Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and Memoranda.

Reference code: CHAR 13/10

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Date: 01 Aug 1912 - 31 Oct 1912

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CHAR 13/10/1 Cutting from the Times, with an article from [Henry Wickham Steed], the Times correspondent in Vienna [Austria] on the proposed Anglo-Austrian naval understanding from the Hungarian journal Pester Lloyd. 01 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/2 Letter from Sidney Low [political correspondent], (24 Marlborough Hill [London]), to WSC on the Anglo-Austrian naval understanding proposed in the Hungarian journal, Pester Lloyd. 03 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/3 Letter from Captain Hugh Watson, [Naval Attache, Berlin, Germany] (British Embassy, Berlin), to Edward Marsh [Secretary to WSC], on the German reaction to British supplementary naval estimates. 03 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/4 Letter from WSC (Admiralty), to Sidney Low [political correspondent], on the Anglo-Austrian naval understanding proposed in the Hungarian journal Pester Lloyd, asking him not to mention WSC's name in articles, but giving him permission to write that the proposals had attracted "keen attention in the most authoritative circles", although the official communication which followed [from the Austro- Hungarian Government] had disposed of this interest. [Hand-written copy, signed by WSC]. 02 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/5 Letter from [Charles] Hubert Montgomery (Foreign Office), to Edward Marsh [Secretary to WSC], on the Anglo-Austrian naval understanding, proposed by Sidney Low [political correspondent] and the Hungarian journal Pester Lloyd, advising Marsh to tell Low that Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] felt that the proposal was very interesting, but that the official communication from the Austro-Hungarian Government seemed to have disposed of it. 02 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/6 Letter from Mahmoud Muktar to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on his appointment as Turkish Minister of Marine and on the appointment of Rear-Admiral Arthur Limpus [as Naval Advisor to the Turkish Government]. 06 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/7 Letter from J L Garvin, [Editor of the Pall Mall Gazette and the Observer] to WSC with thanks for his telegram to the Observer, [on naval War Staff]. 08 Jan 1912
CHAR 13/10/8-9 Letter from J L Garvin, [Editor of the Pall Mall Gazette and the Observer] to WSC, on the behaviour of Admiral Lord Charles Beresford and public concern about naval affairs. 08 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/10 Cutting from the Pall Mall Gazette, with an editorial by J L Garvin [Editor] on WSC's memorandum on the new Naval War Staff. 08 Jan 1912
CHAR 13/10/11-13 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], on mobilisation plans, particularly the desirability of accelerating the formation of the 6th Battle Squadron and increasing battleship strength in the 2nd Fleet. [Carbon copy]. 08 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/14-15 Letter from William Gardner, Chairman, South Worcestershire Liberal Association, to WSC, complaining about a speech by Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, at a Primrose League Demonstration at Evesham [Worcestershire], which was highly critical of WSC and the Admiralty; includes cuttings from the Evesham Standard. 10 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/16 Letter from J Alfred Spender, Editor of the Westminster Gazette, to James Masterton-Smith, [Private Secretary to WSC], with the text of a letter from Admiral Lord Charles Beresford to the Westminster Gazette on the Gazette's criticism of his comments on recent naval manoeuvres. 10 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/17-18 Notes between Edward Marsh [Secretary to WSC] (Admiralty) and WSC (Admiralty), on responding to Admiral Lord Charles Beresford's criticisms of the naval manoeuvres. 10 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/19-21 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] (Fallodon, Lesbury, Northumberland), to WSC, enclosing a letter from Sir Louis Mallet [Assistant Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], (Foreign Office), on the pros and cons of sending a British naval squadron to Trieste [Italy], in the autumn, particularly the risks to relations with Austria and Italy; annotated by WSC: "It certainly sums up the cons very effectively". 10 Aug 1912 - 13 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/22 Letter from Herbert Asquith, [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], (The Wharf, Abingdon [Berkshire]) to WSC, on Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Ottley, whose terms for a return to public service were "quite exorbitant". 17 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/23 Letter from WSC, (Admiralty) to [William Gardner, Chairman of the South Worcestershire Liberal Association], on a speech by Admiral Lord Charles Beresford at Evesham, which was highly critical of WSC and the Admiralty. [Hand-written draft]. 17 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/24-32 Memorandum by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the changes in the new Table of Admiralty business, which was to divide and re-organise the work of the Controller's Department, and relieve the 3rd Sea Lord of day to day administrative duties, leaving him free to concentrate on ship design and clearing delays in shipbuilding. [Hand-written draft, initialled by WSC]. [18] [Aug] 1912
CHAR 13/10/33-39 Notes by WSC on the reports of the Finance Committee into the Naval Estimates; includes minute by WSC to the 4th Sea Lord [Captain William Pakenham], Director of Stores and Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough] asking about consumption of coal and oil. [Carbon]. 21 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/40-42 Minute from WSC, (Admiralty Yacht [Enchantress]), to Sir Edward Grey, [Foreign Secretary] and the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], on naval policy in the Mediterranean, particularly regarding France. [Hand-written, initialled by WSC, Asquith and Grey, with typed transcript]. 23 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/10/43-44 Letter from Rear-Admiral [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Commander, 2nd Cruiser Squadron] (HMS Shannon), to WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty], on his visit to the [?] Home Fleet to view gunnery exercises. [Hand-written, with typed transcript]. 01 Sep [1912]
CHAR 13/10/45 Note from Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman, 1st Sea Lord, (Copgrove Hall, Burton Leonard, Yorkshire), to WSC, on the question of HMS Hood, with WSC's reply. [Hand-written, initialled by Bridgeman and WSC]. 02 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/10/46-47 Minute from Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman, [1st Sea Lord] (Admiralty), to WSC, stating that he was most anxious to get rid of HMS Hood, as she was useless as a fighting ship, and occupied valuable and much-needed space. [HMS Hood, a battleship of 1891 was eventually sunk as a blockship in 1914]. 13 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/10/48 Letter from WSC, to Captain Vincent Molteno, asking for a private report on his Coxswain, Beardon, describing him as a man of unusual alertness, energy and character, and expressing regret at his decision to leave the Navy; WSC asks if there was any way in which continuance in the service could be made more attractive to Beardon. [Carbon]. 04 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/10/49-51 Minute from WSC to Commander David Munro, asking for a report on naval dockyards, particularly at Rosyth [Fife, Scotland], and on a floating dock at Cromarty [Scotland]. [Carbon copy, initialled by WSC]. 04 Sep 1912 - 18 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/10/52 Letter from Herbert Asquith, [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] (Dornoch [Sutherlandshire, Scotland]) to WSC, on a report on German naval construction. 12 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/10/53 Letter from Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman [1st Sea Lord] (Copgrove Hall, Burton Leonard, Yorkshire), to WSC, on the question of British warships visiting Portuguese ports. 16 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/10/54 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg, [2nd Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], (Admiralty), to WSC, on the question of British warships visiting Portuguese ports. 16 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/10/55-63 Letter from George Ward Price [Special Foreign Correspondent of the Daily Mail] to 1st Lord Northcliffe [owner, the Daily Mail, earlier Alfred Harmsworth], with notes on the capacity of German airships to cope with bad weather. [Typed transcript on Admiralty notepaper]. 22 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/10/64-65 Letter from 3rd Lord Denman, Governor-General of Australia (Melbourne) to WSC on subjects including: military service in Australia; WSC's success at the Admiralty; comparisons in the press between Australia's and Canada's contributions to the Navy and criticism aimed at Australians for wanting their own navy. 19 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/10/66 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [2nd Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] (Admiralty) to WSC on reports on the recent naval manoeuvres. 28 Sep 1912
CHAR 13/10/67-70 Letter from Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] (Ottawa) to WSC on information that can be published from a "secret document" and other confidential material sent to Canada on naval policy. 03 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/71-73 Letter from Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] (Ottawa) to WSC on Canada's contribution to the naval strength of the Empire. 03 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/74 Letter from Sir Arthur Nicolson [Permanent Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, later 1st Lord Carnock], (Foreign Office), to WSC on naval policy in the Mediterranean. 04 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/75 Letter from Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman [1st Sea Lord] to WSC, on naval gunnery and how to ensure its efficiency. 05 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/76-77 Letter from WSC (War Office) to Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman [1st Sea Lord], enclosing comments on naval gunnery [not present], asking for Bridgeman's views before the presentation of the Naval Estimates to Parliament. [Typescript copy]. 05 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/78 Letter from Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to WSC, agreeing with his request for naval help from South Africa. 07 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/79-81 Memorandum by Alfred Yarrow [shipbuilder and engineer], on the Naval College at Osborne, [Isle of Wight], particularly its engineering training. [Typescript, initialled by WSC]. 08 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/82 Letter from Walter Runciman [Minister of Agriculture], to WSC, on proposals for a new naval Recruiting Office in the Haymarket [London]. Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/83-84 Minute from Oswyn Murray [Assistant Secretary, Admiralty], to the Private Office [of WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty], on the proposed new naval Recruiting Office in the Haymarket [London]. 11 Oct [1912]
CHAR 13/10/85 Note from Edward Marsh [Secretary to WSC] to Alfred Rutter, Director of Greenwich Hospital, asking about [naval pensions]; annotated by Rutter on two specific cases for Greenwich Hospital Pensions. 18 Oct 1912 - 22 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/86 Letter from 1st Lord Morley [of Blackburn, Lord President of the Council], (Privy Council Office, Whitehall) to WSC, confirming that King George V in Council had passed an order increasing the emoluments of the Cook of HMS Enchantress [the Admiralty Yacht]. Morley expresses the hope that if his own emoluments should ever be "assailed", as his office was "of the nature of a sinecure", that WSC would defend him "in whatever Parliaments of the UK his salary may be grudged". 11 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/87-88 Letter from Sir John Simon, Solicitor-General, to Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC, attaching a letter from a constituent, W G Ralf, who was applying for a Greenwich Hospital Pension, asking for WSC's support as First Lord of the Admiralty. [See CHAR 13/10/85]. 16 Oct 1912 - 17 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/89 Letter from Lewis Harcourt [Secretary of State for the Colonies] (14 Berkeley Square [London]) to WSC, reporting his meeting with George Foster [Canadian Minister of Trade and Commerce], who stated that the position of the Government of Canada would be much easier if they made their emergency contribution [to the defence of the Empire] in Dreadnoughts rather than cash, so that Canadians could see what was being done with their money; Foster had also asked if it would be possible for Britain to express a preference for Dreadnoughts over cash. 19 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/90 Letter from the Russian Minister of Marine [? L Grigorovitch Maistol], to WSC, with thanks for British assistance to the Russian cruisers, Oleg and Rossia during their recent stay in Portsmouth [Hampshire] and Plymouth [Devon]. 23 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/91 Minute from Prince Louis of Battenberg [2nd Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] (Admiralty), to WSC, on the concentration of Battle Fleets in Home Waters and the policy of building up the Fleet Reserve. 23 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/92-93 Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood [Assistant Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] (Admiralty), to WSC, expressing disgust at the attitude of his civilian colleagues on the Admiralty Board, [Thomas Macnamara, Financial Secretary to the Admiralty and George Lambert, Civil Lord of the Admiralty] and their lack of support for WSC: "their mumblings, grumblings and flatulence were aggressive and offensive". Hopwood states that he does not feel that the Admiralty needed three ministers in the Commons, suggesting that the Civil Lord should be in the House of Lords, and that the post of Financial Secretary should be scrapped. 24 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/94-97 Draft letter from WSC (Admiralty), to the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George], on the ship-building programme for 1912-13. [Typescript copy, with hand-written annotations by WSC]. 29 Oct [1912]
CHAR 13/10/98 Letter from 1st Lord Stamfordham, [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Sir Arthur Bigge], (Buckingham Palace [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], returning WSC's submission of names for new battleships, as the King was "sure that there must be some mistake in the name of 'Oliver Cromwell' being suggested", as it had been proposed the year before and rejected, and his opinion on the matter had not changed. 29 Oct 1912
CHAR 13/10/99-100 Submission from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] (Admiralty) to King George V, proposing names for new capital ships: "King Richard the First"; King Henry the Fifth"; Queen Elizabeth"; and "Oliver Cromwell". WSC states that he had consulted the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the last name, who was in full agreement that the "Lord Protector's" services to the Navy should be recognised; includes formal submission of the names "Queen Elizabeth", "Oliver Cromwell", "Warspite" and "Barham". [Hand-written by WSC]. [28] [Oct] [1912]
CHAR 13/10/101 Cutting from the [Canadian] Standard on Canada's policy towards naval defence, including reports of speeches by Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] and WSC. 27 Sep 1912