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Date: 01 Jan 1912 - 30 Sep 1912

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CHAR 13/12/1-2 Letter from WSC to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], on the interchange of naval information with Germany, suggesting that the Government reply to the German proposal on interchange after the German elections. [Typescript copy]. 11 Jan 1912
CHAR 13/12/3-5 Letter from WSC (War Office), to Field Marshal 1st Lord Roberts, on compulsory military service, stating that his views on the subject had changed, and that he was no longer completely opposed, but that he was not certain that it was necessary or convenient. [Typescript copy]. 23 Jan 1912
CHAR 13/12/6 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair], asking for papers on the sale of the United States battleships Idaho and Mississippi to Greece. [Carbon]. 19 Jun [1912]
CHAR 13/12/7 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Colonel George Aston, Royal Marines, on employment of Royal Marines in the training service. [Carbon]. 24 Jun [1912]
CHAR 13/12/8 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman] and the Chief of Staff [Rear-Admiral Ernest Troubridge], on the defence of the Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands [Scotland]. [Carbon]. 26 Jun [1912]
CHAR 13/12/9 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], on the need to renew their request to the India Office for a share in naval expenses. [Carbon]. 30 Jul [1912]
CHAR 13/12/10 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Naval Secretary, Admiralty [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair], asking for list of 7 or 8 officers to receive the Civil CB [Commander of the Order of the Bath], including Rear- Admiral Frederic Brock, and Commander Frederic Dreyer. [Carbon]. 09 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/11 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], on publication of the Naval Estimates. [Carbon]. 09 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/12 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC], asking him to write to Engineer Commander Henry Smith, asking him to send a private report of the full-power trials of HMS Suffolk. [Carbon]. 09 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/13-18 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], on the naval policy for the Dominions, proposing the establishment of a joint Imperial Squadron, consisting of three battle cruisers, and three light cruisers, provided by Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and India. [Typescript copy]. 14 Apr 1912
CHAR 13/12/19 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the naval building programme and the policy of 60 per cent superiority in Dreadnoughts over the next strongest power. [Typescript]. [1912]
CHAR 13/12/20 Letter from WSC to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], on the fortification and defence of Cromarty [Scotland]. [Carbon]. 10 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/21 Letter from WSC to Rear-Admiral Arthur Limpus, on his appointment [as Naval Adviser to the Turkish Government]. [Carbon]. 12 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/22 Minute from WSC, to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], the Secretary, Board of Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], and Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], on the forthcoming visit to Britain of Colonel Samuel Hughes, Canadian Minister of Defence. WSC asks for a naval officer to call on Hughes to offer a visit to Portsmouth [Hampshire] and some of the latest ships, suggesting that the officer be carefully chosen as Hughes "takes a good deal of handling". [Carbon]. 12 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/23 Minute from WSC, to the Secretary, Board of Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], on torpedo defences. [Carbon]. 12 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/24 Letter from WSC to Mahmoud Muktar, [Minister of Marine, Turkey], on the appointment of Rear-Admiral Arthur Limpus as Naval Adviser to the Turkish Government. [Carbon]. 12 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/25 Letter from WSC [(Admiralty)], to Admiral Sir George Callaghan [Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet], on the naval manoeuvres. [Carbon]. 14 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/26 Letter from WSC [(Admiralty)], to Prince Louis of Battenberg [2nd Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on meeting, particularly to discuss the Brock Report [on naval justice]. [Carbon]. 14 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/27-29 Letter from WSC [(Admiralty)] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], on the appointment of a successor to Rear-Admiral Ernest Troubridge as Chief of the Admiralty War Staff, suggesting Sir Charles Ottley, the former Secretary of the Committee of Imperial Defence. WSC states that although Ottley's terms were high (2,500 pounds a year, plus a house, and a pension of 1,000 pounds a year on termination of his employment) he was worth it and "it is not right that we should be denied his services"; he proposes to meet the increased salary by "putting down" the Director of Naval Education [Sir (James) Alfred Ewing], a Professor earning 3,000 pounds a year. [Carbon]. 15 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/30-34 Letter from WSC [(Admiralty)], to J L Garvin [Editor of the Pall Mall Gazette and the Observer], on Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, regretting that it had not been possible to promote him to Admiral of the Fleet, as he had "injured his profession and disgraced himself too much". WSC also comments on Garvin's treatment of WSC's policy in the Pall Mall Gazette, gives details of the naval building programme and superiority over Germany and comments on the Conservative threat of using force in Ulster [Northern Ireland]. [Carbon]. 10 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/35 Letter from WSC [(Admiralty)], to John Seely [Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Mottistone], expressing pleasure that Louis Botha [had been made an Honorary General in the British Army], also commenting on service widows' pensions. [Carbon]. 17 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/36 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], on training of Greek naval officers in Britain. WSC states that Rear-Admiral Mark Kerr [Vice-Admiral Commanding the Greek Navy] should be warned that the instruction and assistance being given to the Greek Navy was not intended to place them on the same level of naval science as Britain, and that the refinements of British gunnery, torpedo and submarine courses should not be disclosed, as information imparted to the Greek Government or the Greek Navy could be transmitted to Germany. [Carbon]. 19 Aug [1912]
CHAR 13/12/37 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)] to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman] and Secretary to the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], asking for a report on the men of the Immediate Reserve who served under Admiral Sir Henry Jackson in the 7th Battle Squadron in the summer manoeuvres. [Carbon]. 20 Aug [1912]
CHAR 13/12/38 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)] to Sir Francis Hopwood [Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough], asking for his comments on papers disclosing a difference of opinion between the Civil Lord of the Admiralty [George Lambert] and the Financial Secretary to the Admiralty [Thomas Macnamara]. [Carbon]. 20 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/39 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], on the refit of HMS Terrible, asking if the ship was of "real value". [Carbon]. 20 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/40 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)] to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], on fleet movements, asking for First Fleet ships to be given a good period of "Christmas Leave" in their Home Ports. 21 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/41 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)] to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], asking him to draft a letter on the importance to discipline of daily drill on board ship, particularly during leave at Home Ports. 21 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/42-44 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the Accountant-General of the Navy [Alfred Eyles], 3rd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Charles Briggs], Financial Secretary to the Admiralty [Thomas Macnamara], and Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], on the Naval Estimates for 1912 and 1913-14. [Carbon]. 21 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/45 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the Director of the Manning Department, Admiralty, asking for a report on the composition of the complements of all Second and Third Fleet Ships mobilised for the manoeuvres. [Carbon]. 22 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/46 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the Director of the Manning Department, Admiralty, asking for a report on all active service ratings at Home Ports who did not embark for the annual manoeuvres. [Carbon]. 22 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/47-48 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman] and 3rd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Charles Briggs], on the disadvantages of strip loading machine guns for naval use. [Carbon]. 23 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/49-50 Minute from WSC, to Sir Edward Grey, [Foreign Secretary] and Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], on naval policy with France in the Mediterranean. [Typed transcript]. 23 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/51 Minute by WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], 2nd Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], Secretary to the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], Director of the Manning Department, Admiralty, and "Mr Anderson" on reviving the rank of Second Class Petty Officer. [Carbon]. 24 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/52-56 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Director of the Manning Department, on the formation of the 6th and 8th Battle Squadrons. [Carbon]. 24 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/57-60 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], and the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], on provision of medical facilities in Harwich [Essex]. [Carbon]. 24 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/61-62 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], the Civil Lord of the Admiralty [George Lambert], the Additional Civil Lord [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough] and Secretary to the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], on the provision of shore facilities for men stationed at Harwich [Essex], suggesting that football grounds should be leased, and a "good institute" provided, with a canteen, reading rooms, billiard tables and sleeping accommodation. [Carbon]. 24 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/63-65 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 2nd Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on the quality of the Royal Navy's Officer intake. WSC criticises the fact that officers were selected at a very early age, from a comparatively limited class, and suggests that 20 commissions should be offered each year, to be competed for by candidates at the "Great Public Schools". [Carbon]. 15 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/66 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)] to Charles Walker, [Secretary's Department, Admiralty], on improving manning tables. [Carbon]. 16 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/67 Letter from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Sir Robert Chalmers, [Permanent Secretary of the Treasury], objecting to the Treasury's third refusal on the subject of establishing an Air Department at the Admiralty. [Carbon]. 24 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/68-71 Letter from Board of Admiralty to the Treasury, on the Treasury's opposition to the establishment of an Air Department at the Admiralty, [draft carbon, with covering letter from WSC to Sir (William) Graham Greene, Secretary to the Board of Admiralty]. 24 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/72-73 Minute by WSC, on the inspection of the dock at Sheerness [Kent]. [Carbon]. 25 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/74 Minute from WSC to the Secretary, Board of Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], agreeing that Commanders- in-Chief of Home Ports should be consulted in the question of pay, and that Admiral Sir George Callaghan [Commander- in-Chief, Home Fleet] and Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [Commander, Second Division, Home Fleet] could be consulted privately. [Carbon]. 26 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/75-76 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the advantage of keeping a small proportion of engine room ratings a short time longer than their commission. [Carbon]. 26 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/77 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 3rd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Charles Briggs], asking for his views on a statement about the design of the new battleships in the Times. [Carbon]. 26 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/78-80 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], on the use of Scouts as repeating ships for the Battle Fleets, also suggesting that when not required for this duty they should be gathered together to work as a squadron of Light Cruisers. [Carbon]. 27 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/81-82 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], and the Deputy Adjutant-General, Royal Marines, on a new scheme for recruiting Marine Officers from the Public Schools at the age of 17. WSC expresses disappointment that only 14 were appointed to fill 20 vacancies, and asks why the schools were not putting forward suitable candidates. [Carbon]. 27 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/83-84 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on implementation of a new system of refits. Noted to be circulated to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], 2nd Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], 3rd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Charles Briggs], Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], Director of Naval Equipment [Captain Arthur Waymouth] and the Director of Dockyards [Sir James Marshall]. [Carbon]. 27 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/85 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], asking for minutes to be retyped. [Carbon]. 27 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/86 Minute from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on Battenberg's comments about a previous minute by WSC [subject unknown]. [Carbon]. 27 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/87 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Board of Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], on the publication of minutes on the Controller's Department, and Financial Control. [Carbon]. 27 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/88 Minute from WSC to the 2nd Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], expressing enthusiasm for the Sea Scout movement: WSC asks what the Admiralty could do to help, and what the Boy Scouts could do to help the Admiralty. He suggests that Battenberg should meet Sir Robert Baden-Powell [founder of the Boy Scouts], and tell him of WSC's interest, adding that a summer camp could be arranged in a very old ship at different points along the coast, which would be an immense attraction, putting the Navy in touch with lots of small boys who a little later in their lives could be recruited for the service; WSC promises to spend "a little money on a good plan". [Carbon]. 27 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/89 Minute from WSC to the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [? Rear-Admiral Ernest Troubridge, asking if a general survey had been carried out of strategic naval possibilities along the whole line of the East Coast; WSC suggests the preparation of a scheme for moving garrisons and possibly guns from the South and West to the new strategic front. [Carbon]. 27 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/90 Minute from WSC to the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [? Rear-Admiral Ernest Troubridge], asking for a report on the War Office's progress in developing the Territorial Army in the Shetland Islands; WSC states that it might be necessary for the Admiralty to assist the War Office financially "so as to procure an armed and well disposed population". [Carbon]. 27 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/91 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], the Director of the Manning Department and the Director of Naval Ordnance [Rear-Admiral Frederick Tudor, earlier Frederick Jones], on the formation of the 8th Battle Squadron. [Carbon]. 27 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/92-95 Letter from WSC [(Admiralty)], to Vice-Admiral Cecil Burney [Vice-Admiral Commanding the 3rd Squadron], on Burney's notes on the naval manoeuvres, including the strategical circumstances arising from the outbreak of war with Germany and Fleet coaling arrangements on the east coast of Scotland. [Carbon]. 31 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/96-97 Letter from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], on a letter from Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada], [on Imperial Defence], and WSC's published reply. [Carbon]. 31 Aug 1912
CHAR 13/12/98-100 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to James Masterton Smith, [Private Secretary to WSC], asking him to obtain a copy of proposals for dis-rating produced by the Sea Lords from the Brock Report [on naval justice], and make himself "master of them". He should then discuss the proposals with Lionel Yexley [Editor of the Fleet] and elicit his opinion, without giving the impression that the proposals had been decided by WSC or the Sea Lords. WSC also comments on arrangements for publication of action to be taken on the rest of the Brock Report. [Carbon]. 31 Aug 1912