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(Untitled), 06 Feb 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/47/10-11
Scope and Contents Letter from Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] to Sir Edward Grey, [Foreign Secretary], passing on WSC's regret that a telegram to Sir Alan Johnstone [British Minister to the Netherlands], on a German communique about attacking neutral shipping, had been sent, as he would have preferred to say nothing for a few days. Also includes a draft Admiralty press statement on the use of neutral flags by British shipping, stating that it was an ancient and well established practice of war,...
Dates: 06 Feb 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 06 Feb 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/47/23
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Letter from Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], strongly suggesting that the loss of HMS Audacious should be admitted.

Dates: 06 Feb 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 09 Feb 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/47/28-30
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Letter from Victor Augagneur, French Minister of Marine to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, approving WSC's plans for joint naval operations in the Mediterranean, and detailing the French fleet, including aircraft sent to the Suez Canal [Egypt], and explaining that they had no light cruisers available. Includes hand-written copy and note by WSC marking the letter as satisfactory.

Dates: 09 Feb 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 03 Mar 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/48/22-23
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Letter from [Frederick] Leverton Harris, Admiralty, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], reporting that he had just concluded the largest copper deal in world history, and that Britain now controlled 95 per cent of the export trade from the United States.

Dates: 03 Mar 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 18 Feb 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/47/70
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Message from the French Foreign Minister on France's decision to send a division to Lemnos (following a response from Greece), requesting that naval operations in the Dardanelles be delayed. Includes WSC's response that the naval operations had already begun and could not be interrupted. [Hand-written, initialled by WSC].

Dates: 18 Feb 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 04 Mar 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/48/36
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Letter from Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on the German cruiser Dresden's presence in Chilean waters, and the possibility of sinking her. Grey advises against the violation of Chilean territorial waters.

Dates: 04 Mar 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 09 Mar 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/48/58-59
Scope and Contents Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet], detailing forces for an attack on the island of Borkum [Germany], particularly commenting on the construction of six monitors [heavily-armed ships of shallow draught] and the possibility of the German High Seas Fleet coming out to attack. WSC also outlines a plan to send a fleet into the Baltic and blockade Germany's northern ports following the capture of Borkum, and comments on...
Dates: 09 Mar 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 16 Mar 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/49/21
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Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet], on proposed naval operations [in the Baltic], asking Jellicoe to put forward his views. [Hand-written draft, annotated "hold"].

Dates: 16 Mar 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Mar 1915 - 22 Mar 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/49/30-33
Scope and Contents Letter from [Alexander] Filson Young [staff of Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty], HMS Princess Royal, to Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC], enclosing a copy of an American article "The North Sea Fight" on how a British force abandoned pursuit of German cruisers because of the presence of enemy submarines. Includes notes between Marsh, WSC and the Naval Secretary, Captain Allan Everett commenting that the letter was probably inspired by Beatty, and that the article would attract little...
Dates: 19 Mar 1915 - 22 Mar 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 26 Mar 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/49/65-66
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Letter from Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], expressing unease about the labour situation on the Tyne and the Clyde, as the short hours worked by the men would affect the Fleet. Jellicoe also asks for a floating dock at Cromarty [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland], wishing that the floating dock at Sheerness [Kent] could be moved north to the Humber, and mentions a measles epidemic in the Fleet.

Dates: 26 Mar 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 05 Apr 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/50/16-23
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 05 Apr 1915
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 30 Sep 1912

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 28/117/96-98
Scope and Contents Transcription of a newspaper article from the Hamburger Fremdenblatt by L Persius including the following issues: the disorganisation of the British Admiralty which has affected the shipbuilding programme and the improvements effected by WSC as First Lord of the Admiralty (including organisational issues at the Admiralty, improvements in naval discipline and pay, and personal visits to ships); WSC's popularity; comparison of the numbers of warships owned by Britain and Germany and the...
Dates: 30 Sep 1912
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 10 Jan 1913

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 28/117/103
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Copy of a letter from [Lord Northcliffe, formerly Alfred Harmsworth] to WSC passing on a recommendation from an American associate that British ships should be equipped with vernadium steel protective deck plates which are used in German and Austrian ships.

Dates: 10 Jan 1913
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 07 May 1915

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 28/122/20-21
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Letter from [Vice-Admiral Sir] George Warrender (H M S King George V) to Jenny [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he comments on WSC's responsibilities as First Lord of the Admiralty; discusses the sinking of the Lusitania and the American casualties, the improvement of the fleet and his affection for her. Signed typescript.

Dates: 07 May 1915
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 10 Dec 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/84/109
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Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] marked "most secret and personal" commenting on the arrangements to return the 9th Division to Australia from the Middle East and on plans to make two more aircraft carriers available in the Pacific.

Dates: 10 Dec 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 23 Aug 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/87/74
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Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Private Office for First Lord of the Admiralty [Albert Alexander, later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] and First sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] referring to the loss of the Australian Cruiser "Canberra" and asking them to consider the gift of a similar ship to the Royal Australian Navy.

Dates: 23 Aug 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 25 Jun 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/86/6
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Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] and Chiefs of Staff referring to previous telegrams and confirming that Admiral Ernest King [Commander in Chief United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations] has agreed to the Tuscaloose, Wichita and four destroyers operating with the Home Fleet until the completion of the naval convoys to Malta and Northern Russia.

Dates: 25 Jun 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 17 Aug 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/87/41
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Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to First Sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] marked "most secret and personal" instructing him to cable a report on HMS Indomitable and asking, "How long do we lose her for?".

Dates: 17 Aug 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 17 Aug 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/87/47
Scope and Contents Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to First Lord of the Admiralty [Albert Alexander, later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] and First Sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] asking them to convey his compliments to Admiral Neville Syfret, Admiral Harold Burrough, Admiral Lumley Lyster and all officers and men engaged "in the magnificent crash through of supplies to Malta", and commenting on the reports in the papers regarding the number of enemy aircraft shot down which do not take account of those...
Dates: 17 Aug 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 17 Aug 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/87/48
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Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to First Sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] marked "most secret and personal" suggesting that, in view of the damage to HMS Indomitable, he should consider bringing home one of the two aircraft carriers from the Indian Ocean after the completion of "Stream-line-Jane".

Dates: 17 Aug 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 02 Jan 1944 - 31 Jan 1944

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/152/1
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, January 1944.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; Major-General Leslie Hollis [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet]; General Sir Henry Wilson [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre]; Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant]; the Chiefs of Staff; senior civil servants, including Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the...
Dates: 02 Jan 1944 - 31 Jan 1944
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Apr 1944 - 30 Apr 1944

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/152/4
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, April 1944.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers, particularly Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon]; the Chiefs of Staff; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; General Sir Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army]; Director of Military Intelligence [Major-General Francis...
Dates: 01 Apr 1944 - 30 Apr 1944
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 23 Jul 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/54A/32-34
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Letter from WSC to Stanley Bruce [High Commissioner for Australia in London] thanking him for the note on Soviet convoys, stressing the importance of controlling sea communications.

Dates: 23 Jul 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 15 Jan 1913

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 28/28/8
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Letter from WSC (Admiralty, Whitehall) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning the influence of the Sea Lords over the promotion of Lieutenants with which he cannot interfere.

Dates: 15 Jan 1913
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 29 Jun 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/232/33
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Cabinet memorandum by Chancellor of the Exchequer [Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley] on man-power in the second half of 1945, including as an appendix a memorandum by the Minister of Labour and National Service [R A Butler].

Dates: 29 Jun 1945
Conditions Governing Access: Open