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CHAR 13/40/1

Telegram from WSC to the Admiralty, approving the use of British transports to convey Belgian refugees from Antwerp [Belgium] to Tilbury [Essex]. [Carbon].

1 folio
04 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/2

Telegram from Admiralty to 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], and 'Commodore S' [Roger Keyes, Captain and Commodore in charge of the Submarine Service] on the protection of the 7th Army Division during its transfer from Dover [Kent] to Zeebrugge [Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
05 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/3

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on reports that German submarines had been seen inside Loch Ewe [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland], and on resulting movements of coal supplies. [Carbon].

1 folio
07 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/4

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the defence of Loch Ewe [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland]. [Carbon].

1 folio
07 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/5

Telegram from King George V to Major-General Archibald Paris [General Officer Commanding Royal Naval Division] and the Royal Naval Division on the defence of Antwerp [Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
07 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/6

Telegram from WSC to Major-General Archibald Paris [General Officer Commanding Royal Naval Division], giving permission to employ Lieutenant-Colonel [George] Tom Bridges and Colonel John Seely [later 1st Lord Mottistone] to command half-brigades in the defence of Antwerp [Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
07 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/7

Telegram from Major-General Archibald Paris [General Officer Commanding Royal Naval Division] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the defence of Antwerp [Belgium], including blocking the River Schelde. [Carbon].

1 folio
08 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/8

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Commanding Officer, Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars, ordering him to remain at Dunkirk [France] assisting with the local security of the town in co-operation with the French authorities. [Carbon].

1 folio
08 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/9

Telegram from the Commanding Officer, Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, applying to rejoin the Royal Naval Division, with reply from WSC stating that there was no scope for cavalry action at Antwerp [Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
07 Oct 1914 - 08 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/10

Telegram from Admiralty to Major-General Archibald Paris [General Officer Commanding Royal Naval Division], on the defence of Antwerp [Belgium], ordering him to hold his position against artillery attacks. [Carbon].

1 folio
08 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/11

Telegram from Admiralty to 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], on destroyer patrols off the Belgian coast to prevent enemy submarines from returning to Germany. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
09 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/12

Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting that submarine E.9 had attacked two German destroyers off the River Ems [Germany]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
09 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/13

Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on anti-submarine defences at Loch Ewe [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland]. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven].

1 folio
09 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/14

Telegram from Admiralty to the General Officer Commanding, Royal Naval Division [Major-General Archibald Paris], with orders to embark at Ostend [Belgium] and Dunkirk [France] as soon as possible to return to Dover [Kent]. [Carbon].

1 folio
09 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/15

Telegram from WSC, Admiralty, to Major-General Archibald Paris [General Officer Commanding, Royal Naval Division], asking for a report on the condition on the Division following its withdrawal from Antwerp [Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
10 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/16

Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the anti-submarine defence of Loch Ewe [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland]. [Carbon].

1 folio
10 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/17

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] on the search for enemy submarines in Loch Ewe [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland]. [Carbon].

1 folio
10 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/18

Telegram from Major-General Archibald Paris [General Officer Commanding, Royal Naval Division], on the evacuation of his forces from Antwerp [Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
10 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/19

Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the anti-submarine defence [of Loch Ewe, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
12 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/20

Telegram from the French Naval Attaché, to the Ministry of Marine, Bordeaux [France], asking if the minelayers Pluton and Cerbere were available to assist with the mining of the Belgian ports. [Carbon].

1 folio
13 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/21

Telegram from the Intelligence Division, Admiralty, to the Base Commandant, Dunkirk [France], on reports that a German expedition for the capture of Ostend [Belgium] and Calais was being prepared at Bremen and Hamburg. [Carbon].

1 folio
14 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/22

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, asking for submarines proceeding to the Baltic to report whether passage of the Sound [between the Baltic and North Sea] was feasible for destroyers and light cruisers. [Carbon].

1 folio
14 Nov 1914
CHAR 13/40/23

Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine, Bordeaux [France], to Admiralty, on the possibility of French minelayers assisting in mining [Belgian ports]. [Carbon].

1 folio
14 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/24

Telegram from the French Naval Attaché (London) to the Ministry of Marine, Bordeaux [France], on the possibility of French minelayers assisting in mining Belgian ports. [Carbon].

1 folio
14 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/25

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on improving mine defences in the English Channel. [Carbon].

1 folio
14 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/26

Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on a report from [Sir Henry Lowther], British Minister at Copenhagen [Denmark], on enemy ships and news that the Germans intended to conduct a long and strenuous submarine campaign in the North Sea.

1 folio
14 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/27

Telegram from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], inviting him to give his opinion secretly on every aspect of the naval situation at home and abroad. WSC comments on the grim general aspect of the war, stating that Russian pressure was not what they expected and that an avalanche of German reinforcements was approaching the Western Front. [Carbon].

1 folio
14 Oct 1914 - 15 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/28

Telegram from the Rear-Admiral, Dover, to Admiralty, suggesting that the three Monitors [heavily-armed ships of shallow draught] would be useful at Dunkirk [France] to protect coast roads and railways, and that howitzers could be used against enemy aircraft. [Carbon].

1 folio
15 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/29

Telegram from the Ministry of Marine, Bordeaux [France], to the [French Naval Attaché, (London)], asking about the Admiralty's intentions for supporting the French Army on the Western Front. [Carbon].

1 folio
16 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/30

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on the need to withdraw a cruiser patrol further north because of German submarines in northern waters; Jellicoe also details plans for finding the submarines, coaling his ships, and receiving assistance for his cruisers. [Carbon].

1 folio
16 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/31

Telegram from Admiralty to the Rear-Admiral, Dover, ordering three Monitors [heavily-armed ships of shallow draught], escorted by four Destroyers, to proceed to Dunkirk [France], to support the French left flank by fire from the sea. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
16 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/32

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on reports of a German submarine in Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland]. Jellicoe states that he had ordered heavy ships to sea, and that while doubts existed about the safety of the base, he could not use it. [Carbon].

1 folio
17 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/33

Telegram from Admiralty to the Rear-Admiral, Dover, with orders to send Scouts and Destroyers to Dunkirk [France], to work along the coast to Nieuport [Belgium] to support the Belgian left flank. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
17 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/34

Telegram from 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], to Admiralty, reporting the sinking of four German destroyers by HMS Undaunted, and flotilla of 'L' Class destroyers [near Texel Island off the coast of the Netherlands]. [Carbon].

1 folio
17 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/35

Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral, Dover, sending on a request from Belgian headquarters for support from the squadron of Monitors [heavily-armed ships of shallow draught] for the Belgian Army at Nieuport [Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
17 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/36

Telegram from Admiralty to 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], warning of a possible German attack and asking him to send four destroyers to the Dover Patrol, to cover gaps left by the ships supporting the Belgian army at Nieuport [Belgium]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff], Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and WSC. [Carbon].

1 folio
17 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/37

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on anti-submarine defences for Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland] and other fleet anchorages. [Carbon].

1 folio
18 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/38

Telegram from Admiralty to Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], giving details of a forthcoming attack on the Zeppelin sheds at Cuxhaven [Germany] by seaplanes from seaplane carriers supported by two light cruisers and a destroyer flotilla. [Carbon].

1 folio
18 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/39

Telegram from Admiralty to 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], with orders to send SS Ophelia, a captured German ship, into Yarmouth [Norfolk]; also asking if she had made any wireless signals. [Carbon].

1 folio
18 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/40

Telegram from 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], to Admiralty, reporting that [the German ship SS Ophelia] had been making wireless reports and acting as a scout, while supposedly acting as a hospital ship. [Carbon].

1 folio
18 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/41

Telegram from 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], to Admiralty, reporting that the German Hospital ship Ophelia had orders from the Admiral at Heligoland [Germany] ordering her to proceed to Latitude 52.31 North Long 3.55 East, and that he had ordered her wireless apparatus to be disabled and the ship to be detained. [Carbon].

1 folio
18 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/42

Telegram from the Admiral, Dover Patrols to Admiralty, on the use of Monitors [heavily-armed ships of shallow draught] in supporting the Belgian army at Nieuport [Belgium], requesting more ammunition. [Carbon].

1 folio
19 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/43

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, on the anti-submarine defences of Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland] and other fleet anchorages. [Carbon].

1 folio
19 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/44

Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] giving notification that anti-submarine defences for Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland] would leave the dockyards on 24 Oct, and giving approval for the Battle Squadrons to remain on the West Coast, while the battle cruisers and cruisers remained in the north. [Carbon].

1 folio
20 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/45

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, stating that the Grand Fleet may use an anchorage in the Hebrides [Scotland], giving "grave suspicions" of a German base in Hebrides or Skye, requesting a thorough search, and the establishment of censorship of telegrams and letters. [Carbon].

1 folio
19 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/46

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], giving permission for Jellicoe to use whatever he wants for [the anti-submarine defences of Scapa Flow (Orkney Islands, Scotland)]. [Carbon].

1 folio
19 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/47

Telegram from Admiralty to the Senior Naval Officer, Dover, on continuing support for the left flank of the Belgian army at Nieuport [Belgium]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
20 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/48

Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood to Admiralty, on his bombardment of the Belgian coast in support of the Belgian Army. [Carbon].

1 folio
21 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/49

Telegram from [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood] to Admiralty, on his bombardment of the Belgian coast in support of the Belgian Army, asking for a gunboat or scout, with at least 500 rounds of ammunition per gun. [Carbon].

1 folio
21 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/50

Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on a patrol of British submarines through the Sound [between the Baltic and North Sea]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
21 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/51

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, reporting that the presence of the Dutch fishing fleet on the Dogger Bank could be used by the Germans. He suggests that the Dutch Government be asked to prevent wireless being carried, and to send patrol vessels to enforce this. [Carbon].

1 folio
22 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/52

Telegram from Vice-Consul Charles Hill (Libau [Russia]), to Admiralty, reporting that Submarines E1 and E.9 had arrived safely at Libau Naval Base. [Carbon].

1 folio
22 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/53

Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood to Admiralty, reporting on his support of the Belgian army, including the justifiable risk in using the Monitors [heavily-armed ships of shallow draught]. [Carbon].

1 folio
22 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/54

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, asking about the development of contact mines and torpedoes for use at naval bases against submarines. [Carbon].

1 folio
22 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/55

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, regretting that he could not spare ships for a patrol north of the Faroe Islands, and asking for one or two additional armed liners. Includes note that this was in reply to an Admiralty telegram stating that an attempt might be made to bring military supplies to Germany via Scandinavia and the Faroes. [Carbon].

1 folio
22 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/56

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, on the vital importance of sustaining the Belgian army with effective naval artillery support. [Carbon].

1 folio
23 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/57

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the defence of Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands] and ensuring the safety of the Fleet in northern Scotland. [Carbon].

1 folio
23 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/58

Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, reporting on his support of the Belgian army and stating that he would be bombarding Ostend [Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
23 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/59

Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, with orders to send any vessels not actually required into Dunkirk [France] because of persistent submarine attacks. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
23 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/60

Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood to Admiralty, reporting on his bombardment of Ostend [Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
23 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/61

Telegram from WSC to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, on reports that the Germans had brought submarines in sections by rail to Ostend [Belgium]; WSC gives orders to destroy the railway station, line, and rolling stock, together with the quays and docks. [Carbon].

1 folio
23 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/62

Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, stating that they did not wish to destroy Ostend [Belgium] until it was certain that it could not be recaptured, and ordering Hood to take no action except to support the Franco-Belgian left as before; also congratulating him on the success of his operations. Initialled by WSC and Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. [Carbon].

1 folio
23 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/63

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on protecting the Fleet by closing the waters off northern Scotland to all British and neutral shipping. [Carbon].

1 folio
24 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/64

Telegram from HMS Maidstone to Admiralty, reporting that submarine E.11 had returned, but that it had been unable to pass through the Sound [between the Baltic and North Sea] owing to delay in its arrival at the entrance, and the presence of enemy torpedo craft; also reporting the submarine's attack on an assumed German submarine. [Carbon].

1 folio
24 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/65

Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting that of three submarines sent [through the Sound between the Baltic and North Sea to Russia], two got through and arrived, and the third returned to Harwich [Essex] with engine trouble. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
24 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/66

Telegram from the French Naval Attaché (London) to the Ministry of Marine (Bordeaux [France]), reporting that 360 mines had been laid in the North Sea by the French minelayers, Cerbere and Pluton, and that the ships were ready for new work with a fresh set of mines; also reporting a request from the British Admiralty for the ships to remain at Dunkirk. [Carbon].

1 folio
24 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/67

Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, reporting that air reconnaissance had been ordered for Ostend and Zeebrugge [Belgium], and ordering him to support the left flank of the Belgian army as previously, but not to bombard Ostend Harbour or the railway station unless there was activity there or it was necessary as a military measure. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
24 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/68

Telegram from Calais [France] to Admiralty, reporting that there were 3000 wounded in the town, and that the state of affairs was "deplorable owing to total collapse of organisation"; also stating that 3000 more wounded were expected from the front. [Carbon].

1 folio
24 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/69

Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, suggesting that it would be better to wait a day or two before wrecking the docks and quays of Ostend [Belgium], but that the railway station should be bombarded immediately, and any enemy activity in the harbour stopped. Initialled by WSC and Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven]. [Carbon].

1 folio
24 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/70

Telegram from 'Commodore T' [Reginald Tyrwhitt], to Admiralty, reporting the failure of operations, as seaplanes were not able to take off; also reporting that he was proceeding to Harwich [Essex] and sweeping south with three flotillas. [Carbon].

1 folio
25 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/71

Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood to Admiralty, reporting on his support of the Belgian army off Nieuport [Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
26 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/72

Telegram from Admiralty to the Senior Naval Officer, Dover, ordering HMS Venerable, with four destroyers, to proceed to support the Allied left off Nieuport [Belgium]. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
26 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/73

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, reporting that [the battleship] HMS Audacious had been torpedoed off the island of Mull [Scotland]. [Carbon].

1 folio
27 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/74

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, submitting that every endeavour should be made to prevent news of the loss of HMS Audacious from being published. [Carbon].

1 folio
27 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/75

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, confirming the report that HMS Audacious had been sunk by torpedo with the loss of one life, and hoping that the loss could be kept secret. [Carbon].

1 folio
27 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/76

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], stating that it would be very difficult to keep the loss of HMS Audacious a secret. WSC suggests that Jellicoe send a wireless cypher signal saying that damage to the Audacious was due to collision with a derelict, and that repairs would take at least 3 weeks. [Carbon].

1 folio
27 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/77

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, ordering continued support of the Allied left in Belgium. WSC states that ammunition should be conserved until good targets showed, but risks should be run and the Allies must be supported without fail; also congratulating Hood on the success of the operation. [Carbon].

1 folio
27 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/78

Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, to Admiralty, reporting on his support of the Army in Belgium. [Carbon].

1 folio
27 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/79

Telegram from Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, reporting that French destroyers on the Belgian coast were to be placed under his orders. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
27 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/80

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], hoping that he would not be discouraged by the loss of HMS Audacious, and stating that Britain had been fortunate to come through 3 months of war without the loss of a capital ship. [Carbon].

1 folio
28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/81

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the loss of HMS Audacious, hoping that the press be requested not to publish anything on the subject. Includes note of WSC's reply stating that stories of [Audacious hitting] a derelict would not work, and that he would consult the Cabinet about suppressing the news.

1 folio
28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/82

Telegram from Admiralty to [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood], giving him full discretion to obtain the best results [in supporting the Army in Belgium]. [Carbon].

1 folio
28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/83

Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], asking him to caution passengers and crew of the SS Olympic on the importance of keeping the loss [of HMS Audacious] secret as long as possible. Initialled by Prince Louis of Battenberg [1st Sea Lord, later 1st Lord Milford Haven] and Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

1 folio
28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/84

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting the Cabinet decision that no publication of the loss of HMS Audacious should be allowed for the present in view of the military and Turkish situation, and asking him to use every endeavour to keep the matter secret locally. [Carbon].

1 folio
28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/85

Telegram from [Rear-Admiral Horace Hood] to WSC, reporting on damage to his ships during his support of the Army in Belgium. [Carbon].

1 folio
28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/86

Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood to WSC, reporting on his support of the Army in Belgium. [Carbon].

1 folio
28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/87

Telegram from Mansfeldt Finlay [Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Norway], to Admiralty, passing on the view of the Naval Attaché that a small armed merchant vessel, disguised as a Norwegian would probably be able to destroy one or more German submarines. [Carbon].

1 folio
28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/88

Telegram from Commander Charles Samson to the Director of the Air Division, Admiralty [Captain Murray Sueter] on scouting operations over Ostend [Belgium], stating that he had reported daily to the headquarters of the 4th Army Corps, although Sueter had not received the reports. [Carbon].

1 folio
28 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/89

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, on support of the Army in Belgium, ordering him to save ammunition where possible, but not to lose any chance of hitting the enemy. WSC also sends a message of support to Hood's inshore flotilla and squadron. [Carbon].

1 folio
29 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/90

Telegram from Rear-Admiral Horace Hood to Admiralty on support of the Army in Belgium, suggesting that HMS Revenge was very suitable for the work, and that Commander Edward Altham of HMS Wildfire should take command. [Carbon].

1 folio
29 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/91

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, reporting that a muster of the ship's company of HMS Audacious showed all hands were saved, and submitting that when the loss of the ship became public this fact should be announced to save anxiety on the part of relatives. [Carbon].

1 folio
30 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/92

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, on support of the Army in Belgium, informing him of a scheduled aerial reconnaissance, the impending arrival of HMS Revenge, and ordering him to rest if the situation permitted. [Carbon].

1 folio
30 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/93

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] reporting the resignation of Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] as 1st Sea Lord "on grounds of parentage", and the appointment of Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher as his successor, and the probable involvement of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Wilson with special duties. WSC adds that the change has nothing to do with the loss of HMS Audacious, states that there would be no change in Naval War policy and asks if the Grand Fleet could take a few days rest. [Carbon].

1 folio
30 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/94

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on rest for the Grand Fleet and sending out squadrons for target practice. [Carbon].

1 folio
30 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/95

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, requesting submarine defences to be built at Swarback Minns, Shetland Islands [Scotland], which he was using as a cruiser base for ships on Northern patrol duty. [Carbon].

1 folio
30 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/96

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Rear-Admiral Horace Hood, asking for Hood's plans to prevent the use of Ostend and Zeebrugge [Belgium] as submarine bases by the Germans and ordering him to continue supporting the Belgian left. [Carbon].

1 folio
30 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/97

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on news of the loss of HMS Audacious, reporting that nothing had reached Germany, and that people in London thought the report to be a hoax. WSC authorises Jellicoe to hold the SS Olympic as long as he wished, and asks him to make the officers of the Audacious wire reassuring telegrams to relatives. [Carbon].

1 folio
31 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/98

Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, reporting his meeting with Charles Schwab, Head of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, whom he had allowed to land from the SS Olympic; Jellicoe suggests that Schwab should call on WSC to discuss the sale of ships to the Admiralty and the construction of new ships, especially destroyers and submarines. [Carbon].

1 folio
31 Oct 1914
CHAR 13/40/99

Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine, Bordeaux [France], to Admiralty, on the means of preventing the action of enemy submarines in the English Channel with combined French and British flotillas.

1 folio
01 Nov 1914