On Monday, April 11, 1921, Winston Churchill attended the christening of Michael Justin Aylmer, the son of Brigadier-General Edward and Mary Spears. Churchill and Spears had met in France during the First World War and became close friends. The christening took place at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, located on a corner of Trafalgar Square. Churchill was one of the sponsors at the christening along with General Sir George Macdonogh, Field Marshal Viscount French, Lady Millicent Hawes, and Joyce Borden.

At 6 p.m. that evening Churchill, then Colonial Secretary in the Lloyd George government, attended a meeting of senior ministers about the general situation in the Middle East held in Austen Chamberlain’s room at the House of Commons. Churchill had returned to London from Egypt the previous day. Chamberlain, who was the Lord Privy Seal, chaired the meeting which was also attended by Lord Curzon, the Foreign Secretary; Edwin S. Montagu, Secretary of State for India; and Laming Worthington Evans, the First Lord of the Admiralty. At the meeting Churchill outlined the use of air power in place of a military garrison in the Trans-Jordan as well as the payment of subsidies to Ibn Saud of the Nejd (WSC recommended his subsidy be increased to £100,000 per annum), King Hussein of the Hejaz, and Abdullah of Jordan.

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