Official: Admiralty

Reference code: CHAR 13

Part of: CHAR
Next record: CHAR 14
Previous record: CHAR 12

Date: 1911 - 1915

Scope/content:

The Admiralty papers contain correspondence, minutes, and War Cabinet papers created or accumulated as a result of WSC's activities as First Lord of the Admiralty, a position held from 23 October 1911 to 24 May 1915.

The material contains correspondence with senior Admiralty figures, politicians including the Prime Minister, public and foreign figures on subjects including naval strategy and engagements, armament production, merchant shipping, and more general political considerations. It also contains material about the Dardanelles Expedition, the scheme for the combined naval and military attack on the Gallipoli Peninsula against the Turkish empire which was intended to relieve pressure on Russia and persuade the Balkan states to join the Allies against Germany.

Arrangement: However much material relating to WSC's first term as First Lord of the Admiralty will be found in the material about the Dardanelles Commission of Inquiry in Chartwell 2 (Public and Political: General) and it is also possible that material which was printed for the use of the Commission has been placed within this class. Similarly other papers were acquired after the First World War for WSC's history "The World Crisis" but they have been placed in the Admiralty papers because of the difficulty of making the distinction. Files CHAR 13/43, CHAR 13/44 and CHAR 13/45 were found in the Cabinet Offices in 1962. They are of the same character for the most part as the other papers in this class, but because of their long separation have been kept as they were found; other similar papers not having the same connection with WSC which were found at the same time have been placed in the Cabinet Class held at the Public Record Office, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Surrey.

Keywords

UKAT

Corporate

Related material

Churchill Archives Centre also holds the papers of 1st Lord Fisher (First Sea Lord 1914-1915) and there is overlap between the two collections, especially relating to the Dardanelles Commission. A catalogue of the Fisher papers is available on the Janus webserver. Further Admiralty and Fisher material is available in the papers of Reginald McKenna, Churchill's immediate predecessor at the Admiralty, also on the Janus webserver.

Contained records

Reference Record Date
CHAR 13/1 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence. 01 Nov 1911 - 31 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2 Official: Admiralty: Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher: Correspondence. 26 Oct 1911 - 31 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/3 Official: Admiralty: First Lord's Minutes. Minutes for October 1911 - February 1912. 23 Oct 1911 - 26 Apr 1921
CHAR 13/4 Official: Admiralty: Notes and Papers. 29 Nov 1911 - 31 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/5 Official: Admiralty: Letter book (includes Public and Political, and General Political Letters by WSC). 21 Dec 1911 - 28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/6A-B Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and First Lord's Minutes. 01 Nov 1911 - 31 Dec 1915
CHAR 13/7 Official: Admiralty: Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher: Letters and papers. [1911] - [1915]
CHAR 13/8 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and Memoranda. 01 Jan 1912 - 31 Mar 1912
CHAR 13/9 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and Memoranda. 01 Apr 1912 - 31 Jul 1912
CHAR 13/10 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and Memoranda. 01 Aug 1912 - 31 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/11 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and Memoranda. 01 Nov 1912 - 31 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/12 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and First Lord's Minutes. 01 Jan 1912 - 30 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/13 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and First Lord's Minutes. 01 Sep 1912 - 31 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/14 Official: Admiralty: Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher: Correspondence. 01 Jan 1912 - 26 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/15 Official: Admiralty: Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher: Correspondence. 21 Aug 1912 - 31 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/16 Official: Admiralty: Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher: Correspondence (copies). 01 Jan 1912 - 31 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/17 Official: Admiralty: Cabinet and other Prints. 01 Jan 1912 - 31 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/18 Official: Admiralty: Canadian and New Zealand Contribution [to the Royal Navy]: Prints. 1912 - 1914
CHAR 13/19 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and memoranda. 01 Jan 1913 - 31 May 1913
CHAR 13/20 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence. 01 Jun 1913 - 31 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/21 Official: Admiralty: Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher: Correspondence. 01 Jan 1913 - 31 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22A-B Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and First Lord's Minutes. [Carbon copies]. 01 Jan 1913 - 31 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/23 Official: Admiralty: Cabinet and other prints. Nov 1912 - 13 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/24 Official: Admiralty: Prints and Proofs. 01 Jan 1913 - 31 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/25 Official: Admiralty: First Lord's Minutes (printed). 01 Dec 1913 - 30 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/26 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and memoranda. 01 Jan 1914 - 31 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/27A-B Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and Memoranda. 01 Aug 1914 - 31 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/28 Official: Admiralty: Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher: Correspondence. 01 Jan 1914 - 14 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/29 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and First Lord's Minutes [Carbon copies]. 01 Jan 1914 - 31 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/30 Official: Admiralty: Cabinet and other prints. 09 Jan 1914 - Dec 1914
CHAR 13/31 Official: Admiralty: Cabinet and Other Prints. 01 Jan 1914 - 31 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/32 Official: Admiralty: Prints and papers on the loss of HMS Aboukir and the escape of the German cruiser Goeben. Nov 1914
CHAR 13/33 Official: Admiralty: German Naval Law: Prints and papers. 1898 - 1914
CHAR 13/34 Official: Admiralty: Antwerp and the North Sea coast: maps and charts. 1914
CHAR 13/35 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams. 01 Jan 1914 - 31 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/36 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams. 01 Jul 1914 - 30 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/37 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams [Carbon copies]. 30 Jul 1914 - 31 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/38 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams. 01 Aug 1914 - 31 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/39 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams. 01 Oct 1914 - 31 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/40 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams. 01 Oct 1914 - 01 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams. 23 Jul 1914 - 26 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/42 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams. 01 Nov 1914 - 01 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/43 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence (found in Cabinet Office). 01 Jan 1911 - 26 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/44 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence. 13 Aug 1914 - 31 Dec 1915
CHAR 13/45 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence. 15 Aug 1914 - 31 Dec 1915
CHAR 13/46 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence. 01 Jan 1915 - 31 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/47 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence. 01 Feb 1915 - 28 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/48 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence. 01 Mar 1915 - 12 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence. 13 Mar 1915 - 31 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/50 Admiralty - First Lord's Correspondence. 01 Apr 1915 - 15 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/51 Admiralty - First Lord's Correspondence. 16 Apr 1915 - 30 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/52 Admiralty - First Lord's Correspondence. 01 May 1915 - 25 May 1915
CHAR 13/53 Admiralty - Correspondence. 29 May 1915 - 15 Nov 1915
CHAR 13/54 Admiralty - First Lord's Papers. 01 Jan 1915 - 31 May 1915
CHAR 13/55 Admiralty - First Lord's Papers. 24 Mar 1915 - 31 May 1915
CHAR 13/56 Admiralty - First Lord's Correspondence with Lord Fisher, 1st Sea Lord. 01 Jan 1915 - 31 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/57 Admiralty - First Lord's correspondence with Lord Fisher, 1st Sea Lord. 01 Apr 1915 - 31 May 1915
CHAR 13/58 Admiralty - Cabinet Papers (printed). 01 Jan 1915 - 31 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/59 Official: Admiralty: Actions of Coronel and Falklands Islands: loss of Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue; Dardanelles. 01 Nov 1914 - Oct 1915
CHAR 13/60 Admiralty telegrams - Home Waters. 01 Jan 1915 - 08 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/61 Admiralty - Home Waters Telegrams. 09 Feb 1915 - 28 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/62 Admiralty Telegrams - Home Waters. 01 Mar 1915 - 31 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/63 Admiralty - Home Waters Telegrams [typescript copies]. 01 Apr 1915 - 31 May 1915
CHAR 13/64 Admiralty - Home Waters Telegrams [typescript copies]. 01 May 1915 - 31 May 1915
CHAR 13/65 Admiralty: Dardanelles Telegrams. 03 Jan 1915 - 25 May 1915
CHAR 13/66 Official: Admiralty: Mediterranean: Telegrams. 04 Jan 1915 - 29 May 1915
CHAR 13/67 Admiralty: Telegrams - Egypt [typescript copies]. 01 Jan 1915 - 28 May 1915
CHAR 13/68 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams - Mid-Atlantic [typescript copies]. 01 Jan 1915 - 29 May 1915
CHAR 13/69 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams - Cape. 01 Jan 1915 - 29 May 1915
CHAR 13/70 Official: Admiralty: Telegrams - North America and West Indies [typescript copies]. 01 Jan 1915 - 29 May 1915
CHAR 13/71 Official: Admiralty Telegrams:. 01 Jan 1915 - 29 May 1915
CHAR 13/72 Official: Admiralty Telegrams. 01 Jan 1915 - 30 May 1915