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State security

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 254 Collections and/or Records:

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(Untitled), 07 Jan [1914]

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/6A/78
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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].

Dates: 07 Jan [1914]
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 21 May [1914]

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/6A/246
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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].

Dates: 21 May [1914]
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), [1914]

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/6B/252-258
Scope and Contents 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....
Dates: [1914]
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 19 May [1913]

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/6B/466-468
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 19 May [1913]
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 14 Dec 1912 - 26 Dec 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/11/67-68
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Letter from Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean], (HMS Inflexible, Mediterranean Station), to WSC, enclosing an extract from a report by one of his captains, on a conversation with a German naval captain on a possible naval agreement between Germany and Austria on combined action against Russia.

Dates: 14 Dec 1912 - 26 Dec 1912
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Aug [1912]

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/12/36
Scope and Contents Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], on training of Greek naval officers in Britain. WSC states that Rear-Admiral Mark Kerr [Vice-Admiral Commanding the Greek Navy] should be warned that the instruction and assistance being given to the Greek Navy was not intended to place them on the same level of naval science as Britain, and that the refinements of British gunnery, torpedo and submarine courses should not be disclosed, as information imparted...
Dates: 19 Aug [1912]
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Aug [1912]

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/13/1
Scope and Contents Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the 1st Sea Lord, [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], on training of Greek naval officers in Britain: stating that Rear-Admiral Mark Kerr [Vice- Admiral Commanding the Greek Navy] should be warned that the instruction and assistance being given to the Greek Navy was not intended to place them on the same level of naval science as Britain, and that the refinements of British gunnery, torpedo and submarine courses should not be disclosed, as information imparted...
Dates: 19 Aug [1912]
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 25 Sep 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/13/84-86
Scope and Contents

Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to an unknown correspondent, enclosing a memorandum by the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [? Sir Henry Jackson], on the importance of developing the Territorial Forces in the Orkney and Shetland Isles [Scotland], to counter German influence and protect a naval wireless station on the Shetlands. WSC requests that the memorandum be shown to General Sir John French [Chief of Imperial General Staff, later 1st Lord Ypres]. [Carbon].

Dates: 25 Sep 1912
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Oct 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/13/101-102
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Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Rear-Admiral Alexander Bethell], asking for comment on a letter from "Captain" Tupper, one of the most violent and competent of the strike leaders in the ports in 1912, who had written to WSC about espionage in the ports. WSC asks Bethell to meet Tupper and not to hand him over to Commander Mansfield Cumming [of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6]. [Carbon].

Dates: 01 Oct 1912
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 28 Nov [1912]

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/13/135-143
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Minute from Rear-Admiral Alexander Bethell, Director of Naval Intelligence, to WSC, on the naval construction programme, 1912-1919, necessary to maintain Britain's 60 per cent superiority over the German navy. [Carbon].

Dates: 28 Nov [1912]
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 10 Jan 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/14/9-12
Scope and Contents Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] offering congratulations on his "splendid memorandum", which was "Napoleonic in its audacity and Cromwellian in its thoroughness". Fisher advises WSC not to spend money on major repairs to ships, as they went out of date so quickly, but to build new; he states that he once told the German Naval Attache that he could arrange for him to steal plans for ships more than a year old, and alleges that the Attache...
Dates: 10 Jan 1912
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 10 Jan 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/16/5-6
Scope and Contents Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] offering congratulations on his "splendid memorandum", which was "Napoleonic in its audacity and Cromwellian in its thoroughness". Fisher advises WSC not to spend money on major repairs to ships, as they went out of date so quickly, but to build new; he states that he once told the German Naval Attache that he could arrange for him to steal plans for ships more than a year old, and alleges that the Attache...
Dates: 10 Jan 1912
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 20 Apr 1913

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/19/77-78
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Letter from Vice-Admiral Lewis Bayly [Commander, 3rd Battle Squadron] (68 Ebury Street, [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on German intelligence in Britain.

Dates: 20 Apr 1913
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Dec 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/28/64-67
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Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on his meeting with an Italian officer, recently in Berlin [Germany], who reported that the Germans were planning a series of raids on the coast, similar to the raid on Scarborough [Yorkshire]. Fisher also comments on the escape of the German cruiser Dresden following the Battle of the Falkland Islands. [Hand-written, with typescript copy].

Dates: 19 Dec 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Sep 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/29/151
Scope and Contents Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and the Director of the Intelligence Division [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], on the searchlight on the roof of Sir Arthur Bignold's house overlooking a fleet anchorage. WSC asks for a report on Bignold, his guests, friends and servants, and rumours of aircraft activity in the area. [Carbon; Bignold had houses at Loch Rosque castle, Ross-shire, Scotland, Strathbran Lodge, Dingwall, Ross and...
Dates: 19 Sep 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 27 Nov 1914 - 30 Nov 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/30/22
Scope and Contents

Report by Hugh Miller, paymaster of HMS Arethusa, on information obtained from a German officer on the action off Heligoland [Germany]: sent on by Commodore Reginald Tyrwhitt. [Printed for circulation to the Cabinet, Dec 1914].

Dates: 27 Nov 1914 - 30 Nov 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Dec 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/35/39
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Telegram from Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleets [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, on his suspicions of a German base in either the Hebrides or Skye [Inverness-shire, Scotland]: Jellicoe requests a thorough search, reporting that he had given orders that no telegrams detailing movements of ships be accepted.

Dates: 19 Dec 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 06 Sep 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/35/49
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Telegram from British Naval Attache (Petrograd), to Admiralty, reporting that the Russian Admiralty had acquired several German signal books and cyphers: he suggests that a British cruiser or destroyer be sent to Russia to collect copies; includes Admiralty responses. [Carbon].

Dates: 06 Sep 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 25 Sep 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/27B/46
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Report from Lieutenant-Commander Aubrey Tillard (HMS Larne) to Captain (D), 2nd Destroyer Flotilla, reporting a conversation between Sub-Lieutenant C N Pulford and Mr Duncan, Dockmaster at Aberdeen [Scotland], stating Duncan's opinion that the Germans had a store of mines in Iceland, and that German trawlers were manned by naval crews and engaged in minelaying. [Carbon copy].

Dates: 25 Sep 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 03 Nov 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/42/16
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Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], passing on a report from the Intelligence Officer at St John's, Newfoundland [Canada], that the British Consul-General in New York [United States] had been informed confidentially by Herman Rusder, that a German Cruiser Squadron intended to strike somewhere in the North Atlantic within a few days. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

Dates: 03 Nov 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 15 Nov 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/42/102
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Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting intelligence from a very trustworthy source in Denmark, on indications of a sortie by the German Fleet, or a part of it, with the object of enabling a fleet of fast cruisers to get into the Atlantic. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

Dates: 15 Nov 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 22 Nov 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/42/141
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Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the internment of the German minelayer Berlin in Norway, and the possibility that the British fleet was to have been decoyed into a minefield laid by the Berlin. Initialled by WSC and Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

Dates: 22 Nov 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 26 Nov 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/42/160
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Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine to the French Naval Attache, (London), reporting that they had sent agents to Spain, to obtain information about possible operations of minelayers and trawlers. [Carbon].

Dates: 26 Nov 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 26 Nov 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/42/162
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Telegram from the French Naval Attache, (London) to the French Ministry of Marine, on reports that the Germans intended to make use of the Spanish coasts for sowing mines in the Strait of Gibraltar and along the south coast of Spain; the Attache suggests that a French ship should visit the Spanish ports to help Spanish destroyers keep a lookout. [Carbon].

Dates: 26 Nov 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 27 Nov 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/42/163
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Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the desirability of using Kirkwall [Orkney Islands, Scotland] rather than Lerwick [Shetland Islands] for the examination of neutral ships, as it facilitated negotiations with neutral powers. The telegram also details precautions for preventing neutral ships at Kirkwall from acquiring information. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon].

Dates: 27 Nov 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open