JELLICOE PAPERS. Vol. LIII. Replies by Jellicoe to criticisms made by Churchill and others of Jellicoe’s actions, including during Battle of Jutland, and accounts of and papers relating to Jellicoe’s work for, and departure from, the Admiralty; 1923-1927.

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The volume is divided into two physically separate parts.

JELLICOE PAPERS. Vol. LIII (ff. 332, in two parts: Part I, ff. 1-166; Part II, ff. 167-332).

Volume contains:

Replies by Jellicoe - headed (f. 1) 'Part I' - to criticisms, made chiefly in published works, of Jellicoe’s actions in pre-War days, while commanding the Grand Fleet including during the Battle of Jutland, and as First Sea Lord; 1923-1927, n.d. Mostly typewritten with autograph corrections. Replies consist of:

-Two drafts (ff. 1-60 and 61-105) responding to criticisms made by Sir Winston Churchill in The World Crisis, vols. i-ii, 1923.

-Two drafts (ff. 106-113) by Jellicoe of ‘The Battle of Jutland’ giving his account of the difficulties confronting him as Commander-in-Chief of The Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland.

-Two drafts (ff. 114-174) by Jellicoe of ‘The Admiralty Narrative of The Battle of Jutland’ giving his opinion of the Narrative of the Battle of Jutland, 1924.

-Draft (ff. 175-179) of Chapter IV an appendix on the Battle of Jutland for a proposed second edition of The Grand Fleet 1914-1916. See Add MS 49040 for drafts of Chapters I-III.

-Two handwritten and typed drafts (ff. 183-219 and 220-254) by Jellicoe of ‘The Grand Fleet and Jutland. A Comment on Mr Churchill’s Book “The World Crisis. 1916-1918”’, preceded (f. 180) by a related letter from Adm. Sir W. E. Goodenough.

-Papers (ff.255-265) relating to the Battle of Jutland and Winston Churchill, including letter from David Beatty to Jellicoe after the battle.

Also contains:

-Two drafts (ff. 260-321) by Jellicoe of an account of the work of the Admiralty during 1917.

- Draft (ff.322-328) by Jellicoe of ‘The story of my departure from the Admiralty’.

-Telegram (f.329) from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief of The Grand Fleet relating to an attack on a Scandinavian Convoy, 15 Dec 1917.

-Notes (ff.331-332) by Jellicoe on the Royal Naval Air Service in 1917 and proposals to create a separate air service.

See Add MS 49043 (ff. 48-62) for a draft by Jellicoe on his experiences as First Sea Lord, 1916-1917.

Contains Chapter IV of draft appendix by Jellicoe to The Grand Fleet 1914-1916. See Add MS 49040 for Chapters I-III.

Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe: Correspondence and papers: 1893-1935.

Navy; England: Papers of Lord Jellicoe: 1893-1935.


  • ff. 1-104, 183, 264 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, KG; Prime Minister: Replies by Lord Jellicoe to criticisms by, in his `World Crisis': circa 1923, 1927: and typewritten: Autogr.
  • ff. 106-265 Jutland, Denmark: Correspondence and papers rel. to Battle of Jutland: 1916-1929.
  • ff. 180-182 Admiral Sir William Edmund Goodenough, KCB: Letters to Lord Jellicoe: 1914-1927.

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