Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and First Lord's Minutes.

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CHAR 13/6A/1 Minute from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Accountant-General of the Navy [Sir Alfred Eyles], with a reminder than he was expecting the 1915-16 Naval Estimates preliminary forecast as soon as possible. [Carbon copy]. 23 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/2 Telegram from WSC, (HMS Enchantress [Admiralty Yacht], Portsmouth, [Hampshire]) to 1st Lord Northcliffe [earlier Alfred Harmsworth], (Hotel Majestic, Paris [France]), asking him to return to Britain as soon as possible, suggesting that he return via Dieppe aboard the Enchantress. [Typescript copy]. [1911]
CHAR 13/6A/3 Minute by WSC on the decision not to hold Grand Manoeuvres, but to substitute a general mobilisation of the Third Fleet instead, at a net saving of 230,000 pounds on the Naval Estimates. [Typescript copy]. [1911]
CHAR 13/6A/4-10 Draft of speech [by WSC] to the House of Commons on the Naval Estimates, particularly on oil, praising the efforts of the Royal Commission on Liquid Fuel, and on naval aviation, stating that Britain was well behind Germany in airship design and construction. [Carbon copy]. [Mar] [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/11-12 Minute from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], on the need to widen the Admiralty specification in oil. [Carbon copy]. [Mar] [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/13 Minute from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Frederick Black, [Director of Navy Contracts] on oil supplies for 1913-17. [Carbon copy, initialled by WSC]. 29 Mar [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/14-19 Minute by WSC on oil supplies in war time. [Carbon copy]. 29 Mar [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/20-21 Minute by WSC on oil storage at naval depots. [Carbon copy]. 20 Sep [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/22-23 Minute by WSC on oil fuel. [Carbon]. 06 Apr [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/24 Minute from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Frederick Black, [Director of Navy Contracts], on oil fuel. [Carbon copy]. 08 Jul [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/25 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough] and [Sir Frederick Black], Director of Navy Contracts, on his intention to make a statement to the House of Commons on oil fuel. [Carbon copy]. 01 Jul [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/26 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], and Sir Frederick Black [Director of Navy Contracts], on oil fuel, asking them to order 100,000 tons, and to pay for it, on delivery in the first month of the new financial year. [Carbon copy]. 25 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/27 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Private Office, on his intention to hold up papers on oil pending the decision of the Cabinet. [Carbon]. 18 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/28 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], on the fleet of oil tankers under construction, and his intention to put them under the control of the 3rd Sea Lord and the Director of Naval Engineering. [Carbon copy]. 08 Jul [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/29 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the need to inform Parliament of the specifications approved for oil fuel. [Carbon]. 13 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/30 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on his wish to be in a position to purchase and pay for as much oil as possible in the present financial year, up to a total of 200,000 tons; he asks for a scheme to be prepared to enable him to spend 1 million pounds on oil reserves. [Carbon copy]. 14 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/31 Telegram from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Henri Deterding, Director, Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, on the purchase of oil. [Typescript copy]. 03 Sep [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/32 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [? Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough] and the 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert] on forward oil contracts for 1914-17. [Carbon copy]. 16 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/33 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Director of Stores, Admiralty, asking for details of charges outstanding on oil tankers under construction in 1915-16. [Carbon copy]. 21 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/34 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Accountant-General, Admiralty [Sir Alfred Eyles], asking for the amount provided for oil consumption and reserve in forecast for 1915-16. [Carbon]. 27 Feb [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/35 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], and the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], praising an "excellent" oil dossier, and ordering that it should be printed immediately for circulation to the Cabinet. [Carbon]. 27 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/36 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the purchase of oil tanks from Hawthorne Leslie and Company. [Carbon]. 12 Jun [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/37 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], Rear-Admiral Henry Campbell [Rear-Admiral Home Fleets at the Nore], the Permanent Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], and the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], on a visit from Howard Houlder of the Houlder Line Company, who had decided to lay down four 19 knot ships for transport of meat along the Argentine trade route, asking if the vessels should be armed further than normal merchantmen, and made more like auxiliary cruisers. [Carbon]. 06 Jun [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/38 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC], asking for a short note explaining why the Admiralty should not give up its hold on the Lusitania or the Mauretania. [Carbon]. 11 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/39-41 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 [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee] on the defence of the east coast of Britain. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/42 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], approving a paper [unspecified] but querying a point concerning a landing place near Newcastle [? Northumberland]. [Carbon]. 17 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/43 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson] on defence of the east coast of Britain, asking for details of gun batteries from Harwich [Essex] to Rosyth [Fife, Scotland]. 26 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/44 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 defence of the east coast of Britain. [Carbon]. 02 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/45 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on defence batteries for east coast ports. [Carbon]. 02 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/46-47 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC], asking for papers on the question of promotion by selection from Captain to Rear-Admiral. [Carbon]. 26 Sep [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/48 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair], on dockyard commands, stating that these were to be reserved for officers newly promoted to the Flag List, and not to be regarded as consolation prizes for officers not likely to be employed afloat. [Carbon]. 19 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/49 Minute from WSC to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], confirming that Sir Philip Watts [Director of Naval Construction, 1901-11], would be staying on in an honorary capacity during the construction of ships he had designed. [Carbon]. 18 Aug [1912]
CHAR 13/6A/50 Minute from WSC to [? Charles Walker, Principal Clerk, Admiralty], asking him to sort and arrange vacancies for promotions to Captain and Commander. [Carbon]. 18 Jul [1912]
CHAR 13/6A/51 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair], on the bad performance of HMS Britannia in gunnery trials, asking for a report on the captain, Charles Thorp. [Carbon copy]. 18 Sep [1912]
CHAR 13/6A/52 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Major Alfred Ollivant [General Staff Officer, Admiralty], suggesting the employment of a Commander Munro in the transport supply organisation of the Royal Naval Division. [carbon copy]. 05 Sep [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/53 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and the 2nd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Sir Frederick Hamilton], asking for details of "Captains filling Commanders' billets and Commanders filling Captains' billets". [Carbon copy]. 20 Jul [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/54-59 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman] and 2nd Sea Lord, [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on fleet organisation. [1912]
CHAR 13/6A/60 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], and the Naval Secretary to the First Lord [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair], expressing doubts over the appointment of Rear-Admiral Henry Tottenham to the Training Service, describing him as a "competent sea officer", but "soured in temper, rough in manners, and with a very limited outlook"; he recommends Rear-Admiral Horace Hood or Rear-Admiral Arthur Limpus instead. [Carbon]. 19 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/61 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to [? the Secretary of the Admiralty, Sir (William) Graham Greene], asking for papers on shortening the period of non-employment of Flag Officers for retirement. [Carbon copy]. 18 Feb [1912]
CHAR 13/6A/62 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on the revision of the War Orders to trade protection by cruiser squadrons; he asks for a discussion on the composition of the cruiser fleet during 1916, hoping to avoid any necessity for change during the next two years. [Carbon]. 18 Jun [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/63-64 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], stating that as the German battle cruiser Goeben was now stationed permanently in the Mediterranean, the Royal Navy should consider raising its force there from four to five battle cruisers, creating a new cruiser command, which he proposed to offer to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore]. [Carbon copy]. 12 Oct [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/65 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the command of the 5th and 6th Battle Squadrons and the 2nd and 3rd Fleets. [Carbon]. 01 Jun [1912]
CHAR 13/6A/66 Reply from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to a parliamentary question [? by Admiral Lord Charles Beresford] on the transfer of ships from the First to the Second Fleet. [Carbon copy]. 02 Jul [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/67 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], asking about the position of the naval base at Alexandria [Egypt] and the establishment of a submarine flotilla there. [Carbon]. 05 Jul [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/68-69 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], suggesting simplification of a statistical return on the Royal Navy. [Carbon copy]. 07 Jan [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/70 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], asking about progress with proposals to introduce a system of Third Fleet Flotillas. [Carbon copy]. c 1913
CHAR 13/6A/71 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], asking that all ships at Gibraltar and nearer should be included in statistical returns as available in Home Waters. [Carbon]. 25 Feb [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/72 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] on submarine re-organisation. [Carbon]. 19 May [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/73 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], asking for proposals regarding destroyer organisation. [Carbon copy]. 12 May [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/74 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 submarine deployment in the Mediterranean, asking for a report on the possibility of basing six "C" Class submarines at Malta. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/75-76 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to [Cabinet], on the warship building programme and the Naval Estimates. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/77 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], on the Naval Estimates. [Carbon]. 06 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/78 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], asking for a comparison of expenditure on the first instalments of the British and German 1914-15 naval programmes. [Carbon]. 07 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/79 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], on expenditure on gunboats in the Naval Estimates. [Carbon]. 07 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/80 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] on the Naval Estimates. [Carbon]. 06 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/81 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] on the Naval Estimates. [Carbon]. 06 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/82 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] on statements by Sir Joseph Ward [former Prime Minister of New Zealand] about [the cruiser] New Zealand. [Carbon]. 05 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/83 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], confirming that his name could be deleted from a paper on the 60 per cent standard. [Carbon]. 05 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/84 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of Works, Admiralty [Thomas Sims], asking for a forecast of Vote 10 in 1915-16. [Carbon]. 21 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/85 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] on money earned by contractors in the 1914-15 naval estimates. [Carbon]. 30 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/86 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], asking for details of money spent by Germany, France, the United States, Russia, Italy and Austria on the surveying service. [Carbon]. 01 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/87-99 Statement by WSC on the Naval Estimates for 1914-15. [Carbon copy]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/100 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], [to Cabinet] on the figures for the Naval Estimates. [Carbon]. c 1913
CHAR 13/6A/101-112 Statement by WSC on the Naval Estimates for 1913-14. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/113 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] with a draft list of naval papers to be circulated to the Cabinet. [Carbon]. 07 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/114-116 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Vincent Baddeley [Assistant Secretary for Finance Duties, Admiralty], on the presentation of the Naval Estimates. [Carbon]. 09 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/117-118 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Financial Secretary, Admiralty [Thomas Macnamara], on the new building programme for 1914-15. 21 Oct [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/119-121 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the "remarkable" extent to which Admiralty finance was governed by earlier decisions, citing decisions by WSC's predecessor [Reginald McKenna] to build 16 super-Dreadnoughts, strengthen battleship armament and construct 4 new flotillas. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/122-124 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the rise in Naval Estimates, which were largely due to the increased power of the four capital ships designed under the 1912-13 programme. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/125-129 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], on the naval estimates for 1914-15. [Carbon copy]. 23 Nov [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/130 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Financial Secretary of the Admiralty [Thomas Macnamara], on dockyard wages. [Carbon]. 14 [Apr] [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/131 Minute from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Manning Department, Admiralty, on the additional costs of manning fleet repair ships with civilians. [Carbon]. 28 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/132 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Financial Secretary of the Admiralty [Thomas Macnamara] on dockyard pay. [Carbon]. 27 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/133 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], on advantages in delaying the commissioning of HMS Iron Duke and HMS Marlborough from January to April 1914. [Carbon]. 26 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/134 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the Naval Estimates. [Carbon]. c 1913
CHAR 13/6A/135 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Private Office, on an application to the Treasury about the Establishment. [Carbon]. 09 Jul [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/136 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on prices charged to sailors for clothing. [Carbon]. 14 Sep [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/137 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], on the need to prepare a war position in the Naval Estimates, as well as the peace position. [Carbon]. 07 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/138 Statistics on changes in military and naval expenditure in Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary and Japan, 1904-1913. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/139-140 Minute from WSC to the Director of the Operations Division, Admiralty, correcting his statement that Britain follows a standard of 100 per cent superiority over Germany in destroyers; WSC states that the figure is closer to 60 per cent. [Carbon]. 13 May [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/141-143 Minute [by WSC] on requirements for 50 per cent naval superiority over Germany. [Carbon]. [Sep 1913]
CHAR 13/6A/144-146 Retyped minute on projections for the German War Fleet of 1920. [Carbon]. [Sep 1913]
CHAR 13/6A/147-151 Part of minute [by WSC] on projections for the German Fleet in 1920. [Carbon]. [Sep 1913]
CHAR 13/6A/152-153 Minute from WSC to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall] on projections for dreadnought and cruiser strength in the German War Fleet of 1920. [Carbon]. 20 Sep [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/154-156 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the future building programme for destroyers, light cruisers and submarines. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/157-163 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the decision of the Committee of Imperial Defence that Britain should maintain a fleet in the Mediterranean capable of meeting the next strongest power excluding France. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/164-166 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the need to provide for a powerful fleet for foreign service, in addition to the Home Fleet. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/167 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], asking for a list of German light cruisers "built and building". [Carbon]. 07 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/168 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], on the report from [? Captain William Boyle, later 12th Lord Cork and Orrery], British Naval Attache at Rome [Italy], on an increase in the Italian naval programme of four battleships of the "Queen Elizabeth" type, and the implications for British battleships. [Carbon]. 16 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/169 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Operations Division, Admiralty, asking for a list of German and British cruisers for 1917 and 1918. [Carbon]. 01 Aug [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/170 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of Naval Construction, Admiralty [Eustace Tennyson-D'Eyncourt], asking about progress with alternative designs for dockyard ships. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/171-182 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] with a forecast for the Battle Fleet of 1920. [Carbon copy]. c 1913
CHAR 13/6A/183-197 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], with a forecast for the Battle Fleet of 1920. [Carbon copy]. c 1913
CHAR 13/6A/198 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], asking for his argument for the inclusion of five light cruisers in the [1914] building programme. [Carbon copy]. 09 Dec [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/199-200 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], with a comparison of British and German naval expenditure and construction, 1908-15. [Carbon copy, with hand-written annotations by WSC]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/201 Minute from WSC to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] asking him to check the figures for Dreadnought strength in a Canadian memorandum. [Carbon]. 06 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/202 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], asking for details of Austrian and Italian Dreadnought construction in the last two years. [Carbon]. 06 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/203 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], asking for a list of vessels in an [unspecified] memorandum. [Carbon]. 05 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/204 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], on the monthly shipbuilding return. [Carbon]. 07 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/205 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on retaining 60 per cent superiority over Germany in Dreadnoughts. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/206 Minute from WSC to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], asking for a list of the German cruiser fleet on 1 January 1916. [Carbon]. 23 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/207 Minute from WSC to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], on a discrepancy in figures for relative British and world strength in Dreadnoughts. [Carbon]. 28 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/208 Minute from WSC to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty [Captain Murray Sueter] asking how his "Salvation Army shed" compared in cost with a shed of similar dimensions purchased new. [Carbon]. 18 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/209-211 Statement by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the naval estimates for 1914-15, particularly the 16.996 million pounds for new construction and armament. [Carbon copy, with manuscript annotations by WSC and others]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/212 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty [Captain Murray Sueter] asking for a report on a "V" shaped machine he had read about in the press. [Carbon]. 15 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/213 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and the Accountant-General, Admiralty [Sir Alfred Eyles], asking for proposals regarding the rearmament of the light cruisers HMS Boadicea and HMS Bellona. [Carbon]. 14 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/214 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore] and the Director of Naval Construction [Eustace Tennyson D'Eyncourt], asking for a report on the [HMS] "Polyphemus" design. [Carbon]. 01 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/215 Statistics on changes on military and naval expenditure in Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary and Japan, 1904-1913. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/216-217 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], 2nd Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and 3rd Sea Lord [Vice- Admiral Charles Briggs], on destroyer design. [Carbon copy]. 29 Sep [1912]
CHAR 13/6A/218 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Frederick Tudor, earlier Frederick Jones] asking to be kept informed of progress in the preparation for experiments with [HMS] Hood. [Carbon]. 29 Aug [1915]
CHAR 13/6A/219 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], stating that it was not a good plan to "pull the Queen Mary to pieces" (in order to fit her with a "director") as soon as she was completed for sea, and that she should not be out of action while HMS Invincible was re-arming. [Carbon]. 10 Oct [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/220 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Charles Briggs] and the Director of Naval Construction [Eustace Tennyson-D'Eyncourt], on the [? submarine] E3, building at Vickers Limited, which was 17 months late. [Carbon]. 10 Sep [1912]
CHAR 13/6A/221 Minute from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], asking him to breakfast to meet Eleutherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece and the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George]. [Carbon]. 31 Jan [1912]
CHAR 13/6A/222 Minute from WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty [Captain Murray Sueter], stating that he was in full general agreement with his scheme [unspecified], asking him to put forward detailed proposals. [Carbon]. 19 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/223 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to his Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood] asking to see Captain Nicholson of HMS Vernon to discuss the Channel Tunnel. [Carbon]. 19 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/224 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] stating that a proposal [unspecified] was a very useful method of disseminating opinion and stimulating thought in the Royal Navy, and he hoped that it could be introduced in the near future. [Carbon]. 01 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/225 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Board of Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], asking him to draft a formal letter to General Knox, on complaint against him for misuse of confidential information. [Carbon]. 01 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/226 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], agreeing to act as signatory to a document [unspecified], asking if the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] should be the other. [Carbon]. 19 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/227 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Financial Secretary, Admiralty [Thomas Macnamara], on arrangements for a visit to a naval dockyard by MPs, stating that a Saturday would be the best day, as they could be shown some new ships and a display. [Carbon]. 19 Jun [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/228 Minute from [? James Masterton-Smith, Private Secretary to WSC] to the Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood], on a visit by WSC and the Board of Admiralty to see fleet exercises. [Carbon]. 14 Jun [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/229 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Board of Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], recommending Admiral Ernest Rice for a KCB [Knight Commander of the Bath], stating that his son, a "brilliant officer" had just been killed in a flying accident, and he felt it appropriate to review the Admiral's claim for recognition. [Carbon] [KCB awarded, 1914]. 09 Jun [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/230 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC] on his intention to put his crest on the glass window of the dining room of [the Admiralty Yacht], Enchantress, asking him to find out from the College of Heralds what heraldic supporters would be appropriate. [Carbon]. 07 Jun [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/231 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Naval Secretary, Admiralty [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood], on arranging the programme of [the Admiralty Yacht], Enchantress, during the mobilisation period. [Carbon]. 09 Jun [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/232 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Board of Admiralty [Sir William (Graham) Greene] and the 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert] asking to see papers on coal consumption. [Carbon]. 23 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/233 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson] stating that the defences of Alexandria [Egypt], should be discussed by the Heads of the War Office and the Admiralty as soon as possible. [Carbon]. 23 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/234 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], asking for suggestions for conferences of Flag Officers during mobilisation week. [Carbon]. 23 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/235 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 2nd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Sir Frederick Hamilton], asking to see a memorandum on the submarine service by Captain [William] Reginald Hall [Director of Intelligence Division]. [Carbon]. 09 Jun [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/236 Minutes from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC], on [?] accounting papers. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/237 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], asking for a report of his discussion with Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis Conway-Gordon [Professor of Fortification, Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London]. [Carbon]. 23 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/238 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to individuals including the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and 2nd Sea Lord [? Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough] and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty [Thomas Macnamara], stating that figures [unspecified] were serious, and disclosed a state of affairs which could not be justified in a permanent system. [Carbon]. 13 Feb [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/239 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Admiral Sir Henry Jackson] asking him to represent the Admiralty on the Cabinet Committee enquiring into the question of whether Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Limited should be given the right to erect a long distance wireless station in England or Wales, to the exclusion of other companies. [Carbon]. 17 Mar [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/240 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood], on his inspection of a barracks, praising the Lieutenant in charge of the "youths" and the Warrant Officer in charge of the gun mounting store [carbon]. 17 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/241 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], asking him to check figures [unspecified]. [Carbon, initialled by WSC]. 29 Mar [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/242 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on a possible attack on a British cutter in the Persian Gulf, asking for advice on further action. [Carbon]. 11 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/243 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough] and the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], on Admiralty representation on a Committee of Imperial Defence Sub-committee; WSC states the importance of Rear- Admiral Henry Campbell [Rear-Admiral Home Fleets at the Nore] attending meetings, as well as [Hopwood], and hopes that the committee's enquiry [unspecified] can be begun by May. [Carbon]. 11 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/244 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and the Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood] on uniform markings for members of the Board of Admiralty, recommending that there should be something which replaced the ordinary badges of rank, and safeguarded the position of a junior member of the board in the presence of his superiors. [Carbon]. 04 Jun [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/245 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Captain Maurice Hankey [Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence] on an account of the decision of the Committee in 1909 that only four divisions of the British Expeditionary Force should leave the country, the other two being retained until the Territorial Force had reached the necessary standard of efficiency. [Carbon]. 21 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/246 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], correcting a paper on the strengths of the British [? and German] fleets. [Carbon]. 21 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/247 Statement by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on naval construction 1906-14. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6A-B/248-250 Minute from WSC to the 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert], on appointments to the Naval Air Service, expressing pleasure that Captain Frederic Dreyer had applied to join the service, recommending that he be appointed Inspecting Captain of the Naval Wing, and Deputy Director of the Air Department at the Admiralty; WSC also discusses Dreyer's subordinates in the Air Service. [Carbon]. 13 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/251 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on an Air Department Paper to be circulated to the Cabinet, mentioning the additional expense of air operations in the Naval Estimates. [Carbon]. 18 Mar [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/252-258 Letter from Rear-Admiral David Beatty [Commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron], on the situation in the North Sea and defences for the naval bases, suggesting that Rear- Admiral John de Robeck [Admiral of Patrols] should be put in charge of countering the submarine and mine menace, with more disciplined forces; he also suggests that if the Scapa Flow [Orkney, Scotland] anchorage were to be used again, steps should be taken to deal with the spies there, with the introduction of martial law. [Incomplete typescript copy]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/259-260 Draft of reply by WSC to a parliamentary question [? by Admiral Lord Charles Beresford] on the condition of HMS Torch on the New Zealand Station. [Hand-written]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/261 Note by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on seniority of officers of the Naval Air Service. [Hand-written]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/262 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty, [Captain Murray Sueter] on a suggestion that flying officers should receive a medal or decoration, and asking about the Army practice. [Carbon]. 23 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/263 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty, [Captain Murray Sueter] on Lieutenant Arthur Bigsworth, second in command of the Royal Naval Air Station, Calshot [Hampshire], asking about his prospects for promotion to Flight Commander, as he was "very highly spoken of". [Carbon]. 01 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/264 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty, [Captain Murray Sueter] and James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC], on the hope that a decision would shortly be reached on the question of a 150 pounds a year gratuity to the civilian entry. [Carbon]. 19 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/265 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty [Captain Murray Sueter] and the 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert], returning the proof of the new Air Service Regulations, objecting to the new title, "Royal Naval Air Service", as the term "Flying Wing" was accurate, more expressive and simpler; WSC also states that he did not think it necessary to include Captain Godfrey Paine, Commandant of the Central Flying School, in the list of naval air officers as he was serving under the War Office, would not like the arrangements and "entertains a very poor opinion of the Naval Wing"; WSC states that he felt it best to leave Paine where he was, as a regular naval officer lent by the Royal Navy to the War Office for specific duties. [Carbon]. 31 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/266 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty, [Captain Murray Sueter] asking for a dual Maurice Farman aircraft to be sent to Eastchurch [Kent], on the following Tuesday, and that two skilful flyers should "get thoroughly acquainted with her", stating that he hoped to use the aircraft himself on the Thursday. [Carbon]. 31 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/267 Extract from statement by WSC on a comparison of Dreadnought, battleship and battlecruiser strength between Britain and the other European Powers, 1900-17. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/268 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on the proposal to award the KCB [Knight Commander of the Bath] to Admiral Ernest Rice, stating that he found it unusual to confer honours on retired officers, and that as they were already giving a GCB [Knight Grand Cross of the Bath] to Admiral Sir Reginald Custance, he did not propose to put Rice's name forward to the King. [Carbon] [Admiral Rice was awarded a KCB in 1914]. 21 Apr [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/269-270 Minute [by WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty], on the practice of submitting names proposed for new battleships to the King, which was begun by 2nd Lord Selborne in 1901. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/271 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], praising [the report of the Royal Commission on Oil Fuel and Engines] and particularly the Commission's Secretary, Captain Philip Dumas. [Carbon]. 17 Apr [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/272-288 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the Naval Estimates [2 typescript copies, one annotated by WSC]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/289 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Civil Lord of the Admiralty [George Lambert], on his intention to ask Walter Runciman, [?] Herbert Samuel [Postmaster-General], and the Chancellor of the Exchequer [David Lloyd George] for their opinions on the Rosyth [Fife, Scotland] and Crombie [Forfarshire, Scotland] housing. [Carbon]. 26 Feb [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/290-295 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the protection of maritime trade. [Incomplete carbon copy]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/296 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], asking him to draw up proposals for consultation with the Post Office on postal subsidies for the Navy. [Carbon]. 26 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/297 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of Navy Victualling, Admiralty [James Brooks], approving his decision to purchase blankets from the War Office, subject to a reduction in price. [Carbon]. 23 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/298 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary, Board of Admiralty, [Sir (William) Graham Greene], expressing support for a suggestion, and asking for it to be examined from the point of view of precedent, procedure and powers [no details given]. 23 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/299 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Gerald Steel [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], asking him to thank the French Attache in London for offering to facilitate WSC's visit to the Naval School at Brest [France], regretting that he was unable to accept the invitation. [Carbon]. 19 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/300 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Gerald Steel [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], asking him to write to the Cork Harbour Commissioners, declining their invitation to lunch, during WSC's visit to inspect the Training Squadron, hoping that some of the Commissioners would be able to lunch with him aboard [the Admiralty Yacht] Enchantress. [Carbon]. 18 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/301 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Commodore Roger Keyes [Captain and Commodore in charge of the Submarine Service], returning a paper [unspecified], and suggesting that it should be circulated 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] and the Director of Naval Construction [Eustace Tennyson D'Eyncourt]. [Carbon]. 15 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/302 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Captain Hubert Lynes [commanding the Admiralty Yacht, Enchantress], on the naming of destroyers, asking for biographical notes on the proposed names for "L" and "M" classes. [Carbon]. 18 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/303 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of Works, Admiralty [Thomas Sims], on housing, stating that 300 pounds was too much for a cottage, and that he should contact the Board of Agriculture for advice. [Carbon]. 03 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/304 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], on a report by Sir Edgar Vincent [later 1st Lord D'Abernon] on Post Office subsidies, particularly those affecting Admiralty interests, complaining that the "old rogue" Sir Thomas Sutherland [Chairman of the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company, (P & O)] never did anything to help the country "and yet fattens on the largest subsidies which we pay". [Carbon]. 30 Jul [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/305 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on a hardship fund for dependants of naval ratings killed or incapacitated in the Service. [Carbon]. 30 Jul [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/306 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on warship names, recommending that the name "Zealous" be taken away from a water tank vessel and kept for larger ships; also giving list of names for battleships to be submitted to King George V, and a list of old names to be used for cruisers. [Carbon]. 30 Jul [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/307 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to his Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair], on arrangements for the Admiralty Board to attend the regular Portsmouth Inspection [Hampshire]. [Carbon]. 10 Oct [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/308 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Captain Hubert Lynes [commanding the Admiralty Yacht Enchantress], asking him to obtain a further supply of india-rubber mats provided the previous year for use in the Enchantress, which had proved very successful in preventing noise. [Carbon]. 12 Oct [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/309 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the War Course list, and those captains who had not been through the War Course. [Carbon]. 19 Sep [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/310 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], the 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], the 4th Sea Lord [Captain Cecil Lambert], the Chief of Staff [Sir Henry Jackson] and [?] the Director of Dockyards [Sir James Marshall], asking them to consider papers [unspecified]. [Carbon]. 12 Sep [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/311 Minute from WSC to "Commodore T" [Commodore Reginald Tyrwhitt, commander of Destroyer Flotillas, First Fleet], hoping to meet him for discussion about the organisation and training of flotillas of the First Fleet during WSC's visit to Cromarty [Scotland] in October. [Carbon]. 18 Sep [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/312 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], asking about differences between tenders from the United States and Canada for repairs to the Shearwater. [Carbon]. 19 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/313 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to James Masterton-Smith [Private Secretary to WSC], asking him to verify a quotation from the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] in the Morning Post. [Carbon]. 06 Jan [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/314 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], asking about progress on putting old "Britannia" men on shore in their small house to be specially built. [Carbon]. 18 Feb [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/315 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] asking him to arrange for minute papers to be issued properly folded down the line, and not left to departments to fold, as they were hardly ever folded in the right way. [Carbon]. 18 Feb [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/316 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], asking about the position regarding the defence of Alexandria [Egypt]. [Carbon]. 24 Feb [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/317 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], and the Director of Stores, Admiralty, asking for a statement on coaling arrangements at Rosyth [Fife, Scotland], and ports in the north-east of Scotland. [Carbon]. 23 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/318 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], asking for a report on [the sloop] HMS Wildfire, including her duties, value and cost of upkeep. [Carbon]. 23 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/319 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Sir Frederick Black, asking him to press Sir Arthur Markham to give the facts of his statement [unspecified]. [Carbon]. 10 Mar [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/320-325 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 East Coast defence, particularly defence against a landing in force by Germany, very shortly after declaration of war. [Carbon]. 24 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/326 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Major John Olivant [? John Ollivant], on the Manning Division, stating that he had abandoned the idea of making it a branch of the Operations Division, and that he now proposed to keep it separate as a fourth division of the War Staff. [Carbon]. 21 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/327 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on movement in the Department of the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe]. [Carbon]. [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/328-330 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], on arrangements for the circulation of secret "flimsies". 18 Aug [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/331-333 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], on the responsibilities of Captains and Admirals Superintendent in Dockyards, and the duties of the Director of Naval Equipment. [Carbon]. 10 Mar [1914]
CHAR 13/6B/334-336 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] complaining that the Admiralty War Staff was not working together as a whole, and particularly that the Operations Division was working separately from the Intelligence and Mobilisation Divisions; also that Major John Olivant [? John Ollivant] was being underused. [Carbon]. 08 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/337 Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on an application from a Lieutenant Cull to join the Naval Wing of the Royal Flying Corps, suggesting that he be told privately to renew his application in 3 months. [Carbon]. 23 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/338 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] on the success of Captain Lionel Halsey's Empire Tour in HMS New Zealand, pointing out that he had achieved an oratorical success not at all in keeping with the duties of a naval officer, suggesting that the Colonial Office should be invited to reward him with a CMG [Companion of St Michael and St George; Halsey was awarded the CMG in 1913]. 23 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/339 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on hardship inflicted on fishermen by illegal trawling, and the use of assigning ships to help the police against the trawlers. [Carbon]. 25 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/340-342 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] on Admiralty organisation, and particularly the position of the Director of Naval Equipment. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/343-347 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on Naval Manoeuvres. [Carbon; folio number 344 not used]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/348-352 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], reporting on a meeting with Rear-Admiral Sir Reginald Custance, enclosing report by Custance on the manoeuvres of 1912 and suggesting that he might be made Director and Umpire-in-Chief of the Mediterranean manoeuvres. [Carbon]. 30 Aug 1913
CHAR 13/6B/353-355 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to [? Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada], on the shipbuilding programme and the provision of Canadian ships to help in the defence of the Empire. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/356 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Secretary [to the Admiralty, Sir (William) Graham Greene] and the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], asking them to "watch attentively" the situation indicated in Foreign Office telegrams [unspecified]. [Carbon]. 04 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/357-358 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty [Sir Francis Hopwood, later 1st Lord Southborough], the Secretary to the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and Admiral Henry Campbell, on the reservations of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Gerald Noel on the legal aspects of armed merchantmen. [Carbon]. 12 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/359-369 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on defence against an invasion by Germany, either by surprise attack or invasion after the war has begun. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/370 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Major John Ollivant, on his paper about naval orders and manuals. [Carbon]. Sep [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/371-372 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Vice-Admiral Commanding the 5th Battle Squadron, on test firing against a shore battery. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/373 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [Sir Henry Jackson] and the Director of Stores, asking for a report on the coaling arrangements for both fleets in the naval exercises. [Carbon]. 31 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/374-377 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on lessons to be learnt from the recent naval exercises. [Carbon]. 31 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/378 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on redrafting a paper which was to be submitted to the Committee of Imperial Defence on the threat of a German surprise attack. [Carbon]. 02 Jul [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/379 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 [Sir Henry Jackson] hoping that the big chart prepared by the War Office dealing with all forms of overseas attack had been printed in proof. [Carbon]. 27 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/380 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 [Sir Henry Jackson] asking for a meeting to discuss the War Staff papers [on hypothetical German raids]. [Carbon]. 11 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/381-384 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on War Staff papers on hypothetical German raids against Harwich [Essex], the Humber and the Firth of Tay. [Carbon]. [Jun] [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/385 Minute from WSC to Captain Maurice Hankey [Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence], on circulating a memorandum on German raids on the East Coast of Britain. [Carbon]. 06 May [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/386 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Naval Secretary, Admiralty [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair], asking for information about classes at [the Royal Naval College], Greenwich [London]. [Carbon]. 18 Nov [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/387 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Naval Secretary, Admiralty [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair], asking for information about the War Game at the Naval War College [? Portsmouth, Hampshire]. [Carbon]. 17 Nov [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/388-389 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and 3rd Sea Lord [Rear-Admiral Archibald Moore], the Director of Naval Ordnance [Rear-Admiral Frederick Tudor, earlier Frederick Jones] and the Chief of Staff [Sir Henry Jackson] asking them to arrange experiments of gunnery from warships against land targets representing batteries and troops. [Carbon]. 08 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/390-391 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 [Sir Henry Jackson] on memoranda by Arthur Balfour on possible German raids on the East Coast of Britain. [Carbon]. 01 Mar [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/392-394 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the definition of "Command of the Sea" and the difficulties of absolute obtaining naval superiority for either Britain or Germany. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/395-400 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the defence of the East Coast of Britain, pointing out the inadequacy of 4 cruisers, 74 destroyers and torpedo boats and 18 submarines for maintaining a regular patrol and outlining measures to improve the effectiveness of the coast watch, including the use of territorial forces and aerial squadrons. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/401-414 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the results of recent naval exercises. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/415-416 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] [during] a naval exercise, with a signal from "Blue Admiralty" to "Blue Commander-in-Chief" on tactics for dealing with invaders. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/417-428 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] stating that it was much harder for the Royal Navy to stop raids or invasion from Germany than it was 15 years earlier from France, due to the superior defences and number of naval bases on the south coast; WSC stresses the inadequacy of the east coast defences, particularly compared with the natural defensive and military strength of the German North Sea and Baltic coasts; also the difficulty of keeping a close watch on the German naval exits and the possibilities of invasion. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/429-430 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on a lecture by Admiral Sir Reginald Custance which made "reasonable and temperate criticism of manoeuvres and manoeuvre schemes" and the security concerns about the lecture's accuracy. [Carbon]. 24 Oct [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/431-439 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the necessity for keeping a large proportion of the Fleet ready for immediate service, stating plans to utilise the 7,000 active service ratings based on yachts, harbour tenders and in harbour establishments. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/440 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], asking about the desirability of making a thorough overhaul of the mobilisation arrangements, and suggesting Admiral Sir Reginald Custance to conduct the enquiry; WSC also states his aim to obtain a mobilisation of the Royal Fleet Reserve in the following year. [Carbon]. 05 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/441-447 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on the executive list of War Requirements for 1920, detailing the composition of the 1920 War Fleet. [Carbon; final folio of minute at CHAR 13/6B/452]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/448 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] on a "serious drag" [unspecified] on commanders. [Carbon]. 14 Feb [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/449-450 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on engineering training for Cadets at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth [Devon], likening it to tourists from the United States visiting India who "tick off the places they have visited in the guide book ... and then after a month or six weeks, come away and think they know all about India. All this does not matter much so long as they do not attempt to rule India"; WSC concludes that he would not wish to have his motor car repaired by the three best engineering Cadets at Dartmouth. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/451 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on the report of Admiral Sir Edmond Slade's Committee on the Organisation and Training of the Royal Naval War College. [Carbon]. 17 Nov [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/452 Final folio of minute at CHAR 13/6B/441-447. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/453 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Naval Secretary [Rear-Admiral Dudley de Chair], on de Chair's proposal to promote the Gunnery Lieutenant of HMS Orion to Commander; WSC questions the constant movement of gunnery officers, pointing out that this officer had only been in post for six months and recommends that Gunnery Lieutenants of the latest vessels should stay in post for at least two years, even if promoted to Commander in that time. [Carbon]. 14 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/454 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Director of Naval Ordnance [Rear-Admiral Frederick Tudor, earlier Frederick Jones], asking about improvements in gunnery during the year. [Carbon]. 10 Mar [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/455 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on a proposal to create a further Admiral of the Fleet, setting out qualifications for the position: to have served as 1st Sea Lord for more than one year, to have commanded the Principal Fleet for more than 12 months or to have undertaken special war services. [Carbon]. 07 Sep [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/456 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on extending a new system enhancing the responsibilities and status of petty officers. [Carbon]. 23 May [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/457 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], asking about numbers of lieutenants available on 31 March 1916, in relation to a new scheme [unspecified]. [Carbon]. 18 Mar [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/458 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Manning Department, Admiralty, asking for a list of lieutenants and commanders who had served in submarines, and who were presently serving elsewhere, excluding those found unsatisfactory. [Carbon]. 23 May [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/459 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Major John Olivant [? John Ollivant], asking for views on War Staff training, particularly short courses for lieutenants. [Carbon]. 21 May [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/460 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the 2nd Sea Lord [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on weekend leave and saving undue expense in rail fares. [Carbon]. 23 Apr [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/461 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on renewing the Admiralty's request to the Treasury on promotions to Admiral of the Fleet. [See CHAR 13/6B/455]. [Carbon]. 01 Apr [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/462 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], on the defence of St Helena, and the appointment of the Governor. [Carbon]. 13 Aug [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/463-464 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], refuting the theory of Sir [William] Edward Goschen [British Ambassador to Germany] that the concentration of the British Fleet was a strategic mistake and pointing out the numerical superiority of Britain to Germany in Home Waters, despite the absence of the Fleet sent to the Mediterranean, because of the incomplete state of the German Fleet. WSC also praises the work of Captain Hugh Watson, [Naval Attache, Berlin], and Captain William Kelly, Naval Attache in Paris [France], recommending both for the CMG [Companion of St Michael and St George]. [Carbon]. 21 Oct [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/465 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the freedom of German warships to use Norwegian ports, requesting the Foreign Office to write to the Norwegian Government, asking for the same rights to be extended to the British Navy. [Carbon]. [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/466-468 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], the Chief of Staff [Sir Henry Jackson] and the Director of the Intelligence Division [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], on the likelihood that German land pressure on the Netherlands would be irresistible in a war, and that the country would be "compelled to go with Germany openly or covertly". WSC states that everything should be done to promote good relations with the Netherlands, but that no military reliance should be placed on her, and stresses the importance of secrecy in war plans, stating that the Committee of Imperial Defence is not the proper means of dealing with them. [Carbon]. 19 May [1913]