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CHAR 13/50 Admiralty - First Lord's Correspondence.

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CHAR 13/50/1

Telegram from the Grand Duke Nicholas, Russian Minister of War to Lord Kichener, War Office, on the composition of the Russian troops assigned to attack Constantinople, Turkey.

1 folio
01 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/2-3

Letter from Sydney Walton (Syndicate Publishing Co., London) to WSC, asking for a newspaper interview, designed to raise output at works in the "great industrial centres".

2 folios
01 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/4-6

Letter from William Schreiner, South African High Commissioner, London, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on naval escort of ship transporting aircraft and pilots from Britain to South Africa [handwritten, with typed transcript, initialled by WSC].

3 folios
02 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/7-8

Letter from Florence Drought (Croxteth House, Liverpool) to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, wife of the former English Chaplain in Dunkerque, asking for help in obtaining passage to France for herself, her daughter and their dog.

2 folios
02 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/9-10

Minute from Rear-Admiral Sir Douglas Brownrigg, Chief Naval Censor, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on censorship of press telegrams from the Dardanelles, annotated by WSC, stating that he was stronly opposed to the transmission of "misleading messages" by wireless, asking that the Censor's decision be upheld.

2 folios
02 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/11

Lettter from Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, C. in C., Grand Fleet, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on senior staf appointments, particularly the problem of appointing officers to serve under officers much younger and junior to themselves.

1 folio
02 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/12-13

Letter from Fanny Streatfeild (Sydenham) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, suggesting that merchant ships should carry mines attached to streamers, which could be lowered in the event of attack by a submarine [with envelope].

2 folios
02 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/14

Letter from David Shackleton, National Health Insurance Commission to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, asking him to meet Henry Grant, who held an "important position" with a firm of meat contractors, and had experience of Government Transport arrangements.

1 folio
02 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/15

Letter from Edward Marsh, Admiralty to Eric Drummond (later Lord Perth), Foreign Office, on censorship of press telegrams from the Dardanelles [carbon].

1 folio
03 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/16-23

Letter from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Admiral Sir John Jelllicoe, C. in C., Grand Fleet, on the strength of the Grand Fleet, pointing out that his position was much stronger than at the beginning of the War, also on senior naval appointments, commenting that Rear-Admiral Herbert Heath should remain as Admiral Superintendent, Portsmouth Dockyard, and that while he did not find Rear-Admiral Henry Tottenham very agreeable, he wa sa man of character, determination and professional ability and fully deserved a Cruiser Squadron in the Grand Fleet, also on the increasing deafness of Vice-Admiral Sir George Warrender, and his suitability to remain in command of the 2nd Battle Cruiser Squadron [handwritten copy, with typed transcript, signed by WSC, annotated "never sent" by James Masterton Smith].

8 folios
05 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/24

Letter from Admiral Sir Reginald Bacon to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, report on trials of naval guns.

1 folio
05 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/25

Letter from E J Foley, Admiralty to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, sending permit for Florence Drought, her daughter and their dog to travel to France, stating that there may be Board of Agriculture regulations affecting the entry of dogs into France.

1 folio
06 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/26

Letter from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Lord Kitchener, War Office, asking for urgent reply to enquiry about deliveries of trotyl and picric acid.

1 folio
06 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/27

Letter from Harold Squibbs, Passenger Broker, Carigan, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on his "practical and simple" idea for the capture of hostile submarines.

1 folio
06 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/28-30

Letter from Evelyn Wrench, Over-Seas Club, to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, on proposal of the Nova Scotia Over-Seas Club to establish a training ship, asking if the Admiralty had an obsolete warship which could be adapted.

3 folios
07 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/31

Letter from Belgian Legation, London to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, thanks for arrangement for the escort of troop ships from Belgium to Britain.

1 folio
07 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/32

Letter from Edward Eyre (National Liberal club) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the possibility of finding a shore appointment for one of his relatives.

1 folio
07 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/33

Letter from Henry Grant (Elm Grove Road, Barnes) to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, on the possibility of him finding employment with a Government Department connected with shipping.

1 folio
07 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/34

Letter from Lord Moulton (Onslow Sq., London) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the supply of high explosives.

1 folio
08 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/35

Letter from James Allen, New Zealand High Commissioner, London, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on special press correspondents in the Dardanelles.

1 folio
08 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/36-43

Letter from Arthur Balfour to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the water supply in Gallipoli, stating that theyre could be no hope of a deficiency in the supplies of the Turkish Garrison.

8 folios
08 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/44

Letter from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Arthur Balfour, on the atack on the Dardanelles, particularly the question of the water supply to the Turkish garrison at Gallipoli [handwritten copy].

1 folio
08 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/45-46

Letter from Arthur Pollen to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on submarine attacks on merchant ships, suggesting that a few tramp steamers be fitted with concealed guns, and employed to convey German prisoners between Le Havre and Dover, the Captains being given orders to stop when a submarine was sighted, to open fire and sink it "If the ship were sunk, there would at any rate be the consolation of drowning some hundreds of German officers and men".

2 folios
09 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/47

Letter from Peter Wibaille to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, thanks for reply to letter, asking for his name to be brought to WSC's attention.

1 folio
09 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/48-50

Letter from R Williams Bulkeley, Royal Naval Division Depot, Crystal Palace, to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, reporting on cinference on the question of bringing the Separation Allowances of ther RND into line with Army allowances.

3 folios
09 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/51-53

Letter from Richard Bennett, House of Commons, Ottawa, Canada, to Edwrard Marsh, Admiralty, enclosing letter from L A Hutton, Inspector of Canadian Pacific Railway Telegraph Systems, on proposal to use hydrogen and oxygen as fuel for submerged submarines, replacing the electric motors currently in use.

3 folios
10 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/54-55

Letter from Edward Marsh, Admiralty to Richard Bennett, House of Commons, Ottawa, Canada, on proposal by L A Hutton to use hydrogen and oxygen as fuel for submerged submarines, replacing the electric motors currently in use, stating that the matter had been referred to the Admiralty's expert advisers, and that while it was "interesting and attractive" it would be impossible to carry out in Britain in the existing circumstances.

2 folios
10 [May] 1915
CHAR 13/50/56-60

Letter from John Redmond (Aughrim, Co. Wicklow, Ireland) to WSC, enclosing letter from Temp. Lieutenant John Pinchin, RNR, former Commodore of the L &N W Railway Co., currently commanding HMS "Scotia", asking for promotion to Commander, on the grounds of age and experience, with notes by Admiralty officials stating that Pinchin did not qualify for propotio, and that there were many better qualified candidates.

5 folios
03 [May] 1915
CHAR 13/50/61

Letter from Edward Marsh, Admiralty to S W redway, on Naval censorship [typescript copy].

1 folio
11 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/62-63

Letter from Robert Donald, Daily Chronicle, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, asking him to meet the London correspondents of the chief United States newspapers.

2 folios
11 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/64-65

Letter from Robert Donald, Daily Chronicle, to Edward Marsh, on arrangements for WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to meet the London correspondents of the chief United States newspapers.

2 folios
12 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/66-67

Letter from Frederick Butler, Colonial Office to Edward Marsh, Admiralty on appointment of Captain Pasco RN to the staff of the Governor of New South Wales.

2 folios
12 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/68-70

Letter from G Beneke, (White Colne Essex) to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, asking for employment by the Admiralty in "any department for the supervision and despatch of munitions of war".

3 folios
12 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/71-73

Letter from Gerald Hohler (Harcourt Buildings, Temple) to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, on the question of leave for sailors, citing the case of HMS "Hibernia" whire it was claimed that one man had not had leave since June 1914, with Admiralty note stating that it was impossible to deal with anonymous complaints and that the man in questio should complain "in the service way" through his commanding officer.

3 folios
12 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/74

Letter from Charlotte Sclater, Hon Sec. Queen Alexandra's Field Force Fund, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, asking if they could provide anything for the men of the Naval Brigade of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

1 folio
13 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/75

Letter from Lord Kitchener, War Office to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty on explosives.

1 folio
13 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/76

Letter from Patrick Hannon, General Secretary, The Navy League to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, asking for message from WSC to be printed on the programme of the Naval Disasters Fund Matinee to be held at the Haymarket Theatre on 4 May.

1 folio
14 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/77

Letter from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Lord Kitchener, War Office, on Naval control of the Mediterranean [handwritten copy].

1 folio
14 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/78

Letter from Lord Kitchener, War Office, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on Naval control of the Mediterranean, advising against handing over the Medtterranean entirely to France and Italy.

1 folio
14 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/79-81

Letter from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Lord Kitchener, War Office, on naval control of the Mediterranean following Italy's entry to the war, stating that if that Italians joined the allied side their C. in C. the Duke of Abruzzi should have supreme command in the Adriatic [handwrittten copy].

3 folios
14 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/82

Letter from Lord Kitchener, War Office, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, asking about Naval command in the Adriatic following the Italian entry to the war on the allied side.

3 folios
14 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/83

Letter from [ ] Wain (Ewell Castle, Surrey) to Edward Marsh, Admiralty.

1 folio
15 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/84-86

Letter from Patrick Hannon, Navy League to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, asking him to use his influence to secure a commission in the RNVR for Arthur Jackson, son of Arthur Jackson, Chairman of the Sligo harbour Board, who had placed his oal and oil supplies and the services of his steamers at the disposal of the Royal Navy.

3 folios
15 Apr 1915
CHAR 13/50/87-89

Letter from Patrick Hannon, Navy League to Edward Marsh, Admiralty, enclosing a draft scheme for the presentation of the historic Nelson plate to ships which had distinguished themselved in the war, asking for WSC's approval before the launch o fhte public appeal.

3 folios
30 Apr 1915