Response sent: January 2011

Request:

Did you find as a result of your investigation into the forged documents inserted into the archive that FO 794/19 and FO 894/14 contained forgeries?

Outcome:

Successful

Response:

FO 794/19 and FO 894/14 were found to have contained forged documents. The series RW 4 contains records discovered to be forgeries in the custody of The National Archives. The entry for the RW 4 series in our catalogue at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue provides a history of how these documents were discovered and which files they were extracted from.

FO 794/19 was found to have contained one document that is listed on our catalogue as:

RW 4/12 - Forged document found in file, FO 794/19: letter from Sir Samuel Hoare (later Viscount Templewood), British Embassy in Madrid, to Sir Alexander Cadogan, 26 March 1941

No forgeries have been identified in FO 894/14, but four forged documents were found in FO 898/14, and are listed as:

RW 4/21 - Forged document found in file, FO 898/14: note from Vansittart to Rex Leeper, 2 March 1941

RW 4/22 - Forged document found in file, FO 898/14: letter from W Strang to Sir Alexander Cadogan, 28 April 1941

RW 4/23 - Forged document found in file, FO 898/14: memorandum from Mr Voigt to Mr Leeper, 12 May 1941

RW 4/24 - Forged document found in file, FO 898/14: note to Mr Leeper, 8 June 1941, signed G Hill

These documents and the 24 others that were found to be forgeries can be ordered for viewing through our catalogue under piece references RW 4/1- RW 4/29.