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Reference code: CHAR 13/53

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Date: 29 May 1915 - 15 Nov 1915

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CHAR 13/53/1 Letter from WSC to Prince Louis of Battenberg (later Lord Milford Haven), thanks for letter on his departure from the Admiralty, expressing pleasure at the composition of the new Navy Board, and on the choice of Arthur Balfour to succeed hm as First Lord. 29 May 1915
CHAR 13/53/2 Letter from WSC to Lord Selborne, stating that he had made it a rule not to defend himself against criticisms on the conduct of Naval operations, now that they were to be colleagues he was sending papers on thre incidents for which he had been blamed, the loss of the three "Baccantes", the Antwerp episode, the action off Coronel, and the Antwerp episode "I do this only because I look forward to working with you...and I shd like you to know exactly the limits within wch I am open to reproach" [handwritten copy]. 29 May 1915
CHAR 13/53/3 Letter from Lord Selborne to WSC, thanks for letter and copies of documents on the loss of the "Bacchantes", the action off Coronel and the Antwerp "episode", stating that if he did not take WSC's view of the events in question, and later wished to deal with them critically he didi not wish to profit by the courtesy WSC had shown whle they were colleagues. 31 May 1915
CHAR 13/53/4 Letter from WSC to Lord Selborne stating that Selborne would not be restricted in any way from attacking him once they had ceased to be colleagues, that he felt it was right for Selborne to read the papers on the naval disasters in the interests of Government unity [handwritten copy]. 31 May 1915
CHAR 13/53/5 Letter from Philip Warre, HMS "Antrim", to WSC, on his departure from the Admiralty, remembering WSC's kindness during his happy year in the Admiralty Yacht, "Enchantress" stating that although he wa s"in disgrace" it was hardly his fault that he had not been in action, and that he would give anything for a job at the front. 08 Jun 1915
CHAR 13/53/6 Letter from Edward Williams (Newport, Mon.) to WSC, congratulations on speech in Dundee and on the sumbarine menace. 07 Jun 1915
CHAR 13/53/7-8 Letter from WSC to Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister, objecting to Lord Fisher's appointment as Chairman of the Board of Invention and Research, stating that as it was Fisher's "unreasonable and extraordinary action" that led Asquith to remove WSC from the Admiralty and to "humiliate him before the whole world" he should have been consulted. That Fisher's expressions of regret and admissions of newvouos or mental weakness would remain unpublished "His appointment is all that will be known" [Handwitten draft, annotated "keep" by WSC, in the Companion Volume it is marked "not sent"]. 06 Jun 1915
CHAR 13/53/9 Letter from Murray (Richmond Terrace, Whitehall) to WSC, asking if a job could be found for Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne. 08 Jun 1915
CHAR 13/53/10 Letter from Arthur Balfour, First Lord of the Admiralty to WSC, on the appointment of Lord Fisher as Chairman of the Board of Invention and Research, stating that while he could not defend Fisher's conduct in the Middle of May, and he agreeed with WSC that he could no longer take an executive position at the Admiralty, he praised Fisher's great gifts as an inventor and his originality of mind and his "consuming energy", "qualities too valuable to be thrown away". 08 Jun 1915
CHAR 13/53/11-17 Letter from WSC (21 Arlington St., London) to Arthur Balfour, First Lord of the Admiralty, objecting to the appointment of Lord Fisher as Chairman of the Board of Invention and Research, andthe fact that he was not consulted [three handwritten and one typescript copy]. 08 Jul 1915
CHAR 13/53/18 Letter from H W S Chilcott (St James' St., London) to WSC, on the need for a Senior Captain to Royal Naval Air Units at Dunkirk. 14 Jul 1915
CHAR 13/53/19 Letter from H W S Chilcott (St James' St., London) to WSC, on the need for a Senior Captain to Royal Naval Air Units at Dunkirk. 15 Jul 1915
CHAR 13/53/20 Cutting from "The Standard" "Mr Churchill's Disasters" on article in the "Candid Quarterly Review" criticising WSC's acts while First Lord of the Admiralty. 10 Aug 1915
CHAR 13/53/21 Letter from WSC to Prince Louis of Battenberg (later Lord Milford Haven) on his statement to the Press on the mobilisation of the fleet in July 1914 [handwritten draft, signed by WSC]. 14 Aug 1915
CHAR 13/53/22-23 Letter from WSC to Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister, on the need for the truth to be known about "Antwerp, the sinking f the three cruisers and the defeat of Admiral Cradock's squadron off Coronel" [handwritten copy, initialled by WSC]. 15 Aug 1915
CHAR 13/53/24 Letter from Walter Long to WSC, thanks for loan of papers on Antwerp, the loss of the three "Bacchantes" and the action off Coronel. 16 Sep 1915
CHAR 13/53/25-28 Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg (later Lord Milford Haven) to WSC, on WSC's unauthorised publication of a note from Battenberg, as 1st Sea Lord, on the mobilisation of the Fleet in July 1914 [two typescript copies, the entry oin the Companion Volume gives the date as 11 Aug]. 19 Aug 1915
CHAR 13/53/29 Letter from Arthur Balfour, First Lord of the Admiralty to WSC, asking if he had given Prince Louis of Battenberg (later Lord Milford Haven) any verbal promise about a future appointment. 14 Sep 1915
CHAR 13/53/30 Letter from Arthur Balfour, First Lord of the Admiralty to WSC on hs contributions to the Naval Air Service, describing him as the "only begetter" and the defence of London by gunfire. 16 Sep 1915
CHAR 13/53/31-32 Letter from WSC to Arthur Balfour, First Lord of the Admiralty on criticism of the defence of London by the Naval Air Wing, and on Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven], stating that he had told him that if he was in office at the end of the War he would offer him the Portsmouth command, and that Battenberg had stated that the Mediterranean was his great desire as the finale of his naval service, and that WSC had undertaken to do his best, confirming that he felt most strongly that Battenberg should be employed again at the end of the war, or earlier [typescript copy]. 17 Sep 1915
CHAR 13/53/33-38 Letter from WSC to Walter Long, defending his administration as First Lord of the Admiralty, sending copies of documents relating to Antwerp, the loss of the three "Bacchante" class cruisers and the defeat of Sir Christopher Cradock off Cornel [typescript copy]. 15 Sep 1915
CHAR 13/53/39-40 Letter from WSC to Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister, sending copies of papers on the action of Coronel and the loss of the three "Bacchante" class cruisers, askking if these could be published, stating that as his account of the Antwerp episode involved the French, he didi not feel able to ask for its publication [two handwritten copies]. 23 Sep 1915
CHAR 13/53/41 Letter from Vice-Admiral Reginald Bacon to WSC, on operations off the Belgian coast, particularly the attack on Zebrugge. 05 Sep 1915
CHAR 13/53/42-43 Letter from H W S Chilcott (St James' St., London) to WSC, on the Royal Naval Air Service. 03 Nov 1915
CHAR 13/53/44-49 Letter from Commander Spenser Grey, R.N. Air Station, Dover, to WSC, enclosing notes on the equipment of a wing for use in British East Africa [later Kenya]. 14 Nov 1915