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The Papers of Sir Henry Willink

Title The Papers of Sir Henry Willink
Reference GBR/0014/WILL
Creator Willink, Sir Henry Urmston, 1894-1973, 1st Baronet
Covering Dates 1914–1970
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Henry Urmston Willink was born in Liverpool in March 1894. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. Before he could take his Cambridge degree he volunteered for service in the Royal Field Artillery during World War One, and gained the Military Cross, the Croix de Guerre, and was mention in dispatches. He was called to the bar (Inner Temple) in 1920, became a KC in 1935 and a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1942.

After unsuccessfully contesting the Ipswich by-election in 1938, he was elected as an MP after winning the Croydon North by-election in June 1940. Until November 1943 he served as Special Commissioner for the Homeless in London and was then Minister of Health from 1943-5. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1943. After suffering from a period of ill health he was appointed Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, with effect from January 1949, and resigned his parliamentary seat at the end of 1948.

On his retirement as Master of Magdalene in 1966 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the College. During his time as Master he had served as Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University (1953–5). He was also a fellow of Eton College (1946–56), and Dean of the Court of Arches (1955–69). Willink chaired the Royal Commission on Betting, Lotteries, and Gaming (1949–51), a Committee on Medical Manpower (1955), and a Royal commission on the Police (1961/1962).

Willink was created a baronet in July 1957. He died in January 1973.

Personal papers and memoirs

The papers were presented to Churchill Archives Centre by Lady Willink in 1973

The papers are owned by Churchill College, Cambridge.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Sir Henry Willink, WILL

Further information

Copies of this finding aid are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the National Register of Archives, London, and on the Janus website http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk. A more detailed list is available at Churchill Archives Centre.

This collection (fonds) level description and summary catalogue was prepared by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in March 2005 using information from "Who Was Who, 1897-1996" (A and C Black) and information from an original catalogue.

Index Terms
Army Personnel
First World War (1914-1918)
Health Policy
Willink, Sir Henry Urmston (1894-1973) 1st Baronet
Magdalene College, Cambridge
Churchill/WILL contains:
box 2, Copy of Willink's unpublished autobiography, "As I remember" (1968); and copy of Neville M Goodman's, "Wilson Jameson, Architect of National Health" (1970).
2 volumes.
1968–1970
box 1 file 1 Papers etc to support "Scraps that illustrate", chapter 4, pt 1. Includes Willink's record of service, 1914-19; note and photograph from the Duke of York, 11 August 1921; and family and travel photographs. ca. 1914-ca. 1925
box 1 file 2 Papers etc to support "Scraps that illustrate", chapter 4, pts 2-3. Includes family and travel photographs. ca. 1927-ca. 1937
box 1 file 3 Papers etc to support "Scraps that illustrate", chapter 5, pt 1. Includes Willink's draft and final election manifesto for the Ipswich by-election and his particulars maintained by Conservative Central Office for the election, February 1938; correspondence with Stanley Morrison relating to Czechoslovakia, October 1938; correspondence with Archbishop of York [William Temple], March 1940 and telegram from Winston S Churchill relating to the Croydon by-election, June 1940. ca. 1938-ca. 1940
box 1 file 4 Papers etc to support "Scraps that illustrate", chapter 5, pt 2. Includes correspondence with Anthony Eden, Sir Ernest Gowers, Anthony Jay, Malcolm Macdonald, Leslie Rowan, James Stuart and Richard Titmuss; speeches, including his "maiden speech", June 1941; papers relating to his appointment as Minister of Health and as a Privy Councillor. November 1943; letters relating to the 1945 General Election, July 1945; and photographs. 1940–1969
box 1 file 5 Papers etc to support "Scraps that illustrate", chapter 5, pt 3. Includes letters of congratulation on Willink's appointment to Magdalene College, Cambridge, May-June 1947. ca. 1947-ca. 1953
box 2 file 6 (a-c) Papers etc to support "Scraps that illustrate", chapter 6. Includes correspondence with Sir Michael Adeane, Professor EA Adrian, Owen Chadwick, Sir Hugh Greene, Lord Fisher, AJ Lloyd and the Marquess of Salisbury; and papers relating to Willink's election to The Club, with correspondence from Prof Adrian, Sir John Maud, and Sir Owen Mooshead. Also includes papers relating to the death of Lady Willink in 1959 and Willink's re-marriage to Mrs DC Preston, 1964. 1948–1965
box 2, file 7 Papers etc to support "Scraps that illustrate", chapter 6 part 2. Includes papers relating to Magdalene College, Cambridge. 1951–1966
box 2, file 8 Papers etc to support "Scraps that illustrate", chapter 6 part 3. Includes Eton College papers, 1956-61; letter from Sir William Haley, December 1955; and letters from Harold Macmillan and RA Butler relating to the Police Commission, May 1962. 1956–1965

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