Help us identify the mystery signatures in the Chartwell Visitors Book

A close up of signatures in the Chartwell Visitors Book

Chartwell has launched an interactive version of the historic Visitors Book, offering the chance to scroll through the handwritten entries of more than 700 personalities who visited Churchill's home across 40 years.

Since launching our public campaign to discover these fifteen, nine have been solved. Six signatures in the book remained either undeciphered, or it is not known who they belong to.

Take a look at the below signatures and help us solve the mystery of who they might be. If you recognise any, let us know at chartwell@nationaltrust.org.uk


1. Robert J Lynn, editor of the Orangeman and Belfast Newsletter, then an Ulster Unionist MP.

2. 7 March 1931. Visitors on this date included Robert Boothby and Brendan Bracken, close friend of Churchill and MP for North Paddington.

3. 10 May 1934. Clementine Waring and Toby Waddington also signed this day.

4. Viscount Wolmer, a conservative politician and Minister of Economic Warfare during WW2.

5. Frederick Gerard Peake, known as Peake Pasha, a British Army and police officer and creator of the Arab Legion. 

6. Wolfgang von Seybel, brother of Austrian artist and musician Georg von Seybel. We have no content in the archive as to why he would have visited.

7. Anthony Dominic Dyke Darby (Tim) Rogers, an aide de camp to Churchill and later advised him on his bloodstock. 

8. 19 August 1952. Other signatures this day included Walter and Constance Graebner, Walter was a journalist, author and advertising executive, as well as Hastings and Kathleen Ismay. Hastings had been Churchill's Chief of Staff during the Second World War.

9. Simon Ingall, identified by Jennie Churchill as her father's Oxford friend and godfather.

10. Arthur Paunzen, an Austrian artist who escaped the Nazis. We have no information on his visit.

11. 13 August 1951. This signature appears alongside that of Prince Faisal (later King) of Saudi Arabia and Hafiz Wahba, Saudi Arabian Ambassador who visited this day, so almost certainly part of that delegation.

12. A J Berdugo, an official interpreter for Hadji T'hami El-Glaoui, the Pasha or Viceroy of Marrakesh, they visited together. 

13. Nehemias Gueiros, lawyer for Assis Chateaubriand.

14. 9 to 11 October 1937. No other signatures were recorded on these dates.

15. Fanny Holtzman, verified with the help of the American Jewish Association.

Do contact us at chartwell@nationaltrust.org.uk or call us on 01732 868381 to help shed some light on these mysteries.

A close up of the signatures in the Chartwell Visitors Book, with the entry for Charlie Chaplin visible on the digital version in the background

Digitised Chartwell Visitors Book

The Chartwell Visitors Book is one of the most unique items in our collection. With thanks to new technology, Churchill's Chartwell Appeal and our dedicated volunteers, we are improving access to this true slice of history as never before.