Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and memoranda.

Reference code: CHAR 13/19

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Date: 01 Jan 1913 - 31 May 1913

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CHAR 13/19/1 Letter from Admiral Sir Percy Scott (Murren [Switzerland]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on naval gunnery and the credit due to WSC for improving targeting. 05 Jan 1913
CHAR 13/19/2 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Gerard Noel (Fincham, Downham Market, Norfolk) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with thanks for WSC's letter of congratulations on Noel's GCB [Knight Grand Cross of the Bath]. 01 Jan 1913
CHAR 13/19/3 Minute from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the cases of 3 seamen, who had appealed to WSC against punishment: Signalman Rowbotton, who had been dismissed from the Service for taking a confidential paper from the Commander-in-Chief's Office; Petty Officer Landrum, who had been disrated for failure to do his duty; and Petty Officer Breacher, who had lost a Good Conduct badge for neglect of duty and insubordination. 15 Jan 1913
CHAR 13/19/4 Letter from Sydney Buxton [President of the Board of Trade] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the need for an Ice Observation Vessel in the North Atlantic, to establish how far it was possible to give timely warnings about the movement of ice, such as caused the Titanic disaster. 20 Jan 1913
CHAR 13/19/5 Letter from Arthur Balfour (Vevey [Switzerland]), to WSC, asking for a meeting with WSC and the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George]. 24 Jan [1913]
CHAR 13/19/6 Letter from Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [British Agent and Consul-General in Egypt], (British Agency, Cairo), to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the construction of a fort at Alexandria. 26 Jan 1913
CHAR 13/19/7-8 Letter from Leslie Scott [MP for Liverpool Exchange] (Goldsmith Building, Temple [London]), to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on sea training for boys, particularly reasons for giving Exchequer grants to training institutions on shore, such as the Lancashire Home on the Mersey. 30 Jan 1913
CHAR 13/19/9 Letter from John Seely [Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Mottistone], (War Office, Whitehall) to WSC, stating that General Sir John French [Chief of Imperial General Staff, later 1st Lord Ypres] would be sending WSC a precis of Home Defence Plans to consider in connection with naval defence. Seely also agrees to WSC's plan for monthly meetings between them and the heads of the War Office and Admiralty War Staffs. 31 Jan 1913
CHAR 13/19/10 Minute from Thomas Macnamara, Financial Secretary to the Admiralty, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on naval pay, warning WSC of the results if he should reject the current pay plans. Includes note on reverse by WSC asking if it would be possible to use bonuses rather than raising pay rates. 05 Feb 1913 - 08 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/11 Letter from Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada (Ottawa), to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], thanking him for sending a memorandum [on naval policy]. 05 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/12 Letter from Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada (Ottawa) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], thanking him for his letter of 24 January [on Canada's emergency contribution to the Royal Navy]. 07 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/13-14 Letter from Lewis Harcourt [Secretary of State for the Colonies] (Colonial Office), to WSC, asking if it would be possible for HMS Cumberland, with Prince Albert [later King George VI] aboard, to visit Grenada and St Vincent, enclosing a copy of a telegram from Sir James Sadler, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Windward Islands, describing the success of the ship's visit to St Lucia. 10 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/15 Letter from Rear-Admiral Herbert King-Hall [Commander- in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the political situation in South Africa. 12 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/16-17 Letter from Admiral Sir Alfred Winsloe, [Admiral Commanding China Station] (HMS Minotaur, Hong Kong) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with an account of his visit to the French colony at Saigon [later Vietnam], arrangements for joint British and French action against Germany in Far Eastern waters in case of war, pay levels and the problems of transferring officers from merchant shipping to the Navy. 13 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/18 Letter from 1st Lord Stamfordham [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Arthur Bigge] (Buckingham Palace [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] passing on the King's thanks for WSC's letter of 12 February on the warship building programme. 13 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/19 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] (Fallodon, Lesbury, Northumberland) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] advising that the only communication with the German Government on naval expenditure should be through the Naval Attache. 16 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/20 Letter from John Seely [Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Mottistone], to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on co-operation between their two departments. 17 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/21 Letter from Sir William Graham Greene [Secretary of the Admiralty] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the scheme of entry to the Navy by public school cadets. 18 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/22 Letter from 1st Lord Crewe [Secretary of State for India, earlier Robert Crewe-Milnes and 2nd Lord Houghton] (India Office) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] proposing to ask "Ivor" [1st Lord Wimborne, earlier Ivor Guest] to answer Admiralty questions in the House of Lords; annotated by WSC, with note to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to look after Wimborne, and find him a room. 19 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/23-24 Letter from Sir William Graham Greene [Secretary of the Admiralty] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], reporting a meeting between himself, the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] and the Chairman of the Headmasters' Conference, on public school entry to the Navy. Greene also comments on a meeting with James Allen [Minister of Defence, New Zealand], Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and [?] Sir Henry Jackson [Chief of Staff, Admiralty] on Imperial Defence. 21 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/25-26 Letter from unknown correspondent to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with a report of an inspection of the dockyards at Sheerness and Chatham [Kent] and increased pressure on the yards; he also mentions the possibility of being chosen to replace the retiring 1st Lord Knollys [as Private Secretary to King George V], the construction of Scout ships and the problems of changes in the duties of the 3rd Sea Lord, such as putting contract and dockyard administration into purely civilian hands. 24 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/27 Letter from Sir William Graham Greene [Secretary of the Admiralty] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on subjects including the Public School Entry Scheme. 25 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/28-37 Letter from Sir William Graham Greene [Secretary of the Admiralty] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on subjects including: the post of Director of Naval Engineering and schemes for ship inspections; official procedure for meetings between WSC and Heads of Department; the Admiralty War Staff and the impracticality of transferring the War Office system to the Admiralty; New Zealand policy and a memorandum on the adequacy of New Zealand's coastal defences; and the Indian contribution to the Royal Navy and the risk of an increase being blocked by the India Office. [Hand-written, with typed transcript]. 27 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/19/38 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on forthcoming meeting with the French Chief of the Naval Staff, to discuss naval policy in the Mediterranean. 05 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/19/39 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, with thanks for defending him so efficiently in the House of Commons. 05 Mar [1913]
CHAR 13/19/40 Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood [Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the labour situation in the Dockyards. 10 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/19/41-43 Letter from Lord Northcliffe [earlier Alfred Harmsworth], (Hotel Majestic, Paris [France]) to WSC, enclosing a note of his conversation with Orville Wright, on airships and aircraft, stating that the effect of bombing from airships had been exaggerated, and that Britain might have more to fear from German aircraft. 10 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/19/44-46 Letter from Captain Hugh Watson [Naval Attache, Berlin, Germany] (British Embassy, Berlin) to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] on German naval policy and politics, particularly Grand-Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz [Head of the German Navy], and the points which had "conspired to give him, and the large Naval Party power". 12 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/19/47 Letter from 1st Lord Stamfordham [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Arthur Bigge] (Buckingham Palace [London]), to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with thanks for dealing so promptly with the question of an honorary commission in the Royal Navy for the Prince of Wales [later King Edward VIII and Edward, Duke of Windsor]. 12 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/19/48-49 Letter from Sir William Graham Greene [Secretary of the Admiralty] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the promotion of the Prince of Wales [later King Edward VIII and Edward, Duke of Windsor] to naval lieutenant, also on subjects for discussion at the forthcoming Board of Admiralty meeting. 15 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/19/50 Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood [Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on dealing with ship-owners over the programme for arming merchant shipping, particularly Sir Thomas Sutherland, Chairman of the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company [P and O]. 25 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/19/51 Letter from Vice-Admiral Lewis Bayly (68 Ebury Street [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with thanks for arranging for him to see the debate on the Naval Estimates in the House of Commons, and congratulations on his speech. 27 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/19/52-59 Letter from Rear-Admiral David Beatty [Commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the Royal Naval College, Osborne [Isle of Wight] with a 14-point list of "things wrong at Osborne". 30 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/19/60 Letter from Harry Batterbee (Colonial Office) to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], on the precedent for the conveyance of the Papal Legate [Cardinal Ferrata] from Syracuse [Siracusa, Sicily] to Malta in a naval ship. [Annotated "No answer, WSC"]. 02 Apr 1913 - 05 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/61 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] suggesting the appointment of Admiral of the Fleet Sir William May as Umpire in Chief for the naval manoeuvres. [Typescript, initialled by WSC]. 03 Apr [1913]
CHAR 13/19/62 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on inviting M. Baudin, French Minister of Marine, to see a battle practice. [Typescript, initialled by WSC]. 03 Apr [1913]
CHAR 13/19/63 Letter from Admiral Sir [Archibald] Berkeley Milne [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean] (Malta) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] reporting on his visit to the German battle cruiser Goeben, and conversation with the German Admiral [? Admiral Trummler] on board and Prince Henry of Prussia. 05 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/64 Note by Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on policy for naval officers to follow in the Mediterranean. [Apr] [1913]
CHAR 13/19/65 Letter from Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [2nd Sea Lord] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on a note by Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on policy for naval officers in the Mediterranean. 07 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/66-67 Telegram from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] on naval policy in the Mediterranean; includes proposed telegram and actual telegram to the Vice-Admiral aboard King Edward VII on blockading the coast around the mouth of the river Drin [Albania]. [Carbon]. 07 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/68 Letter from Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] stating that the Admiralty should not have provided a ship to convey the Papal Legate [Cardinal Ferrata] from Sicily to Malta for the Eucharistic Conference without consulting himself and the Secretary of State for the Colonies [Lewis Harcourt]. 08 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/69 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] (Foreign Office) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the meeting between the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station [Admiral Sir Archibald Berkeley Milne] and the German Admiral Trummler, at which Milne had advised Trummler to keep an eye on proceedings in Syria; Grey asks WSC if he had any information about the situation there. 09 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/70 Letter from Admiral Sir George Callaghan [Commander- in-Chief, Home Fleet] (HMS Neptune) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on WSC's wish to see a battle practice with a ship with only 6-inch guns. Callaghan also undertakes to keep WSC informed about Fleet Torpedo Practices. 12 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/71-72 Note by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the visit to Britain by M Baudin [French Minister of Marine]. [With hand-written annotations by WSC]. 15 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/73-74 Minute from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the appointment of Admiral of the Fleet Sir William May as Chief Umpire for the 1913 Grand Manoeuvres. [With hand-written annotations by WSC]. 15 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/75-76 Letter from Thomas Macnamara [Financial Secretary to the Admiralty] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with a report on his visit to the naval base on Haulbowline Island [County Cork, Ireland]. 17 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/77-78 Letter from Vice-Admiral Lewis Bayly [Commander, 3rd Battle Squadron] (68 Ebury Street, [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on German intelligence in Britain. 20 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/79 Letter from Rear-Admiral David Beatty [Commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron] (Hanover Lodge, Regents Park [London]) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on naval exercises. 29 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/80-83 Report on the Strategical Exercises of the 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron, by Rear-Admiral David Beatty [Commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron]. [Duplicate typescript signed by Beatty and initialled by WSC]. 19 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/84 Letter from Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Ottley (Coruanan Lodge, Fort William, Inverness-shire [Scotland]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Captain [John] Roderick Segrave, recommending him for a diplomatic appointment. 26 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/85 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir William May (Lausanne [Switzerland]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] accepting the appointment as Umpire- in-Chief for the forthcoming Naval Manoeuvres. 22 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/86 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the political and military situation in Montenegro [Yugoslavia]. [Typescript, with hand-written annotations by Asquith, initialled by WSC and Asquith]. 23 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/87 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Lieutenant-General Henry Wilson [Director of Military Operations at Army Headquarters] on Naval War Staff papers shown to him by Major Oliphant, stating that no-one had the authority to take them out of the Admiralty, and asking Wilson to treat them as if he had not seen them. [Typescript copy]. 23 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/88 Letter from 1st Lord Stamfordham [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Arthur Bigge] (Buckingham Palace [London]) to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] on a letter from Walter Limbrick, Secretary of the Protestant Reform Society [on the Admiralty's provision of a ship to convey the Papal Legate, Cardinal Ferrata, from Sicily to Malta for a Eucharistic Conference]. 29 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/89 Minute from WSC to the 1st Sea Lord, Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the appointment of Admiral of the Fleet Sir William May as Chief Umpire at the Naval Manoeuvres, with Battenberg's reply, stating that May's presence afloat at the 1912 Manoeuvres was not appreciated by the Fleet, and was not held to have served any useful purpose. Battenberg adds that he is not prepared to tell May so and suggests that WSC write to May, telling him that the same ship and staff would be made available to him. [Hand-written, initialled by WSC]. 24 Apr 1913 - 29 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/90 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Admiral of the Fleet Sir William May, on his appointment as Chief Umpire at the Naval Manoeuvres, stating that a ship and staff would be placed at his disposal as in 1912. [Typescript copy]. 30 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/91-92 Admiralty Secret War Orders for the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Archibald Berkeley Milne] on concerted action by France and Britain in the Mediterranean in a war against the Triple Alliance [Germany, Austria and Italy]. [Typescript copy]. [Apr] [1913]
CHAR 13/19/93-94 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to 1st Lord Crewe [Secretary of State for India, earlier Robert Crewe-Milnes and 2nd Lord Houghton] on his meeting with Sir Hugh Barnes on the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, asking about Barnes's dual position as a Member of the Council of India and as a Director of the Company. [Typescript copy]. 01 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/95 Letter from David Lloyd George [Chancellor of the Exchequer] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on that day's Cabinet discussion on the political and military situation in Eastern Europe: Lloyd George passes on the Cabinet's decision not to send in ships if France and Russia did not, in order to give Austria a free hand; explains his fears that a naval failure could mean the end of the Triple Entente; and his decision to support the policy of Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary]. [Marked "Secret", hand-written (not by Lloyd George), but signed by him]. 03 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/19/96-97 Letter from Commodore Roger Keyes [Captain and Commodore in charge of the Submarine Service] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the submarine service. 03 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/98 Letter from Vice-Admiral Sir George Warrender [Commander, 2nd Battle Squadron] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] reporting the results of the Gun Layer test for HMS King George V. 10 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/99-102 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the difficulties in manning the 6 Home surveying ships; also on the appointment of Admiral of the Fleet Sir William May as Chief Umpire for the naval manoeuvres. 14 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/103 Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood [Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Departmental business during WSC's absence, on subjects including Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher's handling of the Royal Commission on Oil Fuel. 16 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/104-107 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, on visit of the President of France in June; also on the classification of Captains on the active list and retirements from the flag list. 15 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/108 Letter from Lionel Curtis (Uplands, Ledbury [Herefordshire]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on naval construction in Britain and Germany. 16 May [1913]
CHAR 13/19/109-113 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on saving of oil in First Fleet flotillas. He also proposes to transfer the Admiralty steam barge from Portsmouth [Hampshire] to the Thames, where it could be used by members of the Board of Admiralty for visits to naval establishments on the river; also on proposals to open the Order of the Bath to officers of self-governing Dominions and Colonies. 17 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/114-115 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on retirements from the Flag List, commenting on methods of compulsorily placing Flag Officers and Captains on the retired list. 20 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/116-120 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on a request from the Greek Government for a Rear-Admiral and staff of active service officers to replace the retired officers who had been lent to Greece. Battenberg also comments on the visit of the President of France to Britain, and on retirements from the Flag List. 23 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/121 Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Custance to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with thanks for WSC's letter on the award to Custance of the Grand Cross of the Bath [GCB]. [Initialled by WSC]. 27 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/122-123 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the naval manoeuvres. 28 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/124 Letter from Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the political situation in Canada. 28 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/125-128 Letter from Sir Francis Hopwood [Additional Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the political situation in Canada, where the Naval Bill and the Supply Bill would probably be defeated, forcing Robert Borden [Prime Minister of Canada] to call a General Election. Hopwood also comments on the oil supply question, on possible contracts with the Shell Oil Company, Anglo-Persian Oil Company [later the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company] and Mexican companies. 29 May 1913
CHAR 13/19/129-130 Letter from Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux [Commander- in-Chief, Portsmouth] (Admiralty House, Portsmouth [Hampshire]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] with thanks for his letter on the award of GCB [Grand Cross of the Bath] to Meux, and recommendations of young officers for promotion. 30 May 1913