Clarence Arthur Charles Winchester. Born in Notting Hill Gate, London, on 17 March 1895, the son of Arthur William Winchester a grocer's and cheesemonger's assistance in Brighton, Sussex, who had married London-born dressmaker Elizabeth Alice Clark in 1894.
Winchester found work as a local reporter in his native Hove and in his earlier days, was also associated with the stage. He learned to fly in 1913-14, receiving his aviator's certificate on 22 December 1914, and
wrote on aeronautics for the Daily Mail. He was a founder
member of the original Institute of Aeronautical
Engineers and an associate of the Royal Aeronautical
After a period as editor of Ideas under Sir Edward Hulton, he became Assistant Chief Editor of Cassells in 1925 and over the next fifteen years was editorially involved in many
magazines, including The Corner Magazine, 1925-35,
Cassell’s Magazine of Fiction, 1925-32, The Argosy,
1926-40, The New Magazine, 1927-30, The Story-Teller,
1928-37, The Red Magazine, 1936-39.
The owners of Cassells also owned the Amalgamated Press, where Winchester became the chief editor of numerous partworks including Railway Wonders of the World
in 50 parts (1935-36), Shipping Wonders of the World in
55 parts (1936-37), Wonders of World Engineering in 52
parts (1937-38) and Wonders of World Aviation (1938).
He also produced The King's Navy, The King's Army and The King's Air Force in co-operation with the Admiralty, the War Office and the Air Ministry respectively.
Other editorial duties included The World Film Encyclopedia (1933), England, a quarterly magazine, and The British Legion Poppy Annual. He both edited and designed The Royal Philatelic Collection by Sir John Wilson, Bt., and The Crown Jewels by Major-General H. D. W. Sitwell.
He later became Literary Editor of
the Daily Sketch and contributed to many American
newspapers and magazines, being the correspondent on
European affairs to the Argonaut of San Francisco. He
also set up his own publishing house shortly after the
war, and was also advisory editorial director of Crosby,
Lockwood & Son, Ltd.
He used the pen-name
‘Ornis’ for articles on flying and occasionally
also used the pseudonym C. Tanner-Rutherford.
Winchester was married to Constance Katherine Groves in 1914. He died in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, on 15 March 1981, aged 85.
Devil Rides High. London, Cassell & Co.,
Three Men in a Plane. London, Collins,
City of Lies. London, Collins, 1942.
Hop, Mop and Drop, the Mischievous Mice,
illus. Fred Robinson. London, R. Lesley & Co., 1944.
Men and Their Machines. A literary and
photographic record of facts concerning flying. London,
J. M. Dent & Sons, 1916.
Complete Aeronautics, edited by
Winchester. London, Standard Art Book Co., 1921.
Aerial Photography. A comprehensive
survey of its practice & development, with F. L.
Wills; foreword by Sir Alan J. Cobham. London, Chapman
& Hall, 1928.
The Wonder Album of Filmland, edited by
Winchester. London, Amalgamated Press, 1933.
The World Film Encyclopedia. A universal
screen guide, edited by Winchester. London, Amalgamated
Press, 1933; New York, Gordon Press, 1976.
An Innocent in Hollywood, illus. Goetz.
London, Cassell & Co., 1934.
Let’s Look at London. A travelogue
for the short time visitor. London, Cassell & Co.,
Railway Wonders of the World, edited by
Winchester; consulting editor Cecil J. Allen. London,
Amalgamated Press, 2 vols., 1935-36.
Shipping Wonders of the World, edited by
Winchester; consulting editors A. C. Hardy & Frank C.
Bowen. London, Amalgamated Press, 2 vols., 1936-37.
The King’s Navy, edited by
Winchester; associate editors Vice-Admiral Gordon
Campbnell & Frank C. Bowen. London, Amalgamated
The King’s Air Force, edited by
Winchester. London, Amalgamated Press, 1937.
The King’s Army, edited by
Winchester. London, Amalgamated Press, 1937.
The Wonders of World Engineering, edited
by Winchester; consulting editor Thomas Walley. London,
Amalgamated Press, 2 vols., 1937-38.
Wonders of World Aviation, edited by
Winchester; consulting editor J. Laurence Pritchard.
London, Amalgamated Press, 2 vols., 1938.
The Story of the British Empire. Told
with pen and picture, edited by Winchester. London,
Amalgamated Press, 1939-
Airman Tomorrow, with Alfred E. Kerr.
London & Southend, H. F. Lucas & Co., 1942;
revised, London, C. Lockwood & Son, 1943.
The Queen Elizabeth. The world’s greatest
ship, edited with P. R. Bird. London, Winchester
Captain Lost His Bathroom. Short stories.
London, John Crowther, 1941.
The Black Poppy, and other stories.
London, Arandar Books, 1944.
of an Air Pilot. London, Wingwood Publishing
Sonnets, and some others. Tauton, Wessex
Earthquake in Los Angeles, and other poems.
London, Cassell & Co., 1938.
A Great Rushing of Wings, and other poems.
Bognor Regis, J. Crowther, 1944.
Signatures of God. Selected poems of
truth, beauty and love. Evesham, James, 1977.
Screen Encyclopedia, edited by Maud M. Miller.
London, Winchester, 1948.
The Royal Philatelic Collection, by Sir
John Wilson, edited by Clarence Winchester. London, The
Dropmore Press, 1952.
The Crown Jewels and other Regalia in the Tower
of London, by Hervey D. W. Sitwell; edited by
Winchester. London, Dropmore Press, 1953.