Official: Admiralty: Correspondence.

Reference code: CHAR 13/49

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Date: 13 Mar 1915 - 31 Mar 1915

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CHAR 13/49/1-3 Letters between the Belgian Legations in London and the Hague and Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], on an escort for Belgian troop ships coming from Belgium and the Netherlands to Britain. 13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/4-5 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War], forwarding a letter [not present] from Vice Admiral Sackville Carden [Commander of naval operations at the Dardanelles], on the transport of troops from Egypt to the Dardanelles. [Hand-written copy, with typed transcript]. 14 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/6-8 Letter from R G Hickling (Norwich [Norfolk]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], predicting that 15-17 March were very unfavourable days for an attack, but that astrological conditions would improve, culminating on 24 March, which would be a "first rate" day to attack. Includes Admiralty summary. 13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/9 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Grand Duke Nicholas [Russian Minister of War] on arrangements proposed for the Russian Fleet in the Dardanelles and Bosphorus, the shortage of Allied destroyers and small craft and the need for assistance from the Greek Fleet. [Hand-written copy]. 14 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/10 Telegram from Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, advising that no large scale operations should be attempted in the Dardanelles until the 29th Division had arrived. [Typescript copy]. 13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/11-12 Letter from Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on meeting WSC to discuss possible naval operations, and the difficulties of such operations in the Baltic. 14 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/13-14 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 duties in Ireland. Hannon also asks if it would be possible to arrange a commission in the naval reserve for Arthur Jackson of Sligo, son of Arthur Jackson, Chairman of the Sligo Harbour Board, who had placed all of his stores of coal, boats and motors at the disposal of the Admiralty. 15 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/15-18 Letter from Patrick Hannon, General Secretary of the Navy League to Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC, sending a copy of his reply to a question from the Giornale d'Italia on the armed intervention of Italy in the war. 15 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/19-20 Letter from Arthur Durrant, Office of Works to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] on an oil painting which the Admiralty was proposing to hang in Greenwich Hospital [London], pointing out that the picture was acquired with public funds and that the Hospital was not a public building. Includes notes between Marsh and Charles Stansfield [Director of Greenwich Hospital] on whether the Hospital would buy the painting or let it stay at the Admiralty. 15 Mar 1915 - 22 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/21 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet], on proposed naval operations [in the Baltic], asking Jellicoe to put forward his views. [Hand-written draft, annotated "hold"]. 16 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/22 Letter from Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on Admiralty arrangements for obtaining supplies from Canada. 16 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/23 Letter from [Joseph] Hilaire Belloc to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the "Heneage Pistol" as a explosive mechanism for use on contact mines. 17 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/24 Letter from Mark [surname unknown] to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] on the financial difficulties of 2nd Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, asking if the Admiralty would be interested in buying his motor boat. 17 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/25-27 Letter from Gertrude Bidwell (Abergavenny [Monmouthshire, Wales]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], complaining about the treatment of retired naval Medical Officers who were recalled in August 1914, particularly her husband. Includes notes between Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] and Surgeon-Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur May [Director-General, Royal Navy Medical Department] on cases of retired Fleet Surgeons. 17 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/28-29 Letter from Berkeleys Limited, Tailors (Victoria Street, London) to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], on the overdue account of Wellesby Jessop, who had resigned his commission as Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Division, and was going out to Australia to "start life afresh". Includes copy of a letter from Jessop. 18 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/30-33 Letter from [Alexander] Filson Young [staff of Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty], HMS Princess Royal, to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], enclosing a copy of an American article "The North Sea Fight" on how a British force abandoned pursuit of German cruisers because of the presence of enemy submarines. Includes notes between Marsh, WSC and the Naval Secretary, Captain Allan Everett commenting that the letter was probably inspired by Beatty, and that the article would attract little attention in Britain, with WSC asking Marsh to "shut Young up" adding that he was "very partial to the use of Christian names". 19 Mar 1915 - 22 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/34 Letter from Rear-Admiral Reginald Bacon [Managing Director of the Coventry Ordnance Works] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on sending guns over to France. 19 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/35-36 Letter from 3rd Lord Mostyn [earlier Llewellyn Lloyd-Mostyn] (Hereford Gardens, London) to WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty], asking if he could "do something" in his honorary capacity as Vice Admiral of the Coast of North Wales, with note by Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC]. 19 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/37-38 Letter from Sir John Simon, Attorney General to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] on the possibility of obtaining a commission in the Anti-Aircraft Corps for Arthur Fox-Davies. Includes note between Marsh and Captain Logan Stansfeld [commander, Royal Naval Anti-Aircraft Corps]. 18 Mar 1915 - 23 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/39-40 Letters from Waldorf Astor [later 2nd Lord Astor of Hever Castle] (Cliveden [Buckinghamshire]) to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], supporting the application of Allan Gordon Hambly for a commission as a Paymaster in the Royal Navy. 22 Feb 1915 - 20 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/41-42 Letter from [Frederick] Leverton Harris to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the danger of copper reaching Germany via Sweden. Harris states that Sir Charles Henry had offered to go out to Sweden to make enquiries, and asks WSC to write to Henry. Includes Admiralty note on sending a letter to Henry. 17 Mar 1915 - 20 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/43-44 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Charles Henry, on his offer to go out to Sweden to make enquiries about the danger of copper reaching Germany via Sweden. [Typescript and hand-written drafts]. 22 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/45-46 Letter from M Jebb Scott, Honorary Secretary of the Ladies' Emergency Committee of the Navy League, to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC, stating that their work of sending "warm comforts" to the fleet would soon slacken off, and that she wished to keep her committee busy through the summer. Scott claims that her committee was doing the best organised work in London, and asks Marsh to find them a job, concluding "we are not suffragettes!". Includes note between Marsh and Oswyn Murray, Assistant Secretary, Admiralty, with Murray regretting that he could not suggest any work for them. 20 Mar 1915 - 24 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/47 Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Grand Duke Nicholas [Russian Minister of War], reporting on the Allied naval attack on the Dardanelles on 18 March, particularly the establishment of fire predominance over the fortresses, and the loss of three battleships to drifting mines, resulting in the attack being broken off until the mines could be dealt with. [Hand-written copy]. 21 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/48-49 Letter from 3rd Lord Lyveden [earlier Courtenay Vernon] (Knebworth, Hertfordshire) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, asking for employment as a Transport Officer. Also includes note between Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] and Graeme Thomson, Director of Transports, Admiralty, with Thomson stating that they were very short of naval transport officers in the ports, and suggesting that Lyveden make an appointment to see his naval assistant. 23 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/50 Letter from Edward Harris (Corrennie Drive, Edinburgh [Scotland]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], offering 150 copies of his translation of Alphonse Daudet's "Letters from my Mill" ["Lettres de mon Moulin"] to the Royal Navy. 23 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/51 Letter from Oliver Locker-Lampson to WSC, on his visit to British Expeditionary Force Headquarters to push the case for armoured cars: Locker-Lampson states that he suggested [?] Robert Boothby should be attached to Headquarters, so that any applications for the cars could go directly through him, and asks WSC to write to Field Marshal Sir John French [Commander- in-Chief of the Expeditionary Forces in France, later 1st Lord Ypres] to support the idea. 23 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/52 Note from Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] to the Director of Victualling [James Brooks] asking him to suggest a reply [to a letter from Edward Harris offering 150 copies of his translation of Alphonse Daudet's "Lettres de mon Moulin" to the Royal Navy]. 24 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/53 Letter from Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, [Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], reporting that he had sent particulars of the encounter between the German submarine U.29 and HMS Dreadnought. Jellicoe states that he hopes the matter would not be reported, as it would be an advantage to the Germans to know that battleships were ramming submarines. 24 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/54-55 Letter from Frederick Butler [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies] to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], giving copies of telegrams between the Colonial Office and Sir Gerald Strickland, Governor of New South Wales [Australia] on a Captain Pasco, who wished to remain on the Active List in Australia. [Typescript copy]. 24 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/56-59 Letter from H Grindell Matthews (Broad Street House, London) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on his invention of a controllable torpedo, asking for an interview to discuss the invention. 24 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/60 Letter from J Wibaille to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], asking (as his old French teacher) for help in obtaining employment. 25 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/61 Note from James Brooks [Director of Victualling] to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] on Edward Harris's offer of 150 copies of his translation of Alphonse Daudet's "Lettres de mon Moulin" to the Royal Navy, describing it as a "good little book" and suggesting distribution round the Fleet. Annotated by Marsh. 25 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/62 Letter from Lieutenant Clement Ingleby to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], reporting his escape from the Netherlands, and asking for an interview. 25 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/63 Letter from Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the Dardanelles, explaining that the land operations were being prepared, and asking the Navy to carry on attacking the forts, so that the Turks would use up their ammunition. 25 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/64 Letter from Alexander MacCallum Scott to WSC, passing on complaints from his constituents about the quantity of food at the Royal Naval Division Camp at Blandford [Dorset]. Includes note by Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] saying that if Scott sent on definite complaints WSC would have enquiries made. 25 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/65-66 Letter from Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], expressing unease about the labour situation on the Tyne and the Clyde, as the short hours worked by the men would affect the Fleet. Jellicoe also asks for a floating dock at Cromarty [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland], wishing that the floating dock at Sheerness [Kent] could be moved north to the Humber, and mentions a measles epidemic in the Fleet. 26 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/67 Draft letter from the Admiralty to Sir John McCallum MP, on the advancement of William Hannah, Wireless Operator, R.N.R. [Typescript copy]. 27 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/68 Letter from Leo Chiozza Money (The Grey House, Hampstead [London]) to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], on his decision to give up his post as a part-time anti-aircraft gun officer, so that he could spend more time on committee work; he also states that the anti-aircraft corps should not be using men who ought to be in the Army. 30 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/69-73 Telegram from [?] Sir George Riddell to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] on his intention to visit the Admiralty, with notes between Marsh and the telegraph clerk on replying to the right address. 30 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/74 Letter from Mary Drought (Croxteth House, Liverpool) to [Edward Marsh, Private Secretary to WSC], asking if it would be possible to take a dog on the Admiralty boat to Dunkirk [France]. 30 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/75-77 Letter from Major S Redway (Gloucester Road, South Kensington [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on censorship of ship statistics from WSC's speeches and Admiralty reports, when reproduced in the press. Includes notes between Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] and Rear-Admiral Sir Douglas Brownrigg, Chief Censor, on advice given to the censors. 31 Mar 1915 - 08 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/49/78-82 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on a complaint from the Associated Press of America about censorship of press telegrams on operations in the Dardanelles. Grey urges that telegrams to the United States press should not be censored, as it had a bad effect on British interests, and any information in the telegrams would have little effect anyway. Includes letter from the Associated Press and an example of a censored telegram. 19 Mar 1915 - 31 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/49/83-87 Letter from Colonel Sir Matthew Nathan [Under-Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland] to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], sending a copy of a letter from F L Heyn, of the Ulster Steamship Company Limited, asking for the release of steamers requisitioned by the Admiralty, in order to ship flax from Russia. Nathan suggests that in view of the poverty in Belfast [Northern Ireland], one steamer might be released. Also includes note between Marsh and Graeme Thomson, Director of Transports, on a suggested reply. 31 Mar 1915 - 05 Apr 1915