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CHAR 13/6A-B Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and First Lord's Minutes.

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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].

2 folios
13 May [1914]
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].

1 folio
23 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/100

Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], [to Cabinet] on the figures for the Naval Estimates. [Carbon].

1 folio
c 1913
CHAR 13/6A/101-112

Statement by WSC on the Naval Estimates for 1913-14. [Carbon].

12 folios
[1913]
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].

2 folios
[Mar] [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].

1 folio
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].

3 folios
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.

2 folios
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].

3 folios
[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].

3 folios
[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].

5 folios
23 Nov [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].

1 folio
29 Mar [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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
26 Jun [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/134

Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the Naval Estimates. [Carbon].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
[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].

2 folios
13 May [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/14-19

Minute by WSC on oil supplies in war time. [Carbon copy].

6 folios
29 Mar [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/141-143

Minute [by WSC] on requirements for 50 per cent naval superiority over Germany. [Carbon].

3 folios
[Sep 1913]
CHAR 13/6A/144-146

Retyped minute on projections for the German War Fleet of 1920. [Carbon].

3 folios
[Sep 1913]
CHAR 13/6A/147-151

Part of minute [by WSC] on projections for the German Fleet in 1920. [Carbon].

5 folios
[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].

2 folios
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].

3 folios
[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].

7 folios
[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].

3 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
[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].

12 folios
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].

15 folios
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].

1 folio
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].

2 folios
[1913]
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].

1 folio
[1911]
CHAR 13/6A/20-21

Minute by WSC on oil storage at naval depots. [Carbon copy].

2 folios
20 Sep [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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

3 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
[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].

2 folios
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
10 Oct [1913]
CHAR 13/6A/22-23

Minute by WSC on oil fuel. [Carbon].

2 folios
06 Apr [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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
17 Mar [1914]
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].

1 folio
08 Jul [1913]
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
21 May [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/247

Statement by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on naval construction 1906-14. [Carbon].

1 folio
[1914]
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
13 Aug [1913]
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].

1 folio
[1911]
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

3 folios
[1914]
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].

7 folios
[Mar] [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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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.

6 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

2 folios
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
[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].

2 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
01 Apr [1914]
CHAR 13/6A/87-99

Statement by WSC on the Naval Estimates for 1914-15. [Carbon copy].

13 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

9 folios
[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].

1 folio
[1914]
CHAR 13/6B/261

Note by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on seniority of officers of the Naval Air Service. [Hand-written].

1 folio
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
[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].

1 folio
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].

2 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

17 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

6 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

6 folios
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
[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".

3 folios
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].

3 folios
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].

3 folios
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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.

3 folios
[1913]
CHAR 13/6B/343-347

Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on Naval Manoeuvres. [Carbon; folio number 344 not used].

1 folio
[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].

5 folios
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].

3 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

2 folios
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].

11 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
[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].

1 folio
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].

4 folios
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].

4 folios
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].

4 folios
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].

4 folios
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].

4 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

2 folios
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].

2 folios
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].

3 folios
[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].

6 folios
[1913]
CHAR 13/6B/401-414

Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on the results of recent naval exercises. [Carbon].

14 folios
[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].

2 folios
[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].

12 folios
[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].

2 folios
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].

9 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

7 folios
[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].

1 folio
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].

2 folios
[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].

1 folio
17 Nov [1913]
CHAR 13/6B/452

Final folio of minute at CHAR 13/6B/441-447.

1 folio
[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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

1 folio
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].

2 folios
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].

1 folio
[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].

3 folios
19 May [1913]