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CHAR 13/11 Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and Memoranda.

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CHAR 13/11/1-2

Minute from Rear-Admiral David Beatty [Naval Secretary to WSC] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the comparative benefits of eight ships with four heavy guns against four ships with eight heavy guns.

2 folios
01 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/3-4

Letter from 1st Lord Morley of Blackburn [Lord President of the Council], (Flowermead, Princes Road, Wimbledon Park [London]), to WSC, supporting his campaign for a battleship to be named after Oliver Cromwell.

2 folios
01 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/5-7

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] (The Wharf, Sutton Courtney, Berkshire) to David Lloyd George [Chancellor of the Exchequer], on naval pay. [Hand-written copy, with envelope, initialled by WSC, ? not sent].

2 folios
03 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/8

Letter from 1st Lord Stamfordham, [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Arthur Bigge] (Buckingham Palace [London]) to WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty], re-stating the King's opposition to naming a battleship after Oliver Cromwell, citing the opposition to the plan to erect a statue of Cromwell out of public funds in 1895, especially in Ireland.

1 folio
04 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/9

Minute from Prince Louis of Battenberg [2nd Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on King George V's opposition to naming a battleship "Oliver Cromwell": he states that in the past the Sovereign's decision regarding names of warships had always been accepted as final, and that he felt that the Service would go against WSC on this choice.

1 folio
06 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/10

Letter from 1st Lord Stamfordham [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Arthur Bigge] to WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty], stating that the King would strongly deprecate any unnecessary or extravagant expenditure on the Royal Yacht [Victoria and Albert].

1 folio
05 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/11

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to 1st Lord Stamfordham [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Arthur Bigge] on the high estimates for the refit of [the Royal Yacht], Victoria and Albert. [Hand-written copy].

1 folio
05 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/12

Admiralty note on the telegram from 3rd Lord Denman [Governor-General of Australia], inviting WSC to visit Australia to discuss Imperial Defence.

1 folio
06 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/13-16

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to 1st Lord Stamfordham [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Arthur Bigge] defending his proposal to name a battleship after Oliver Cromwell, including the likely attitude of Ireland to the name. [Typescript draft, with hand-written annotations by WSC].

4 folios
06 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/17

Telegram from 3rd Lord Denman, Governor-General of Australia, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, inviting him to visit Australia to discuss Imperial defence. [Annotated with WSC's reply, declining invitation].

1 folio
08 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/18

Letter from Rear-Admiral Sir Alexander Bethell, Commander-in-Chief, East Indies, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], with thanks for his telegram agreeing to consider Bethell for command of the Naval War College when it became vacant.

1 folio
11 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/19

Letter from Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] (Foreign Office) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], recommending that the Mediterranean Fleet should not visit the Greek island of Nauplia, as there was no danger to life or property there, suggesting that they should go to Smyrna [Izmir, Turkey], as there were dangers of a massacre there.

1 folio
09 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/20

Telegram from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to [3rd Lord Denman], Governor-General of Australia, declining his invitation to visit Australia to discuss Imperial defence. [Typescript copy].

1 folio
12 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/21

Letter from Admiral Sir William May [Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, Devon], (Slough [Buckinghamshire]) to WSC, recommending Captain Arthur Leveson, "a man of remarkable talent".

1 folio
12 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/22

Letter from Rear-Admiral David Beatty, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], accepting command of the First Battle Cruiser Squadron.

1 folio
14 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/23

Note from Prince Louis of Battenberg [2nd Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], proposing to go home to "be alone with my thoughts" following the news that WSC had given him that morning [that he was to succeed Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman as 1st Sea Lord].

1 folio
14 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/24

Telegram from Rear-Admiral Sir Alexander Bethell to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], accepting [command of the Naval War College].

1 folio
15 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/25-27

Letter from Andrew Murray (92 Rosebank Street, Dundee [Scotland]) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, attaching a statement, complaining of an assault on him by Stoker John Henry Pocock of HMS Cherwell; includes Admiralty covering note recommending that Murray should be told that there is no fund available for damages.

3 folios
15 Nov 1912 - 27 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/28

Letter from 1st Lord Crewe [Secretary of State for India, earlier 2nd Lord Houghton and Robert Crewe- Milnes] (India Office), to WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty] on payment for temporary civil servants.

1 folio
23 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/29-30

Minute from Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman [1st Sea Lord] (Admiralty), to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, asking for an appointment to discuss relieving ships in the Mediterranean Fleet, and his concerns about leaving the Fleet without a commander for this period.

2 folios
24 Jan 1912
CHAR 13/11/31-33

Letter from Herbert Samuel, Postmaster-General, to WSC, on conditions under which leave for training was granted to members of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, as he was being pressed on the subject by Rupert Guinness [? Lord Elveden, later 2nd Lord Iveagh]; includes a note by WSC asking the Director of Naval Intelligence, Rear-Admiral Sir Alexander Bethell, for information.

3 folios
26 Nov 1912 - 30 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/34

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Admiral Sir Henry Jackson [Chief of War Staff], asking the War Board to test the manoeuvring and fighting capabilities of a squadron of 8 ships with 4 big guns each, against a squadron of 4 ships with 8 big guns. [Hand-written draft, signed by WSC].

1 folio
05 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/35-36

Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to Robert Donald, [Editor of the Daily Chronicle] on the oil fuel question, and on the opposition of the Daily News to the Canadian gift to Britain [of 3 Dreadnoughts]. [Carbon copy].

2 folios
07 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/37

Letter from 1st Lord Stamfordham [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Arthur Bigge], (York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk) to WSC, on the King's approval of the appointment of a new 1st Sea Lord and 2nd Sea Lord, [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven and Rear-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe), and his agreement to make the retiring 1st Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman, a GCB [Knight Grand Cross of the Bath]. Stamfordham also passes on the King's congratulations on the new pay scheme for the Navy, with his regrets that nothing could be done for married men, and his recommendation for the establishment of married quarters in Naval Barracks and Schools.

1 folio
06 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/38

Letter from Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, (HMS Hercules, Portland [Dorset]) to WSC, on his appointment as 2nd Sea Lord.

1 folio
06 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/39-40

Letter from Captain Hugh Watson [Naval Attache], (British Embassy, Berlin [Germany]) to Edward Marsh, [Private Secretary to WSC], reporting his observations of a new German Naval Airship.

2 folios
06 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/41-42

Letter from Lionel Yexley, [Editor of the Fleet], (8 York Road, Ilford, Essex), to WSC, reporting his visit to Portsmouth [Hampshire]; includes note between WSC and the 2nd Sea Lord, Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] on previous letters sent by Yexley.

2 folios
07 Dec 1911 - 06 May 1912
CHAR 13/11/43-46

Letter from Lionel Yexley, [Editor of] the Fleet, (8 York Road, Ilford [Essex], to WSC, on naval pay and conditions.

4 folios
18 May 1912
CHAR 13/11/47-48

Letter from Lionel Yexley, [Editor of the Fleet], (8 York Road, Ilford, Essex) to WSC, on the possibility of standing for Parliament for Portsmouth [Hampshire] at the next General Election.

3 folios
01 May 1912
CHAR 13/11/49

Letter from Rear-Admiral Thomas Jerram, (Royal Navy War College, Portsmouth [Hampshire]), to WSC, on his appointment as Commander-in-Chief, China Station.

1 folio
10 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/50

Letter from Rear-Admiral Thomas Jerram, (2 The Crescent, Alverstoke, Hampshire), to WSC, on his appointment as Commander of the Second Battle Squadron, stating that he would not be able to take the post unless promoted to acting Vice-Admiral.

1 folio
07 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/51-52

Letter from Rear-Admiral David Beatty [Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, WSC], to Vice-Admiral Cecil Burney, on the length of time of his appointment in command of the 3rd Battle Squadron: Beatty states that WSC expected Burney to hold the post for two years, and that he would be relieved in the summer of 1913.

2 folios
12 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/53-54

Letter from WSC (War Office) to Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener, [British Agent and Consul-General, Egypt], on naval forces and defences in the Mediterranean. [Typescript copy].

2 folios
13 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/55

Letter from 2nd Lord Esher [Chairman, War Office Reconstitution Committee, earlier Reginald Brett], (2 Tilney Street, Mayfair [London]) to WSC, on the Overseas Commerce Report.

1 folio
14 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/56

Extract from letter from 1st Lord Knollys, [Private Secretary to King George V] to Maurice Bonham-Carter [Private Secretary to the Prime Minister], on the King's anger with Vice-Admiral Sir Percy Scott, for allowing details of his gunnery invention to appear in the Sphere; Knollys adds that the King felt that Scott should not be given an honour at present, and that he had never heard of any Naval officer on full or half pay, having a baronetcy conferred upon him; also that this would be most unpopular in the Royal Navy. [Incomplete hand-written copy; Scott was created a baronet in 1913].

1 folio
15 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/57

Minute from Sir Francis Hopwood [Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty later 1st Lord Southborough], to WSC with a report of his meeting with King George V on the subject of cost of repairs to the Royal Yacht [Victoria and Albert].

1 folio
16 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/58

Letter from Captain Hugh Watson, [Naval Attache], (British Embassy, Berlin [Germany]) to Edward Marsh, [Private Secretary to WSC], with a report on hostile German press reports inveighing against the sale of a German airship to Britain.

1 folio
16 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/59

Letter from J H Southam, (12 Albany Road, Gillingham, Kent), to WSC, submitting a resolution from a public meeting of Petty Officers and men of the Royal Navy, held at the Queen's Hall, Chatham, thanking WSC for all he had done for the Lower Deck during his term of office.

1 folio
14 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/60

Letter from Lionel Yexley [Editor of the Fleet], (8 York Road, Ilford, Essex) to WSC, on naval pay and conditions.

1 folio
17 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/61-62

Letter from Lionel Yexley, [Editor of the Fleet] (8 York Road, Ilford, Essex) to WSC, on naval pay and conditions, particularly attitudes of the "Lower Deck" to the pay concession; includes newspaper cutting reporting a speech by Yexley to the Naval Stewards' Association.

2 folios
15 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/63-64

Letter from Robert Harcourt, House of Commons, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the Commons debate on naval affairs.

2 folios
20 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/65

Minute from Captain William Pakenham, 4th Sea Lord (Admiralty) to WSC, on the promotion of Lieutenant Woods, who had been "selected for special advancement for reasons other than merit", placing on record his opposition to reviving a practice "so open to abuse and obnoxious to the Navy". [With envelope].

1 folio
20 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/66

Submission from Captain Murray Sueter, [Director of the Air Department], (Admiralty), to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the purchase of an airship from the Parseval Company in Germany, stating that it was due for delivery by 31 Mar 1913, but that no agreement had been reached with the German Government for British Inspecting Officers to visit Germany to watch the progress of construction and attend trials.

1 folio
20 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/67-68

Letter from Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean], (HMS Inflexible, Mediterranean Station), to WSC, enclosing an extract from a report by one of his captains, on a conversation with a German naval captain on a possible naval agreement between Germany and Austria on combined action against Russia.

2 folios
14 Dec 1912 - 26 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/69

Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] to WSC on the possible publication of correspondence with Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman over his resignation as 1st Sea Lord, advising WSC to speak to King George V as soon as possible.

1 folio
27 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/70-71

Letter from Vice-Admiral Sir Alfred Winsloe [Commander, China Station], (HMS Alacrity, China Station, Nanking) to WSC, on naval relations with Japan, and on his future employment after his promotion to Admiral in 1913.

2 folios
30 Dec 1912
CHAR 13/11/72

Letter from 2nd Lord Esher [earlier Reginald Brett], (The Roman Camp, Callander [Perthshire, Scotland]), to WSC, on Esher's opposition to naval policy in the Mediterranean but personal support for WSC.

1 folio
[1912]
CHAR 13/11/73-74

Minute from [WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty] to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], on the actions to be followed by the Navy during the threatened coal strike. [Typescript copy, with address to 1st Sea Lord struck through].

2 folios
[Jan] [1912]
CHAR 13/11/75-77

Minute from [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman, 1st Sea Lord] to WSC, on coaling arrangements for the Navy during the threatened coal strike.

3 folios
[1912]
CHAR 13/11/78

Note by 1st Lord Morley of Blackburn [Lord President of the Council] (Privy Council Office), on Oliver Cromwell and the Royal Navy [regarding naming a battleship after Cromwell].

1 folio
[06] [Nov] [1912]
CHAR 13/11/79

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to [Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne], Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean, asking for a report on possible conflict between servicemen and Roman Catholics in Malta. [Hand-written draft].

1 folio
[1912]
CHAR 13/11/80-81

Letter from WSC (Admiralty), to 1st Lord Stamfordham [Private Secretary to King George V, earlier Arthur Bigge], defending his proposal to name a new battleship after Oliver Cromwell. [Typescript copy].

2 folios
01 Nov 1912
CHAR 13/11/82

Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to Admiral Sir Alfred Winsloe, [Commander, China Station], with thanks for his letter on the political situation and naval relations with Japan, and on his future employment. [Hand-written draft].

1 folio
[Jan] [1913]
CHAR 13/11/83-84

Postcard of Canadian Pacific Grain Elevator, Victoria Harbour, Ontario, Canada, with covering note.

2 folios
[1912]
CHAR 13/11/85-86

Letter from unknown writer (Brook House, Park Lane [London]) to [? WSC], on naval relations with Germany. [Incomplete carbon copy, unsigned] [Brook House was the London home of Sir Ernest Cassel].

2 folios
[1912]
CHAR 13/11/87-90

Admiralty memorandum on remarks by Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz [Head of the German Admiralty] on the German Navy Law and amendments to the British naval construction programme. [Typescript].

4 folios
[1912]
CHAR 13/11/91

Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on conditions governing the conferment of military Commanderships of the Order of the Bath [CB], which meant that few naval officers were qualified, and that there was a marked disparity between decorations awarded to the Army and the Navy. [Hand-written].

1 folio
[1912]