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Britain's War Cabinet

Out Fate is in Their Hands

The War Illustrated, Volume 1, No. 1, Page 9, September 16, 1939.

Rt. Hon. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN, P.C., M.P. Born in in 1869, second son of Joseph Chamberlain, our Prime Minister was appointed Directory-General of National Service in 1916. Postmaster-General in 1922, he was Minister of Health in three governments and Chancellor of the Exchequer in two before he succeeded Mr. Baldwin as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury in 1937.

Rt. Hon. Admiral of the fleet LORD CHATFIELD. Born in 1873, he entered the Navy in 1886. During the Great War he served as Flag Captain to Beatty in H.M.S. Lion during the action off Heligoland in 1914, the Dogger Bank action in 1915, and the Battle of Jutland in 1916. After commanding the Atlantic and Mediterranean Fleets, he became Chief of the Naval Staff in 1933 and in 1939 was appointed Minister for Co-Ordination of Defense.

Rt. Hon. LORD HANKEY. Born in 1877, Maurice Hankey during the Great War was Secretary of the War Cabinet and of the Imperial War cabinet. Raised to the peerage in 1939, he became Minister without Portfolio in September 1939.

Rt. Hon. Sir KINGSLEY WOOD, M.P.. Secretary of State for Air since 1938, he was previously Post-master-General and Minister of Health. He was born in 1881, and has been M.P. for Woolwhich West since 1918.

Rt. Hon. WINSTON CHURCHILL, P.C., C.H., M.P.. Born in 1874, son of Lord Randolph Churchill and a descendant of the great Duke of Marlborough, Mr. Churchill has occupied more positions of Cabinet rank than any other statesman in British history. He entered the army in 1895 and served in Egypt in 1898, and during the war in South Africa from 1899-1900 as a correspondent of the "Morning Post." From 1900-06 he was a Conservative M.P. ; then, in the Liberal government was President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty. Later he became Minister of Munitions, and Secretary for War, and after the War was Secretary for the Colonies and then Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Rt. Hon. Sir SAMUEL HOARE. Born in 1880, he was Air Secretary in 1922, Secretary for India in 1931, and for Foreign Affairs in 1935. Home Secretary in 1937, in 1939 he became Lord Privy Seal.

Rt. Hon. LESLIE HORE-BELISHA, P.C., M.P.. Secretary of State for War since 1937. He was Minister of Transport from 1934-37.

Rt. Hon VISCOUNT HALIFAX, P.C.. Born in 1881, Edward Wood was appointed Viceroy of India in 1926 and elevated to the peerage as Baron Irwin. Returning in 1931, he is now Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

Rt. Hon. Sir JOHN SIMON. He became Foreign Secretary in 1931, Home Secretary in 1935 and Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1937.

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