Public and Political: general: correspondence concerning the end of WSC's first term as First Lord of the Admiralty.

Reference code: CHAR 2/66

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Date: May 1915 - Jun 1915

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CHAR 2/66/1 Letter from Josiah Wedgwood (R N Hospital, Malta) to WSC expressing indignation that WSC has been forced to resign as First Lord of the Admiralty. 19 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/2 Letter from Sir Arthur Wilson to Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] declining to become First Sea Lord under any successor to WSC as First Lord of the Admiralty. Copy in the hand of Edward Marsh. 19 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/3 Letter from Sir John French [later Lord French and Lord Ypres (British Army Headquarters) to WSC sympathising with him in his current troubles. 20 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/4 Extract by Captain Alexander Davidson (HMS Cornwallis) from report by Rear-Admiral Rosslyn Wemyss [later Lord Wester Wemyss], praising the conduct of Naval personnel landing troops in theDardanelles. Signed typescript. Sent with CHAR 2/66/33-35. 21 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/5 Letter from Graeme Thomson (Admiralty) to WSC expressing regret at WSC's resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 22 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/6 Letter from P Watt (Admiralty) to WSC expressing sorrow that WSC is leaving his position as First Lord of the Admiralty and thanking him for his kind consideration. Signed manuscript annotated by WSC "I will write. Keep". 21 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/7 Letter from 2nd Lord Lytton (Knebworth House, Knebworth, [Hertfordshire]) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 22 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/8 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Maurice Hankey (Committee of Imperial Defence) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 22 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/9-10 Letter from H Hesketh Bell (15 Welbeck Street, [London]) to WSC thanking him for his help in the past and expressing confidence that he will come through his current political troubles. 23 May [1915]
CHAR 2/66/11 Letter from Vice Admiral Sir Charles Coke (Admiralty House, Queenstown, [Cobh, County Cork, Ireland]) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 23 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/12 Letter from Sir Frederick Milner (11 Hereford Gardens, Marble Arch, London) to WSC citing that day's leading article in the Observer as expressive of his views and approving of WSC's work as First Lord of the Admiralty. 23 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/13 Letter from F W Maude (The Elms, New Romney, Kent) to WSC praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty and his political conduct in general. 23 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/14 Letter from Lord Murray of Elibank [earlier Alexander Murray, the Master of Elibank] (Elibank, Walkerburn, [Peeblesshire, Scotland]) to WSC praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. 24 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/15 Letter from Alexander Porter (Norwood, Prestwich, Manchester) to WSC expressing indignation at the attacks on WSC in the press and elsewhere. 24 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/16 Letter from the 9th Duke of Marlborough (15 Great College Street, [London]) to WSC reporting that he has seen [Sir John French, later Lord French and Lord Ypres], who seems to have an affection for WSC, and asserting that WSC has been unfairly treated over his role in the Dardanelles campaign. 24 May [1915]
CHAR 2/66/17 Letter from Alexander Filson Young (124 Ebury Street, [London]) to WSC hoping that WSC can persuade Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour] [WSC's successor as First Lord of the Admiralty] to carry out WSC's idea for eye-witness reporting, and that WSC will stay in the Cabinet ("lying low and helping A.B.") and not "go soldiering". 27 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/18 Letter from ? Brown (Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Office of the European Manager, 62-65 Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square, London) to WSC congratulating him on the dignity with which he resigned as First Lord of the Admiralty. 21 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/19 Letter from Commodore Reginald Tyrwhitt (HMS Arethusa, First Fleet Flotillas) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 28 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/20 Letter from E M Lafone (10 Embankment Gardens, Chelsea, [London]) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty and urging him to work for the regulation of the press. 28 May [1915]
CHAR 2/66/21 Letter from ? (Carlton Club, Pall Mall, [London]) to Edward Marsh thanking him for his help whilst he was at the Admiralty, regretting WSC's resignation as First Lord and praising his work to ensure the Fleet was ready when war broke out, paying tribute to Rupert Brooke, and inviting Marsh to dine with him. 28 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/22 Letter from Sidney Butler, formerly WSC's chauffeur (M F A Ramillies, London) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty and praising his work in that office. 28 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/23-27 Letter from General Sir Ian Hamilton (General Headquarters, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) to WSC condemning the treachery which led to WSC's resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty, describing the operations of the Expeditionary Force and criticising and praising various groups of its troops, referring to the sinking of HMS Triumph and describing the threat posed by submarines to his supply transports and asserting that the ships could be made invunerable to such attacks by means of nets hanging down from barges, praising the work of "Jack" [John Churchill] and reporting that most officers in the Navy are sorry that WSC is resigning as First Lord of the Admiralty. Signed and annotated typescript. 26 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/28 Letter from Charles Harris (Colonial Office) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 26 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/29 Letter from Sir Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] (Glensmere, Ottawa, [Canada]) to WSC praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. 26 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/30 Letter from Cecil Beck (12 Downing Street) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty and satisfaction that he is staying in the Cabinet. Thinks that the rumours that WSC favours a coalition have done him temporary harm. 26 May [1915]
CHAR 2/66/31 Letter from Captain Gerald Fitzgerald [Lord Kitchener's Personal Military Secretary (War Office) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 26 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/32 Letter from Charles Darling (18 Princes Gardens, [London]) to WSC saying he is glad that WSC is to remain in the Cabinet and suggesting that WSC could emerge as a leader in the "young England party" after the war. 26 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/33-35 Letter from Captain Alexander Davidson (HMS Cornwallis, Eastern Mediterranean Squadron) to WSC praising the naval operations in the Dardanelles initiated by him and his energetic management of the Navy in general. Describes his (Davidson's) role in the landing of the South Wales Borderers at Gallipoli, and sends extract of a report by Rear-Admiral Rosslyn Wemyss [later Lord Wester Wemyss][see CHAR 2/66/4]. 23 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/36-37 Letter from Rear-Admiral Kozaburo Oguri [Japanese naval attache] (Broadway Court, Broadway, Wesminster, London) to WSC thanking him for his co-operation with the Japanese navy during his tenure as First Lord of the Admiralty. Signed typescript. 26 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/38 Letter from J C Webster, a Canadian (University Club of Chicago, [United States]), to WSC praising his work at the Admiralty and expressing misgivings about the recent Cabinet changes. 27 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/39-40 Letter from George ? Andrews (30b South Main Street, Ada, Ohio, United States) to WSC praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. 27 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/41 Letter from Captain John Allen (HMS Kent) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty and thanking him for his kindness when he (Allen) was captain of the Admiralty yacht, the Enchantress. Reports that he is being well entertained in British Columbia [Canada]. 27 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/42 Letter from Guy Fleetwood Wilson (Chantrey House, Eccleston Street, [London]) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty but asserting that it will have long-term benefits for both WSC and Britain. Offers his servcies. Incorrectly dated 1914. 28 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/43 Letter from Sir Douglas Brownrigg (Admiralty) to WSC reporting that all Naval officers at the Admiralty regret the sequence of events which led up to WSC's resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 29 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/44 Letter from Admiral Sir John Jellicoe (HMS Iron Duke) to WSC praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. 29 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/45 Letter from 4th Lord Howe (Woodlands, Uxbridge, [Middlesex]) to WSC praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. 29 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/46-47 Letter from Sir John French [later Lord French and Lord Ypres (British Army Headquarters) to WSC inviting him to visit the Western Front when the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] leaves. 29 May 1915
CHAR 2/66/48-49 Letter from Henry Perkins, formerly WSC's signaller in the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars (3 Hughenden Road, High Wycombe, [Buckinghamshire]) to WSC tendering sympathy on his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 01 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/50 Letter from Cornelia, Lady Wimborne (Canford Manor, Wimborne, [Dorset]) to WSC commiserating with him on his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. [Jun] 1915
CHAR 2/66/51 Letter from WSC (Duchy of Lancaster Office) to Sir John Jellicoe [later Lord Jellicoe] on: the "separation" between himself and "our august old friend" [Lord Fisher, earlier Sir John Fisher] caused by the progress of the Dardanelles campaign; the threat of submarines; the "cool quiet courage" of Arthur Balfour [later Lord Balfour]; the entry of Italy into the war; WSC's belief that "the gravest & most critical period is past." Copy in the hand of Edward Marsh. 01 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/52 Letter from Rear-Admiral William Pakenham (HMAS Australia) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty and praising his work in that office. 01 Jun [1915]
CHAR 2/66/53 Letter from ? (Devonshire Club, St James's, London) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 01 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/54 Letter from Lord Lincolnshire [earlier 3rd Lord Carrington] to WSC expressing puzzlement about Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher] absenting himself from his post, praising WSC's work as First Lord of the Admiralty and regretting his resignation from that office. Expresses pride in his son, [Albert Wynn-Carrington, Lord Wendover], who died of wounds on the Western Front]. 03 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/55 Letter from Brigadier-General Reginal Barnes (Windmill Hill Camp, Andover, [Hampshire]) to WSC expressing regret at WSC's resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty and distrust of Lord Fisher [earlier Sir John Fisher]. Praises his brigade but is impatient about the delay in getting out [to the Front]. Asks if WSC is going out to fight. 04 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/56 Letter from Sir John Brabazon (10 Wilton Crescent, [London]) to WSC praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. 05 Jun [1915]
CHAR 2/66/57 Letter from J Martin (82 Markham Road, Winton, Bournemouth, [Hampshire]) to WSC praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. 06 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/58 Letter from Janet Tomlinson (Waverley Mount, Nottingham) expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty. 06 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/59 Letter from Naticia, Lady Lister-Kaye (The Berkeley Hotel, Piccadilly, [London]) to WSC praising his speech [defending his role in the Dardanelles campaign]. 06 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/60 Letter from the Reverend R D Thomas, minister of Poyle Congregational Church, Colnbrook [Buckinghamshire], to WSC praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty and his speech in Dundee on the war situation. 07 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/61 Letter from Frances, Lady Horner (16 Lower Berkeley Street, [London]) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty and praising his tribute to Lord Haldane [earlier Richard Haldane]. 08 Jun [1915]
CHAR 2/66/62 Letter from Commodore Roger Keyes (HMS Lord Nelson) to John Churchill expressing regret [?at WSC's resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty] and asserting "that history will eventually give him credit for undertaking so great an enterprise [? the Dardanelles campaign]. Letter is actually dated (possibly in error) 9 May. 09 [Jun] 1915
CHAR 2/66/63 Letter from Walter Lothill (Beck Green Farm, Ilketshall St Andrew, Bungay, Suffolk) to WSC stating how much he and four of his farming friends, "all of us outrageous Tories", admire his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. [Jun] [1915]
CHAR 2/66/64 Letter from Rear-Admiral Arthur Limpus (HM Dockyard, Malta) to WSC commending the article in the Observer of 30 May on "phases of the sea campaign" [praising WSC] and advising him to give up flying because "the Air service no longer needs the impulse you gave it.". 07 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/65 Letter from William Egerton Hine (The Art School, Harrow School, [Harrow, [Middlesesx) to WSC praising his speech in Dundee [Angus, Scotland] [defending his role in the Dardanelles campaign] and his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. 07 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/66 Letter from James Blomley (Lyndwood, Charlotte Street, Rochdale, [Lancashire]) to WSC praising his work as First Lord of the Admiralty. 07 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/67 Letter from William Armstrong (44 Selbourne Road, Luton, [Bedfordshire]) to WSC praising his speech in Dundee on the war situation [in which he defended his role in the Dardanelles campaign]. Dated 7 May in error. 07 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/68 Letter from Lord Channing of Wellingborough [earlier Francis Channing] (40 Eaton Place, London) to WSC praising his speech in Dundee on the war situation and his work as First Lord of the Admiralty, including the Dardanelles campaign. 09 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/69 Letter from Lord Duncannon [later 9th Lord Bessborough] (Suffolk Yeomanry, Woodbridge, [Suffolk]) to WSC expressing regret at his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty and praising his work in that office and his speech at Dundee on the war situation. 14 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/70 Letter from Arthur Hooper, former MP for Dudley [Staffordshire] (Rhosneigr, Anglesey, [Wales]) to WSC assuring him of the support of all sections of political opinion. 08 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/71 Letter from H Lenton Lester, honorary secretary of the Walsall Liberal Association (Athenaeum Buildings, Bridge Street, Walsall, [Staffordshire]) conveying a resolution of the executive committee of the association praising WSC's work as First Lord of the Admiralty. Signed typescript. 17 Jun 1915
CHAR 2/66/72 Letter from Mark Napier (Puttenden Manor, Lingfield, Surrey) to WSC praising him for having saved the country. 22 Jun 1915