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All five volumes of the Official History have been transcribed and added to Naval-History.Net as a vital introduction to the war at sea, 1914-1918. They start here.

Each of the volumes include a variety of tables about ship disposition and locations - and not just British, and these are included here in Part 4. Unfortunately they are far from comprehensive, but as the authors had access to official records, are presumed to be as accurate as possible.

Apart from the tables, there is much more information about ship dispositions. For individual ships, researchers will find it easy to build up details by simply doing a search by ship name through the five volumes. It is not very time-consuming.






HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR - NAVAL OPERATIONS, Volumes 1 to 5
by Sir Julian S Corbett and Henry Newbolt


Links to Volumes

Lists of Tables

VOLUME ONE 1.1 Channel Fleet, 7 August 1914
1.2 French Fleet, At Malta, 12 August 1914
1.3 Harwich Force (and LCS), Battle of Heligoland Bight, 28 August 1914
1.4 German, British, Australian, New Zealand, French Navy Forces, Western Pacific, August 1914
1.5 Canadian, Japanese, German Ships, West Coast of America, August 1914
1.6 British Cruiser Force, Cape Station, July 1914
1.7 Cameroons Campaign, Niger Flotilla Vessels, 5 September 1914
1.8 British and German Forces, Battle of Coronel, 1 November 1914
1.9 German High Seas Fleet, August 1914
1.10 Grand Fleet, August 1914
1.11 Mediterranean Fleet, August 1914


VOLUME TWO 2.1 British and French Battleship Force, Dardanelles, March 1915
2.2 Cameroons Campaign, British Forces, January 1915
2.3 British and French Forces, Gallipoli Landings, April 1915
2.4 Organisation of the Grand Fleet, 24 January 1915
2.5 British War Vessels in the Mediterranean, Egyptian and East Indian Waters, 19 February 1915
2.6 Grand Fleet, Channel Fleet, and Oversea Squadrons, 22 February 1915


VOLUME THREE 3.1 British and French Forces, Cape Finisterre To Cape Verde Islands Squadron, March 1915
Battle of Jutland
3.2 Appendix A -  Distribution of the Ships of the Grand Fleet, May 30,1916,
3.3 Appendix B -  Organisation of the Grand Fleet, May 30, 1916
3.4 Appendix C -  Ships of the High Seas Fleet, May 31, 1916
3.5 Appendix D -  Organisation of the High Seas Fleet, May 31, 1916


VOLUME FOUR 4.1 Dover Patrol Forces, 26 October 1916
4.2 Austrian, Italian and British Forces, Adriatic, Late December 1915
4.3 French and British Forces, Greek Waters, 20 June 1916
4.4 French and British Forces, Greek Waters, 31 August 1916
4.5 British Cruiser Dispositions in Atlantic, December 1916
4.6 British, French, Japanese Forces, Indian and Pacific Oceans, January 1917
4.7 British, French, Japanese Forces, Indian and Pacific Oceans, December 1917


VOLUME FIVE 5.1 Zeebrugge Bombardment Force, Dover Patrol, May 1917
5.2 Ostend Bombardment Force, Dover Patrol, June 1917
5.3 Ocean Escort, North Atlantic, June-July 1917
5.4 Queenstown, S Ireland Escort Forces, June 1917
5.5 British Aegean Squadron, 20 January 1918
5.6 Ocean Escorts, Atlantic Convoys, September 1917
5.7 British Cruiser and Destroyer Forces At Sea, At Time of First Scandinavian Convoy Attack, October 1917
5.8 American Escorts, Mediterranean Convoys, October 1917
5.9 British Forces, Battle of Heligoland, November 1917
5.10 British and French Forces, Zeebrugge and First Ostend Raid, April 1918
5.11 British and French Forces, Second Ostend Raid, May 1918
5.12 British, French and American Forces, Otranto Barrage, May To September 1918.
5.13 Ocean Escorts, Atlantic Convoys, June, July 1917







VOLUME ONE


1.1 CHANNEL FLEET, 7 August  1914

 

Fleet Flagship: Lord Nelson.

Vice-Admiral Sir Cecil Burney, K.C.B., K.C.M.G. Captain J. W. L. MoClintock.

Attached light cruiser, Diamond, Commander L. L. Dundas.

FIFTH BATTLE SQUADRON
Rear-Admiral Bernard Currey.
Rear-Admiral C. F. Thursby, C.M.G.

Prince of Wales (flag) - Captain R. N. Bax

Queen (2nd flag) - Captain H. A. Adam.

Venerable - Captain V. H. G. Bernard.

Irresistible – Captain The Hon. Stanhope Hawke.

Bulwark – Captain G. L. Sclater.

Formidable – Captain D. St. A. Wake.

Implacable – Captain H. C. Lockyer.

London - Captain J. G. Armstrong.

Topaze, Commander W. J. B. Law

 

SEVENTH BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral The Hon. Sir A. E. Bethell, K.C.B., K.C.M.G.

(Commanding 3rd Fleet)

Prince George (flag) - Captain A. V. Campbell.

Caesar - Captain E. W. E. Wemyss.

Jupiter (In dockyard hands) - Captain C. E. Le Mesurier.

Majestic (In dockyard hands) - Captain H. F. G. Talbot.

Sapphire, Captain H. G. C. Somerville.

 

EIGHTH BATTLE SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral H. L. Tottenham, C.B.

(2nd in Command 3rd Fleet)

Albion (flag) - Captain A. W. Heneage.

Goliath - Captain T. L. Shelford.

Canopus - Captain Heathcoat Grant.

Glory - Captain C. F. Corbett.

Ocean - Captain A. Hayes-Sadler.

Vengeance - Captain Bertram H. Smith.

Proserpine (In dockyard hands) - Commander G. C. Hardy.





1.2 FRENCH FLEET, at MALTA, 12 August 1914

 

DREADNOUGHT DIVISION

Courbet (Admiral de Lapeyrere), Jean Bart. Attached cruiser Jurien de la Graviere.

 

FIRST BATTLE SQUADRON

Diderot (Vice-Admiral Chocheprat), Danton, Vergniaud, Voltaire (Rear-Admiral Lacaze), Condorcet.

 

SECOND BATTLE SQUADRON

Verite (Vice-Admiral Le Bris), Republique, Patrie, Democratie, Justice (Rear-Admiral Tracou).

 

FIRST CRUISER SQUADRON

Jules Michelet (Rear-Admiral Ramey de Sugny), Ernest Renan, Edgar Quinet, Leon Gambetta (Rear-Admiral Senes), Victor Hugo, Jules Ferry.

 

FLOTILLA

Forty Destroyers. Six submarines.





  1.3 HARWICH FORCE (and LCS), Battle of Heligoland Bight, 28 August 1914


THIRD FLOTILLA

Arethusa, 3,500 tons, 28.5 knots (designed), 2 6", 6 4" guns.

Division 4.

Division 3.

Division 2.

Division 1.

Laurel

Laforey

Lark

Lookout

Liberty

Lawford

Lance

Leonidas

Lysander

Louis

Linnet

Legion

Laertes

Lydiard

Landrail

Lennox

 

FIRST FLOTILLA

Fearless, 3,440 tons, 25.4 knots, 10 4" guns.

Division 5.

Division 3.

Division 2.

Division 1.

Goshawk

Ferret

Ariel

Acheron

Lizard

Forester

Lucifer

Attack

Lapwing

Druid

Llewellyn

Hind

Phoenix

Defender

-

Archer

 

The 4th Division of the 1st Flotilla (Badger, Beaver, Jackal, Sandfly) had been detached to accompany the Humber battle cruisers. Destroyers attached to the submarines were Lurcher (Commodore Keyes) and Firedrake.

 

LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Division 2.

Division 1.

Division 3.

 

Nottingham

Southampton

Falmouth

 

Lowestoft

Birmingham

Liverpool

 

 




 

1.4 GERMAN, BRITISH, AUSTRALIAN, NEW ZEALAND, FRENCH NAVY FORCES, WESTERN PACIFIC, August 1914

 

GERMAN

 

Completed

Tons

Trial speed

Guns

Scharnhorst

1907

11,420

23.2

8 8.2", 6 5.9"

Gneisenau

1908

11,420

23.5

8 8.2" , 6 5.9"

Emden

1909

3,592

24.1

10 4.1"

Nuernberg

1908

3,400

23.5 designed

10 4.1"

Leipzig

1906

3,200

22.4

10 4.1"

 

BRITISH

Captains

Completed.

Tons.

Trial speed.

Guns.

Minotaur (E. B. Kiddle)

1908

14,600

23.1

4 9-2", 10 7.5"

Triumph (M. S. Fitzmaurice)

1904

11,985

20.1

4 10", 14 7.5"

Hampshire (H. W. Grant)

1905

10,850

23.5

4 7.5" 6 6"

Yarmouth (H. L. Cochrane)

1912

5,250

25.8

8 6"

Newcastle (P. A. Powlett)

1910

4,800

26.1

2 6", 10 4"

 

 

AUSTRALIAN FLEET

Name, Type, Captain

Tons.

Trial speed.

Guns.

Australia (battle cruiser) S. H. Radcliffe

18,800

25.8

8 12"

Sydney (light cruiser) J. C. T. Glossop

5,400

25.7

8 6"

Melbourne (light cruiser) M. L. E. Silver

5,400

25.7

8 6"

Encounter (light cruiser) C. La P. Lewin

5,880

20.8

11 6"

Pioneer (light cruiser) T. W. Biddlecombe

2,200

19.7

8 4"

Yarra, Parramatta, Warrego (3 destroyers)

 

26.0*

1 4"

Submarines A.E. 1 and A.E. 2. Parent ship, Protector.

 

NEW ZEALAND SQUADRON. Captain Marshall, S.N.O.

Name, Completed, Captain

Tons

Trial speed

Guns

Psyche 1899 H. J. T. Marshall

2,135

20.5

8 4"

Philomel 1891 P. H. H. Thompson

2,575

19.0*

8 4.7"

Pyramus 1899 Viscount Kelburn

2,135

20.7

8 4"

 

 

* Designed

 

 

 

FRENCH SQUADRON

 Ships.

Completed.

Tons.

Trial speed.

Guns

Montcalm

1902

9,177

21.1

2 7.6", 8 6.4"

Dupleix

1903

7,432

20.9

8 6.4"

Kersaint

1897

1,276

16.1*

1 5.5", 5 3.9"

Zelee

1899

637

13.3

2 3.9"

 

 

 

* Designed

 

 





1.5 CANADIAN, JAPANESE, GERMAN SHIPS, WEST COAST OF AMERICA, August 1914

 

 Ship.

Completed.

Tons.

Trial speed

Guns.

Rainbow (light cruiser)*

1893

3,600

20.2

2 6" 6 4.7"

Idzumo (armoured cruiser)

1900

9,750

22.0

4 8" 14 6"

Leipzig (light cruiser)

1906

3,200

22.4

10 4.1"

 

* At Esquimalt, plus old sloops, Shearwater and Algerine on Mexican coast






1.6 BRITISH CRUISER FORCE, CAPE STATION, July 1914

 Ship.

Completed.

Tons.

Trial speed

Guns.

Hyacinth (flag)

1900

5,600

19.2

11 6"

Astraea

1894

4,360

19.7

2 6", 8 4.7"

Pegasus

1898

2,135

21.2

8 4"

 

Koenigsberg

1907

3,350

24.0

10 4.1"





  1.7  CAMEROONS CAMPAIGN, NIGER FLOTILLA VESSELS, 5 September 1914


Ivy

Nigerian Government yacht.

Moseley

Steam lifeboat.

Vigilant

Vampire

Dispatch vessels.

Walrus

Balbus

Tugs.

Alligator

Crocodile

Motor launches.

They were mostly commanded by retired R.N.R. officers in the Nigerian service. Two more armed tugs, Remus and Porpoise, joined about ten days later.






1.8 BRITISH AND GERMAN FORCES, BATTLE OF CORONEL, 1 November 1914

 

 

BRITISH

Ship.

Classification.

Completed.

Tons.

Trial Speed.

Armament.

Good Hope (Flag) (Capt. P. Francklin)

Cruiser.

1902

14,100

23.0

2-9.2", 16-6"

Monmouth (Capt. F. Brandt)

Cruiser

1903

9,800

22.4

14-6"

Glasgow (Capt. J. Luce)

Light cruiser

1910

4,800

25.3

2-6", 10-4"

Otranto (Capt. H.M. Edwards) (not in action)

A. M. C.

 -

-

-

4-4.7"

 

GERMAN

Scharnhorst

Cruiser.

1907

11,420

23.2

8-8.2", 6-5.9", 18-22pdr.

Gneisenau

Cruiser.

1908

11,420

23.5

8-8.2", 6-5.9", 18 -22 pdr.

Leipzig

Light cruiser.

1906

3,200

22.4

10-4.1"

Dresden

Light cruiser.

1908

3,592

24.0 designed

10-4.1"

Nurnberg (not in action)

Light cruiser.

1908

3,400

23.5 designed

10-4.1"




 

1.9 GERMAN HIGH SEAS FLEET, August 1914

Commander-in-Chief, Admiral von Ingenohl.

FLEET FLAGSHIP

Battleship, Friedrich der Grosse (10 12")

 

FIRST BATTLE SQUADRON

In command, Vice-Admiral von Lans.

Second in command, Rear-Admiral Gadeke.

 

1st Division - Ostfriesland (flag), Thuringen, Helgoland, Oldenburg (all 12-12")

2nd Division - Posen (2nd flag), Rheinland, Nassau, Westfalen (all 12-11")

 

SECOND BATTLE SQUADRON

In command, Vice-Admiral Scheer.

Second in command, Rear-Admiral Mauve.

 

3rd Division - Preussen (flag), Schlesien, Hessen, Lothringen (all 4-11")

4th Division - Hannover (2nd flag), Schleswig-Holstein, Pommern, Deutschland (all 4-11")

Reserve ships – Elsass, Braunschweig (both 4-11")

 

THIRD BATTLE SQUADRON

In command, Rear-Admiral Funke.

Second in command, Rear-Admiral Hebbinghaus.

 

5th Division – Kaiser, Kaiserin, Koenig Albert, Prinzregent Luitpold (flag) (all 10-12")

 

CRUISER SQUADRON

In command, Rear-Admiral Hipper.

Second in command, Rear-Admiral Maass.

Third in command, Rear-Admiral Tapken.

 

Battle Cruisers - Seydlitz (flag) (10-11"), Moltke (10-11"), Von der Tann (3rd flag) (8-11"), Derfflinger (8-12")     

Light Cruisers - Koln (2nd flag), Mainz, Stralsund, Kolberg, Rostock, Strassburg (all 12-4.1in)





1.10 GRAND FLEET, August 1914

Commander-in-Chief: Admiral Sir John E. Jedlicoe, K.C.B., K.C.V.O.

Chief of Staff: Rear-Admiral C. E. Madden, C.V.O.

 

Fleet Flagship: Iron Duke (ten 13.5", twelve 6"), Captain E. N. Lawson.

Attached ships: Light Cruiser Sappho, Commander G.V.C. Knox. Destroyer Oak, Lieutenant-Commander D. Faviell.

 

FIRST BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly, K.C.B., C.V.O.

Rear-Admiral H. Evan-Thomas, M.V.O.

All battleships, except Marlborough, (10-12")

Marlborough (10 13.5") flag of V.A., Captain E. P. F. G. Grant.

St. Vincent, flag of R.A., Captain W. W. Fisher, M.V.O.

Collingwood, Captain J. C. Ley.

Colossus, Captain The Hon. E. S. Fitzherbert,

Hercules, Captain H. H. Bruce, M.V.O.

Neptune, Captain A. T. Hunt, C.S.I.

Superb, Captain P. Vaughan Lewes,C.B., D.S.O.

Vanguard, Captain C. S. Hickley, M.V.O.

Light Cruiser: Bellona, Captain Percy M. B. Royds.

 

SECOND BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral Sir George J. S. Warrender, Bart., K.C.B., K.C.V.O.

Rear-Admiral Sir Robert K. Arbuthnot, Bart., M.V.O.

 

All battleships, 10-13.5in

King George, flag of V.A, Captain G. H. Baird.

Orion, flag of R.A., Captain F. C. Dreyer, C.B.

Ajax, Captain Sir A. J. Henniker-Hughan, Bt.

Audacious, Captain Cecil E. Dampier, A.D.C.

Centurion, Captain M. Culme-Seymour, M.V.O.

Conqueror, Captain N. C. Palmer, C.V.O., A.D.C.

Monarch, Captain E. H. Smith.

Thunderer, Captain T. Jackson, C.B., M.V.O.

Light Cruiser: Boadicea, Captain L. C. S. Woollcombe, M.V.O.

 

THIRD BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral E. E. Bradford, C.V.O.

Rear-Admiral Montague E. Browning, M.V.O.

Eight battleships, of "King Edward VII" class: 4-12", 4-9.2''

King Edward VII, flag of V.A., Captain Crawford Maclachlan.

Hibernia, flag of R.A., Captain A. Lowndes.

Africa, Captain H. J. O. Millar.

Britannia, Captain H. G. G. Sandeman.

Commonwealth, Captain Maurice Woollcombe.

Dominion, Captain H. L. Mawbey.

Hindustan, Captain J. Nicholas.

Zealandia, Captain W. H. Cowan, M.V.O., D.S.O.

Light Cruiser: Blanche, Captain B. Hyde, M.V.O.

 

FOURTH BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral Sir Douglas A. Gamble, K.C.V.O.

First three battleships, 10-12in,

Dreadnought, flag of V.A., Captain W. J. S. Alderson

Bellerophon, Captain E. F. Bruen.

Temeraire, Captain E. S. Alexander-Sinclair, M.V.O.

Agincourt (14-12"), Captain D. B. L. Nicholson, A.D.C.

Light Cruiser: Blonde, Captain A. C. Scott.

 

FIRST BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

(The Grand Fleet cruisers were officially designated "Cruiser Force A," and of this force Sir David Beatty was "Vice-Admiral Commanding".)

Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty, K.C.B., M.V.O. D.S.O.

 

First three, 8-13.5in

Lion, flag of V.A., Captain A. E. M. Chatfleld, C.V.O.

Princess Royal, Captain O. de B. Brook, A.D.C.

Queen Mary, Captain W. R. Hall.

New Zealand (8-12"), Captain Lionel Halsey, C.M.G.

 

SECOND CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral The Hon. S. A. Gough-Calthorpe, C.V.O., C.B.

 

Last three 6-9.2in, 4-7.5in

Shannon (4-9.2", 10-7.5"), flag of R.A., Captain J. S. Dumaresq, M.V.O.

Achilles, Captain A. L. Cay.

Cochrane, Captain W. G. E. Ruck-Keene, M.V.O.

Natal, Captain J.F.E. Green.

 

THIRD CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral W. C. Pakenham, C.B., M.V.O.

 

All ships (4-7.5", 6-6")

Antrim, flag of R.A., Captain V. B. Molteno.
Argyll, Captain J. C. Tancred

Devonshire, Captain E. V. Underhill.

Roxburgh, Captain S. S. Hall, C.B.

 

FIRST LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Commodore W. E. Goodehough, M.V.O.

 

Southampton (8-6"), pendant of Commodore Goodenough.

Birmingham (9-6"), Captain A. A. M. Duff.

Nottingham (9-6"), Captain C. B. Miller.

Liverpool (2-6", 10-4"), Captain E. Reeves.

Falmouth (8-6"), Captain J. D. Edwards.

Lowestoft (9-6"), Captain T. W. B. Kennedy. 




1.11 MEDITERRANEAN FLEET, August 1914

Commander-in-Chief: Admiral Sir A. Berkeley Milne, Bt., G.C.V.O., K.C.B.

Chief of Staff: Commodore Richard F. Phillimore, C.B., M.V.O.

 

SECOND BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

All three 8-12in

Inflexible, flag of C.-in-C. Captain Arthur N. Loxley

Indefatigable, Captain Charles F Sowerby.

Indomitable, Captain Francis W. Kennedy.

 

FIRST CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Ernest C. T. Troubridge, C.B., C.M.G., M.V.O.

Defence (4-9.2", 10-7.5"), flag of R.A., Captain Fawcet Wray.

Black Prince (6-9.2", 10-6"), Captain Frederick D. Gilpin-Brown.

Duke of Edinburgh (6-9.2", 10-6"), Captain Henry Blackett.

Warrior (6-9.2", 4-7.5"), Captain George H. Borrett.

 

LIGHT CRUISERS

Chatham (8-6"), Captain Sidney R. Drury-Lowe.

Dublin (8-6"), Captain John D. Kelly.

Gloucester (2-6"; 10-4"), Captain W. A. Howard Kelly, M.V.O.

Weymouth (8-6"), Captain William D. Church.

 




VOLUME TWO



2.1 BRITISH AND FRENCH BATTLESHIP FORCE, DARDANELLES, March 1915

 

DIVISION I

1st Sub-Division – Queen Elizabeth (Capt. G. P. W. Hope), Inflexible, flag (Capt. R. F. Phillimore)

2nd Sub-Division – Agamemnon (Capt. H. A. S. Fyler), Lord Nelson (Capt. J. W. L. McClintock)

 

DIVISION II

Vengeance, Flagship (Capt. Bertram H. Smith).

3rd Sub-Division – Ocean (Capt. A. Hayes-Sadler), Irresistible (Capt. D. L. Dent), Majestic (Capt. H. F. G. Talbot).

4th Sub-Division – Canopus (Capt. Heathcoat S. Grant), Cornwallis (Capt. A. P. Davidson), Swiftsure (Capt. C. Maxwell-Lefroy)

5th Sub-Division – Albion (Capt. A. W. Heneage), Triumph (Capt M. S. FitzMaurice), Prince George (Capt. A. V. Campbell)

 

DIVISION III

Suffren, flag (Admiral Guepratte), Bouvet (Capt. Rageot de la Touche), Gaulois (Capt. Biard), Charlemagne (Capt. Lagresille).

 

There were also four light cruisers – Dublin (Capt. John D. Kelly), Sapphire (Capt. P. W. E. Hill), Minerva (Capt. P. H. Warleigh), Amethyst (Commander G. J. Todd).)






2.2 CAMEROONS CAMPAIGN, BRITISH FORCES, January 1915


Light cruiser Challenger, gunboat Dwarf, a picket boat and a steam pinnace which the Cumberland had left, and about a dozen vessels of the Nigerian Marine:

Ivy, Government steamboat - 1-12 pdr., 1-7 pdr. M.L., 2-6 pdr., Q.F.

Alligator, Motor launch - 1 Maxim.

Crocodile, Motor launch - 1 Maxim.

Manatee, Motor launch - 1-3 pdr, 1 Maxim.

Remus, Paddle tug ­- 3-12 pdrs, & W/T.

Porpoise, Paddle tug - 2-12 pdrs, 1-3 pdr.

Vigilant, Steam launch - 1-3 pdr, 1 Maxim.

Moseley, Steam lifeboat - 1 Maxim.

Walrus, Steam tug (German prize) -1 Maxim.

Balbus, Steam tug - 3-37 mm.

Mole, Dredger - 1-6" B.L. & W/T.

Lighter (300 tons) - 1-6" B.L.

Also about half a dozen German ships, tugs and motor boats.)





 2.3 BRITISH AND FRENCH FORCES, GALLIPOLI LANDINGS, April 1915

Fleet Flagship: Queen Elizabeth

Vice-Admiral (Act) John M de Robeck

Commodore Roger J B Keyes, Chief of Staff

Captain G P W Hope

 

FIRST SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Rosslyn E. Wemyss

Rear-Admiral Stuart Nicholson

Battleships

Swiftsure (2nd flag) – Captain C Maxwell-Lefroy

Albion – A W Heneage (Captain "S"), Acting Captain, Commander H L Watts-Jones

Lord Nelson - Captain J. W. L. McClintock

Implacable - Captain H. C. Lockyer.

Vengeance - Captain B. H. Smith.

Prince George - Captain A. V. Campbell (Attached to Rear-Admiral Guepratte's squadron for the landing operations of April 26.)

Goliath - Captain T. L. Shelford.

Cornwallis - Captain A. P. Davidson

 

Cruisers

Minerva - Captain P. H. Warleigh

Euryalus (flag) - Captain R. M. Burmester.

Talbot - Captain Fawcet Wray.

Dublin - Captain J. D. Kelly.

 

Six fleet mineweepers.

SECOND SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Cecil F. Thursby

Battleships

Queen (flag) - Captain H. A. Adam.

London - Captain J. G. Armstrong.

Prince of Wales - Captain R. N. Baz.

Triumph – Captain M. S. FitzMaurice

Majestic - Captain H. F. G. Talbot

 

Bacchante, cruiser - Captain The Hon. A. D. E. H. Boyle.

Adamant, submarine depot ship - Commander F. A. Sommerville.

Ark Royal, seaplane carrier - Commander R. H. Clark-Hall.

Manica, balloon ship – Lieut. D. H. Metcalfe.

Eight destroyers, Captain C. P. R. Coode (Captain " D ").

Four trawlers.

 

THIRD SQUADRON

Captain Heathcoat S. Grant.

Battleship, Canopus, Captain Heathcoat S. Grant.

Cruisers, Dartmouth, Captain Judge d'Arcy.

 Doris, Captain F. Larken.

Two destroyers.

Two trawlers.

 

FOURTH SQUADRON

(Attached to First Squadron)

Cruisers Sapphire, Commander P. W. E. Hill

 Amethyst, Commander G. J. Todd.

Twelve trawlers.

 

FIFTH SQUADRON

(Captains H. A. S. Fyler and A. W. Heneage (Captain "S").

Battleship, Agamemnon, Captain H. A. S. Fyler.

Ten destroyers.

Three French minesweepers.

Two trawlers for net-laying.

 

SIXTH SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral P. F. A. H. Guepratte.

 

Battleships

Jauriguiberry (flag) - Captain A. R. Beaussant

Henri IV - Captain G. F. C. Varney.

Charlemagne - Captain J. A. E. Salaun. (Ship did not take part in operations of April 25.)

 

Cruisers

Latouche-Treville – Captain C H Dumesnil. (Ship did not take part in operations of April 25.)

Jeanne D'Arc – Captain M F A Grasset.

Askold (Russian) – Captain S Ivanov.

Savoie – Captain Tourette.

 

Seven destroyers.

Five torpedo boats.

 

SEVENTH SQUADRON

Captain C P Metcalfe

Four destroyers.

Triad, armed yacht, Commander A. L. Ashby.

(Smyrna blockade.)



Also eight British submarines, including the Australian AE.2 and four French.





 2.4 ORGANISATION OF THE GRAND FLEET, 24 January 1915

(Ships in parentheses in dockyard hands)

 

SCAPA

 

Commander-in-Chief: Admiral Sir John R. Jellicoe.

Fleet Flagship: Iron Duke

Attached ships: light cruiser Sappho, destroyer Oak

 

FIRST BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral Sir Cecil Burney

Rear-Admiral H Evan-Thomas

Marlborough (flag of VA), St Vincent (flag of RA), Collingwood, Colossus, Hercules, Neptune, Vanguard, (Superb), light cruiser Bellona

 

SECOND BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral Sir George J S Warrender, Bt

Rear-Admiral Arthur C Leveson

King George V (flag of VA), Orion (flag of RA), Ajax, Centurion, Monarch, Thunderer, (Conqueror), light cruiser Boadicea

 

FOURTH BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral Sir Douglas A Gamble

Rear-Admiral Alexander L Duff

Benbow (flag of VA), Emperor of India (flag of RA), Agincourt, Bellerophon, Dreadnought, Erin, Temeraire, light cruiser Blonde

 

FIRST CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Sir Robert K Arbuthnot, Bt

Duke of Edinburgh (flag, temp), Black Prince, Warrior

 

SIXTH CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral William L Grant

Drake (flag), Donegal, Leviathan

 

SEVENTH CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Arthur W Waymouth

Minotaur (flag), Cumberland, Hampshire (This squadron which was proceeding to Scapa west-about, was ordered to join the battle fleet, but did not arrive till after January 24.)

 

SECOND LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Trevelyan D W Napier

Falmouth (flag), Gloucester, Yarmouth, (Liverpool)

 

SECOND DESTROYER FLOTILLA

Galatea, Broke, 20 destroyers

 

 

ROSYTH

 

THIRD BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral Edward E Bradford

Rear-Admiral Montague E Browning

Dominion (flag, temp of VA), Hibernia (flag of RA), Africa, Britannia, Hindustan, Zealandia, (King Edward VII), (Commonwealth), light cruiser Blanche

 

THIRD CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral William C Pakenham

Antrim (flag), Argyll, Devonshire (Roxburgh)

 

FIRST BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty

Lion (flag), Princess Royal, Tiger, (Queen Mary)

 

SECOND BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Sir Archibald G H W Moore

New Zealand (flag), Indomitable

 

FIRST LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Commodore William E Goodenough

Southampton (broad pendant), Birmingham, Lowestoft, Nottingham

 

 

CROMARTY

 

SECOND CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral the Hon Somerset A Gough-Calthorpe

Shannon (flag), Achilles, Natal, (Cochrane)

 

FOURTH DESTROYER FLOTILLA

Caroline, Faulknor, 20 destroyers

 

 

HARWICH

 

DESTROYER FLOTILLAS

Commodore Reginald Y Tyrwhitt

Arethusa (broad pendant), Aurora

 

FIRST FLOTILLA

(Fearless), Meteor, 20 destroyers

 

THIRD FLOTILLA

Undaunted, Miranda, 20 destroyers (attached were also 8 M-class destroyers, which were to be formed into the Tenth Flotilla)

 

OVERSEA SUBMARINE FLOTILLA

Commodore Roger J B Keyes

Firedrake, Lurcher, 21 submarines

 




 

2.5 BRITISH WAR VESSELS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, EGYPTIAN AND EAST INDIAN WATERS, 19 February 1915

 

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Commander-in-Chief: Vice-Admiral Sackville H Carden

Chief of Staff: Commodore Roger J B Keyes

Second in Command: Rear-Admiral John M De Robeck

SNO, Mudros: Rear-Admiral Rosslyn E Wemyss

 

BATTLESHIPS

Agamemnon - Captain H A S Fyler

Albion - Captain A W Heneage

Canopus - Captain H S Grant

Cornwallis - Captain A P Davidson

Irresistible - Captain D L Dent

Lord Nelson - Captain J W L McClintock

Majestic - Captain H F G Talbot

Prince George - Captain A V Campbell

Queen Elizabeth - Captain G P W Hope

Triumph - Captain M S FitzMaurice

Vengeance (flag of RA) - Captain B H Smith

 

BATTLE CRUISERS

Inflexible (flag of V A ) - Captain R F Phillimore

 

LIGHT CRUISERS

Amethyst - Commander G J Todd

Dartmouth - Captain Judge D'Arcy

Dublin - Captain J D Kelly

Sapphire - Captain P W E Hill

 

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

Ark Royal - Commander (act) R H Clark-Hall

 

GUNBOAT

Hussar - Commander (ret ) E Unwin

 

DEPOT SHIP FOR T B D 's

Blenheim - Captain C P R Coode (Captain, D ), 16 T B D 's, 6 submarines, 21 minesweepers

 

 

EGYPT AND EAST INDIES

Vice-Admiral Sir Richard H Pierse

 

BATTLESHIPS

Swiftsure (flag) - Captain C Maxwell-Lefroy

Ocean - Captain A Hayes-Sadler

 

CRUISERS

Bacchante - Captain The Hon A D E H Boyle

Euryalus - Captain R M Burmester

 

LIGHT CRUISERS

Chatham (refitting) - Captain S B Drury-Lowe

Doris - Captain F Larken

Fox (refitting) - Captain F W Caulfeild

Minerva - Captain P H Warleigh

Philomel - Captain P H Hall Thompson

Proserpine - Commander G C Hardy

 

ARMED MERCHANT CRUISERS

Empress of Asia – Captain P H Columb

Empress of Japan – Commander M B Baillie-Hamilton

Empress of Russia – Commander A Cochrane

Himalaya – Commander (act) A Dixon

 

SLOOPS

Clio – Commander (act) C MacKenzie

Espiegle – Captain W Nunn (Persian Gulf)

Odin – Commander C R Wason (Persian Gulf)

 

VESSELS OF THE ROYAL INDIAN MARINE

Dalhousie - Commander (act) E M Palmer (Persian Gulf)

Dufferin - Commander A W Lowis

Hardinge - Commander (act) T J Linberry

Lawrence - Commander (act) R N Suter (Persian Gulf)

Minto – Lieut-Commander C E V Crauford

Northbrook – Commander A E Wood

 

6 TB's for duty in Suez Canal

4 armed tugs in Persian Gulf

  




 

2.6 GRAND FLEET, CHANNEL FLEET, AND OVERSEA SQUADRONS (EXCEPT THOSE SHOWN ABOVE), 22 February 1915

 

GRAND FLEET

Commander-in-Chief: Admiral Sir John Jellicoe

Chief of Staff: Rear-Admiral C E Madden

Fleet Flagship: Iron Duke – Captain R N Lawson

Attached ships: light cruiser Sappho – Commander G V C Knox; destroyer Oak – Lieut-Comm D Faviell

 

FIRST BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral Sir Cecil Burney

Rear-Admiral H Evan-Thomas

Marlborough (flag of VA) - Captain E P F G Grant

St Vincent (flag of RA) - Captain W W Fisher

Collingwood - Captain J C Ley

Colossus - Captain The Hon E S Fitzherbert

Hercules - Captain H H Bruce

Neptune - Captain T D L Sheppard

Superb (in dockyard hands) – Captain E Hyde Parker

Vanguard - Captain C S Hickley

Light cruiser Bellona - Captain P M R Royds

 

SECOND BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice Admiral Sir George J S Warrender Bt

Rear-Admiral Arthur C Leveson

King George V (flag of VA) – Captain G H Baird

Orion (flag of RA) – Captain F C Dreyer

Ajax – Captain Sir A J Henniker-Hughan Bt

Centurion (dockyard hands) – Captain M Culme-Seymour

Conqueror (dockyard hands) – Captain H H D Tothill

Monarch – Captain E H Smith

Thunderer – Captain C L Vaughan-Lee

Light cruiser Boadicea – Captain L C S Woolcoombe

 

THIRD BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice Admiral Edward E Bradford

Rear-Admiral Montague E Browning

King Edward VII (flag of VA) – Captain Crawford Maclachlan

Hibernia (flag of RA) – Captain A Lowndes

Africa – Captain H J O Millar

Britannia (dockyard hands) – Captain H G G Sandeman

Commonwealth – Captain M Woolcombe

Dominion – Captain H L Mawbey

Hindustan – Captain J Nicholas

Zealandia – Captain R M Harbord

Light cruiser Blanche – Captain R Hyde

 

FOURTH BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice Admiral Sir F C Doveton Sturdee

Rear-Admiral Alexander L Duff

Benbow (flag of VA) – Captain J A Ferguson

Emperor of India (flag of RA) – Captain W C M Nicholson

Agincourt – Captain D R L Nicholson

Bellerophon – Captain E F Bruen

Dreadnought – Captain W J S Alderson

Erin – Captain The Hon V A Stanley

Temeraire – Captain A T Hunt

Light cruiser Blonde – Captain A C Scott

 

BATTLE CRUISER FLEET

Vice Admiral Commanding: Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty

Fleet Flagship: Lion (in Tyne repairing damage after Dogger Bank action) – Captain A E M Chatfield

 

FIRST BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

Commodore De B Brock

Princess Royal (broad pendant) – Captain W H Cowan

Queen Mary – Captain C I Prowse

Tiger – Captain H B Pelly

 

Attached – FIRST LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Commodore E S Alexander-Sinclair

Galatea (broad pendant) - Commander F A Marten

Caroline - Captain H Ralph Crooke

Cordelia - Captain A V Vyvyan

Inconstant - Captain B S Thesiger

 

SECOND BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral Sir George E Patey

(Relieved by Rear-Admiral W C Pakenham, March 8, 19150

Australia (flag) - Captain S H Radcliffe

Indefatigable - Captain C F Sowerby

New Zealand - Captain L Halsey

 

Attached – SECOND LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Commodore William E Goodenough

Southampton (broad pendant) – Commander E A Rushton

Birmingham - Captain A A M Duff

Lowestoft - Captain T W B Kennedy

Nottingham - Captain C B Miller

 

THIRD BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

Indomitable (in dockyard hands) - Captain F W Kennedy

Inflexible (at Dardanelles To join later) - Captain R F Phillimore

Invincible (to be flagship) - Captain A L Cay

 

Attached – THIRD LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Trevelyan D W Napier

Falmouth (flag) - Captain J D Edwards

Gloucester - Captain W A H Kelly

Liverpool - Captain E Reeves

Yarmouth - Captain T D Pratt

 

FIRST CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Sir Robert K Arbuthnot, Bt

Defence (flag) - Captain E La T Leatham

Black Prince - Captain J D Dick

Duke of Edinburgh - Captain H Blackett

Warrior - Captain G H Borrett

 

SECOND CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral The Hon Somerset A Gough-Calthorp

Shannon (flag) - Captain J S Dumaresq

Achilles - Captain F M Leake

Cochrane - Captain W G E Ruck-Keene

Natal - Captain J F E Green

 

THIRD CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral William C Pakenham

Antrim (flag) - Captain V B Molteno

Argyll - Captain J C Tancred

Devonshire (in dockyard hands) - Captain E V Underhill

Roxburgh - Captain B M Chambers

 

SIXTH CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral William L Grant

Drake (flag) - Captain A C H Smith

Cumberland - Captain C P Beaty-Pownall

Leviathan - Captain M R Hill

 

SEVENTH CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Arthur W Waymouth

Minotaur (flag) - Captain E B Kiddle

Donegal - Captain C D Carpendale

Hampshire - Captain H W Grant

Lancaster (in dockyard hands) - Captain W H D'Oyly

8 armed boarding steamers (attached to Commander-in-Chief)

 

GRAND FLEET DESTROYER FLOTILLAS

 

SECOND FLOTILLA

Active (Light Cruiser) - Captain J R P Hawksley (Captain D )

Broke (Flotilla Leader) - Commander C D Roper (2nd in Command )

20 destroyers

 

FOURTH FLOTILLA

Swift (Flotilla Leader) - Captain C J Wintour (Captain D)

Faulknor (Flotilla Leader) - Commander A J B Stirling (2nd in Command )

20 destroyers

 

HARWICH DESTROYER FLOTILLAS

Commodore Reginald T Tyrwhitt (Commodore T )

Arethusa (broad pendant) (Light Cruiser) - Commander (ret ) E K Arbuthnot

Penelope (Light Cruiser) - Captain H Lynes

 

FIRST FLOTILLA

Fearless (Light Cruiser) - Captain W F Blunt (Captain D )

Meteor (Destroyer) - Commander A B S Dutton (2nd in Command )

20 destroyers

 

THIRD FLOTILLA

Undaunted (Light Cruiser) – Captain F G St John (Captain D)

Miranda (Destroyer) – Commander B E Domville (2nd in Command)

30 destroyers

 

TENTH FLOTILLA

Aurora (Light Cruiser) - Captain W S Nicholson (Captain D)

10 destroyers

 

HARWICH SUBMARINE FLOTILLA

EIGHTH OVERSEAS FLOTILLA

Commodore Sydney S Hall (Commodore S )

Captain A K Waistell (Captain S )

Firedrake (Destroyer) - Commander A T Tillard

Lurcher (Destroyer) - Commander W Tomkinson

20 submarines

 

CRUISER FORCE "B"

Tenth Cruiser Squadron (Armed Merchant Cruisers)

Rear-Admiral Dudley R S de Chair

Alsatian (flag) - Captain G Trewby

Ambrose - Commander C W Bruton

Bayano - Commander H C Carr

Calyx - Commander T E Wardle

Caribbean - Commander F H Walter

Cedric - Captain R E R Benson

Changuinola - Commander H C R Brocklebank

Columbella - Captain H L P Heard

Digby - Commander R F H H Mahon

Eskimo - Commander C W Trousdale

Hilary - Commander R H Bather

Hildebrand - Captain H Edwards

Mantua - Captain C Tibbits

Motagua - Captain J A Webster

Oropesa - Commander N L Stanley

Orotava - Commander G E Corbett

Otway - Captain E L Booty

Patia - Captain G W Vivian

Patuca - Lieut-Comm J H Neild

Teutonic - Captain G C Ross

Virginian - Captain H N Garnett

 

CHANNEL FLEET

 

FIFTH BATTLE SQUADRON

Vice-Admiral The Hon Sir Alexander E Bethell

Rear-Admiral Cecil F Thursby

Prince of Wales (flag of VA) - Captain R N Bax

Queen (flag of RA) - Captain H A Adam

Implacable - Captain H C Lookyer

London - Captain J G Armstrong

Venerable - Captain V H G Bernard

Light Cruisers:

Diamond - Commander L L Dundas

Topaze - Commander W J B Law

 

SIXTH BATTLE SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Stuart Nicholson

Russell (flag) - Captain W Bowden Smith

Albemarle - Captain A W Craig

Exmouth - Captain H R Veale

 

Detached on Special Service

Jupiter - Captain D St A Wake

Revenge - Captain C H Hughes-Onslow

 

WESTERN CHANNEL PATROL

TWELTH CRUISER SQUADRON

Diana (SNO) - Captain G B Hutton

Eclipse - Captain F H Mitchell

Talbot - Captain F Wray

4 armed boarding steamers

 

IRISH COAST PATROL

ELEVENTH CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear Admiral Henry L Tottenham

Juno (flag) - Captain A K Macrorie

Isis - Captain J T Bush

Sutlej - Captain H M Doughty

Venus - Captain R G D Dewar

4 armed boarding steamers

 

MID-ATLANTIC

NINTH CRUISER SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Sir Archibald G H W Moore

Europa (flag) - Captain H G C Somerville

Amphitrite - Captain H Grant-Dalton

Argonaut - Captain R A Nugent

Calgarian - Captain T W Kemp

Carmania - Captain N Grant

Edinburgh Castle - Captain W R Napier

Ophir (In dockyard hands) - Commander J M D E Warren

Victorian - Captain H B T Somerville

 

CRUISER FORCE "D"

Highflyer (SNO) – Captain H T Buller

Empress of Britain – Commander G B W Young

Marmora – Captain R W Glennie

 

NORTH AMERICA AND WEST INDIES SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Robert S Phipps-Hornby

Glory (flag) - Captain C F Corbett

Berwick – Captain L Clinton-Baker

Caronia – Captain F S Litchfield

Essex – Captain H D R Watson

Melbourne - Captain M L'E Silver

Niobe – Captain R G Corbett

Suffolk (In dockyard hands) - Captain B J D Yelverton

Sydney – Captain J C T Glossop

 

SOUTH-EAST COAST OF AMERICA SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Archibald P Stoddart

Carnarvon (flag) - Captain H L D'E Skipwith

Bristol - Captain B H Fanshawe

Celtic - Captain O M'D English

Glasgow - Captain J Luce

Kent - Captain J D Allen

Macedonia - Captain B S Evans

Orama - Captain J R Segrave

Otranto - Captain H M Edwards

Vindictive - Captain C R Payne

 

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE SQUADRON

Rear-Admiral Herbert G King-Hall

Goliath (flag) (In dockyard hands) - Captain T L Shelford

Armadale Castle - Captain O F Gillett

Astraea – Captain A C Sykes

Laconia - Captain C S Wills

 

WEST COAST OF AFRICA

Challenger - Captain C T M Fuller

Dwarf - Commander F E K Strong

Laurentic - Captain V G Gurner

 

EAST COAST OF AFRICA

Weymouth (SNO) - Captain W D Church

Hyacinth - Captain D M Anderson

Kilfauns Castle - Captain D B Crampton

Pioneer - Lieut-Commr (RAN ) T W Biddlecombe

Pyramus - Commander Viscount Kilburn

4 armed whalers

 

PACIFIC

Newcastle (SNO) - Captain F A Powlett

Rainbow - Commander W Hose

Shearwater - Lieut -Commr A St V Keyes

 

CHINA

Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas H Jerram

(Flag flown on shore at Singapore )

Cadmus - Commander H D Marryat

Rosario - Lieut-Commr F A N Cromie

4 destroyers

 

AUSTRALIA

Encounter - Captain C La P Lewin

8 destroyers, 2 armed vessels






VOLUME THREE



3.1 BRITISH AND FRENCH FORCES, CAPE FINISTERRE TO CAPE VERDE ISLANDS SQUADRON, March 1915

 

Finisterrer-Canaries Division: Three cruisers Europa, Amphitrite, Argonaut, and two armed merchant cruisers, Calgarian, Carmania.

 

French Morocco Division: Three light cruisers - Cosmao, Friant, Cassard

 

Cape Verde Islands Division: One light cruiser Highflyer and armed merchant cruisers Marmara and Empress of Britain.


 The first two divisions were based at Gibraltar and the last at Sierra Leone.






BATTLE OF JUTLAND


3.2


APPENDIX A -  DISTRIBUTION OF THE SHIPS OF THE GRAND FLEET BEFORE SAILING ON TUESDAY, MAY 30,1916, WITH THE NAMES OF FLAG AND COMMANDING OFFICERS

 

The sea-going ships of the Grand Fleet were distributed between the three northern bases as follows:-

 

AT SCAPA FLOW

 

Iron Duke, Captain F. C. Dreyer, C.B. (Fleet Flagship). Flying the flag of Admiral Sir John R. Jellicoe, G.C.B., K.C.V.O., Commander-in-­Chief; Vice-AdmiralSir Charles E. Madden, K.C.B., C.V.O., Chief-of­-Staff.

 

Attached ships:

Destroyer: Oak, Lieut.-Comm. D. Faviell, M.V.O.

Flotilla Leader: Abdiel (fitted as a minelayer), Commander B. Curtis.

Light Cruiser: Active, Captain P. Withers.

Seaplane Carrier: Campania (Left Scapa at 11.45 a.m.; ordered back 4.37 a.m., May 31. See Note A, p. 326a), Captain O.Schwann.

Kite Balloon Ship: Menelaus (remained in harbour), Commander C. W. N. McCulloch.

 

FIRST BATTLE SQUADRON

Marlborough, Captain G. P. Ross. Flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Cecil Burney, K.C.B., K.C M.G., Second-in-Command of the GrandFleet; Captain E. P. F. G. Grant, Chief-of-Staff.

Revenge, Captain E. B. Kiddle.

Hercules, Captain L. Clinton-Baker.

Agincourt, Captain H. M. Doughty.

Colossus, Captain A. D. P. R. Pound. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral E. F. A. Grant C.M.G.

Collingwood, Captain J. C. Ley.

Neptune, Captain V. H. G. Bernard.

St Vincent, Captain W. W. Fisher, M.V.O.

Royal Sovereign (remained in harbour), Captain A. T. Hunt, C.S.I.

Light Cruiser: Bellona, Captain A. B. S. Dutton.

 

FOURTH BATTLE SQUADRON

Benbow, Captain H. W. Parker. Flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Doveton Sturdee, Bt., K.C.B., C.V.O., C.M.G.

Bellerophon, Captain E. F. Bruen.

Temeraire, Captain E. V. Underhill.

Vanguard, Captain J. D. Dick.

Royal Oak, Captain C. Maclachlan.

Superb, Captain E. Hyde-Parker. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral A. L. Duff, C.B.

Canada, Captain W. C. M. Nicholson.

Emperor of India (in dockyard hands), Captain C. W. B. Royds. (Second Flagship of the Squadron.)

Light Cruiser: Blanche, Captain J. M. Casement.

 

THIRD BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

Invincible, Captain A. L. Cay. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral The Hon. H. L. A. Hood, C.B., M.V.O., D.S.O.

Indomitable, Captain F. W. Kennedy.

Inflexible, Captain E. H. F. Heaton-Ellis, M.V.O.

Temporarily attached ships

Light Cruisers:

Chester (belonging to the Third Light Cruiser Squadron) Captain R. N. Lawson.

Canterbury, Captain P. M. R. Royds.

 

SECOND CRUISER SQUADRON

(Organised on May 30 out of the ships of the old Second and Seventh Cruiser Squadrons.)

Minotaur, Captain A. C. S. H. D'Aeth. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H. L. Heath, M.V.O.

Hampshire, Captain H. J. Savill.

Cochrane, Captain E. La T. Leatham.

Shannon, Captain J S Dumaresq M.V.O.

Achilles (in dockyard hands), Captain F.M. Leake.

Donegal (on detached service), Captain W. H. D'Oyly.

 

FOURTH LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Calliope, Commodore C. E. Le Mesurier.

Constance, Captain C. S. Townsend.

Comus, Captain A. G. Hotham.

Caroline, Captain H. R. Crooke.

Royalist Captain The Hon. H. Meade, D.S.O.

 

FOURTH FLOTILLA

Flotilla Leaders

Tipperary, Captain C. J. Wintour (Captain D. IV).

Broke. Commander W. L. Allen.

Destroyers:

Achates, Commander R. B. C. Hutchinson, D.S.O.

Porpoise, Commander H. D. Colville.

Spitfire, Lieut..Comm. C. W. E. Trelawny.

Unity, Lieut.-Comm. A. M. Lecky.

Garland, Lieut.-Comm. R. S. Goff.

Ambuscade, Lieut.-Comm. G. A. Coles.

Ardent, Lieut.-Comm. A. Marsden.

Fortune, Lieut.-Comm. F. G. Terry.

Sparrowhawk, Lieut.-Comm. S. Hopkins.

Contest, Lieut-Comm. E. G. H . Master.

Shark, Commander L. W. Jones.

Acasta, Lieut-Comm. J. O. Barron.

Christopher, Lieut-Comm. F. M. Kerr.

Owl, Commander R. G. Hamond.

Hardy, Commander R. A. A. Plowden.

Midge, Lieut.-Comm. J. R. C. Cavendish.

Ophelia (temporarily attached), Commander L. G. E. Crabbe.

Cockatrice (in dockyard hands)

Paragon (in dockyard hands)

Victor (remained in harbour)

 

PART OF ELEVENTH FLOTILLA

Light Cruiser: Castor, Commodore J. R. P. Hawksley, M.V.O. (Commodore F., Captain D. XI).

Destroyers:

Marne, Lieut.-Comm. G. B. Hartford.

Manners, Lieut-Comm. G. C. Harrison.

Michael, Lieut-Comm. C. L. Bate.

Mons, Lieut.-Comm. R. Makin.

 

TWELFTH FLOTILLA

Flotilla Leaders

Faulknor, Captain A. J. B. Stirling (Captain D. XII).

Marksman, Commander N. A. Sulivan.

Destroyers:

Obedient, Commander G. W. McO. Campbell.

Maenad, Commander J. P. Champion.

Opal, Commander C. G. C. Sumner.

Mary Rose, Lieut.-Comm. B. A. Homan.

Marvel, Lieut.-Comm. R. W. Grubb.

Menace, Lieut.-Comm. C. A. Poignand.

Nessus, Lieut.-Comm. E. Q. Carter.

Narwhal, Lieut.-Comm. H. V. Hudson.

Mindful, Lieut.-Comm. J. J. C. Ridley.

Onslaught, Lieut.-Comm. A. G. Onslow, D.S.C.

Munster, Lieut.-Comm. S. F. Russell.

Nonsuch, Lieut.-Comm. H. I. N. Lyon.

Noble, Lieut.-Comm. H. P. Boxer.

Mischief, Lieut.-Comm. The Hon. C. A. Ward, M.V.O.

Napier (in dockyard hands)

Mameluke (in dockyard hands)

 

AT INVERGORDON

 

SECOND BATTLE SQUADRON

King George V, Captain F. L. Field. Plying the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Martyn Jerram, K.C.B.

Ajax, Captain G. H. Baird.

Centurion, Captain M. Culme-Seymour, M.V.O.

Erin, Captain The Hon. V. A. Stanley, M.V.O., A.D.C.

Orion, Captain O. Backhouse, C.B. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral A. C. Leveson,C.B.

Monarch, Captain G. H. Borrett.

Conqueror, Captain H. H. D. Tothill.

Thunderer, Captain J. A. Fergusson.

Light Cruiser: Boadicea, Captain L. C. S. Woollcombe, M.V.O.

 

FIRST CRUISER SQUADRON

Defence, Captain S. V. Ellis. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Sir Robert Arbuthnot, Bt., M.V.O.

Warrior, Captain V. B. Molteno.

Duke of Edinburgh, Captain H. Blackett.

Black Prince, Captain T. P. Bonham.

 

PART OF ELEVENTH FLOTILLA

Flotilla Leader: Kempenfelt, Commander H. E. Sulivan.

Destroyers:

Ossory, Commander H. V. Dundas.

Mystic, Commander C. F. Allsup.

Morning Star, Lieut.-Comm. H. U. Fletcher.

Magic, Lieut-Comm. G. C. Wynter.

Mounsey, Lieut-Comm. R. V. Eyre.

Mandate, Lieut.-Comm. E. McC. W. Lawrie.

Minion, Lieut.-Comm. H. C. Rawlings.

Martial, Lieut.-Comm. J. Harrison.

Milbrook, Lieut. C. G. Naylor.

Moon (on patrol; joined her flotilla about 2.0 p.m., May 31), Commander (acting) W. D.Irvin.

Marmion (in dockyard hands).

Musketeer (in dockyard hands).

 

AT ROSYTH

 

Lion, Captain A. E. M. Chatfield, C.V.O. (Battle Cruiser Fleet Flagship). Flying the flag ofVice-Admiral Sir David Beatty, K.C.B., M.V.O., D.S.O. Captain R. W. Bentinck, Chief-of-Staff.

 

FIFTH BATTLE SQUADRON

Barham, Captain A. W. Craig. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H. Evans-Thomas, M.V.O.

Valiant, Captain M. Woollcombe.

Warspite, Captain E. M. Phillpotts.

Malaya, Captain The Hon. A. D. E. H. Boyle, C.B., M.V.O.

Queen Elizabeth (in dockside hands), Captain G. P. W. Hope, C.B., A.D.C.

 

FIRST BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

Princess Royal, Captain W. H. Cowan, M.V.O., D.S.O. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral O. de B. Brock, C.B.

Queen Mary, Captain C. I. Prowse.

Tiger, Captain H. B. Pelly, M.V.O.

 

SECOND BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

New Zealand, Captain J. F. E. Green. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W. C. Pakenham, C.B., M.V.O.

Indefatigable, Captain C. F. Sowerby.

Australia (damaged in collision with New Zealand 22 April 1916, in dockside hands), Captain S. H. Radcliffe.

 

FIRST LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Galatea, Commodore E. S. Alexander-Sinclair, M.V.O.

Phaeton, Captain J. E. Cameron, M.V.O.

Inconstant, Captain B. S. Thesiger, C.M.G.

Cordelia, Captain T. P. H. Beamish.

 

SECOND LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Southampton, Commodore W. E. Goodenough, M.V.O., A.D.C.

Birmingham, Captain A. A. M. Duff.

Nottingham, Captain C. B. Miller.

Dublin, Captain A. C. Scott.

 

THIRD LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Falmouth, Captain J. D. Edwards. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral T. D. W. Napier, M.V.O.

Yarmouth, Captain T. D. Pratt.

Birkenhead, Captain E. Reeves.

Gloucester, Captain W. F. Blunt, D.S.O.

 

PART OF FIRST FLOTILLA

Light Cruiser: Fearless, Captain C. D. Roper (Captain D. I).

Destroyers:

Acheron, Commander C. G. Ramsey.

Ariel, Lieut.-Comm. A. G. Tippet.

Attack, Lieut.-Comm. C. H. N. James.

Hydra, Lieut. F. G. Glossop.

Badger, Commander C. A. Fremantle.

Goshawk, Commander D. F. Moir.

Defender, Lieut.-Comm. L. R. Palmer.

Lizard, Lieut.-Comm. E. Brooke.

Lapwing, Lieut.-Comm. A. H. Gye.

Botha (in dockside hands)

Jackal (in dockside hands)

Archer (in dockside hands)

Tigress (in dockside hands)

Phoenix (remained in harbour)

 

THIRTEENTH FLOTILLA

Light Cruiser: Champion, Captain J. U. Farie (Captain D. XIII).

Destroyers:

Nestor, Commander The Hon. E. B. S. Bingham.

Nomad, Lieut.-Comm. P. Whitfield.

Narborough, Lieut.-Comm. G. Corlett.

Obdurate, Lieut.-Comm. C. H. H. Sams.

Petard, Lieut.-Comm. E. C. O. Thornson.

Pelican, Lieut..Comm. K. A. Beattie.

Nerissa, Lieut.-Comm. M. G. B. Legge.

Onslow, Lieut.-Comm. J. C. Tovey.

Moresby, Lieut.-Comm. R. V. Alison.

Nicator, Lieut. J. E. A. Mocatta

Negro (in dockside hands)

Nereus (in dockside hands)

Paladin (in dockside hands)

Penn (in dockside hands)

Pigeon (in dockside hands)

Nepean (remained in harbour)

 

PART OF NINTH FLOTILLA

Destroyers:

Lydiard, Commauder M. L. Goldsmith.

Liberty, Lieut.-Comm. P. W. S. King.

Landrail, Lieut.-Comm. F. E. H. G. Hobart.

Laurel, Lieut. H. D. C. Stanistreet.

 

PART OF TENTH FLOTILLA

Destroyers:

Moorsom, Commander J. C. Hodgson.

Morris, Lieut.-Comm. E. S. Graham.

Turbulent, Lieut.-Comm. D. Stuart.

Termagant, Lieut.-Comm. C. P. Blake.

 

Seaplane Carrier

Engadine, Lieut.-Comm. C. G. Robinson.

 

 3.3


APPENDIX B -  ORGANISATION OF THE GRAND FLEET AS IT SAILED ON MAY 30, 1916

 

 

 

BATTLE FLEET

 

 

 

 

 

Iron Duke (Fleet Flagship)

 

Organisation No. 2

 

Organisation No. 5

  SECOND BATTLE SQUADRON  

 

King George V

 

 

Ajax

1st Division

 

Centurion

 

1st Division

Erin

_____

 

Orion

 

 

Monarch

2nd Division

 

Conqueror

 

 

Thunderer

 

 

 

 

  FOURTH BATTLE SQUADRON  

 

Iron Duke

 

 

Royal Oak

3rd Division

 

Superb

 

2nd Division

Canada

_____

 

Benbow

 

 

Bellerophon

4th Division

 

Temeraire

 

 

Vanguard

 

 

 

 

  FIRST BATTLE SQUADRON  

 

Marlborough

 

 

Revenge

6th Division

 

Hercules

 

3rd Division

Agincourt

_____

 

Colossus

 

 

Collinwood

5th Division

 

Neptune

 

 

St Vincent

 

 

 

 

Attached Light Cruisers

Boadicea

 

 

Blanche

 

 

Bellona

 

 

Active

 

 

 

 

Attached

Oak (Destroyer)

 

 

Abdiel (Minelayer)

 

 

 

 

 

BATTLE CRUISERS

 
     
  THIRD BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON  

 

Invincible

 

 

Inflexible

 

 

Indomitable

 

 

 

 

 

CRUISERS

 

1st CRUISER SQUADRON

 

2nd CRUISER SQUADRON

Defence

 

Minotaur

Warrior

 

Hampshire

Duke of Edinburgh

 

Cochrane

Black Prince

 

Shannon

 

 

LIGHT CRUISERS

 
     
  FOURTH LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON  

 

Calliope

Caroline

Constance

Royalist

Comus

Light Cruiser: Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

DESTROYER FLOTILLAS

 

 

 

 

TWELFTH FLOTILLA

ELEVENTH FLOTILLA

FOURTH FLOTILLA

Faulknor

Castor (light cruiser)

Tipperary

Marksman

Kempenfelt

Broke

Obedient

Ossory

Achates

Maenad

Mystic

Porpoise

Opal

Moon

Spitfire

Mary Rose

Morning Star

Unity

Marvel

Magic

Garland

Menace

Mounsey

Ambuscade

Nessus

Mandate

Ardent

Narwhal

Marne

Fortune

Mindful

Minion

Sparrowhawk

Onslaught

Manners

Contest

Munster

Michael

Shark

Nonsuch

Mons

Acasta

Noble

Martial

Ophelia

Mischief

Milbrook

Christopher

 

 

Owl

 

 

Hardy

 

 

Midge

 

 

BATTLE CRUISER FLEET

 

 

 

BATTLE CRUISERS

 

Lion (Fleet Flagship)

 

1st BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

 

2nd BATTLE CRUISER SQUADRON

Princess Royal

 

New Zealand

Queen Mary

 

Indefatigable

Tiger

 

 

 

 

 

FIFTH BATTLE SQUADRON

Barham

 

Warspite

Valiant

 

Malaya

 

 

 

LIGHT CRUISERS

 

 

 

1st LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

2nd LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

3rd LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON

Galatea

Southampton

Falmouth

Phaeton

Birmingham

Yarmouth

Inconstant

Nottingham

Birkenhead

Cordelia

Dublin

Gloucester

 

 

Chester

DESTROYER FLOTILLAS

 

 

 

FIRST FLOTILLA THIRTEENTH FLOTILLA NINE & TENTH FLOTILLAS

Fearless

Champion

Lydiard

Acheron

Nestor

Liberty

Ariel

Nomad

Landrail

Attack

Narborough

Laurel

Hydra

Obdurate

Moorsom

Badger

Petard

Morris

Goshawk

Pelican

Turbulent

Defender

Nerissa

Termagant

Lizard

Onslow

 

Lapwing

Moresby

 

 

Nicator

 

 

 

 

Seaplane Carrier: Engadine

 

 

3.4

APPENDIX C -  SHIPS OF THE HIGH SEAS FLEET WITH THE NAMES OF FLAG AND COMMANDING OFFICERS, MAY 31, 1916

 

Friedrich der Grosse, Captain T. Fuchs (Fleet Flagship). Flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Scheer, Commander-in-Chief. Captain A. von Trotha, Chief-of-Staff.

 

FIRST BATTLE SQUADRON

Ostfriesland, Captain von Natzmer. Flying the flag of Vice-Admiral E. Schmidt. Commander W. Wegener, Staff Officer.

Posen, Captain Lange. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Engelhardt.

Thueringen, Captain H. Kuesel.

Helgoland, Captain von Kameke.

Oldenburg, Captain Hoepfner.

Rheinland, Captain Rohardt.

Nassau, Captain H. Klappenbach.

Westfalen, Captain Redlich.

 

SECOND BATTLE SQUADRON

Deutschland, Captain H. Meurer. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Mauve, Squadron Commander. Commander Kahlert, Staff Officer.

Hannover, Captain W. Heine. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Freiherr von Dalwigk zu Lichtenfels.

Pommern, Captain Boelken.

Schlesien, Captain F. Behncke.

Schleswig Holstein, Captain Barrentrapp.

Hessen, Captain R. Bartels.

 

THIRD BATTLE SQUADRON

Koenig, Captain Bruninghaus. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Behncke, SquadronCommander. Commander Freiherr von Gagern, Staff Officer.

Kaiser, Captain Freiherr von Kayserling. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Nordmann.

Grosser Kuerfurst, Captain E. Goette.

Markgraf, Captain Seiferling.

Kronprinz, Captain C. Feldt.

Prinzregent Luitpold, Captain K. Heuser.

Kaiserin, Captain Sievers.

 

SCOUTING FORCES

 

FIRST SCOUTING GROUP (BATTLE CRUISERS)

Luetzow, Captain Harder. Flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Hipper, Com­manding the Scouting Forces. Commander E. Raeder, Staff Officer.

Seydlitz, Captain von Egidy.

Moltke, Captain von Karpf.

Derfflinger, Captain Hartog.

Von der Tann, Captain Zenker.

 

SECOND SCOUTING GROUP (LIGHT CRUISERS)

Frankfurt, Captain T. von Trotha. Flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Boedicker. Lieut.-Comm. Stapenhorst, Staff Officer.

Pillau, Captain Mommsen.

Elbing, Captain Madlung.

Wiesbaden, Captain Reiss.

Rostock, Captain O. Feldmann.

Regensburg, Captain Heuberer.

 

FOURTH SCOUTING GROUP (LIGHT CRUISERS)

Stettin, Captain F. Rebensburg. Wearing the broad pendant of Commodore von Reuter. Commander H. Weber, Staff Officer.

Muenchen, Commander O. Boecker.

Frauenlob, Captain G. Hoffmann.

Stuttgart, Captain Hagedorn.

Hamburg, Commander von Gaudecker.

 

 

DESTROYER FLOTILLAS

(Each flotilla consisted of eleven destroyers, and was divided into two half-flotillas, the First Flotilla consisting of the 1st and 2ndHalf-Flotillas, the Second Flotilla consisting of the 3rd and 4th Half-Flotillas, and so on.)

 

Rostock, Captain O. Feldmann. Wearing the broad pendant of Commodore Michelsen, Commanding the Destroyer Flotillas. Commander Junkermann, Staff Officer.

Regensburg, Captain Heuberer. Wearing the broad pendant of Commodore Heinrich, Second-in-Command.

 

FLOTILLA COMMANDERS

 

First Flotilla - 1st Half-Flotilla, Lieut.-Comm. C. Albrecht, G 39. (Denotes name of destroyer.)

Second Flotilla, Captain Schuur, B 98.

 3rd Half-Flotilla, Commander Boest, G 101.

 4th Half-Flotilla, Commander A. Dithmar, B 109.

Third Flotilla, Commander Hollmann, S 53.

 5th Half-Flotilla, Lieut.-Comm. Gautier, V 71.

 6th Half-Plotilla, Lieut.-Comm. Karlowa, S 54.

Fourth Flotilla, Commander Heinecke, G 11.

 9th Half-Flotilla, Lieut.-Comm. Hoefer, V 2.

 10th Half-Flotilla, Lieut.-Comm. F. Klein, G 8.

Sixth Flotilla, Commander M. Schultz, G 41.

 11th Half-Flotilla, Lieut.-Comm. W. Ruemann, V 44.

 12th Half-Flotilla, Lieut.-Comm. Lahs, V 69.

Seventh Flotilla, Commander von Koch, S 24.

 13th Half-Flotilla, Lieut.-Comm. G. von Zitzewitz, S 15.

 14th Half-Flotilla, Commander H. Cordes, S 19.

Ninth Flotilla, Commander Goehle, V 28.

 17th Half-Flotilla, Lieut.-Comm. Ehrhardt, V 27.

 18th Half-Flotilla, Commander W. Tillessen, V 30.

 

SUBMARINES

In Command of Submarines, Captain Bauer. (On board the Hamburg). Commander F. Luetzow, Stag Officer.

U 24, Lieut.-Comm. R. Schneider.

U 32, Lieut.-Comm. Freiherr Spiegel von und zu Peckelsheim.

U 63, Lieut.-Comm. O. Schultze.

U 66, Lieut.-Comm. von Bothmer.

U 70, Lieut.-Comm. Wuensche.

U 43, Lieut.-Comm. Juerst.

U 44, Lieut.-Comm. Wagenfuehr.

U 52, Lieut.-Comm. H. Walther.

U 47, Lieut..Comm. Metzger.

U 46, Lieut.-Comm. L. Hillebrand.

U 22, Lieut.-Comm. Hoppe.

U 19, Lieut.-Comm. R. Weinbach.

UB 22, Lieutenant Putzier.

UB 21, Lieut.-Comm. E. Hashagen.

U 53, Lieut.-Comm. Rose.

U 64, Lieut.-Comm. R. Morath.

 

AIRSHIPS

L 11, Commander V. Schuetze.

L 17, Lieut-Comm. H. Ehrlich.

L 14, Lieut-Comm. d. R. Boecker.

L 21, Lieut-Comm. M. d. R. Dietrich.

L 23, Lieut-Comm. von Schubert.

L 16, Lieut,Comm. Sommerfeldt.

L 13, Lieut-Comm. d. R. Proelss.

L 9, Captain (Army) Stelling.

L 22, Lieut-Comm. M. Dietrich.

L 24, Lieut-Comm. R. Koch.


3.5


APPENDIX D -  ORGANISATION OF THE HIGH SEAS FLEET AS IT SAILED ON MAY 31, 1916

 

 

BATTLESHIPS

 

 

 

 

Koenig

 

 

Grosser Kuerfurst

5th Division

 

Kronprinz

 

Third Squadron

Markgraf

_____

 

Kaiser

 

 

Kaiserin

6th Division

 

Prinzregent Luitpold

 

 

 

 

 

Friedrick der Grosse

(Fleet Flagship)

 

Ostfriesland

 

 

Thueringen

1st Division

 

Helgoland

 

First Squadron

Oldenburg

_____

 

Posen

 

 

Rheinland