Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/5
TitleDiary: 1945
Extent1 file
DescriptionEntries dated Monday 1 January 1945 to Monday 31 December 1945.

Entries discuss events during the Second World War including, on 8 May, Victory in Europe Day. Coward notes he listened to the Prime Minster before going to Buckingham Palace to see King George VI and Queen Elizabeth address the crowd on the balcony. He makes a visit to Goldenhurst, in Kent, his property which had been requisitioned by the British Army during the war; and also comments on politics with the hope that 'the Labour boys get a trouncing' at the next General Election.

There are references to 'Blithe Spirit'; 'Brief Encounter'; 'Private Lives'; 'This Happy Breed'; and 'Sigh No More'. He comments on work on the lyrics for 'Matelot' [for 'Sigh No More'] and plans to write an autobiography, 'Future Indefinite'. On 14 September he refers to recording 'Matelot'; 'Sigh No More'; 'Nina'; 'Never Again'; 'Wait a Bit, Joe'; and 'Indian Army Officer'.

People referenced in the diary include Winifred Ashton; Joyce Carey; Dame Lilian Braithwaite; Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; Lorn Loraine; Gladys Calthrop; Richard 'Dick' Addinsell; Henry 'Chips' Channon; Ivor Novello; Violet Coward; Georges Auric; Sir Desmond MacCarthy; Pater Daubeny; Robb Stewart; Gladys Calthrop; Madge Elliott and Cyril Ritchard; John Gielgud; Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; Robert and Carmen Flemyng; Jack [John C.] Wilson; Michael Redgrave; Prince Littler; Nora Delany; Alec Cruickshank; William Waldorf Astor; Adrianne Allen; Joyce Barbour; Richard 'Dicky' Bird; Richard 'Dick' Aldich; Vida Veitch; Edward Molyneux; Graham Payn; HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent and her mother, Princess Nicholas of Greece; Ian Dow; Joyce Grenfell; Cole Lesley; Bert Lister; A. S. Frere; Winston Churchill; Randolph Churchill; Beatrice Eden; Sibyl Colefax; Mary Borden; Virginia Cowles; Ann Rothermere; Esmond Harmsworth; Syrie Maugham; Sybil, Marchioness of Cholmondeley; Arthur Macrae
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 1
Access StatusOpen


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