Official: Admiralty: Correspondence.

Reference code: CHAR 13/48

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Date: 01 Mar 1915 - 12 Mar 1915

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CHAR 13/48/1 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War], reporting that a squadron of 12 naval aircraft, commanded by Commander Charles Samson, with a supporting squadron of armoured cars, could sail on 5 or 6 March for service in the Dardanelles. WSC confirms that they would be under the command of the General Officer Commanding to scout for the Army. WSC also confirms that he was sending the Royal Naval Division until mid-April. [Hand-written copy, signed by WSC]. 01 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/2 Letter from Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, to WSC, thanking him for making space for War Office aircraft at Farnborough [Hampshire]. 01 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/3-4 Letter from Arthur Roberts to Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland [Lady Millicent Fitzgerald, later Lady Millicent Hawes], thanking her for her help in his attempt to obtain a commission in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. 01 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/5-7 Recommendation from General Henry Eagles, Royal Marine Light Infantry, for Staff Sergeant R Bell, supporting his application for a temporary commission as Lieutenant and Quartermaster [with envelope and covering letter from Jennie Bell]. 01 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/8 Letter from Albany Petch, Agent for Bethlehem Steel Company, to Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC, on supplies of plumbago, which were being held up by the Customs in Britain. Petch asks WSC as First Lord to issue instructions for an export permit. 01 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/9-10 Letter from Major North Dalrymple-Hamilton (Bargany, Dailly, Ayrshire [Scotland]) to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], on his return to duty and the organisation of the Royal Naval Division. 01 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/11-12 Letter from John Redmond (Aughavagh, Aughrim, County Wicklow [Ireland]) to WSC, asking him to take action on the question of chaplains in the Navy. Redmond encloses a letter from Richard Sheehan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, pressing for urgent action on the matter. 28 Feb 1915 - 02 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/13-14 Letter from Alfred Edmonds to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], submitting the manuscript of "Navigation Simplified" by a former naval instructor, for Admiralty evaluation. Includes a minute from Captain Philip Nelson-Ward, Director of Navigation at the Admiralty, asking to see the manuscript so that he could report on it for naval purposes. 02 Mar 1915 - 03 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/15-17 Letter from Lieutenant Basil Dalrymple (9th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment) to Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC, on the possibility of obtaining a commission in the Royal Naval Air Service. 03 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/18-19 Letter from B L Hawkin (Hare Court, Temple [London]) to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], on the decision to send a typhoid hospital unit to Serbia in response to a special appeal from the Serbian Government. Hawkin asks on what terms and conditions the Admiralty would transport the unit to Salonika [Thessaloniki, Greece]. Includes note from Graeme Thomson [Director of Transports] to Marsh, explaining that Hawkin should go through the Foreign Office. 03 Mar 1915 - 04 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/20 Letter from 8th Lord Granard to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the shortage of Roman Catholic chaplains in the Royal Navy, and the possibility that Catholics could be told by the Church not to join the Navy as a result. 03 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/21 Minute from W L Taylor, Admiralty, to the First Lord's Private Office, on the numbers that each Roman Catholic chaplain and each Anglican chaplain were responsible for in the fleet, showing that each Catholic chaplain had a cure of 1182 souls and a Church of England chaplain 1135. 05 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/22-23 Letter from [Frederick] Leverton Harris, Admiralty, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], reporting that he had just concluded the largest copper deal in world history, and that Britain now controlled 95 per cent of the export trade from the United States. 03 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/24-25 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War], on fixing a date for the military attack on the Dardanelles, and approving the choice of General Sir Ian Hamilton as Commander-in-Chief. [Typescript copy; further copy at CHAR 13/48/30-32]. 04 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/26-27 Letter from Patrick Hannon, General Secretary of the Navy League, to Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC, on the use of the Dublin Veterans' Volunteer Corps for coast watching in Ireland. 04 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/28 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on [the violation of Chilean territorial waters by the German cruiser Dresden], advising against British warships doing likewise. 04 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/29-32 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War], on fixing a date for the attack on the Dardanelles, and also approving the choice of General Sir Ian Hamilton as Commander-in-Chief. Includes forwarding note from WSC to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] and Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary]. [Typescript copy; further copy at CHAR 13/48/24-25]. 04 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/33-35 Letter from Sir John McCallum to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the case of Wireless Operator William Hannah, Royal Naval Reserve, asking for him to be advanced to the honorary rank of Warrant Officer. Includes Admiralty covering notes. 04 Mar 1915 - 08 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/36 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the German cruiser Dresden's presence in Chilean waters, and the possibility of sinking her. Grey advises against the violation of Chilean territorial waters. 04 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/37 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], stating that Eleutherios Venizelos [Prime Minister of Greece] should be told that the Royal Navy intended to force the Dardanelles without military assistance. If so, the Turks on the Gallipoli peninsula would be cut off and could be reduced at leisure, and Greek military movements should be decided in relation to these facts. [Hand-written, initialled by WSC, annotated "not sent"]. 04 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/38-39 Letter from Sir Richard Williams-Bulkeley [commander, Royal Naval Depot at Crystal Palace, London] to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] on the payment of allotments to the wives of men under punishment. Includes suggested reply. 04 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/40 Letter from Eustace Fiennes [Eustace Twisleton-Wykeham- Fiennes] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], asking to be considered for any "big job of organising, raising and commanding a Police Force at any place". 06 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/41-45 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War], on the transport of troops from Egypt to the Dardanelles, and the results for reinforcements for India and Iraq. WSC also mentions the claims of Russia on Constantinople [later Istanbul, Turkey] and progress in attacks on forts in the Dardanelles. [2 copies]. 06 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/46-48 Letter from Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on command of the 3rd Cruiser Squadron, the need to get his ships refitted and to provide occupation and exercise for his men, and anti-submarine measures. 06 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/49 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] suggesting a public statement on a German submarine attack on the hospital ship Asturias. [Hand-written, initialled by WSC and Grey]. 06 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/50 Letter from Sir Charles Johnston, Lord Mayor of London to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on a proposal by Francis Bannerman of New York [United States] for a submarine detector. 08 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/51 Letter from Eustace Fiennes [Eustace Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes], (Royal Naval Division, Blandford [Dorset]) to WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the work of the Division. 08 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/52 Card from [?] R Bernis (Ewell Castle, Surrey) to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], asking to be allowed onto a warship as a press correspondent. 08 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/53-57 Letter from General Sir John French [Commander-in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces in France, later 1st Lord Ypres], Head-Quarters, British Army to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on naval support for a forthcoming attack. 09 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/58-59 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet], detailing forces for an attack on the island of Borkum [Germany], particularly commenting on the construction of six monitors [heavily-armed ships of shallow draught] and the possibility of the German High Seas Fleet coming out to attack. WSC also outlines a plan to send a fleet into the Baltic and blockade Germany's northern ports following the capture of Borkum, and comments on progress at the Dardanelles, the mix of strategy and politics in the northern campaign and Britain's growing mastery of the sea. [Hand-written copy, unsigned]. 09 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/60 Letter from the Belgian Legation [London] to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], with notification that the steamer Hainault would shortly be leaving Rotterdam [the Netherlands] with about 1,000 men who were going to enlist in the Belgian army, and asking for a British warship to escort the Hainault. 09 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/61 Letter from Captain Jackson, Admiralty to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], regretting that it would not be possible to provide a British escort for the steamer Hainault [taking 1000 men wishing to enlist in the Belgian Army from the Netherlands to Belgium]. Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/62 Letter from Graeme Thomson [Director of Transports and of Shipping, Admiralty] to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], on the transport of Lieutenant Jessup, Royal Naval Reserve, to Australia. 10 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/63 Letter from E C Evans (Dublin [Ireland]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], asking for a private interview to discuss the means of destruction of German submarines off the Irish coast. Includes note by Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] suggesting that he put his scheme in writing. 10 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/64 Letter from Lieutenant Frank Mynott (Tiptree, Essex) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, asking for an interview, which would be published in the principal Canadian daily newspapers. 10 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/65-66 Letter from Pilkington Brothers Limited Glass Works (St Helens, Lancashire) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], reporting that one of their engineers, L West, had discovered the effect that neutral-tinted glass had in bringing out details of a land or sea-scape, and had suggested the use of such glass when on the lookout for submarine periscopes. Includes note by Commodore Sydney Hall [Commander, Submarine Service] stating that trials of neutral-tinted glass were already in progress, and asking West to call at the Admiralty to discuss the proposal. 10 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/67-68 Telegram from Grand Duke Nicholas [Russian Minister of War] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the actions of the Russian Black Sea Fleet against a Turkish port, and the Fleet's readiness to work with the Allies at the Dardanelles; includes covering note. [Typescript copy. See CHAR 13/48/77 for covering letter]. 11 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/69-70 Letter from 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Harold Harmsworth] to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] on a Mr Kruse, who had applied for a commission in the Royal Naval Reserve. Includes note between Marsh and E W Harding, Admiralty. 09 Mar 1915 - 11 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/71-73 Letter from Patrick Hannon, General Secretary of the Navy League to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], enclosing a copy of a letter from Norris Goddard, on co-operation between the Coast Guard authorities in Ireland and the Dublin Veterans Volunteers Corps. 10 Mar 1915 - 11 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/74-75 Letter from Frederick Butler [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC], on the concerns of the Australian Government at the detention of Australian transports for special service at the Dardanelles. 11 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/76 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith] on the importance of General Sir Ian Hamilton [Commander, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force] getting to Lemnos [Greece] at the earliest possible moment, as naval operations [at the Dardanelles] might depend on military assistance at any time. [Hand-written copy]. 11 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/77 Letter from Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, to WSC, sending on a copy of a telegram from the Grand Duke Nicholas [Russian War Minister] on the Dardanelles [see CHAR 13/48/67-68], and stating that he wished that the Russian Army would "play up a bit", as they seemed to do nothing but complain about the number of Germans in front of them. 11 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/78-79 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Grand Duke Nicholas [Russian Minister of War], on the progress of naval operations in the Dardanelles. WSC also expresses satisfaction that the Russian Fleet would be watching the mouth of the Bosphorus to prevent the escape of Turkish and German ships, and would be ready to attack Turkish forts. [Hand-written copy, initialled by WSC; typescript copy at CHAR 13/48/87. Includes covering note from Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] to the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver] which belongs with CHAR 13/48/81]. 12 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/80 Letter from Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], reporting that General Sir Ian Hamilton [Commander, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force] would not be able to leave for the Dardanelles, until they had "studied the situation with which he may be confronted". 12 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/81-82 Letter from Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] to the Belgian Minister, London, on the passage of two transports containing volunteers from the Netherlands to Britain. Also includes note between Marsh and the Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver]. [Copy. Further covering note from Marsh to Oliver is at CHAR 13/48/78]. 12 Mar 1915 - 13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/83-84 Telegram from the Belgian Minister, London to Admiralty, forwarding a message from Baron Fallon, [?] Belgian Minister at the Hague, reporting that two Belgian ships containing a large number of volunteers would shortly be leaving Rotterdam [the Netherlands] for Folkestone [Kent], and asking for an escort by a British warship. 12 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/85-86 Telegram from the Chief of Staff of the Grand Duke Nicholas [Russian Minister of War] to the Admiralty, on instructions given to the Russian Black Sea Fleet concerning operations in the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus. 13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/48/87 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Grand Duke Nicholas [Russian Minister of War], on the progress of naval operations in the Dardanelles. WSC also expresses satisfaction that the Russian Fleet would be watching the mouth of the Bosphorus to prevent the escape of Turkish and German ships, and would be ready to attack Turkish forts. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/48/78-79]. 13 Mar 1915