Beatty Papers at the National Maritime Museum
A list of the papers of Admiral of the Fleet David, First Earl Beatty in the possession of the National Maritime Museum, London.
- 1 BTY/1
- 2 BTY/2
- 3 BTY/3
- 4 BTY/4
- 5 BTY/5
- 6 BTY/6
- 7 BTY/7
- 8 BTY/8
- 9 BTY/9
- 10 BTY/10
- 11 BTY/11
- 12 BTY/12
- 13 BTY/13
- 14 BTY/14
- 15 BTY/15
- 16 BTY/16
- 17 BTY/17
- 18 BTY/18
- 19 BTY/19
- 20 BTY/20
- 21 BTY/21
- 22 BTY/22
- 22.1 BTY/22/1
- 22.2 BTY/22/2
- 22.3 BTY/22/3
- 22.4 BTY/22/4
- 22.5 BTY/22/5
- 22.6 BTY/22/6
- 22.7 BTY/22/7
- 22.8 BTY/22/8
- 22.9 BTY/22/9
- 22.10 BTY/22/10
- 22.11 BTY/22/11
- 22.12 BTY/22/12
- 22.13 BTY/22/13
- 22.14 BTY/22/14
- 22.15 BTY/22/15
- 22.16 BTY/22/16
- 22.17 BTY/22/17
- 22.18 BTY/22/18
- 22.19 BTY/22/19
- 22.20 BTY/22/20
- 22.21 BTY/22/21
- 23 BTY/23
- 24 BTY/24
- 25 External Links
Birth and early service: letters and papers 8 Nov 1883-9 Nov 1900 including Adm Sir Walter Cowan's recollections of Beatty's early life.
Survey of Nile Cataracts and the Sudan campaign 3 Jun and 22 Sep 1896 and a newspaper cutting (See also BTY/24/1-6).
Boxer rebellion: Beatty's journal 9 Jun-13 Jul 1900 and a photograph of the BARFLEUR.
HMS JUNO: confidential memoranda 10 Feb-20 Sep 1902 and an Intelligence Department minute 11 May 1903.
The refusal of an appointment in the Atlantic Fleet: letters including drafts by Beatty relating to the offer 5-26 Jul 1911.
Naval Secretary to First Lord: files entitled 'Destroyers building at Stettin' and 'Destroyers and Light Cruisers in War' and other papers 9 Oct 1911-21 Dec 1912 (See also BTY/22/1).
1st Battle Cruiser Squadron 1 Feb-9 Oct 1913.
First World War. Battle of Heligoland Bight 28 Aug 1914: folder containing papers 29 Aug-22 Oct 1914.
Beatty and W S Churchill (1874-1965) First Lord of the Admiralty: draft letter and copies of telegrams (n.d.) by Beatty, letter from Churchill 22 Nov 1914 and a paper entitled 'Remarks on the situation in the North Sea' n.d.
Raid on Scarborough 16 Dec 1914: track charts: 18 December 1914 - 26 January 1915 (See also BTY/22/2).
Papers relating to the raid on Scarborough on 16 December 1914 (See also BTY/22/2).
Battle of Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915: file entitled 'Operations' containing papers 25 Jan-10 Feb 1915.
Battle of Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915: file entitled 'Notes on action...and ships' reports' 28 Jan-15 Feb 1915.
Battle of Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915: file entitled 'Officers and Men who distinguished themselves' 30 Jan-5 Mar 1915.
Battle of Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915: file entitled 'Congratulatory telegrams and letters' containing papers 25 Jan-24 Feb 1915.
Battle of Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915: file containing miscellaneous papers on the failure of the TIGER to engage her opposite number; information obtained from German prisoners; statement of torpedoes fired; SOUTHAMPTON's reply to challenge by enemy's ships; dockyardmen on board TIGER during action; LION effect of shell hits and choice of projectiles an extract from the Independent 8 Feb 1915; a translation of the German official account of the action; all 29 Jan1915-17 May 1916 (See also BTY/22/2).
Battle of Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915: reports of the action and related papers 26 Jan-15 Mar 1915.
Battle of Dogger Bank 24 Jan 1915: German account of the action; telegrams of congratulation; and printed track charts 25 Jan-30 Jul 1915.
Papers relating to the command of the 2nd Battle Cruiser Squadron, Grand Fleet mobilisation, and armed trawler operation, and the use of zeppelins and kite ballons 6 Mar-29 Dec 1915 (See also BTY/24/7-13).
Secret orders for operations 22 and 28 Jan (1916?); letter to Asquith about new construction 3 Feb 1916; a folder entitled '5th Battle Squadron' on the construction programme and the distribution of the British fleet 19 Feb-10 Mar 1916; folder entitled 'Conference Friday 12 May 1916, Berthing at Rosyth' 1-18 May 1916 (See also BTY/22/3,4).
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: file entitled 'Official Despatches and accompanying reports' 2 Jun 1916-3 Dec 1918.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: file entitled 'Despatch for publication' containing papers 19-20 June, and proof and issued copies of supplements to the London Gazette 6 Jul and 15 Sep 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: file entitled 'VABCF'S (Vice Admiral Battle Cruiser Fleet's) Personal Records' containing papers 1-26 Jun, including a copy of a letter to A J Balfour (1848-1930) 21 Jun on despatches and their publication (See also BTY/22/5).
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: folder entitled 'Ships taking part : officers and men' 7-11 Jun 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: file of 32 track charts, 26 June to 14 October 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: file entitled "Track Charts" containing papers and correspondence, 26 June to 14 October 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: gunnery range and rate of fire reports 4 Jun-23 Oct 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: papers relating to torpedos fired including 'Vernon's analysis of the torpedoes fired at and by the enemy' 18 and 21 Sep 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: papers relating to ammunition and armament 30 Aug, 27 Dec 1916 and n.d.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: papers relating to damage sustained by ships 2 and 6 Jun 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: lists of casualties and survivors 3-10 Jun 1916
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: file entitled 'Honours and promotions, officers and men' containing copies of reports made to Adm Sir John Jellicoe (1859-1935) 4-23 Jun 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: files entitled 'Promotions-Officers (Revised list)' containing copies of reports 2 Jul-21 Nov 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: file entitled 'Honours-Men (Revised list)' containing reports 13 Aug-2 Nov 1916, and a second file containing 'Additional recommendations' 12 Nov 1916-2 Feb 1917.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: papers containing accounts of experiences and observations including 'Reminiscences of Q turret, HMS LION' by Private H Willons, Royal Marines; observations on tactics; and a translation of an official German criticism of the published despatch on the Battle of Jutland 3 Jun-8 Aug 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: messages of congratulation 2 Jun-17 Jul 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: report on the proceedings of the 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron in search for WARRIOR 5 Jun 1916.
Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916: file entitled 'Reports of Commitees on Lessons learnt from Action 31 May-1 Jun' containing also a summary of damage done to German ships, and remarks on the effect of British and German shell 7-24 Jun 1916.
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: telegrams relating to appointment of Sir David Beatty as Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet, and other changes in command, 22-27 Nov 1916; a letter from Trevylyan Napier (fl.1916) 24 Nov 1916; and a copy of one to Walter Cowan (1871-1956) 28 Nov 1916.
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: file entitled 'Odd Papers on Tactical questions etc', containing papers, 15 Feb 1913, 16 Dec 1916-1 Nov 1918, including secret papers on Grand Fleet Battle Tactics.
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: Grand Fleet W/T Memoranda 1 Dec 1916; W/T General orders 8 Oct 1917; Signal orders 1 Dec 1917; Grand Fleet Manoeuvering Orders 1 Jan 1918; all in cover entitled 'Grand Fleet Battle Orders'.
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: 'Grand Fleet Battle Instructions', 1 Jan 1918, one copy is annotated: 'Secret Fleet Orders', 11 Mar 1918. (See also BTY/22/11, 12).
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: 'C-in-C's (Commander-in-Chief's) Private Record' detailing ship movements Dec 1916-Sep 1917.
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: Naval Intelligence Division reports on 'Enemy mines in the German Bight' 20 Jun 1917; the German 'Outpost Service of the North Sea Outpost flotilla', 6 Nov 1917; 'German Barriers in the German Bight', 24 Aug 1916; a telegram from Copenhagen, 5 Nov 1917, on Danish patrols; papers on German 'Ruthless Submarine Warfare' 12-27 Jan 1917 and other papers.
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: 'Report of Naval Conference of Powers united against Germany', 4-5 Sep 1917 and reports of the conclusions reached at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd meetings of the Allied Naval Council, 22-23 Jan 1918, 12-14 Mar 1918, 26-27 Apr 1918.
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: the blockade of German shipping, papers, 25 Aug 1916-2 Feb 1917.
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: papers relating to various aspects of the administration of the Grand Fleet 31 Jan 1917-10 May 1918 (See also BTY/23/8, 9; BTY/24/41-2).
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: further papers on Grand Fleet matters 2 Jul 1918-2 May 1919 including papers on procedure in the carrying out of the naval terms of the Armistice; and 'Notes on matters affecting Naval Interests connected with the Peace Settlement', Admiralty Dec 1918.
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: papers relating to the Armistice, including 'The views of the Commander-in-Chief Grand Fleet as expressed at the War Cabinet meeting on Monday 21 October', 1918; and the 'Report of the Sixth Meeting' of the Allied Naval Council, 28 Oct-4 Nov 1918 (See also BTY/13/40).
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: letters from school children 10-24 Jan 1919.
Commander-in-Chief 1916-19: messages, letters and telegrams from French municipalities 19-28 Apr 1919.
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: papers relating to Imperial Defence, 3 Mar 1919-26 May 1926, including intelligence summaries, papers on the post-war fleet, naval policy and expenditure, a memorandum on forms of attack, and notes on a cabinet conference in Paris on 18 Jan 1920
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: Capital ship versus submarine, papers on the building policy of the navy, 6 Dec 1920-20 Jan 1921.
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: Capital ship versus submarine, further papers, 6 Jan-21 Feb 1921, including evidence taken by the sub-committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence at its 4th meeting 7 Jan 1921.
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: Capital ship versus submarine, draft report with proposed ammendments of the sub-committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence and related papers 12 Feb-3 Apr 1921.
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: Singapore naval base, papers on various aspects of the base: its siting, defence, and international implications, 3 Dec 1920-3 Jul 1925, including minutes of Cabinet committees, 27 Feb, 9 Mar 1924 (See also BTY/22/15, 16).
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: papers on the proposed marriage allowance for officers 15 Jul 1924-25 Feb 1925.
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: further papers on the marriage allowance for officers 23 Jun 1924-3 Mar 1927 including a letter from W S Churchill (1874-1965) Chancellor of the Exchequer 10 Aug 1925.
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: The Far East, 'Some remarks on the situation in China written July 1925' and sent by Beatty to the Prime Minister, and letters from M P A Hankey (1877-1963) 10 and 13 Jul 1925.
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: Air policy and the Fleet Air Arm papers 7 Jan 1919-1 Sep 1925.
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: Imperial Conference Oct-Nov 1926 draft notes on Imperial Defence for the use of the Prime Minister, the statement (printed) made by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 20 Oct 1926, and printed minutes of meetings 26 Oct and 15 Nov 1926.
First Sea Lord, 1919-27: miscellaneous papers 15 May 1919-30 Dec 1922, some relating to naval estimates 1920-23.
First Sea Lord: the Jutland Controversy: papers relating to the production of the 'Official Despatches' 20 Feb 1919-5 Nov 1920 (See also BTY/22/6, 7).
First Sea Lord: the Jutland Controversy: the minutes and memoranda of Capt J E T Harper (1874-1949) relating to the production of the 'Official Record' 23 January 1919 - 15 November 1920. Originally contained in a single file (See also BTY/22/8, 21; BTY/24/43-64), 1919-20.
First Sea Lord: the Jutland Controversy: papers relating to the decision not to publish the 'Official Record' 19 Jan 1920-4 Jan 1921.
First Sea Lord: the Jutland Controversy: proofs of Sir Julian Corbett's 'Official History' ca. Dec 1922-Jan 1923.
First Sea Lord: the Jutland Controversy: papers relating to the production of the 'Staff Appreciation' 15 Nov 1920-27 Jul 1922.
First Sea Lord: the Jutland Controversy: typescript of chapters 1-4 of the 'Staff Appreciation', 80pp. 1921 (See also BTY/22/9).
First Sea Lord: the Jutland Controversy: 'Narrative of Jutland-Uncorrected "revised proofs" of diagrams', 33pp. 1922 (See also BTY/22/10).
First Sea Lord: the Jutland Controversy: German accounts: translations of German documents including Adm von Scheer's report of 4 Jul 1916, 17 Feb 1920-20 Dec 1923.
First Sea Lord: the Jutland Controversy: miscellaneous papers relating to Jutland, including proofs of an article by Filson Young, proofs of charts, newspaper cuttings, memoranda, 22 Jun 1920-2 May 1927.
First Sea Lord: the Jutland Controversy: strategic and tactical appreciation of the Battle of Jutland in the form of a series of lectures, author unknown, possibly American, 134 pp, ca.1922.
House of Lords, 1927-36: scripts and notes for use in debates, most undated, ca.1927-26 Jun 1935 including secret paper on 'Defence of Fleet against air attack'.
House of Lords, 1927-36: 'Remarks on memorandum by Chief of Air Staff on the further substitution of Air for other forces in Imperial Defence, dated October 1929', 60 pp, ca. 1929-30.
Honours and Awards: contents sheet relating to 'Freedom of cities and towns & other engagements', papers relating to honours from or engagements at Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Chester, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Exeter 12 Nov 1928-23 Jul 1923.
Honours and Awards: papers relating to honours from or engagement at Glasgow, Grimsby, Hastings, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds 20 Dec 1918-18 Oct 1922.
Honours and Awards: honours from or engagements at Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Pembroke, Portsmouth, Rhondda Valley 7 Dec 1918-28 Apr 1925.
Honours and Awards: honours from or engagements at Salford, Sheffield, Southport, Sunderland, Great Yarmouth, York, Wallasey 6 Dec 1918-29 Mar 1923.
Honours and Awards: papers relating to honorary presidencies and membership of clubs, institutions and charities 6 Nov 1918-17 Nov 1925.
Honours and Awards: papers relating to Freedoms of Livery Companies: Fishmongers', Skinners', Mercers', Haberdashers', Painters' and Leathersellers'; also to an offer of membership of the L Zingari club 13 Aug 1918-11 Mar 1919.
Honours and Awards: engagements (other than freedom of cities and livery companies) 11 Jan 1919-23 Jan 1926 including arrangements for the visit to Belgium 17-23 Feb 1919, and papers relating to Beatty's Rectorship of the University of Edinburgh 10 Nov 1919-2 May 1921.
Honours and Awards: speeches 1919-33 most undated including those at Lord Mayor's Banquets 1923 and 1925.
Honours and Awards: speeches many given at the receipt of freedoms of cities and boroughs, 1919-35.
Honours and Awards: 'The Doings at Kansas City', 29 pp typescript comprising a sermon given on Armistice Sunday followed by an account of the award of the Distinguished Service Medal of the American Legion to Earl Beatty and Marshall Foch at Kansas City Nov 1921.
Volumes: 'Diary of 6th Cruiser Squadron' 2-26 Jul 1912.
Volumes: Naval Staff Monographs, Vol III (1921) containing monographs: Passage of the British Expeditionary Force Aug 1914, The Patrol Flotillas at the Commencement of the war 1914, The Battle of Heligoland Bight 28 Aug 1914, Naval operations connected with the raid on the NE coast Dec 16 1914, The Action of the Dogger Bank Jan 12 1915.
Volumes: Naval Staff Monographs, Vol XV (1926): Home Waters part VI Oct 1915-May 1916.
Volumes: Naval Staff Monographs, Vol XVI (1927): Lowestoft Raid 24-5 Apr 1916.
Volumes: 'Private Cypher Log of the Vice Admiral, HMS LION from 21 April 1916' -31 Oct 1917.
Volumes: 'Battle of Jutland 30 May to 1 June 1916: Official Despatches with Appendices' , proofs 1920.
Volumes: 'Battle of Jutland 30 May to 1 June 1916: Official Despatches with Appendices' (HMSO, 1920) (See also BTY/24/23-39).
Volumes: 'Official Record of the Battle of Jutland' (HMSO, 1920).
Volumes: 'Naval staff Appreciation of Jutland' Jan 1922.
Volumes: 'Narrative of the Battle of Jutland' Second proof text 1922.
Volumes: 'Flotilla Cruising and Night Cruising orders and Torpedo Attack by Destroyer Flotillas on the Enemy's Battle Fleet 11 Nov 1917'.
Volumes: Copy of Flotilla Cruising and Night Cruising orders and Torpedo Attack by Destroyer Flotillas on the Enemy's Battle Fleet 11 Nov 1917' containing signals and amendments.
Volumes: Confidential Admiralty Monthly Intelligence Report No. 4, 15 Aug 1919.
Volumes: Confidential Admiralty Monthly Intelligence Report No.6, 15 Oct 1919.
Volumes: Parliamentary Debates, House of Lords 18 Mar 1924 Vol 56 No.18.
Volumes: Parliamentary Debates, House of Commons 18 Mar 1924 Vol 171 No.35.
Volumes: Parliamentary Debates, House of Lords 1 Jul 1930 Vol 78 No.98.
Volumes: Parliamentary Debates, House of Lords 26 Jun 1935 Vol 97 No.69.
Volumes: Visitors Book 21 Apr 1919-26 Jul 1925.
Volumes: Transcripts, David to Mrs Beatty 1912-1913.
Volumes: Harper memoranda file (contents BTY/9/2) used by Capt J E T Harper (1874-1949) to keep minutes and memoranda relating to the production of the 'Official Record' 1919-20.
Loose Photographs: portraits of 1st Earl Beatty ca.1892-1927.
Loose Photographs: portraits of Ethel Beatty ca.1920 and 1931.
Loose Photographs: portrait of Adm Sir Colin Keppel (1862-1947) in 1889, Adm Allan F Everett (1868-1938) in 1896, Adm-Fleet John de Robeck (1862-1928) in 1904 and Sir Eric Geddes (1875-1937) in 1919.
Loose Photographs: photographs of family, friends and informal occasions ca.1905-30.
Loose Photographs: photographs taken during Mediterranean cruise(s) ca.1912-20.
Loose Photographs: photographs taken during various naval occasions ca.1912-20.
Loose Photographs: photographs of ships of the surrendering German High Seas fleet taken as they arrived and at their anchorages in Scapa Flow 1918.
Albums: HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, fleet flagship Grand Fleet 17 Feb 1917-7 Apr 1919.
Albums: Grand Fleet Boxing championship 1917.
Albums: Beatty's visit to Belgium in 1919.
Albums: photographs taken on a river trip ca.1920-25.
Albums: family photographs ca.1907-12 in album bearing initials E.B.
Charts: printed maps compiled in the Intelligence Division War Office Jul 1898 of upper Egypt, the Sudan, Khartum and Omdurman.
Charts: manuscript maps and charts entitled 'Tactical Investigation' dated variously in Aug and Sep 1915.
Charts: plans and track-charts of the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916, some lithographed and signed by J R Jellicoe 19 Jun 1916.
Charts: printed plans and track-charts relating to the Battle of Jutland, two series printed to accompany 'Official Despatches with Appendices' (HMSO, 1920) (See BTY/22/7)