Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and First Lord's Minutes [Carbon copies].

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CHAR 13/29/1 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to edit a document [not present], and particularly to verify a quotation by Lewis Harcourt [Secretary of State for the Colonies]. [Carbon]. 01 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/2 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] circulated to individuals including the 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert], Director of the Air Division [Captain Murray Sueter], and the Director of Works [Thomas Sims], on taking over Coastguard Stations at Yarmouth [? Norfolk], Isle of Grain [Kent] and Calshot [Hampshire] for refitting as seaplane bases. [Carbon]. 01 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/3 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] and the Director of Naval Ordnance [Rear-Admiral Frederick Tudor, earlier Frederick Jones] on savings in ammunition caused by alterations to the Gunlayer Tests. [Carbon]. 01 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/4 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on a letter to the Treasury on the mobilisation of the Third Fleet. [Carbon]. 01 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/5 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] on the Naval Estimates. WSC asks for a breakdown of the 210,000 pounds to be spent on aircraft. [Carbon]. 01 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/6 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to thank Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, 2nd Sea Lord, for his minute on submarines. [Carbon]. 02 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/7 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to send the "poisonous article about Oil fuel" from the Morning Post to Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [former Chairman, Royal Commission on Oil Fuel] stating that it was clearly the influence of Admiral Lord Charles Beresford. [Carbon]. 03 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/8-11 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] on difficulties with Canada's contribution of battleships to the Royal Navy. [Carbon]. 03 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/12 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to check the facts in a letter from WSC [at CHAR 13/29/14-16] to Sir John Bradbury [Joint Permanent Secretary to the Treasury]. 03 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/13 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to check all references to the battleship HMS Malaya made in the House of Commons. [Carbon]. 03 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/14-16 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir John Bradbury [Joint Permanent Secretary to the Treasury] on the Supplementary Naval Estimate for 1913-14. [Carbon]. 03 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/17 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] asking for details of delayed construction which would fall due in the current financial year. [Carbon]. 04 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/18 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] instructing that a letter be drafted to the Colonial Office, giving Admiralty objections to the employment of sailors in labour disputes and stating that the circumstances in New Zealand were not sufficiently serious to justify calling on the naval forces. [Carbon]. 07 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/29/19 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division [Captain (William) Reginald Hall] and the Accountant General [Sir Alfred Eyles], asking for figures for British warship programmes from 1906-07 onwards, together with those for Germany. [Carbon]. 09 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/29/20 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division [Captain (William) Reginald Hall] on a Cabinet paper on British and German warship construction programmes. [Carbon]. 09 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/29/21 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Air Division [Captain Murray Sueter], refusing to allow Commander Schwann to be relieved from his present post, stating that there was no question of officers picking and choosing other officers with whom they had to work. [Carbon]. 14 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/22 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Accountant General, Admiralty [Sir Alfred Eyles], asking for a forecast of Estimates for 1915-16. [Carbon]. 14 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/23-24 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on submarine provision, stating that he felt that it should be substantially increased. [Carbon]. 16 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/25-27 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George] on the difficulty of forecasting the Naval Estimates for 1915-16. [Carbon]. 19 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/28-29 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir James Caird, asking if he would be willing to contribute towards the cost of a club or institute at the proposed new Naval Flying Station at Dundee [Angus, Scotland]. [Carbon]. 28 Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/30 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the desirability of appointing a Flag Officer to head the Training Service. [Carbon]. Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/31-35 Minutes from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George] on the difficulty of forecasting the Naval Estimates for 1915-16. [Carbon]. Jan 1914
CHAR 13/29/36-41 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], reviewing the British fleets and squadrons at home and abroad, in response to proposals that the number of ships in full commission be reduced. [Carbon]. 02 Feb 1914
CHAR 13/29/42-45 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on the Naval Estimates, in particular declining to sanction a further increase in spending for naval reserves, and on replacing used ammunition. [Carbon]. 10 Mar 1914
CHAR 13/29/46 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Manning Department, asking about arrangements for the training of the Immediate reserve, and how they fitted in to the general mobilisation plans. [Carbon]. 01 Apr 1914
CHAR 13/29/47 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], the Director of the Manning Department, and the Deputy Director of the Works Department, on ships of the Material Reserve. [Typescript copy]. 09 Apr 1914
CHAR 13/29/48 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Manning Department, Admiralty, asking for a comparison between estimated and actual ship complements in April 1914. [Carbon]. 01 May 1914
CHAR 13/29/49-50 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson] amending a report on East Coast defence. [Carbon]. 07 May 1914
CHAR 13/29/51-52 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] asking for his views on the state of the Mediterranean Fleet from 1916, concentrating on the ships which would be required to match Austria. [Carbon]. 13 May 1914
CHAR 13/29/53 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert], and the Director of the Air Division [Captain Murray Sueter], asking for a meeting with Squadron Commanders to discuss the question of uniforms [for the Naval Air Service]. [Carbon]. 19 May 1914
CHAR 13/29/54-60 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] and Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on a possible meeting between himself and Grand-Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz [German Lord High Admiral], to discuss limiting naval armaments. Suggested topics for discussion include: WSC's proposal for a "Naval Holiday"; Tirpitz's most recent speech on Naval Estimates, on limiting ship size; reducing the concentration of fleets in home waters; abandoning secrecy in ship-building. [Carbon]. 20 May 1914
CHAR 13/29/61-62 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson], on the defence of Alexandria [Egypt]. [Carbon]. 23 May 1914
CHAR 13/29/63 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] asking about the small floating dock at Sheerness [Kent], asking if it was intended to be moved to Dover. [Carbon]. 09 Jun 1914
CHAR 13/29/64-65 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the Anglo-Australian Naval Agreement: WSC complains about the delays put in the way of a naval conference with the Australians and other Dominion representatives, and comments on the difficulty of getting officers to volunteer for Commonwealth service. [Carbon]. 18 Jun 1914
CHAR 13/29/66 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], and the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], asking for a report on the time-table of the boy artificers in the Fisgard, as following his visit, he felt that their working hours were too long. [Carbon]. 29 Jun 1914
CHAR 13/29/67-68 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on boys accepted by the Royal Navy from Training Ships, stating that he felt that three years' good character from one of these ships should be sufficient to delete all previous records, and that there was no need for application to the police. WSC comments that it was wrong to inflict "life disabilities on children" as in many cases boys were committed to reformatories and industrial schools for offences like sleeping out, or because magistrates felt that "their homes were such that they would not be properly taken care of". [Carbon]. 30 Jun 1914
CHAR 13/29/69 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Naval Secretary, Admiralty [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood], recommending that a Commander should be appointed to HMS Defiance, who was unlikely to be promoted during his two year appointment. [Carbon]. 01 Jun 1914
CHAR 13/29/70 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] stating that he was not prepared to address the Treasury on the emoluments of a particular officer [unnamed]. [Carbon]. 01 Jun 1914
CHAR 13/29/71-72 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Percy Illingworth [Government Chief Whip], asking for Parliamentary time to be allocated to the Report Stage of the Committee enabling the Government to take up shares in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. [Carbon]. 01 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/73 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty [Captain Murray Sueter], asking for a full report on the condition of the Naval Air Station on the Isle of Grain [Kent]. [Carbon]. 01 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/74-79 Minute from Surgeon-Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur May, Director-General, Medical Department, Admiralty, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the recruitment and appointment of naval medical officers on short service commissions. [Carbon]. 02 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/80-81 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director-General, Medical Department, Admiralty [Surgeon-Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur May], proposing the division of the Royal Naval Medical Service into two divisions, Permanent and Temporary, with temporary Medical Officers recruited on short service commissions. [Carbon]. 27 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/82 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Major John Olivant [? John Ollivant], Admiralty, asking for papers on forthcoming conferences. [Carbon]. 02 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/83 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] asking where the seaplane carrying ship is. [Carbon]. 07 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/84 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary to the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood], 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert], and the Director of the Air Division [Captain Murray Sueter], recommending the promotion of Commander [? Francis] Scarlett to Acting-Captain, and the appointment of Commander [? Charles] Lambe to HMS Ark Royal. [Carbon]. 10 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/85 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the illumination of the Fleet at the Royal Review. [Carbon]. 10 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/86 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Naval Secretary, Admiralty [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood] on the appointment of Lieutenant-Commander Robert Clark-Hall as First Lieutenant at the Eastchurch Naval Air Station [Kent]. WSC states that this was intended as a mark of confidence in Clark-Hall, but if he did not wish to undertake the work, other arrangements could be made. [Carbon]. 10 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/87-88 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the need to finalise the new construction programme before Battenberg went on leave in August, [particularly concerning the contribution of ships from Canada]. [Carbon]. 11 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/89 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Naval Secretary, Admiralty [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood] asking him to write to Vice-Admiral Sir Frederick Hamilton, on taking over the duties of the 2nd Sea Lord on 1 August, as Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe would be acting as 1st Sea Lord, in the absence of [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. [Carbon]. 11 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/90 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of Works [Thomas Sims], and the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty [Captain Murray Sueter] on air expenditure in the Naval Estimates and the expenses planned for Dundee Pier [Angus, Scotland]. [Carbon]. 11 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/91 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] asking who authorised the order requiring oil fuel installations to be submitted to the War Office. [Carbon]. 14 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/92 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the transportation of casualties [in the Royal Naval Brigade]. [Typescript copy]. 28 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/93-97 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Mr Bourne, of the South African Government, on South Africa's desire to take a more effective part in South African and Imperial Naval Defence. [Carbon]. Jul 1914
CHAR 13/29/98 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] stating that it was almost certain that the order to mobilise would be issued after Cabinet that morning, and instructing them to have everything in readiness. [Typed copy]. 01 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/99 Telegram from the Admiralty to the Commanders-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir George Callaghan] and Home Ports, and the Vice-Admirals, 2nd and 3rd Fleets, stating that Britain would not allow passage of German ships through the English Channel or the North Sea, and warning them to be prepared for surprise attacks. 02 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/100-101 Telegram from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee] and the Trade Division, proposing the formation of a National Armed Transport Service, utilising armed merchant cruisers for trade protection. [Typescript copy, on Colonial Office notepaper]. 07 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/102-106 Note of conversation between WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Captain Wilfred Henderson [former Naval Attache to Berlin] on anti-British feeling in Germany, the treatment of British nationals in Germany, and the departure of the British Embassy. [Carbon]. 08 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/107-108 Minute by WSC, on decision to submit the name of Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore for a KCB [Knight Commander of the Bath], stating that it was important that awards for peace-time service should be cleared off first, and not intermingled with those for war service. [Carbon] [Admiral Moore was awarded the KCB in 1914]. 12 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/109 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on the need for decisive action against the Austrian Fleet, as taking priority over all other Mediterranean operations. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 23 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/110 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] authorising the purchase of aircraft for evaluation and stating that it would be necessary for Lord Tullibardine [later 8th Duke of Atholl] to define his position. WSC asks whether Tullibardine was a patriot seeking to improve and develop naval and military aviation, or was he "seeking profits in the ordinary way": if so he should not combine "this object" with his activities in Parliament and membership of the Royal Aero Club committee. [Carbon]. 23 Aug [1914]
CHAR 13/29/111 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Adjutant-General Royal Marines [General Sir William Nicholls], asking him to supply 32 more sergeants to the two Naval Brigades. WSC also asks for Captain Wilson to be released as Adjutant at Deal [Kent], to command a battalion in one of the Naval Brigades: "the abilities of this officer require a wider scope and more responsible employment than he has at present". [Carbon]. 24 Aug [1914]
CHAR 13/29/112 Minute from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee], on an order to the fleet about conditional contraband, and the need to simplify instructions for naval officers. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 24 Aug [1914]
CHAR 13/29/113 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] and Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War] on naval power in the Baltic. WSC points out that the destruction of the Austrian Navy, or the accession to Britain's side of Italy and Greece, would enable two fleets, each superior to Germany to be maintained, one of which could be placed in the Baltic. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper; hand-written copy at CHAR 13/27B/29]. 25 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/114-124 Report by Admiral Sir [Archibald] Berkeley Milne [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean] to the Admiralty, on the escape of the German ships Goeben and Breslau, with comments by [Prince Louis of Battenberg, 1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], annotated by WSC, "The explanation is satisfactory, the result unsatisfactory". [Typescript copy]. 26 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/125 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on Austria's declaration of war on Japan. WSC suggests that the Japanese Government be sounded out on the possibility of sending a battle squadron to the Mediterranean, stating that there was reason to believe that Japan would take the invitation as a compliment. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 29 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/126-130 Admiralty statement on the action off Heligoland [Germany]. [Carbon]. 30 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/131-132 Telegram from the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] to the Royal Marine Depot, Deal [Kent], with instructions to establish a temporary camp for the two Naval Brigades. [Carbon]. Aug 1914
CHAR 13/29/133 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], Chief of Staff [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson] and 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on arrangements for resting destroyer flotillas, and on the need to modify dispositions due to the German advance, particularly the danger from aerial and submarine attack. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 03 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/134 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson] on Cabinet approval for capture and destruction of non-British trawlers found near the British coast. WSC asks for proposals for "effective sweep-up of all trawlers and suspicious craft near our coasts". [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 03 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/135 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Green] and the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on a Foreign Office telegram to Greece, stating that military facts should be telegraphed to Admiral Mark Kerr [Commander-in-Chief, Greek Navy] instead. [Carbon]. 03 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/136 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], and Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson], on the defence of Calais [France]. WSC states that it was important not to interrupt the training of the Naval Brigade, and that for the moment he proposed not to send assistance, but that in an emergency help would be provided. [Typescript copy, on Colonial Office notepaper]. 04 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/137 Admiralty statement to the Press on the establishment of the Royal Naval Division. [Carbon]. 08 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/138 Telegram from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [Rear-Admiral Ernest Troubridge] stating that his sole duty was to sink the Goeben and the Breslau under whatever flag, if they left the Dardanelles: "Enemy must be destroyed at all costs by night or day". [Carbon]. 08 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/139 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], and the Additional Civil Lord [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough] on contracts for the new programme of destroyers. WSC also comments on the system of issuing certificates to men in military manufactures: he states that their work counted the same as serving at the front, and asks if the same system had been adopted in the dockyards. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 08 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/140 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall] on warship construction in Germany. WSC particularly comments on a report from Sir [Arthur] Trevor Dawson [Director of Vickers Limited] stating that the two Schichau ships at Danzig [later Gdansk] were 75 per cent complete; WSC points out that the Russian advance was only 60 miles from Danzig, and that they should be urged to attack the ships. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 08 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/141 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Sir Frederick Hamilton] and the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty [Captain Murray Sueter], asking about progress with supplementary airships, for which sanction had been obtained in July. [Carbon]. 10 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/142 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] and Walter Runciman [President of the Board of Trade] stating that the Admiralty did not think it necessary to provide convoys on the South American trade route. [Typescript copy, on Colonial Office notepaper]. 14 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/143-144 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty [Captain Murray Sueter] on the results of the Aeroplane Conference on aircraft production. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 16 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/145-146 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on his meeting with Mr Andersen from Denmark, on oil supplies. [Carbon]. 16 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/147 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on Japan's offer to provide warships to relieve British warships on the China Station. WSC suggests that they ask for two armoured cruisers capable of hunting in the Marshall Islands, and two or three light cruisers to hunt for the Emden in the Indian Ocean. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 16 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/148 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on forces available for operations in the narrow seas. WSC states that this should consist of a small number of good modern ships, and suggests that the "Bacchante" class cruisers be withdrawn from the area. [Typescript copy]. 18 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/149-150 Minute from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the work of M Branch on the drafting and transmission of orders connected with the movement of ships. WSC suggests that the War Registry be made a section of M Branch, attached to the War Staff. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 18 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/151 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and the Director of the Intelligence Division [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], on the searchlight on the roof of Sir Arthur Bignold's house overlooking a fleet anchorage. WSC asks for a report on Bignold, his guests, friends and servants, and rumours of aircraft activity in the area. [Carbon; Bignold had houses at Loch Rosque castle, Ross-shire, Scotland, Strathbran Lodge, Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, and Cabuie Lodge, Achanalt, Ross-shire]. 19 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/152 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene], Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver] and Admiral Sir Henry Jackson, Admiralty, proposing the establishment of a system of fortnightly convoys from Bombay [India] to Marseilles [France] until the end of the year. [Typescript copy, on Colonial Office notepaper]. 21 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/153 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver], and Admiral Sir Henry Jackson, ordering the dispatch of the Minotaur and the Ibuki to New Zealand, to escort a New Zealand troop convoy. WSC also states that Australia has been asked to delay the despatch of Australian troops in order to join the same convoy. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 23 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/154-155 Minute from Major-General Sir George Aston, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, reporting on the activities of the Naval Division in Belgium and France. [Carbon]. 24 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/156 Telegram from the Admiralty to Major-General Sir George Aston, instructing him to tell the Colonel of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry that the War Office rule for yeomanry armed with rifle bayonet and sword was for the rifle to be slung over the shoulder with the rifle sling. The telegram asks for a report on whether this was practicable, and whether the sword could be used effectively under these conditions. [Carbon]. 25 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/157-158 Extract from the Times, giving an Admiralty statement on the sinking of the Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue in the North Sea on 22 Sept. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 26 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/159-162 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Ollivant (Dunkirk [France]) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, reporting on the activities of the Royal Naval Division in France and Belgium. [Carbon]. 28 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/163-165 List of reinforcements of the Fleet between the outbreak of war and the end of December 1914. [Carbon]. 09 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/29/166-169 Admiralty statement on the work of the Royal Naval Division in the defence of Antwerp [Belgium]. [Carbon]. 10 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/29/170-171 Admiralty list of ship movements, including Japanese ships. [Typescript]. Oct 1914
CHAR 13/29/172 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver] on an escort for an Australian troop convoy. [Carbon]. 24 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/29/173 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and Naval Secretary, Admiralty [? Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair] on publication of a despatch on the Naval Division's defence of Antwerp [Belgium], and a letter of recommendations by Major-General Archibald Paris [General Officer Commanding Naval Division], asking why the name of Lieutenant-Colonel Luard had been omitted. [Carbon]. 28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/29/174 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Admiralty War Staff], asking for comments on a file of service telegrams on the movements of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock's squadron [at Coronel, Chile]. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 29 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/29/175 Telegram from Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of War Staff, Admiralty] to Commanders- in-Chief of the Home Fleets, the Nore and Portsmouth [Hampshire] and senior officers for Portland [Dorset], Harwich [Essex], Dover [Kent] and Scotland, warning of a possible Zeppelin raid on either of the two fleets [the Grand Fleet and Channel Fleet]. [Typescript]. 30 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/29/176 Minute from WSC to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher] and Chief of Staff, noting the small chance of a Zeppelin attack on the Grand Fleet or Channel Fleet. [Typescript]. 31 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/29/177-189 Statement by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [the Press] on German mine-laying operations in the North Sea and Irish Sea. [4 carbon copies]. 02 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/29/190 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher] and Chief of Staff, Admiralty, asking about orders to the patrol flotillas regarding the closure of the North Sea to enemy and neutral shipping. [Typescript copy, on Colonial Office notepaper]. 07 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/29/191 Admiralty minute to Field Marshal Sir John French [Commander-in-Chief, British Expeditionary Force, later 1st Lord Ypres), on the use of naval aircraft in France and Belgium. The minute acknowledges that the aircraft were under the direction of the Commander-in- Chief of the Army, but asks that they be reserved for their primary purpose, the destruction of Zeppelins in their sheds. [Typescript copy of Colonial Office notepaper]. 07 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/29/192 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher], Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson, and the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver] on his anxiety about German submarines in the English Channel: WSC asks them to prepare plans for the bombardment of Zeebrugge and Ostende [Belgium] as soon as possible. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 19 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/29/193 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to the Japanese Minister of Marine [Vice-Admiral Rokuro Yashiro] regretting that the two navies were not to be allies in Europe, but praising the Japanese aid and co-operation given in the Pacific. [Carbon]. 23 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/29/194 Statement made by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] in the House of Commons, on an attack on the Zeppelin Airship Factory at Friedrichshaven [Germany] by pilots of the Royal Naval Air Service, led by Squadron Commander E F Briggs. [Carbon]. 23 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/29/195 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher] and the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver], on the need for rifles ashore: WSC suggests that rifles from the Grand Fleet be used as "use of rifles by the sailors of the Grand Fleet, apart from the marines, is most improbable". [Carbon]. Nov 1914
CHAR 13/29/196 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Sir Frederick Hamilton], on Cabinet doubts over adding 5000 men to Vote A of the Naval Estimates for 1914-15: WSC asks for a summary of Hamilton's reasons. [Carbon]. 09 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/29/197 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene], and the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher] and 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] stating that it was not necessary or desirable to decide on new warship types or modifications, as no new Dreadnoughts would be commenced in 1915. WSC adds that if the war was not over by the end of the year, the position would have to be reviewed. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 11 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/29/198 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], asking about delivery of 14-inch guns from Schwab [in the United States]. WSC states that if there was any doubt about them, the new monitor designs should be changed to take the existing 13.5-inch gun as an alternative. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 11 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/29/199-201 Admiralty memorandum on the warship construction programme, 1914-16. [Typescript copy on Colonial Office notepaper]. 14 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/29/202 Telegram from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Vice-Admiral Rokuro Yashiro, Japanese Minister of Marine, thanking him for his message of congratulation on Britain's success in the action off the Falkland Islands. Dec 1914
CHAR 13/29/203-205 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [Councillor Christopher Graham], Mayor of Scarborough [Yorkshire], expressing his sympathy following the raid on the town by the German Navy. [Hand-written copy]. 20 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/29/206-208 Admiralty statement on the sinking of the Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue in the North Sea [on 22 September]. [Carbon]. 26 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/29/209-210 Admiralty memorandum on the protection of Anglo-Brazilian trade. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/29/211-212 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on his agreement with Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War], on co-operation with the War Office on subjects including prison ships, explosives supplies and arms production. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/29/213 Telegram from the Admiralty to the Chilean Government on the presence of the German cruiser Dresden in Chilean territorial waters, requesting that the ship be interned. [Carbon]. [Dec] [1914]
CHAR 13/29/214-215 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] stating that the War Office should be told of the Admiralty's concerns about the dangerous conditions under which officers and men were being sent across the English Channel. WSC adds that if the traffic must be continued, the Admiralty will take over its running, but maintains that use of the route by military personnel should be reduced. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/29/216 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] on the supply of rifles from Brazil. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/29/217-218 Admiralty memorandum on the sinking of HMS Pegasus by the German cruiser Konigsberg. It states that although the Admiralty was partly at fault for leaving a weak ship in an area controlled by a stronger one, this was no excuse for the faulty tactics and lack of vigilance shown by the Pegasus's commander. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/29/219-222 Admiralty statement on German mine-laying activities in the North Sea and the Irish Sea. [Carbon]. 1914
CHAR 13/29/223 Admiralty memorandum on anti-aircraft defence for the Admiralty as it was the centre of the Navy's wireless telegraph system. It proposes mounting an anti-aircraft gun with searchlights on top of Admiralty Arch, and placing an aircraft section in Hyde Park [London]. [Carbon]. 1914
CHAR 13/29/224-226 Admiralty memorandum on the establishment of the Royal Naval Division. [Carbon]. [Sep] 1914
CHAR 13/29/227 Admiralty press release on the sinking of fifteen British fishing boats in the North Sea by a German squadron of two cruisers and four destroyers. [Carbon]. [Sep] 1914
CHAR 13/29/228 Admiralty memorandum on recruitment of staff for the mechanical transport [of the Royal Naval Division]. [Carbon]. [Sep] 1914
CHAR 13/29/229-230 Admiralty memorandum listing arrivals and sailings from British ports, 18-26 February, numbers of steam and sailing ships registered under the British Flag, and ships over 100 tons built in Britain and the colonies in 1913. [Feb] [1914]
CHAR 13/29/231-232 Precis of a conversation between WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty and the French Naval Attache [Jean, Comte de Saint-Seine], on co-operation between the two navies on the outbreak of war. [Carbon copy]. [Aug] 1914
CHAR 13/29/233-238 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on provision of Divisional Cavalry for the Royal Naval Division. [2 carbon copies]. [Sep] 1914