of War Problems Sub-committee (Jan to Jul 1940)

- copies of Parliamentary debates concerning allowances for deserted or separated wives and for unmarried partners (Jan 1940)

- correspondence concerning the problem of maison tolerees (licensed brothels) in France and making them out of bounds to British troops, particularly the drafting of letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury (1940)

- copy of note by the War Office on the pamphlet of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene regarding maison tolerees and the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene's response

- carbon copy notes of speech by Rev Canon Newell Long on maison tolerees and the issue of prophylactics

- leaflet with extracts of memorandum prepared for presentation to the Prime Minister in 1940 and leaflet of meeting on subject 'Maisons tolerees and the British troops' held on 11 Jun 1940

- report of private meeting with those engaged in social welfare held on 24 Jul 1940

- preliminary report on venereal disease amongst the services from Colonel Radcliffe (Aug 1940)

- report of the co-operation of the military authorities from Colonel Radcliffe (Oct 1940)


- 'Our troops in the New East' from 'Church of England Moral Welfare Council, Quarterly Leaflet', Mar 1941

- 'Our reply to the war office', the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, Jul 1940

- 'The problem of the 'maisons tolerees' and the BEF (British Expeditionary Forces) in France (and elsewhere)', Apr 1940 (pages glued to paper)

Press cuttings (1939-1941) glued to paper concerning: decision by the Secretary of State for War to make provision for unmarried partners and children of soldiers; issue of prophylactic packets to members of the armed Forces