Official: Admiralty: Correspondence and First Lord's Minutes., 01 Nov 1911 - 31 Dec 1915
Scope and Contents
The Admiralty papers contain correspondence, minutes, and War Cabinet papers created or accumulated as a result of WSC's activities as First Lord of the Admiralty, a position held from 23 October 1911 to 24 May 1915.The material contains correspondence with senior Admiralty figures, politicians including the Prime Minister, public and foreign figures on subjects including naval strategy and engagements, armament production, merchant shipping, and more general political considerations. It also contains material about the Dardanelles Expedition, the scheme for the combined naval and military attack on the Gallipoli Peninsula against the Turkish empire which was intended to relieve pressure on Russia and persuade the Balkan states to join the Allies against Germany.Arrangement: However much material relating to WSC's first term as First Lord of the Admiralty will be found in the material about the Dardanelles Commission of Inquiry in Chartwell 2 (Public and Political: General) and it is also possible that material which was printed for the use of the Commission has been placed within this class. Similarly other papers were acquired after the First World War for WSC's history "The World Crisis" but they have been placed in the Admiralty papers because of the difficulty of making the distinction. Files CHAR 13/43, CHAR 13/44 and CHAR 13/45 were found in the Cabinet Offices in 1962. They are of the same character for the most part as the other papers in this class, but because of their long separation have been kept as they were found; other similar papers not having the same connection with WSC which were found at the same time have been placed in the Cabinet Class held at the Public Record Office, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Surrey.
- 01 Nov 1911 - 31 Dec 1915
Conditions Governing Access
2 file(s) (2 bound files (468 folios))
Language of Materials