Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and memoranda.

Reference code: CHAR 13/26

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Date: 01 Jan 1914 - 31 Jul 1914

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CHAR 13/26/1-2 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir (William) Graham Greene [Secretary, Admiralty] on the naval estimates, and other minor administrative matters. [Carbon copy]. 02 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/26/3-4 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to General [Sir Ian Hamilton, General Officer Commanding-in Chief, Mediterranean] on the favourable prospects open to aeroplanes and airships in the Mediterranean, and his intention to start Air Stations at Malta and Gibraltar. [Carbon copy]. 14 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/26/5 Letter from King George V (York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], praising his reply to the Treasury memorandum on the naval building programme, and supporting the Admiralty's case for the four battleships provided in the programme. The King also praises WSC's "zeal and ability" at the Admiralty, sympathising with his present difficulties. 18 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/26/6 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to King George V, with thanks for his letter of 18 January, stating that difficulties with the Treasury over the naval building programme "though serious, are not insuperable". [Hand-written copy by Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC]. 21 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/26/7 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the Naval Estimates. [Draft hand-written copy, signed by WSC]. 23 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/26/8 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to David Lloyd George [Chancellor of the Exchequer] on the Naval Estimates, stating that while he would do his best to work to the figures mentioned in his letter, he could not be bound to them "in any extraordinary or improper sense". WSC adds that while he recognised Lloyd George's friendship, he would ask no favours, and would enter into no "irregular obligations". [Hand-written draft, signed by WSC]. 26 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/26/9 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George] on the Naval Estimates. [Hand-written draft by Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC]. 26 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/26/10 Letter from 2nd Lord Liverpool [Governor of New Zealand, earlier Arthur Savile Foljambe] to Lewis Harcourt [Secretary of State for the Colonies] recommending Commander Carr of HMS Psyche for promotion, stating that he had been of great assistance during the strike. [Typescript copy]. 30 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/26/11-12 Letter from Lieutenant-General Sir Douglas Haig to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] commenting on the "Report on the Organisation and Training of the Royal Naval War College". Haig states that while progress had been made in the establishment of a Naval War Staff, and that the need for higher training was accepted by Naval Officers, a great deal remained to be accomplished [annotated by WSC "put by with file on subject not to be circulated"]. [Original manuscript, with typescript copy; see CHAR 13/26/15-36 for Haig's notes on the report]. 01 Feb 1914
CHAR 13/26/13 Letter from Admiral Sir Henry Jackson to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], accepting the post of Commander- in-Chief, Mediterranean from August 1914. 17 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/26/14 Letter from Sir John Bradbury [Joint Permanent Secretary to the Treasury] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the Naval Estimates Crisis. 15 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/26/15-36 Notes by Lieutenant-General Sir Douglas Haig on the report of the committee on the organisation and training of the Royal Naval War College. [Typescript copy; see CHAR 13/26/11-12 for covering letter]. Feb 1914
CHAR 13/26/37 Minute from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on an attack on himself by Admiral Lord Charles Beresford. 02 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/38 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the Naval Estimates Crisis. [Hand-written copy, initialled by WSC]. 02 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/39-50 Memorandum by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on trade protection on and after the outbreak of war. [Typescript, written August 1913, with hand-written revisions, April 1914; see also CHAR 13/26/83-84]. 21 Aug 1913 - 14 Apr 1914
CHAR 13/26/51 Letter from Sir T Vansittart Bowater, Lord Mayor of London, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] passing on the resolution of a meeting of the Citizens of London, giving the support of the commercial community for "any measures, financial or other - that may be necessary to ensure the continued supremacy of the Navy and the adequate protection of the trade routes of the Empire". 09 Feb 1914
CHAR 13/26/52-53 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the Naval Estimates Crisis. [Typescript copy]. 13 Feb 1914
CHAR 13/26/54 Letter from Vice-Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly [Commander, 3rd Battle Squadron] (HMS King Edward VII) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with thanks for his appointment to the 1st Battle Squadron. 22 Feb 1914
CHAR 13/26/55 Letter from Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on a misconstruction put on the words of Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. 02 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/56 Letter from Frederick Butler [Private Secretary to Lewis Harcourt, Secretary of State for the Colonies] to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] forwarding a letter from 2nd Lord Liverpool [Governor of New Zealand, earlier Arthur Savile Foljambe] sent to Harcourt, recommending Commander Carr of HMS Psyche. Annotated by WSC. 06 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/57-61 Letter from General Sir Ian Hamilton, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Mediterranean, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on naval aviation in the Mediterranean, supporting WSC's proposal to establish air stations at Malta and Gibraltar. Hamilton comments on the possibility of the Navy assuming full responsibility for the defence of places like Malta and Gibraltar, and also mentions his current visit to Australia, reporting a discussion with Senator Millen, the Defence Minister, on Imperial defence. 07 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/62 Minute from Rear-Admiral David Beatty [Commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron] to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir George Callaghan], sending his review of the work of the Battle Cruiser Squadron in 1913. [Duplicate typescript]. 10 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/63 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on Canada's gift of three battleships to the Royal Navy. [Hand-written copy by Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC]. [Mar] 1914
CHAR 13/26/64 Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance (42 Half Moon Street, Piccadilly [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on naval gunnery and fire control. 10 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/65-72 Memorandum by Rear-Admiral David Beatty, Commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron, reviewing the work of the squadron in 1913. [Duplicate typescript; see CHAR 13/26/76 for covering letter]. 03 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/73 Letter from Sir James Caird (Dundee [Angus, Scotland]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the provision of facilities for the proposed club for flying men in Dundee. Caird asks if a racquet court and two billiard tables would be enough. 22 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/74 Letter from Henry Deterding [Director, Shell Oil Company] (St Helen's Court, London) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on oil supply. 20 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/75 Submission from Captain Murray Sueter [Director of Air Department, Admiralty] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the proposed air base at Dundee [Angus, Scotland]. Sueter regrets that there was no room on the site for a club, and states that he would ask the Station Commander to contact Sir James Caird over the matter. 26 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/76 Letter from Rear-Admiral David Beatty [Commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, sent with his review of the work of the squadron for 1913 [see CHAR 13/26/65-72]. 26 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/77 Letter from John Seely, Secretary of State for War [later 1st Lord Mottistone] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on War Office questions in the House of Commons. 29 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/26/78-79 Submission from [? James Masterton Smith, Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, recommending Lieutenant-Commander Robinson for promotion to Commander. Includes note of WSC's reply, agreeing and making other recommendations for promotions or decorations. 10 Apr [1915]
CHAR 13/26/80 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] giving a structure for Fleet Flagship Staff. [Hand-written copy, initialled by WSC]. 12 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/26/81-82 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert] and others, on the Naval Air Service, stating that the social precedence of flying officers should be regulated by their substantive naval rank. WSC also states that flying officers should wear executive naval uniforms, but that they would be excluded from executive command outside the Air Service. [Carbon copy]. 08 Apr 1914
CHAR 13/26/83-84 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the re-draft of his memorandum of August 1913 on trade defence [see CHAR 13/26/39-50]. [Carbon copy]. 14 Apr 1914
CHAR 13/26/85-86 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [?] James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to send WSC's memo [? on the Naval Air Service] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene]. [Initialled by WSC]. 14 Apr 1914
CHAR 13/26/87 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Rear- Admiral David Beatty [Commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron] with thanks for Beatty's report on the squadron. WSC states that he considers the Battle Cruiser's most "formidable and disconcerting" function was to rupture the enemy's cruiser line, and to attack his cruisers of all kinds wherever found. [Carbon]. 15 Apr 1914
CHAR 13/26/88 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] (Madrid [Spain]) to Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] stating that he had dealt "comprehensively" with various staff questions, asking him to read an enclosed memorandum [not present] and return it to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] for typing. [Hand-written copy, signed by WSC]. 14 Apr 1914
CHAR 13/26/89 Letter from [?] Augustine Birrell [Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland] (Dublin Castle), to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], reporting a rumour that 5 tons of small arms ammunition had been removed from HMS Pathfinder (one of the ships sent to protect the Irish coast), by Orangemen during an "entertainment" on board. 20 Apr 1914
CHAR 13/26/90-109 Notes by WSC on the development of an Admiralty War Staff, including training and organisation. [Hand-written]. 1914
CHAR 13/26/110 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on a possible meeting between himself and Grand-Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz [Head of the German Navy]. Annotated "[John] Redmond's communique is vy provocative". [Typescript copy]. 08 May 1914
CHAR 13/26/111-113 Memorandum by Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] giving reasons against WSC's possible meeting with Grand- Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz [Head of the German Navy]; also includes Grey's draft telegram to Sir [William] Edward Goschen [British Ambassador to Germany] declining the meeting. [Typescript draft by WSC]. 25 May 1913
CHAR 13/26/114 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the Persian oil field [later Iran]. 28 May 1914
CHAR 13/26/115-116 Letter from King Alfonso XIII of Spain, to WSC, with thanks for a gift of books, and also expressing disappointment that he would be unable to attend any Naval manoeuvres. Alfonso comments that Parliament had spent May and June discussing the personal power of the King, and it would be better for him not to go anywhere near a British warship. 01 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/26/117 Letter from Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] to 2nd Lord Esher [earlier Reginald Brett], on the Glasgow Water Scheme, commenting that Admiralty interests would not be affected by the scheme. [Hand-written copy]. 06 May 1914
CHAR 13/26/118 Letter from Augustine Birrell [Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on rumours of an impending coup in Ulster, stating that it was unlikely that the Third Reading of the Home Rule Bill would pass without some "theatricality". 17 May 1914
CHAR 13/26/119-121 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], and the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert], on the Naval Air Service, particularly the rank and status of Squadron Commanders, the question of uniform and the call-up of reservists. [Typescript copy]. 20 May 1914
CHAR 13/26/122-123 Letter from James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] to Captain Sydney Hall, on Hall's proposal to produce a film of life in the Navy. Masterton Smith states that the Admiralty had decided to invite certain established motion picture firms to state the terms which they were prepared to offer for the privilege of making a film of life in the Navy; he regrets that Hall would not be able to tender for the film as he had no link with any film-producing firm. [Carbon copy]. 21 May 1914
CHAR 13/26/124-125 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the defence of Malta, with Battenberg's reply. [Typescript, initialled by WSC and Battenberg]. 02 Jun 1914
CHAR 13/26/126-127 Minute from James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] to the First Lord's Private Office, Admiralty, on the Treasury's refusal of permission to begin work on the new naval College at Osborne [Isle of Wight]. 08 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/26/128 Minute from Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore [3rd Sea Lord] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the report by Augustine Birrell [Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland] on the rumour that 5 tons of small arms ammunition had been taken from HMS Pathfinder by Orangemen in Northern Ireland. Moore rejects calls for an official enquiry. Also includes WSC's reply, commenting that the captain of HMS Pathfinder had "shown much less than usual naval dignity and self restraint", but that there was no point pressing the matter further. [Hand-written, initialled by WSC]. 29 Apr 1914 - 30 Apr 1914
CHAR 13/26/129 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to King Alfonso XIII of Spain, regretting that the King would be unable to see a Fleet firing, for political reasons, and commenting on the forthcoming mobilisation of the Fleet. WSC also comments on his hopes for progress on Ireland. [Hand-written copy by Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC]. 29 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/26/130-131 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Financial Secretary to the Admiralty [Thomas Macnamara] on the Royal Naval College, Osborne [Isle of Wight]. [Typescript, initialled by WSC]. 10 Jul [1914]
CHAR 13/26/132 Minute from Thomas Macnamara [Financial Secretary to the Admiralty] to WSC, on the Royal Naval College, Osborne [Isle of Wight] stating that a Supplementary Estimate would be impossible to arrange before the House of Commons rose for the summer Recess. 12 Jul [1914]
CHAR 13/26/133-140 Letter from Rear-Admiral David Beatty [Commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron] (HMS Aboukir, North Sea War Station) to WSC, on the activities of the squadron. 13 Jul [1914] - 16 Jul [1914]
CHAR 13/26/141 Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance (42 Half Moon Street, Piccadilly [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] reporting his impressions from visits to Cadet training establishments. c 1914
CHAR 13/26/142-143 Letter from General Sir Charles Douglas [Chief of the Imperial General Staff] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the problem of recognition of friendly aircraft. Douglas states that he had issued orders to Commands not to fire on aircraft pending further orders, and gives a list of prohibited areas, where airships would be fired at if they did not make the prescribed signal. Douglas also comments on sending infantry to guard strategic sites against attack. c 1914
CHAR 13/26/144 Note by James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] to the Director of Air Department [Captain Murray Sueter] on aircraft recognition by anti-aircraft batteries. c 1914
CHAR 13/26/145-147 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on ship dispositions, also on the protection of magazines and oil tanks from "evilly disposed persons" and attacks by aircraft. [Typescript, initialled by WSC, and annotated by Battenberg]. 28 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/26/148 Letter from F E Smith [later 1st Lord Birkenhead] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] stating that he had spoken to Andrew Bonar Law [Leader of the Opposition] confirming that if Germany violated Belgian neutrality the Government could rely on the full support of the Unionist Party. Jul 1914
CHAR 13/26/149-151 Minute by the Air Department, Admiralty, on prohibited areas for British airships. Includes note from Captain Murray Sueter [Director, Air Department] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. 27 Jul 1914 - 28 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/26/152 Note requesting WSC's presence at a Cabinet meeting on 1st August. 31 Jul 1914