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Some Christmas cards sent to Dennis Wheatley

Remarkably, a handful of Dennis Wheatley’s Christmas cards have survived in various private collections.

The pencil annotations are in general DW’s own.

Here they are to add enjoyment to your Christmas




 
 
An anonymous card from DW’s time as a Lieutenant at Ipswich in 1915





 

J D Moore

Undated card

DW’s fellow subaltern in World War One



 


A card from the Hungaria Restaurant, DW’s favourite restaurant in the 1930s, where he entertained Aleister Crowley, and which featured in his novels.

Reproduced with the permission of Special Collections, Leeds University Library (MS1942)





 


Nancy Wheatley

DW’s first wife

Reproduced with the permission of Special Collections, Leeds University Library (MS1942)



 

Felix Doubleday

undated card

Publisher







Norman Collins

Card from 1935

Chairman of publishers Victor Gollancz





W.R. Calvert

Card from 1935

Journalist and Author



 

William Younger

Card from 1936

William was DW’s stepson, a poet, an MI5 operative, and a successful novelist under the pseudonym of William Mole.



 

Maxwell Knight

Card from 1936

Spymaster (one of the two inspirations for Ian Fleming's “M”), Broadcaster & Naturalist



 

Tom Driberg

Card from 1936

Journalist, gourmet, sometime Chairman of the Labour Party, and the man who introduced DW to Aleister Crowley, Montague Summers and Rollo Ahmed







Francis Powys

Card from 1936

? The author T.F. (Theodore Francis) Powys







Bernard Falk (?)

Card from 1936

? Research editor at the Sunday Dispatch



 

Howard Spring

Card from 1937

Author and critic



 

Joan Grant (1907-1989)

Card from 1938

Joan Grant is famous for her book ‘Winged Pharaoh’ in which she apparently remembered her former life as a Queen in First Dynasty Egypt.

DW helped publicise the book and her experiences affirmed his belief in re-incarnation.



 


Richard Wainwright

Card from 1938

Producer of the black & white films of Forbidden Territory (1934) & Secret of Stamboul
(1936)




The Earl & Countess Temple

Undated card

Major the Earl Temple of Stowe (also known as Chandos Temple) was the No. 2 on Strangeway’s Deception Planning team in North Africa



 


George A Hill

Card from 1952

Dedicatee of The Eunuch of Stamboul (1935), George (‘Peter’) Hill was amongst other things a secret agent in Bolshevik Russia, a soldier and a successful businessman. DW described him in ‘Drink & Ink’ as one of the most interesting men he had ever met.



 

Lord and Lady Derwent

Undated card


 

Lord and Lady Derwent

Card from 1952


 

Lord and Lady Derwent

Card from 1976

Lord and Lady Derwent (Patrick Vanden- Bempde-Johnstone, 4th Baron Derwent and his wife Marise)

Lord Derwent was a Conservative Minister and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords




Lord Clanmorris

John Bingham, 7th Baron Clanmorris

British diplomat (Ambassador to India in 1959), novelist, MI5 operative and alleged inspiration for Le Carre’s George Smiley

 

Lord Clanmorris

Card from 1974

John Bingham, 7th Baron Clanmorris. Novelist and alleged inspiration for Le Carre’s George Smiley



 

Lord Donegall

Card from 1958

 

Lord Donegall

Card from 1959

 

Lord Donegall

Card from 1972

Lord Donegall was a close friend of DW’s, and it was through
Lord Donegall that DW acquired his flat in Cadogan Square in the early 1960s
He was a long time member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London,
and edited its magazine The Sherlock Holmes Journal for many years.



 

General Sir Richard Gale GCB, KBE, DSO

Card from 1971

General Sir Richard Gale led the British Paratroop Assault on Normandy and he was the first British general to land on French soil on D-Day at 3.30 a.m.



 

Brigadier Dudley Clarke CB, CBE

Card from 1971

Dudley Clarke – wartime deception planner extraordinaire.

He is described by Thaddeus Holt in his book ‘The Deceivers’ as quite simply
‘The Master of the Game’.

Among his other achievements he was responsible for the naming of and early organisation of the Commandos.



 

Colonel J.H. Bevan, MC

Card from 1971

DW’s Commanding Officer for much of World War II

Bevan was the head of the London Controlling Section, or deception planning specialists, in World War II.


 

Sir John Peck

Card from 1972

Churchill’s Private Secretary in World War II







Hammond Innes

Card from 1972

Novelist



 

Hammond Innes

Card from 1974

Novelist



 


(Sir) Christopher Lee and family

A card from when they were DW’s neighbours in the 1960s/70s

Sir Christopher famously portrayed The Duke de Richleau in the Hammer Film of ‘The Devil Rides Out’ (1968)

Reproduced with the permission of Special Collections, Leeds University Library (MS1942)




   

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir William F Dickson

Card from 1974

Chief of the Defence Staff (and thus the professional head of the British Armed Forces) in the 1950s and one of DW’s earliest wartime mentors.



 
Sir Ronald Wingate

Card from 1974

One of DW’s colleagues on The London Controlling Section in World War II
Cousin of Lawrence of Arabia and Orde Wingate



   


A card from radio presenter Jack di Manio (1914-1988)






 

George Sutcliffe

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Sutcliffe was one of the principals of famed bookbinders Sangorski & Sutcliffe, who bound DW’s copies of his own works.