Official: Admiralty: Telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 13/41

Part of: CHAR 13
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Date: 23 Jul 1914 - 26 Dec 1914

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The telegrams are mainly on the North Sea and Western Front.

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CHAR 13/41/1 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir George Callaghan] to Admiralty on arrangements for a conference of Flag Officers. [Carbon]. 23 Jul 1914
CHAR 13/41/2 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting that HMS Oceanic and HMS Alsatian would be sent to join Cruiser Force B under his command, commenting that there was a possibility of a "cloud" of German commerce destroyers being let loose. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. [Carbon]. 14 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/3 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] ordering no sweeping movements for the present, stating that the fleet could be rested and detailing ship movements. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. [Carbon]. 20 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/4 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting that a long wireless signal from Nauen [Germany] to the German Fleet had been intercepted but was indecipherable. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 23 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/5 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on disappointing news from France, asking him to consider the naval implications if the Germans were to control Calais and the French coast. [Carbon]. 24 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/6 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] on the Northern Patrol of 24 armed liners. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff], Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and WSC. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/7 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, reporting that German submarines were using Sinclair's Bay [Caithness, Scotland], for shelter, and asking for a coast watch in the area. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/8 Minute by WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, earlier Lord Milford Haven], Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee] and Admiral Sir Edmond Slade on a cutting from the New York Evening World, which expressed resentment that a British cruiser was hovering off the port. WSC gives instructions that patrolling cruisers should normally keep 8 to 10 miles away from New York [United States], only closing in when there was special need, and never infringing the three mile limit, but ordering the closest watch by secret service agents on the Hamburg-American liners. [Carbon]. 26 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/9 Minute by the Admiral Superintendent, Devonport [Rear-Admiral Godfrey Mundy], reporting that the earliest date for the completion of HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible was midnight, 13 November. [Carbon]. 09 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/10 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] ordering HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible to coal, and to proceed to Berehaven [County Cork, Ireland] with all despatch, as they were urgently needed for foreign service. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff], Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and WSC. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/11 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Kent, with orders to join Rear-Admiral Archibald Stoddart's 5th Cruiser Squadron with all despatch. Includes acknowledgement of Kent's departure. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff] and WSC. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914 - 05 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/12 Telegram from Admiralty to [Rear-Admiral Archibald Stoddart, 5th Cruiser Squadron], informing him that in view of the reported sinking of HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth by the [German cruisers] Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, all armoured ships on the South East coast of America were ordered to concentrate at once off Montevideo [Uruguay]. Initialled by WSC and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/13 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Canopus, with orders to join HMS Defence off Montevideo [Uruguay], following the defeat of [Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock's 4th Cruiser Squadron] by [the German cruisers] Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Initialled by WSC and Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/14 Telegram from Admiralty to HMS Glasgow and HMS Otranto, with orders to join HMS Defence near Montevideo [Uruguay], avoiding being brought to action by superior force, [following the defeat of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock's 4th Cruiser Squadron off Coronel, Chile]. Initialled by WSC and [?] Admiral Sir Henry Jackson. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/15 Telegram from Admiralty to [William Allardyce], Governor of the Falkland Islands, warning that a German cruiser raid might take place, and asking for all Admiralty colliers to be concealed in unfrequented harbours, and for codes and supplies to be destroyed when enemy ships were sighted. Initialled by Hugh Sinclair, Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver and WSC. 05 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/16 Minute by WSC, asking for a draft telegram to [Sir Richard M'Bride], the Prime Minister of British Columbia [Canada] on the decision to have ships refitted at Seattle [United States]. [Carbon]. 30 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/41/17 Telegram from Vice-Admiral Commanding Australian Squadron to Admiralty, on the possible pursuit of a German cruiser squadron off South America by the Australian squadron. Includes note from WSC stating which ships should go. [Photostat copy]. 15 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/18 Telegram from the Admiralty to the Commanders-in-Chief, Home Fleet and Home Ports, and Vice-Admiral 2nd and 3rd Fleets, stating that Britain would not allow passage of German ships through the English Channel or the North Sea, warning them to be prepared for surprise attacks. Initialled by the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee] and First Lord of the Admiralty [WSC]. [Carbon]. 02 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/19-22 Precis of conversation between WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty and the French Naval Attache, on Anglo-French naval co-operation in the event of war. [Carbon copy with ms annotations, initialled by WSC]. 02 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/23 Telegram from Sir Francis Bertie [British Ambassador to France], on a meeting between Paul Cambon [French Ambassador to Britain] and the French Minister of War, in which Cambon passed on a message about the importance that the British attached to the transfer of British troops to the extreme left of the Allied line. Bertie also reports on the view of General Joseph Joffre [Chief of French General Staff] on such a move, and Joffre's lack of confidence in British support, particularly from [? Major-General Sir Archibald Murray, Deputy-Chief of the Imperial General Staff]. [Carbon]. 26 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/41/24 Telegram from the Foreign Office to Sir Conyingham Greene [British Ambassador to Japan] on co-operation between British and Japanese navies in time of war, particularly on restricting operations to the sea for as long as possible. [Carbon]. 10 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/25-26 Telegram from Sir Francis May, Governor of Hong Kong to the Secretary of State for the Colonies [Lewis Harcourt], on the possibility of Japan declaring war on Germany. May states that British and Chinese merchants had full confidence in the Royal Navy to protect commerce, and would view with disgust any attempt by Japan to interfere in Chinese waters, which would destroy British prestige in China. Includes covering note from Harry Batterbee, Colonial Office, to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC]. [Carbon]. 10 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/27 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, expressing concern over short refits of ships in the Grand Fleet. [Carbon]. 09 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/28 Incomplete telegram on intercepting the German Fleet, in joint action with the Third Battle Squadron. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/41/29 Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood to the Duty Captain, Admiralty, on his operations to support the Army in Belgium. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/30 Telegram from the French Naval Attache, London, to the Ministry of Marine, Bordeaux [France], on operations to support the army off the Belgian coast. [Carbon]. 20 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/31 Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, on naval operations to support the Army in Belgium. Initialled by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] and WSC. [Carbon]. 04 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/32-39 Fragments of Admiralty telegrams. [Carbons]. 14 Nov 1914 - 20 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/40 Telegram from Admiralty to Commodore Herbert Haddock, (Belfast [Northern Ireland]), with orders for ships from the 10th Coastal Squadron to proceed to join the Grand Fleet without being delayed by waiting for bow mine catchers to be fitted. [Carbon]. 30 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/41 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on anti-submarine defences for Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland]. [Carbon]. 30 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/42 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] on the anti-submarine defences for Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland]. [Carbon]. 29 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/43 Telegram from Admiralty to 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], on air operations off the Belgian coast. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/44 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] stating that the 3rd Battle Squadron and the 3rd Cruiser Squadron would remain under his command, subject to them being based at Rosyth [Fife, Scotland] and not being ordered away by him without Admiralty consent. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/45 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] on providing naval support for air operations off the Belgian coast. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/46 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the desirability of a sweep southward by the Grand Fleet in conjunction with a seaplane operation, as the German fleet was concentrated at Wilhelmshaven [Germany] and their cruisers and battle cruisers were active. [Carbon]. 21 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/47 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, on the proposed southward sweep by the Grand Fleet, stating that it would be unwise to move the Fleet in conjunction with a seaplane operation. [Carbon]. 21 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/48 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] with notification that HMS Warrior, HMS Duke of Edinburgh, HMS Black Prince and HMS Donegal would join his flag as soon as they could be spared from other duties, to form a Squadron for Rear-Admiral Sir Archibald Moore. Initialled by WSC and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 17 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/49 Telegram from Admiralty to the French Ministry of Marine, Bordeaux, asking them to arrange for four naval aircraft and vehicles to be transported from Le Havre to Dijon [France] by rail, so that they could attack the German airship sheds at Friederichshafen. [Carbon]. 06 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/50 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commonwealth Navy Board, Australia, proposing that the Australian Squadron (the Australia, Melbourne and Sydney) should be based in Jamaica, where they could take part in the hunt for the [German cruiser] Karlsruhe and be well posted to deal with any fresh German cruisers breaking out of the North Sea. Initialled by WSC, with reply from the Navy Board agreeing. [Carbon]. 12 Dec 1914 - 14 Dec 1914
CHAR 13/41/51 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on a search of the Western Hebrides [Scotland] by two destroyers, which left no doubt as to use of the area by German submarines. [Carbon]. 18 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/52 Minute from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on observing the Italian declaration of neutrality. Includes reply by WSC. [Typescript copy]. 04 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/53 Note from WSC to Harry Beckenham [Private Secretary to WSC, particularly on WSC's history "The World Crisis"], asking why an important Admiralty telegram was not initialled, and whether Sir Oswyn Murray [Secretary to the Admiralty] could throw any light on it. [Hand-written, initialled by WSC]. 29 Dec [1921]
CHAR 13/41/54 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir (Archibald) Berkeley Milne] and Admiral Superintendent, Malta [Vice-Admiral Sackville Carden], on the Italian declaration of neutrality, ordering that it be respected rigidly, and that warships should not go within 6 miles of the Italian coast. [Carbon]. 04 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/55 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, proposing not to send any battleships for refit until early December. [Carbon]. 15 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/56 File cover, "Convoy Telegrams". [1914]
CHAR 13/41/57-60 Telegram from 2nd Lord Liverpool [earlier Arthur Savile- Foljambe], Governor of New Zealand, to the Secretary of State for the Colonies [Lewis Harcourt] asking if it was desirable to form a New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Includes copies of telegrams between the Colonial Office, [?] Rear-Admiral Arthur Leveson, Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee, Chief of Staff, Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven, 1st Sea Lord], Admiral Henry Jackson and WSC. [Carbon]. 02 Aug 1914 - 08 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/61 Telegram from Admiralty to the Senior Naval Officer, New Zealand, on a New Zealand expeditionary force to Samoa. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and WSC. [Carbon]. 14 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/62 Telegram from Admiralty to Rear Admiral Commanding, Australia, ordering him to proceed at once to Noumea and join the New Zealand expeditionary force. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and WSC. [Carbon]. 15 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/63 Telegram from Admiralty to [Rear Admiral Commanding, Australia], on protection for the New Zealand expeditionary force. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and WSC. [Carbon]. 15 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/64 Telegram from Admiralty to the Naval Board, Melbourne, [Australia], with orders to seize and occupy Rabaul [New Guinea] as a base, and to seize and occupy Mauru Yap and Anguar in order to break enemy lines of intelligence in the Pacific. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and WSC. [Carbon]. 18 Aug 1914 - 19 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/65 Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Commanding, Australia, and the Senior Naval Officer, New Zealand, on policy for offensive operations against German possessions. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff] and WSC. [Carbon]. 20 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/66-67 Report by Admiral Sir Henry Jackson, on escorting transport convoys in the Pacific. [Carbon]. 24 Aug 1914
CHAR 13/41/68-69 Report by Admiral Sir Henry Jackson, reporting on the programme of the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] for escorting transport convoys in the Pacific. [Carbon]. 08 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/70 Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral, Australia, on the escort of an Australian troop convoy. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff] and WSC. [Carbon]. 10 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/71 Telegram from Admiralty to the Senior Naval Officer, New Zealand, on the escort for Australian and New Zealand troop convoys. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff] and WSC. [Carbon]. 10 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/72 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, China Station [Vice-Admiral Sir (Thomas) Martyn Jerram], to Admiralty, on arrangements for the naval defence of Australia while Australian cruisers were away escorting troop convoys. Includes note of agreement by WSC and message of approval from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to Jerram. [Carbon]. 14 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/73-74 Minute by Admiral Sir Henry Jackson on the defence of a New Zealand troop convoy. [Carbon]. 19 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/75-76 Telegram from the Vice-Admiral, Australia, to Admiralty, on the occupation of Friedrich Wilhelm Harbour, [German New Guinea]. Includes note from WSC to the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee] and Admiral Sir Henry Jackson, asking which ships could reach Wellington [New Zealand] most quickly, with reply by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. [Carbon]. 24 Sep 1914 - 25 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/77 Note on meeting between WSC, the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], the Secretary of State for War [Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener], the Quarter-Master-General, Acting Assistant to the Director of Transports and Assistant Director of Movements to discuss the ports to be used for the embarkation and disembarkation of troops for France, in view of German submarines in the English Channel. [Carbon]. 30 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/78 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies [Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Peirse], on a naval escort for the military expedition to the Persian Gulf, asking him to detach HMS Duke of Edinburgh for this purpose. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick]) Doveton Sturdee [Chief of War Staff] and WSC. [Carbon]. 22 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/79 Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg], and Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee], on an escort for an Australian troop convoy. Includes replies from Battenberg and Sturdee. [Carbon]. 25 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/80 Telegram from Admiralty to the Navy Board, Melbourne [Australia], stating that an Australian and New Zealand convoy would travel to Britain by the Cape of Good Hope route [South Africa], giving arrangements for its escort. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee [Chief of War Staff] and WSC. 26 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/81-82 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene], Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick]) Doveton Sturdee] and 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on arrangements for the escort of an Australian and New Zealand troop convoy to Britain. [Carbon]. 27 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/83-84 Minute by Admiral Sir Henry Jackson to the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick]) Doveton Sturdee] on an escort for an Australian and New Zealand troop convoy sailing to Britain. [Carbon]. 30 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/85 Minute from WSC to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick]) Doveton Sturdee] and Admiral Sir Henry Jackson, on the Australian and New Zealand troop convoy sailing to Britain. [Carbon]. 30 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/86 Telegram from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Navy Board, Melbourne [Australia] on an escort for an Australian and New Zealand troop convoy to Britain; telegram is also sent to the Commander-in-Chief, China [Vice-Admiral Sir (Thomas) Martyn Jerram] and Commander- in-Chief, East Indies [Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Peirse]. [Carbon]. 30 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/87 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies [Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Peirse], and the Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf, ordering them to commence hostilities against Turkey, and detailing the duties of their ships. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff], WSC and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord]. [Carbon]. 31 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/88 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, China Station [Vice-Admiral Sir (Thomas) Martyn Jerram], on the escort of an Australian troop convoy to Britain. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and WSC. [Carbon]. 10 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/89 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, China Station [Vice-Admiral Sir (Thomas) Martyn Jerram], (Singapore) to Admiralty on the escort of an Australian troop convoy to Britain. Includes comments by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff] and WSC, disagreeing with Jerram. [Carbon]. 10 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/41/90 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, The Nore [Admiral Sir Richard Poore], [Rear-Admiral Henry Campbell], HMS Bacchante, and HMS Hogue, ordering Hogue to join Bacchante on the Broad Fourteens Patrol, and for Bacchante, HMS Aboukir, and Hogue to support HMS Fearless and 8 destroyers who were looking for hostile mine layers. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 04 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/91 Telegram from the Admiralty to the French Ministry of Marine, Bordeaux [France], on plans to maintain aerial command of the area around Dunkirk. [Carbon]. 06 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/92 Telegram from British Naval Attache (Petrograd), to Admiralty, reporting that the Russian Admiralty had acquired several German signal books and cyphers: he suggests that a British cruiser or destroyer be sent to Russia to collect copies; includes Admiralty responses. [Carbon]. 06 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/93 Telegram from WSC to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on safety in forthcoming operations, asking if the fleet would be using waters cleared by minesweepers, and protecting against submarines. [Carbon]. 06 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/94 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the difficulties of patrolling the east coast to prevent mine-laying because of the number of steamers using the east coast ports: Jellicoe suggests that the east coast be closed to trade north of the Thames. [Carbon]. 06 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/95 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on their reluctance to close east coast ports to trade [because of the threat from German minelayers]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff] and Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. [Carbon]. 06 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/96 File cover. 1914
CHAR 13/41/97 Telegram from Admiralty to [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus and [Rear-Admiral Henry Campbell], HMS Bacchante, ordering withdrawal of their patrols, and ordering Euryalus and a cruiser force to a position off Terschelling [the Netherlands] by 10 September. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 07 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/98 Telegram from Admiralty to Commander Charles Samson, [Naval Air Service] with orders to continue to assert aerial control within a 100 mile radius of Dunkirk [France], detailing his support and urging the importance of destroying airships and airship sheds, particularly at Dusseldorf and Cologne [Germany]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff] and WSC. [Carbon]. 08 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/99 Minute from Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee, Chief of Staff, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, suggesting that a department of the State, preferably the Foreign Office, should establish a bureau to "deal with and contradict the German untruths (lies)" spread in neutral countries, as not a tenth of them were denied. Includes forwarding note from WSC to the Home Secretary [Reginald McKenna], adding that this confirmed McKenna's views. [Carbon]. 09 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/100 Minute from Admiralty to [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus, with orders to re-establish the Broad Fourteens Patrol. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. [Carbon]. 10 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/101 Telegram from the French Naval Attache (London) to the French Ministry of Marine, (Bordeaux [France]) reporting that WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, had visited Dunkirk, and made arrangements for the working of the naval aircraft and motor vehicles. [Carbon]. 11 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/102 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, reporting on operations of the Grand Fleet on 10 September. [Carbon]. 12 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/103 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] on his forthcoming visit to Jellicoe. [Carbon]. 12 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/104 Telegram from Admiralty to Commander Charles Samson [Naval Air Service], approving his proposals for the establishment of advanced moveable bases for aggressive action against Zeppelins, and warning him not to drawn into serious fighting against enemy troops, as his objectives are airships and airship sheds. [Carbon]. 13 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/105 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on WSC's forthcoming visit to Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland]; includes WSC's reply. [Carbon]. 14 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/106 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, reporting that the Grand Fleet's sweep on 10 September was probably reported to the Germans by a complete cordon of apparently neutral fishing boats established about 150 miles from Heligoland [Germany]: Jellicoe suggests that the Dogger Bank Patrol take some of them into harbour for a strict search for wireless gear, and proposes a similar sweep further south to search for mines. [Carbon]. 14 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/107 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on his request for personnel to man the defences of Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland], which had been disallowed. Urgently asking for the question to be reconsidered. Includes reply from WSC. [Carbon]. 14 Sep 1914 - 15 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/108 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on WSC's forthcoming visit to Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland]. [Carbon]. 14 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/109 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] reporting that a considerable portion of the German Fleet was actively engaged in the Baltic, suggesting that it would be a good time to rest the Battle Fleet for engine room defects. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 14 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/110 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] giving him authority to send neutral vessels hampering his operations into British ports, but advising him not to appear to maltreat the flag of a small neutral. Initialled by WSC and Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 14 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/111 Telegram from Admiralty to [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus, requesting the position of his squadron and warning of a possible break out of cruisers and destroyers from Emden [Germany]. [Carbon]. 15 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/112 Telegram from [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus, to Admiralty, reporting the position of his squadron. [Carbon]. 15 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/113 Telegram from Admiralty to [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus, reporting that a rumour of four German cruisers was believed to be inaccurate, and that just two cruisers had left Emden [Germany] for usual patrols, ordering Christian to spread his patrols. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 16 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/114 Telegram from [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus, to Admiralty, asking if the patrols on the Dogger Bank and Broad Fourteens were to be resumed forthwith. [Carbon]. 16 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/115 Telegram from Admiralty to [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus, ordering patrols on the Dogger Bank and Broad Fourteens to be resumed at his convenience as soon as the weather permitted. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 16 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/116-117 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Commander Charles Samson [Naval Air Service], on attacks on German Zeppelin sheds, asking why 13 days had been wasted without any action in this "vital matter". WSC states that either Samson should control effectively the force entrusted to him, or he would be replaced by another officer. [Carbon]. 16 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/118 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on Cabinet authorisation of separation allowances to wives and children of all Naval ratings and Marines. [Carbon]. 16 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/119 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] requesting an opportunity to see the Fleet and some of the Vice-Admirals on 17 September. [Carbon]. 16 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/120 Telegram from Commander Charles Samson [Naval Air Service], (Dunkirk), to Admiralty, with a report on air operations in France and Belgium, regretting that the poor weather and lack of suitable machines had made it impossible to attack the German Zeppelin sheds. [Carbon]. 17 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/121 Telegram from [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus to Admiralty, reporting that he had ordered his destroyers into harbour because of poor weather and withdrawn the Broad Fourteens Patrol for the same reason, and that he was patrolling the Dogger Bank with three cruisers. [Carbon]. 17 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/122 Telegram from Admiralty to Commander Charles Samson [Naval Air Service], (Dunkirk [France]), approving his proceedings and proposals for attacks on German Zeppelin sheds, and giving Samson full discretion over time and method of attack and the machines to be used, stating that there was no question of censure. Initialled by WSC and Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. [Carbon]. 18 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/123 Telegram from [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus to Admiralty, reporting that the weather was too bad for destroyers to carry out Dogger Bank duty, and suggesting that they remain off Yarmouth [Norfolk] until the weather moderated. [Carbon]. 19 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/124 Telegram from [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus to Admiralty, reporting that Euryalus and three cruisers would arrive at the Broad Fourteens on 20 September: he proposes that Euryalus proceed to Sheerness [Kent] to coal and refit, leaving the captain of HMS Aboukir as Senior Officer of Patrol. Includes reply confirming that the Dogger Bank patrol need not continue, and ordering cruisers to watch the Broad Fourteens. [Carbon]. 19 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/125 Telegram from [Rear-Admiral Arthur Christian], HMS Euryalus to "Commodore S" [Roger Keyes, Captain and Commodore in charge of the Submarine Service], asking if it would be possible for a British submarine to be in 54.0 N 3.0 East; includes reply from Keyes stating that it was possible as submarines were returning from patrol and might be out of position. [Carbon]. 19 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/126 Telegram from Admiralty to Major-General Sir George Aston, [Royal Naval Division] (Dunkirk [France]), reporting large enemy cavalry forces within 60 miles, and urging caution in using British Yeomanry cavalry as they were deficient in equipment. [Carbon]. 20 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/127 Telegram from Admiralty to the French Ministry of Marine, (Bordeaux [France]), asking if two French battleships could be spared for service in the Dardanelles, and giving notice of an attack on the Turkish Fleet. [Carbon]. 20 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/128 Telegram from Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Ollivant [General Staff Officer, Royal Naval Division] (Dunkirk [France]), to Admiralty, on a planned move on Douai. [Carbon]. 20 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/129 Telegram from Major-General Sir George Aston, [Royal Naval Division], (Dunkirk [France]), to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, reporting his interview with the Governor of Dunkirk [Charles Bidon], on the employment of the Division at Douai. [Carbon]. 20 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/130 Telegram from Admiralty to Major-General Sir George Aston, [Royal Naval Division], passing on information from the Belgian Minister of War on German aims to lay floating mines off the Netherlands, German artillery emplacements near Brussels [Belgium], and the state of railway bridges in the area. [Carbon]. 21 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/131 Telegram from WSC to Major-General Sir George Aston, [Royal Naval Division], on his forthcoming visit to Dunkirk [France], efforts to improve supplies to the Division, and warning of large enemy forces in northern Belgium. [Carbon]. 21 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/132 Telegram from Major-General Sir George Aston [Royal Naval Division], (Dunkirk [France]), to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on a request from French Headquarters for Commander Charles Samson [Naval Air Service] with five armoured cars to destroy railway bridges between Cambrai and Valenciennes. [Carbon]. 21 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/133 Telegram from James Masterton-Smith, Private Secretary to WSC, to Major-General Sir George Aston, [Royal Naval Division], on the proposed plan [to destroy railway bridges between Cambrai and Valenciennes, France], and WSC's wish to see Commander Charles Samson [Naval Air Service], stating that Aston should take no action until WSC arrived in Dunkirk. [Carbon]. 21 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/134 Telegram from James Masterton-Smith, Private Secretary to WSC, to Major-General Sir George Aston, [Royal Naval Division], on the proposed plan [to destroy railway bridges between Cambrai and Valenciennes, France], repeating that Aston should take no action until WSC arrived in Dunkirk. [Carbon]. 21 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/135 Telegram from Admiralty to various recipients, on lessons to be learnt from the loss of HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue, particularly that if a ship was torpedoed, the disabled ship should be left to her fate, and that other large ships should clear out of the danger area. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and WSC. [Carbon]. 22 Sep 1914 - 23 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/136 Telegram from 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt] to Admiralty, passing on a report from Lieutenant Cloete of HMS Aboukir on the loss of Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy. [Carbon]. 22 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/137 Telegram from HMS Cressy to all ships, stating that HMS Aboukir and HMS Hogue were sinking, with notes confirming the message. [Carbon]. 22 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/138 Telegram from Admiralty to All Ships, on lessons to be learnt from the loss of HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue, particularly that if a ship was torpedoed, or mined, the disabled ship should be left to her fate, and that other large ships should clear out of the danger area. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and WSC. [Carbon]. 23 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/139 Telegram from Major-General Sir George Aston [Royal Naval Division], (Dunkirk [France]) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on a request from French Territorial Forces at Douai for cavalry support. [Carbon]. 24 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/140 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Major-General Sir George Aston [Royal Naval Division], on a request from French Territorial Forces at Douai [France] for cavalry support, stating that Aston should not move until Monday 28 September, when twenty armoured cars, six aircraft and fifty charabancs would be available. 24 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/141 Telegram from Admiralty to the Senior Naval Officer, HMS Indefatigable, authorising him to attack any Turkish ship emerging from the Dardanelles, while taking all precautions to avoid surprise attack by torpedoes of floating mines. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff] and WSC. [Carbon]. 25 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/142 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], asking him to consider arrangements for minor vessels to be attached to Cruiser Squadrons detailed to stop and examine traffic. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff] and Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. [Carbon]. 27 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/143-144 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the use of minor vessels and larger ships attached to Cruiser Squadrons to stop and examine traffic. [Carbon]. 28 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/145-146 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Major-General General Sir George Aston [Royal Naval Division], placing him on the sick list, and ordering him home to London for a rest before resuming his duties. Aston is ordered to hand over command to Major-General Archibald Paris, and the movements of the division and intelligence and organisational systems are detailed. [Carbon]. 29 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/147 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], asking for comments on the recent German submarine activity. [Copy]. 29 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/148 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to the General Officer Commanding, Dunkirk Force [Major- General Archibald Paris, Royal Naval Division], on the military situation in and around Antwerp [Belgium]. [Carbon]. 30 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/149 Telegram from Major-General Archibald Paris [Royal Naval Division] (Dunkirk [France]), to Admiralty, stating that French forces had withdrawn from Tournai towards Orchies; also warning that the position of the battalion at Lille was unsound, and proposing to withdraw it to Cassel. [Carbon]. 30 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/150-151 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, commenting on recent German submarine activity: Jellicoe advises retaining superiority in heavy ships, and concentrating on strangling German trade, and details methods of attacking enemy submarines. [Typescript copy]. 30 Sep 1914
CHAR 13/41/152 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] on Cabinet pressure to institute a mining campaign in the narrow seas between the Straits of Dover and the Netherlands, in order to provide a barrier against submarines, to strangle ship movement from Rotterdam, and to help protect Antwerp [Belgium]. [Carbon]. 01 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/153 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, suggesting the use of contact mines off bases as a submarine defence. [Carbon]. 01 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/154 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Major-General Archibald Paris, (Dunkirk [France]), on organising the movement of the Marine Brigade of the Royal Naval Division. [Carbon]. 01 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/155 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Major Eugene Gerrard, [Royal Naval Air Service], ordering him to concentrate his efforts on spotting the fall of shot for British naval guns at Antwerp [Belgium], to help knock out enemy siege artillery. Copied to Commander Charles Samson [Royal Naval Air Service]. [Carbon]. 01 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/156 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, advising against mining in the Heligoland Bight [off Germany] which would not be worth the material expended, as the minefield would have to be left unobserved, and a channel would soon be swept through it. Jellicoe states that good results might be achieved from mining the entrances to the rivers Elbe, Jade, Weser and Ems, but only at considerable risk, and gives support for mining the narrow seas [between the Straits of Dover and the Netherlands]. [Carbon]. 02 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/157 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to SS Engadine, wishing good luck to officers and men of the Royal Navy about to go into action at Antwerp [Belgium]. [Carbon]. 02 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/158 Telegram from the Director of Intelligence [Rear-Admiral Henry Oliver], Admiralty, to Major-General Archibald Paris [Royal Naval Division] (Dunkirk [France]), reporting a statement by the Belgian Minister of War, that the Germans were taking the siege of Antwerp [Belgium] seriously, and it was not intended as a diversion. Also reporting on German troop movements. [Carbon]. 02 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/159 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Major-General Archibald Paris [Royal Naval Division], (Dunkirk [France]), ordering him not to allow his battalion to be cut off in Lille, but to concentrate his force at Cassel or Hazebrouck, making sure of being able to fall back on Dunkirk. [Carbon]. 02 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/160 Telegram from Major-General Archibald Paris [Royal Naval Division], to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, stating that the battalion at Lille [France] was fairly secure, and had orders to retire on Cassel if the French were to evacuate Lille, and proposing to keep his main force in Cassel for the present. [Carbon]. 02 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/41/161 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the General Officer Commanding, Dunkirk [Major-General Archibald Paris, Royal Naval Division], with notification that administration of the division had been transferred to the Adjutant-General, Royal Marines, and noting the new duties of the division's staff officers. [Carbon]. 02 Oct 1914