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

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CHAR 13/22A/1 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir John Bradbury [Joint Permanent Secretary to the Treasury] on the remuneration of Sir James Marshall [Director of Dockyards]. 03 Jan 1913
CHAR 13/22A/10-13 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent on awarding contracts for naval gunnery systems, particularly the cases of Arthur Pollen and Commander Frederic Dreyer. [Carbon]. 20 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/22A/103-105 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair] on the appointment of Vice-Admiral Robert Lowry as Admiral Commanding in Scotland. [Typescript copy]. 02 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/106 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Arthur Balfour, inviting him aboard HMS Enchantress [the Admiralty yacht] to watch naval exercises, including firing by a battle cruiser at full speed. [Carbon copy]. 03 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/107 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [1st Lord Morley of Blackburn, Lord President of the Council], inviting him aboard HMS Enchantress [the Admiralty yacht] to watch naval exercises, including firing by a battle cruiser at full speed. [Carbon copy]. 03 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/108-110 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] and the Director of Naval Ordnance [Rear-Admiral Frederick Tudor, earlier Frederick Jones], on Admiralty objections over the publication of Arthur Pollen's fire control system. [Carbon copy]. 04 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/111-112 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the need for training in handling of light cruiser squadrons. [Carbon copy]. 05 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/113-116 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on proposals for cruiser distribution. [Carbon copy]. 05 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/117 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] on the naval estimates. [Carbon copy]. 06 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/118 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], asking for permission to raise the question of the Air Programme at the next meeting of the Committee of Imperial Defence. WSC asks that Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [2nd Sea Lord], be invited to attend the meeting. [Carbon copy]. 07 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/119-121 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on cruiser deployment, particularly the war station of HMS Dartmouth in the China Squadron. [Carbon copy]. 07 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/122 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the need for discretion on the subject of supplying ammunition to merchant ships. [Carbon copy]. 07 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/123 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] on submarine construction. [Carbon copy]. 10 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/124-125 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on cruiser deployment and the status of Commander-in-Chief at the East Indies and the Cape. [Carbon copy]. 11 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/126-127 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on his concern over delays in reaching a decision on the new Air Programme. WSC stresses Britain's lack of progress compared to other countries, and recommends beginning the construction of at least two Zeppelin airships "so that the art of making them is not wholly unknown to us". [Carbon copy]. 12 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/128-129 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the defence of the south coast ports. [Carbon copy]. 13 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/130 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on safeguarding the Navy's oil supply. [Carbon copy]. 14 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/131-132 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair] on the programme for his visit to the fleet to view the Summer Manoeuvres. [Carbon copy]. 24 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/133-134 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on Admiralty plans to sign a contract with the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, and on possible funding from India to provide the 2 million pounds required to develop the oilfields in Persia [Iran]. [Carbon copy]. 09 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/22A/135-140 Minute from [? WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty] entitled "Notes on Submarines". [Carbon copy]. 20 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/22A/14-15 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Imperial Naval Defence. [Incomplete carbon copy]. [1913]
CHAR 13/22A/141-142 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Conservative Party views on the shipbuilding programme [Carbon copy]. 20 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/22A/143-144 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] for circulation to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], the Director of Contracts, Financial Secretary to the Admiralty [Thomas Macnamara] and the Adjutant-General, Royal Marines, on the need to reduce overtime payments in the Naval Dockyards. [Carbon copy]. 18 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/22A/145 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], asking about the position of a meeting with the directors of the Burma Oil Company Limited. [Carbon copy]. 28 Jul 1913
CHAR 13/22A/146-151 Orders by the Board of Admiralty for the Summer Manoeuvres. [Carbon copy]. Jul 1913
CHAR 13/22A/152-153 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Financial Secretary to the Admiralty [Thomas Macnamara] asking him to deal with an urgent matter [not specified]. 06 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/154-156 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent [? 1st Lord Crewe, Secretary of State for India, earlier Robert Crewe-Milnes and 2nd Lord Houghton] on the proposed increased contribution by India towards the cost of naval vessels maintained in Indian waters. [Carbon copy]. 08 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/157-159 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified [? South African] correspondent, on South Africa's contribution to Imperial Naval Defence. [Carbon copy]. 12 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/16-18 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Vice-Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly [Commander, 3rd Battle Squadron], on East Coast defences. [Carbon copy]. 11 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/22A/160 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting his conversation with the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith]. Asquith felt that the cadets at the Royal Naval College, Osborne [Isle of Wight] and also at Dartmouth [Devon], were overworked and overstrained, and he felt that their holidays should conform to regular public school limits. [Carbon copy]. 13 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/161-162 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, on the interim report of the Royal Commission on Fuel and Engines. [Carbon copy]. 13 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/163 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to 1st Lord Rothschild, stating that the Admiralty would not wish to buy the warship Rio De Janeiro from Brazil, as she was not fast enough for a battlecruiser nor heavily armoured enough for a battleship. [Carbon copy]. 15 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/164 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to George Lambert [Civil Lord of the Admiralty], regretting that he could not recommend that Lambert join the Commission to visit the Persian Oil Field [Iran], as the post of Chairman was to be filled by Vice-Admiral Sir Edmond Slade. WSC explains that it would be impossible for Lambert, as a Privy Councillor and a Lord of the Admiralty, to join such a commission except as Chairman. [Carbon copy]. 15 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/165-166 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the naval defence of New Zealand. [Carbon copy]. 18 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/167-168 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] on the Admiralty decision to take over eight destroyers under construction in private yards, and on the increased number of light cruisers being built. [Carbon copy]. 23 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/169 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the recent naval manoeuvres. [Carbon]. 23 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/170-171 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the recent naval manoeuvres. [Carbon]. 23 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/172-175 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the Naval Estimates. [Carbon copy]. 23 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/176 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Treasury, on the purchase of an additional 125,000 tons of oil, which had been approved by the Cabinet in July. [Carbon]. 23 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22A/19-20 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne, Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean], asking for his opinions on the German battle-cruiser, Goeben; also on the decision to allow the Papal Legate [Cardinal Ferrata] to be carried in a British warship. [Carbon]. 11 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/22A/2-3 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Vice-Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly, appointing him to the Admiralty War Staff to prepare plans for East Coast defence. [Carbon]. 28 Jan 1913
CHAR 13/22A/21-22 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Admiral [?] on a change in the composition of his Cruiser Squadron. [Carbon]. 17 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/22A/23 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [Admiral Sir William May] asking him to act as Umpire-in-Chief for the Grand Manoeuvres. WSC states that he does not feel that it would be necessary for May to go to sea, as the area was too wide to be covered by a single ship, and suggests that he attend at the Admiralty, with a staff of Umpires and Assistants of his choice. [Carbon copy]. 17 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/22A/24 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent on Air Expenditure. [Carbon copy]. 26 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/22A/25-26 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [? John Seely, Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Mottistone] on the importance to the Admiralty of the Orkney and Shetland Territorials, and his disappointment that the War Office was proposing to disband these Units. [Carbon copy]. 03 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/22A/27-28 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent, on his visit to the French fleet at Toulon [France] aboard HMS Hussar. WSC comments that he was much impressed by the concern shown by the French for the comfort of the petty officers and men, in which they were superior to Britain; he recommends the captain of the Hussar, Lieutenant Neston Diggle, for promotion. [Carbon copy]. 04 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/22A/29 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough] on the offer [from Malaya, later Malaysia, to provide a battleship for the Royal Navy]. [Carbon]. 28 Mar 1913
CHAR 13/22A/30-35 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Allen [Minister of Defence, New Zealand] on the naval defence of New Zealand. 04 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/22A/36-42 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Chief of the War Staff, Admiralty [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson] on a paper by Vice-Admiral Lewis Bayly [Commander, 3rd Battle Squadron], "A Time Table of a Nightmare" on East Coast defence against a "Bolt from the Blue" raid by Germany. [Carbon copy]. 18 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/22A/4-5 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on hospital accommodation at the Harwich Naval Base [Essex], proposing to extend the hospital accommodation at the Boy's Training Establishment, HMS Ganges, at Shotley [Suffolk], across the Stour Estuary. [Carbon copy]. 29 Jan 1913
CHAR 13/22A/43-45 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Vice-Admiral Lewis Bayly [Commander, 3rd Battle Squadron], on his paper on East Coast defence, "Time Table of a Nightmare". WSC particularly mentions Bayly's view that it would be a disadvantage to land near a big town, and his reasons for discounting a landing in the vicinity of Dundee [Angus, Scotland]; WSC gives his reasons why an attack on Dundee would be possible. [Carbon copy]. 19 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/22A/46-47 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on difficulties in the compulsory purchase of land at Cromarty [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland] for a new Naval Station. [Carbon copy]. 21 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/22A/48 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on action to be taken by Vice-Admiral Sir Cecil Burney [Senior Naval Officer of the International Fleet blockading the coasts of Montenegro and Albania] on the surrender of Scutari [Shkoder, Albania]. [Carbon copy]. 23 Apr 1913
CHAR 13/22A/49-53 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the defence of the east coast. [Carbon copy]. Apr 1913
CHAR 13/22A/54-55 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], the Director of the Manning Department, and the Deputy Adjutant-General Royal Marines, asking how many Marines would be required to provide permanent peace-time complements for all coast batteries from Sheerness [Kent] to Cromarty [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland]. [Carbon copy]. 02 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/56-60 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on east coast defence, particularly the Admiralty proposal that they should take over coastal defence batteries north of Sheerness [Kent] and coast watching on the Sheerness- Shetland line [Scotland] from the War Office. Carbon copy. 02 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/6-7 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on Admiralty organisation. [Carbon copy]. 16 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/22A/61-62 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on service of Dockyard staff in the Territorial Army. [Carbon copy]. 06 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/63-64 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the appointment of a successor to Captain Hugh Watson as Naval Attache in Berlin [Germany], recommending Rear-Admiral Somerset Gough-Calthorpe, 2nd-in-command of the 1st Battle Squadron. [Carbon copy. Note: Calthorpe was not appointed]. 06 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/65-66 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [John Seely, Secretary of State for War, later 1st Lord Mottistone], on Home Defence, suggesting that the war garrisons of the great southern fortresses be moved to the east coast, pointing out that they had been based in the south when France was the danger, and that the strategic front had changed. [Carbon copy]. 06 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/67-73 Minute by [WSC] on factors affecting port defences, including the increase in the calibre of battleship guns and the thickness of battleship armour, the change in the strategic front from the south coast to the east, and the likelihood of raids from Germany; WSC also comments on the disposition of shore batteries and the dangers of over-reliance on shore defences and sets out proposals for specific east coast ports. [Carbon copy]. 19 May [1913]
CHAR 13/22A/74-80 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [1st Sea Lord Prince, Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], reporting his meeting with Vice-Admiral Cecil Burney [Vice- Admiral commanding the 3rd Battle Squadron] in Ragusa [Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia]. WSC confirms that Burney and the 3rd Battle Squadron would leave the Mediterranean at the earliest possible moment and that Burney would hand over to Vice-Admiral Lewis Bayly before the Summer Manoeuvres, and take over the command of the 2nd and 3rd Fleets from Vice-Admiral Sir Frederick Hamilton in December 1913. WSC also comments on subjects including: the plans for the visit of the French Minister of Marine; the state of the Executive List; the need for an Order in Council, permitting the Board of Admiralty to pay full allowances to officers compulsorily retired in cases where no misconduct was alleged; and the British Naval Mission to Greece. [Carbon copy]. 20 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/8-9 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent regretting that he could not intervene in the case of an officer passed over for promotion, stating that the rule forbidding officers to use personal influence to advance promotion was absolute: "The process of selection is quite impersonal and I take very little part in it". [Carbon copy]. 16 Feb 1913
CHAR 13/22A/81-82 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [Sir Francis Hopwood, Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough] on the Canadian contribution of 3 battleships to the Royal Navy, described as the "key to the Anglo-German naval situation". [Carbon copy]. 21 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/83-85 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [1st Sea Lord Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the visit of the President of France to Britain. WSC also comments on progress with revising the active lists of captains and flag officers, and asks for firing exercises to be arranged for him to witness. [Carbon copy]. 21 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/86 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough] and Frederick Black on WSC's memorandum to the Cabinet on the oil position. [Carbon copy]. 21 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/87-88 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on Mediterranean Fleet War Orders. [Carbon copy]. 27 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/89-93 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the Mediterranean Fleet, particularly the possible withdrawal of HMS Yarmouth and HMS Weymouth ["Town" Class Cruisers] to Gibraltar for service on the trade routes on the outbreak of war. WSC comments that the Admiralty knew where all of the German fast cruisers were based, and that they should continue the present policy of placing a "Town" or "County" class cruiser to mark down each German vessel. He adds that he did not feel it necessary to withdraw the Yarmouth and the Weymouth from the Mediterranean for this duty, suggesting the construction of a class of 26 knot cruisers, armed with eight 7.5 inch guns. [Carbon copy]. 27 May 1913
CHAR 13/22A/94 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and the Private Office, on a paper by [Jellicoe] on the need for urgent action on naval aviation. [Carbon copy]. 01 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/95-97 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on east coast defence. [Carbon copy]. 02 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22A/98-102 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [the Greek Minister of Marine], with Admiralty minute, on a request from the Greek Government for a new and reinforced British Naval Mission to Greece, staffed by officers from the active list. WSC states that the Admiralty proposed to invite Rear-Admiral Mark Kerr to head the Mission, describing Kerr as one of the "most gifted and brilliant officers in the service". He adds that the Mission would be composed of some of the "best officers on the active list" of the Royal Navy. [Carbon copy]. 02 Jun 1913
CHAR 13/22B/177-182 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Allen [Minister of Defence, New Zealand], on the naval defence of New Zealand. [Carbon copy]. 25 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22B/183-185 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [? F E Smith, later 1st Lord Birkenhead], on a speech by [Smith] on the abolition of the right of capture of private property at sea. WSC states that in a war with Germany the Admiralty would wish to bring all German trade to a standstill by preventing all German ships from leaving or returning to German ports; he proposes that all captured German ships should be held till the end of the war, and treated exactly as prisoners of war. WSC asks how this struck [Smith] in law, and how it could be "expressed in proper legal jargon". [Carbon copy]. 25 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22B/186-187 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent, regretting that his son's eyesight was not good enough for entry to the Royal Navy. [Carbon copy]. 25 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22B/188 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent, suggesting 7 November as a date for an inspection of Portsmouth [Hampshire]. [Carbon copy]. 26 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22B/189-191 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [? Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher], on a paper by Captain [? William Reginald] Hall against large submarines and steam submarines. [Carbon copy]. 30 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22B/192-194 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the development of a proper staff system in the Royal Navy. [Carbon copy]. 31 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22B/195-198 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [Henri Deterding, Director, Shell Oil Company], on the Navy's oil supply, and the difficulty of transacting Government business during August, criticising the "scattering of authorities" and the "consequent temporary arrest in the power to transact ordinary administrative business". 03 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/199-200 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent, on the Naval Manoeuvres. [Carbon copy]. 04 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/201-202 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [? the 1st Sea Lord, Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on subjects including East Coast defence, and the naval manoeuvres, which WSC would like to see from a naval aeroplane. [Carbon copy]. 04 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/203 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson], on the 1913 manoeuvres. [Carbon copy]. 12 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/204-205 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord, Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on oil consumption by destroyer flotillas. [Carbon copy]. 15 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/206-208 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] on plans to increase the Officer Entry to the Royal Navy, and the need for additional accommodation at the Royal Naval College, Osborne [Isle of Wight]; WSC suggests that the Exmouth Training Ship be transferred there. [Carbon copy]. 14 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/209 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], on a letter from a Commander-in-Chief, which should have been brought to his notice earlier. [Carbon]. 17 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/210-211 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Naval Secretary, Admiralty [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair] on his intention to mark the development of the Naval Air Service by further promotion of flying officers. WSC suggests that all Lieutenants commanding squadrons be given the seniority to wear the half-stripe of an 8-year Lieutenant, and that two of the more senior flying officers should be promoted to Commander. [Carbon copy]. 18 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/212-215 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], recommending the appointment of Rear-Admiral John de Robeck for a regular command afloat, suggesting his appointment as 2nd in Command of a Battle Squadron. WSC states that de Robeck was better suited for the regular duties of a sea officer than for the special work of Admiral of Patrols, in which "considerable tactical ability ... and a marked appreciation of tactical and strategic conditions" were required". WSC states that Rear-Admiral Sir Robert Arbuthnot would be a good candidate, but that his "tact and temper would be a handicap to him in a position where he would have the opportunity of quarrelling with so many people". WSC also recommends Rear-Admiral Arthur Leveson for the post of Director of Operations, and Captain Henry Oliver as Director of Naval Intelligence; also commenting on the possibility of appointing Admiral Sir Reginald Custance as Chief of the War Staff. 18 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/216-217 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair] on the appointment of the Admiral Superintendent at Devonport [Devon]; WSC states that Dockyard posts should go to "young competent men", and recommends Rear-Admiral Henry Campbell. [Carbon copy]. 18 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/218-219 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Vice-Admiral Arthur Limpus [Naval Adviser to the Turkish Government] on the political situation in Turkey and the importance of his Mission. [Carbon copy]. 19 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/220-221 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 [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson] on Mediterranean Fleet manoeuvres. [Carbon copy]. 19 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/222-223 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 manoeuvres. [Carbon copy]. 20 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/224 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of Naval Education [Sir (James) Alfred Ewing], on Public School entry to the Royal Navy, recommending the publication of a list of Cadets and Schools deserving an "honourable mention". [Carbon copy]. 25 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/22B/225 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] asking him to consult the Foreign Office about a letter [CHAR 13/22B/226-227]. [Carbon copy]. 30 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/226-227 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [Vice-Admiral Sir Edmond Slade] on the work of the Commission to visit the Persian oilfield [Iran]. [Carbon copy]. 30 Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/228-229 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent, undertaking to send him the War Game Papers, to form the subject of a tactical exercise. [Carbon copy]. Sep 1913
CHAR 13/22B/230-231 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] suggesting a general Naval Conference with Dominion representatives in the summer of 1914. [Carbon copy]. 14 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/22B/232-233 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on an "ill-drafted" letter to the Preparatory Schoolmasters' Association, on Officer Cadet Entry to the Royal Navy, which would give a poor opinion of the "powers of composition possessed by the Board of Admiralty". [Carbon copy]. 19 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/22B/234 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], and the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] asking for a paper to be circulated through the Colonial Office without delay. [Carbon copy]. 19 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/22B/235 Telegram from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister of Canada [Robert Borden] on the Canadian contribution of three battleships for the Royal Navy. [Carbon copy]. [19] [Oct] [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/236-238 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent [? Geoffrey Dawson, Editor of the Times], regretting that the word "permanent" was omitted in the Times report of his reference to the "permanent unity of Ireland". WSC also comments on out of date articles being published in the Times on warship design. [Carbon copy]. 21 Oct 1913
CHAR 13/22B/239 Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Navy League, regretting that WSC, and other members of the Board of Admiralty were unable to accept the League's invitation to their Trafalgar Night Dinner, because of controversial and other partisan speeches at the previous Annual Dinner. [Carbon copy]. [Oct] 1913
CHAR 13/22B/240-242 Letter from Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne [Commander- in-Chief, Mediterranean] (HMS Inflexible, Malta) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] reporting on the Mediterranean Fleet manoeuvres. [Carbon copy]. 13 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/22B/243-244 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] on a deficit in the Naval Estimates, asking how much of this was due to accelerating the construction of three battleships. [Carbon copy]. 18 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/22B/245-246 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 Manoeuvres. [Carbon copy]. 18 Nov 1913
CHAR 13/22B/247-248 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] on the Admiralty Honours List, asking for CB's [Commanderships of the Order of the Bath] for James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] and Reginald Acland, the Judge-Advocate of the Fleet. WSC states that if a Civil CB was impossible for Acland, he should be considered for a simple knighthood; WSC also comments on the claims of Anthony Lyster, President of the Institute of Civil Engineers, and Alfred Yarrow. [Carbon copy]. Nov 1913
CHAR 13/22B/249 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], stating that two new German battleships, the Kaiser and the Koenig Albert, were to undertake a two month Atlantic cruise in the New Year, and that the Royal Navy would take the opportunity to send four "Super Dreadnoughts" on a similar cruise to the Mediterranean. WSC suggests that Grey might bring this to the attention of the German Ambassador. [Carbon copy]. 04 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/250 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] asking if an Acting-Commander would be eligible for the Civil CB [Commandership of the Order of the Bath]. [Carbon copy]. 04 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/251 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on East Coast defence. [Carbon copy]. 06 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/252-253 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] asking him to check figures on the German cruiser building programme, compared to the British cruiser programme. [Carbon copy]. 09 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/254 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], asking for the reasons for the 1.2 million pound programme of submarines. [Carbon copy]. 09 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/255 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on the High Level Bridge Conference to discuss division of responsibility for East Coast defence between the Admiralty and the War Office. [Carbon copy]. 09 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/256 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent with congratulations on their article in the December issue of Round Table. [Carbon copy]. 12 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/257 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified correspondent suggesting a reply to a letter about the actions of a Captain [not specified]. [Carbon copy]. 12 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/258 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [?] the Treasury, asking for the renewal of Sir James Marshall's appointment as [Director of Dockyards] for a further year. [Carbon copy]. 12 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/259 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] approving expenditure on alterations to HMS Enchantress [Admiralty yacht]. [Carbon copy]. 13 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/260 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the Grand Fleet manoeuvres. [Carbon copy]. 15 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/261-266 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] and 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] on a paper by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher on submarines. [Carbon copy]. 25 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/267 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall] asking for German naval construction figures to be checked. [Carbon copy]. 26 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/268 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] asking for a Treasury memorandum to be circulated to the Sea Lords and the Chief of Staff. [Carbon copy]. 26 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/269-270 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] on statements about Dreadnought numbers, including complaints from New Zealand Ministers that HMS New Zealand was included in the 60 per cent standard [of British superiority over Germany in Dreadnoughts] and also the addition of Canadian ships to the total. [Carbon copy]. 26 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/271 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to find a passage in WSC's speech on the Navy Estimates, replying to criticisms that Britain was not maintaining the 60 per cent standard [of superiority over Germany in Dreadnoughts]. [Carbon copy]. 27 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/272-273 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] sending a reply to a Treasury memorandum. [Carbon copy]. 27 Dec 1913
CHAR 13/22B/274-276 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [? the South African Government] on the naval defence of South Africa. [Carbon copy]. [Dec] [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/277-284 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the naval defence of New Zealand and Australia, including the British attitude to Japan. [Carbon copy]. [Dec] [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/285 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], on the naval defence of New Zealand and the necessity of keeping in touch with James Allen [Minister of Defence, New Zealand]. [Carbon copy]. [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/286-287 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the employment of the Royal Marines, particularly their use in manning east coast defences. WSC also suggests the creation of a mobile brigade of Marines which could be sent to protect the Orkneys or any other minor detached overseas service. [Carbon copy]. [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/288-291 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on East Coast defence, particularly the use of Royal Marines to man the batteries. [Carbon copy]. [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/292-298 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the naval reserve, the use of the Royal Marines in manning east coast defences, and turning over the coast watch to Admiralty control. [Carbon copy]. [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/299-300 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on Mediterranean Fleet War Orders. [Carbon copy]. [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/301-323 Memorandum by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on oil fired ships. [Carbon copy]. [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/324 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on provision in the new building programme to construct four airships. [Carbon copy]. [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/325-335 Minute by [? James Masterton Smith, Private Secretary to WSC] on inaccurate statements by Captain Gerald Vivian, commander of the Naval Flying Base ship Hermes, during discussions to decide types of aeroplanes to be bought by the Admiralty. [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/336-339 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on accusations by Admiral Sir Richard Poore, Commander-in-Chief [at the Nore] that he had encouraged junior officers to ignore their senior officers during discussions to decide types of aeroplanes to be bought by the Admiralty, and on statements by Captain Gerald Vivian, commander of the Naval Flying Base ship Hermes; WSC requests Poore to resign from the Board of Admiralty. [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/340-342 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on naval manning and ship dispositions. [Carbon copy]. [1913]
CHAR 13/22B/343 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty]: "Remarks on Mediterranean Manoeuvres, 1913". [1913]