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CHAR 13/54 Admiralty - First Lord's Papers.

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CHAR 13/54/1

Admiralty minute on conditions in Royal Naval Dvision camp at Blandford, Dorset.

1 folio
01 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/2

Minute from Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the need to block the Zebrugge Canal.

1 folio
04 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/3-4

Telegram from the French Foreign Minister to Paul Cambon, French Ambassador, London, on naval command in the Mediterranean.

2 folios
13 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/5-6

Admiralty minute on the need to maintain observation forces close enough to German ports to make certain of intercepting transports.

2 folios
16 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/7

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Secretary, Board of Admiralty, on the need to set up a small committee under the 2nd Sea Lord to deal with financial questions raised by the Treasury [carbon].

1 folio
19 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/8-11

Papers by Captain C J B H Dresner (late Central India Horse) on aircraft design and proposed attack on Heligoland.

4 folios
22 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/12-14

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Prime Minister, Lord Kitchener, War Office and Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Office, enclosing details of concentration for attack on the Dardanelles [handwritten, initialled by WSC].

3 folios
25 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/15

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Office, and Lord Kitchener, War Office, on discussion with the French Minister of Marine on naval command in the Mediterranean, with Grey's reply [handwritten, initialled by WSC and Grey].

1 folio
26 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/16

Telegram from Admiralty to Commonwealth Navy Board, on proposal for HMS "Australia" to serve as a flagship with "New Zealand" in a new battle cruiser squadron [typescript copy].

1 folio
26 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/17-18

Telegram from Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, British Ambassador, Washington to the Foreign Office, on article in the "New York World" attacking British treatment of American copper shipments to neutrals.

2 folios
26 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/19

Telegram from Foreign Office to Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, British Ambassador, Washington, on article in the "New York World" attacking British treatment of American copper shipments to neutrals.

1 folio
30 Jan 1915
CHAR 13/54/20-21

Minute by WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, stating that it was better to leave a few officers and men on shore than to advertise the departure of warships, but that from time to time they should ostentatiously make preparations to leave to confuse the enemy [carbon].

2 folios
03 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/22-23

Minute by WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on warnings to coast defences about enemy submarines [carbon].

2 folios
03 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/24

Statement by Admiralty Press Bureau on deliveries of parcels to HM Ships [duplicate typescript].

1 folio
03 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/25-26

Minute by WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, stating that the Admiralty were able to provide 2 battalions of Marines for the cutting out of the German cruiser "Konigsberg" on the East Africa coast, with map of the Rufigi Delta [handwritten copy, initialled by WSC].

2 folios
11 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/27-28

Advertising literature on the Missions to Seamen.

2 folios
1915
CHAR 13/54/29

Cutting from the "Church Times", article on visit by Herbert Bury, Bishop of North and Central Europe to internment camp at Groningen.

1 folio
12 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/30

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to the Director of the Intelligence Department, Admiralty, asking for estimate of Germans killed at sea, and the number of prisoners taken [handwritten, initialled by WSC].

1 folio
12 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/31-34

Note by the Naval Intelligence Department on German naval losses (5200 casualties and 1016 prisoners of war).

3 folios
13 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/35

Admiralty note of Brish naval losses.

1 folio
[Feb] 1915
CHAR 13/54/36

Minute by WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on Naval operations in the Dardanelles [handwritten, initialled by WSC].

1 folio
19 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/37-38

Minute from WSC to the Secretary, 1st Sea Lord (Lord Fisher) , Adjutant-General Royal Marines and Chief of Staff, Admiralty, on the deployment of the Royal Naval Division in the Dardanelles [handwritten, initialled by WSC].

2 folios
18 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/39-40

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to the Director of Transports, Admiralty, Graeme Thomson, on arrangements for transport of the Royal Naval Division to the Dardanelles [typescript, annotated "Secret, please return" and initialled by WSC].

2 folios
20 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/41-44

Forty-first Report of the Admiralty Restriction of Enemy's Supplies Committee, on export of copper to Switzerland [printed].

4 folios
17 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/45-48

Details of proposals by F W Warburton for an oil fuel burner, and a method of producing oil from coal, with Admiralty note suggesting that the inventor call at the Admiralty to discuss his work.

4 folios
Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/49

Admiralty minute on complaints about the Folkestone Boat service [initialled by WSC].

1 folio
22 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/50

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Vice-Admirla Sackville Carden, on naval operation to force the Dardanelles without military assistance, diving details of the troops which were on their way to the area, under the command of General Birdwood.

1 folio
24 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/51

Telegram from Lt-Gen Sir John Maxwell to Lord Kitchener, War Office, notification that Lt-Gen William Birdwood was leaving for the Dardanelles that night, to consult Vice-Admiral Sackville Carden, the Naval C. in C.

1 folio
24 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/52

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Vice-Admiral Sackville Carden, asking for details of strength and composition of Turkish troops on the Gallipoli peninsula, and his views on aid which could be given by a military force [annotated "not sent"].

1 folio
24 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/53-54

Telegram from Admiral Sir Henry Jackson Admiralty to Vice-Admiral Sackvile Carden, on the employment of military forces in the Dardanelles.

2 folios
24 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/55

Telegram from Lt-Gen Sir John Maxwell to Vice-Admiral Sackvile Carden, on the employment of military forces in the Dardanelles.

1 folio
23 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/56

Telegram from Sir George Barclay, British Minister, Bucharest, Rumania, to the Foreign Office, asking for details of rate of insurannce aganst war risk at Lloyds [copy].

1 folio
25 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/57

Minute from W Graham Greene, Secretary, Admiralty to the Foreign Office, on Copper for Switzerland [printed].

1 folio
26 Feb 1915
CHAR 13/54/58-60

Minute from Julain Corbett to Lord Fisher, 1st Sea Lord, on proposed landing at the Bulair neck of the Gallipoli Peninsula, comparing it to Japanese operations against Nan-shan, the neck of the Kwang- tung Peninsula in 1904 [carbon].

3 folios
01 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/61

Telegram from Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Office to Sir Francis Elliot, British Minister, Athens, on the need for Greece to give naval as well as military aid in the Dardanelles [draft by WSC, sent by him to Asquith, who forwarded it to Grey, initialled by WSC].

1 folio
01 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/62-67

Admiralty minute on German declaration that the English Channel, the North and West Coasts of France and British coastal waters were a "war area" and that they would torpedo any merchant vessel under any flag found there [carbon].

6 folios
[Mar] 1915
CHAR 13/54/68-69

Admiralty note on instances of Armed Guards being put aboard neutral steamers.

2 folios
06 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/70

Telegram from Colonel Tom Bridges to WSC, request from General Sir John French [later 1st Lord Ypres] for shallow draught gunboats under Captain Eyre Howard for the British 1st Army in France [initialled by WSC].

1 folio
07 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/71

Minute from J W S Anderson, Admiralty to WSC, First Lord, on the start of weekly despatch service to Malta via Marseilles.

1 folio
08 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/72

Telegram from Lord Kitchener, War Office to Gen Sir John French [later 1st Lord Ypres], on arrangements for naval bombardment of Westende, Belgium.

1 folio
09 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/73

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Chief of Staff, Admiralty, asking about action to stop the German commerce raider, "Prinz Eitel Friedrich", handwritten initialled by WSC, with reply by Henry Oliver.

1 folio
11 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/74-75

Telegram from Sir Napier Shaw, Director, Meteorological Office, London to WSC, weather report for the southern part of the North Sea and the eastern part of the English Channel [two copies].

2 folios
12 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/76-78

Minute by WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty on the appointment of Gen Sir Ian Hamilton to command the Land Forces in the Dardanelles.

3 folios
13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/79-80

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Vice-Admiral Sackville Carden, Dardanelles, stating that "operations should be pressed forward methodically and resolutely, by night and day, the unavoidable losses being accepted".

2 folios
13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/81

Telegram from Vice-Admiral Sackville Carden to Admiralty, on naval operations in the Dardanelles.

1 folio
13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/82-84

Minute from Admiral Sir Henry Jackon to Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver, Chief of Staff, Admiralty, on Vice-Admiral Sackville Carden's report of 10 Mar from the Dardanelles.

3 folios
13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/85

Minute from Lord Kitchener, War Office, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, advising no large scale operations in the Dardanelles until the 29th Division had arrived and was ready to take part in what was likely to prove a difficult undertaking involving severe fighting [initialled by WSC and Kitchener].

1 folio
13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/86

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, to Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson, on the strategic position if Russia was in possession of the Dardanelles after the War. Stating that it was certain that the submarine would dominate all narrow waters and render them impassible for heavy ships and commerce, unless ships were built which were immune to submarine attack because of bulges and biulkheads [typescript copy].

1 folio
13 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/87-88

Minute from Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on defence of ships from submarines, stating that it was highly unlikely that ships could be made proof against torpedoes without greatly impairing their sea-going qualities, economy and speed, also advising against allowing Russia to take possession of Constantinople [Istanbul].

2 folios
15 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/89-90

Telegram from Foreign Office to British Minister, Rotterdam, on escort of ship carrying Dutch and Belgian troop convoy.

2 folios
12 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/91-94

Telegram from British Minister, Rotterdam to the Foreign Office, reporting that the Belgian ship "Baron Bayens" carrying Belgian recruits from the Netherlands would be leaving on 16 Mar, with note bu Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver, Chief of Staff, Admiralty stating that a deroyer had neen orered to meet the ship at the Maas Light Vessel "she has hardly a dog's chance o findin the steamer, but if we send a destroyer I suppose the FO will be satisfied".

4 folios
12 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/95-96

Minute by Gen Sir William Nicholls, Adjutant-General Royal Marines, on transfer of men from the RN Division Depot at Crystal Palace to the camp at Blandford, Dorset.

2 folios
19 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/97

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the 1st Sea Lord (Lord Fisher) and the Chiief of Staff (Henry Oliver), on the need to send a submarine to cruise inside the Heligoland Bight, with Oliver's reply [handwritten, initialled by WSC].

1 folio
24 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/98

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the 1st Sea Lord (Lord Fisher) the Chiief of Staff (Henry Oliver), and Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson, recording WSC's opinion on the strong possibility of offensive movement by the German High Seas Fleet. Stating that every precaution should be taken to keep the Grand Fleet on the highest condition of strength and readiness [handwritten, initlaiied by WSC, Fisher, Wilson and Oliver].

1 folio
24 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/99-101

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Naval Secretary and Chief of Staff, (Henry Oliver), Admiralty, asking why submarines could not be used to sweep up the lines of moored mines in the Kaphiz minefield, and on methods of dealing with drifing mines [typescript, initialled by WSC].

1 folio
25 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/102-104

Minute from Naval Secretary, Admiralty to WSC First Lord, recommending use of Destroyers to sweep for mines rather than submarines.

3 folios
25 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/105-106

Minute from Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver, Chief of Staff, Admiralty to WSC First Lord, recommending use of Destroyers to sweep for mines rather than submarines.

2 folios
25 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/107

Minute from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the 1st Sea Lord (Lord Fisher), the Chief of Staff (Vice AdmHenry Oliver) and Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson, on indications that the German High Seas Fleet was preparing to move, suggesting that the Harwich force under Commodore Reginalt Tyrwhitt, with 3 light cruisers and 4-6 submarines be sent to partol 50 miles NE of terschelling immediately [handwritten, initialled by WSC, Fisher, Oliver and Wilson).

1 folio
29 Mar 1915
CHAR 13/54/108-109

Telegram from WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to Vice Admiral John De Robeck, o intelligence reports on movements of arms, ammunition and German artillerymen through Rumania to the Dardanelles [carbon].

1 folio
[Mar] 1915
CHAR 13/54/110-112

Admiralty minute on naval operations in the Dardanelles on 3-5 Mar [carbon].

3 folios
[Mar] 1915
CHAR 13/54/113-115

Admiralty minute on naval operations in the Dardanelles on 6-7 Mar [carbon].

3 folios
[Mar] 1915
CHAR 13/54/116

Admiralty minute on the sinking of the German submarine U.8 by the destroyers "HMS "Gurkha" and "Maori" [carbon].

1 folio
[Mar] 1915
CHAR 13/54/117-119

Admiralty minute on naval operations in the Dardanelles on 6-7 Mar [carbon].

3 folios
[Mar] 1915
CHAR 13/54/120-122

Admiralty minute on attack on the four principal forts guarding the Dardanelles [carbon].

3 folios
[Mar] 1915
CHAR 13/54/123-132

Admiralty and War Office statement on progress of operations in the Dardanelles from 25-29 Apr, particularly account of Gallipoli landings [carbon].

10 folios
[Apr] 1915
CHAR 13/54/133-134

Admiralty statement on policy of treating German naval prisoners of war with full honours, and decision not to extend this treatment to survivors form the U.8, which had attacked a number of unarmed ships carrying non-combatants, neutrals and women [carbon].

2 folios
[Apr] 1915
CHAR 13/54/135-136

Admiralty statement on attack on German cruiser "Dresden" in Chilean waters, apologising to the Chilean Government [carbon].

2 folios
[Apr] 1915