Dardanelles Inquiry, 1911-10 - 1916-06
Scope and Contents
Copies of Fisher's papers and correspondence [?] used for the Inquiry, (with some originals), including: pre-war letters from Fisher to Alfred Gardiner [Editor of the Daily News] and Winston Churchill [First Lord of the Admiralty]; the exchange of notes between Fisher and Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], on Fisher's resignation as 1st Sea Lord, with a letter from Churchill to Fisher; preliminary papers on the Dardanelles (mainly Jan-Feb 1915), including correspondence between Fisher and Churchill, memorandum by Arthur Balfour to the War Cabinet on the general situation, particularly relating to the Dardanelles, a letter from Fisher to Asquith on his disagreement with Churchill, memorandum by Fisher on the position of the Fleet and its policy of steady pressure and a note by Fisher on mine laying; papers after the attack on the Dardanelles, March 1915, including notes on the situation by Vice-Admiral Arthur Limpus, Admiral Superintendent, Malta, telegrams and correspondence between Limpus, Churchill, General Sir Ian Hamilton [commander, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force], Vice-Admiral John de Robeck [commander of naval forces at the Dardanelles] and Fisher; correspondence between Fisher and Churchill on damage to HMS Inflexible, April 1915; correspondence between Fisher, Churchill, Asquith and others on events leading up to Fisher's resignation, May 1915; letters to Fisher following his resignation from Admiral Sir John Jellicoe [Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet], Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty [commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron], Andrew Bonar-Law [leader of the Opposition] and Maurice Hankey [Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence]; correspondence between Fisher, Churchill, Jellicoe, the Sea Lords, Reginald McKenna, Asquith and others, following Fisher's resignation, May 1915; notes on the publication of papers in the Inquiry, June 1916, including a summary of Fisher's evidence, rough notes by Churchill on some of his evidence, a draft letter from Fisher to Asquith on the publication, with an earlier paper by Fisher on the Baltic Project.
- 1911-10 - 1916-06
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The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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