Record of Messages bearing on the Operation

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APPENDIX II RECORD OF MESSAGES BEARING ON THE OPERATION

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Messages are arranged in chronological order of Time of Despatch, all times being G.M.T. Complete reliance, however, cannot be placed on the absolute accuracy of these times owing to the differences of ships' clocks and the difficulties experienced in logging signals in action, 2. The following types have been used for printing :

Messages to or from Com.-in-Chief. Clarendon
Messages between Senior Officers of Squadrons {other
than the Commander-in-Chief) and their Squadrons
and between ships of the same squadron
Italics
All other messages Roman

On 30th May 1916 the Admiralty received news which pointed to early activity on the part of the German Fleet. The Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet, and the Vice-Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Fleet were informed accordingly by telegram. The Admiralty also informed the Commander in -Chief that eight enemy submarines, which they had reason to believe had recently sailed from German ports, were probably in the North Sea.
Admiralty telegram No. 434 of 30th May 1916, time of origin 1740, sent to the Commander-in- Chief and repeated to the Vice Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Fleet, contained the following instructions :-
" You should concentrate to Eastward of Long Forties ready for eventualities."

Date,
Time of
Despatch.
From To Sys.
tem.
Message. Time
of
Origin
May 30th
11.58 a.m.
Admiralty V.A.Dover L/T Harwich Destroyers return there at once,
Recall Belgian coast patrol temporally.
1158
12.5 p.m. Admiralty R.A. East
Coast.
L/T Recall minesweeping sloops 1205
12.17 Admiralty S.O. 3rd B.S.,
S.O. 3rdC.S.,
C.-in-C.Nore
L/T 3rd B.S. and 3rd C.S. should have steam at
short notice by daylight to-morrow, and
3rd C.S. should proceed to Swin to-day.
1217
12.33 S.O.M.S. C.-in-C. W/T Positon 58 45' N., 2 15' W. Torpedo
fired at Gentian missed.
1230
12.37 Admiralty Captain S.,
Maidstone.
L/T Have all Submarines ready for sea at
short notice.
1237
2.37
recd.
Comdr. (T) S.O.B.C.F. L/T 5 Light Cruisers, 15 Destroyers, ready for
service.
1230
4.35 C.-in-C. General Sem. If the fleet goes to sea under present condi-
tions, Royal Oak will take station in 3rd
sub-division, order of which will be Iron
Duke, Royal Oak, Superb, Canada. Active
will go with Cruisers and take position J.
The Cruisers are to leave in one group and
take route A. 3rd B.C.S. Canterbury and
Chester will be ordered out independently
ahead of Cruisers and will follow route B.
The D.T. signal not applying to this squad-
ron, the 4 T.B.Ds. for this squadron
meeting them off Hoxa obstruction.
1615
5.35 Owl C.-in-C. A.C.O.
&S. Captain
D4.
W/T Urgent. Trawler Dunpedril reports Sub-
marine. 3.45 p.m.,Lat. 58°35' N., Long.
2°35' W.
1700
5.40 S.O. 2nd B.S. General Flags Preparatory signal for leaving Cromarty. --

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Date,
Time of
Despatch.
From To Sys.
tem.
Message. Time
of
Origin
30 MAY - cont.
5.40 p.m C.-in.C. General Flags Preparatory signal for leaving Scapa, nega-
tive Royal Sovereign and Menelaus.
1735
5.43 C.-in-C. Royal Oak Sem. Return to Fleet Anchorage and anchor in
A6.
1735
5.43 C.-in-C. S.O. 4th B.S. Sem. Please send Menelaus over to North shore
and delay experiments for the present.
1740
5.43 S.O.B.C.F B.C.F.5th B.S.
1st, 9th, 13th
Flags Raise steam for 22 knots and report when
ready to proceed.
--
5.54 C.-in-C. Marksman W/T Return at once with your Destroyers 1535
5.49
(recd.)
C.-in-C. S.O. B.C.F. L/T Urgent. Raise steam 1740
5.55 Admiralty C.-in-C. L/T 3rd B.S., 3rd C.S., 5th L.C.S. and Harwich
Destroyers will not be sent out until more
is known.
--
5.55 C.-in-C. Commodore F.
and Dundee.
Tel. Trident will pass through patrols from East
after midnight to-night.
1700
6.0 C.-in-C. S.O. 4th
L.C.S. Caro-
line, Con-
stance.
Sem. Caroline and Constance are to return to Y
line by sunset.
1800
6.1 S.O. 3rd L.C.S 3rd L.C.S. Sem. Steam should be raised as soon as possible
and report now when you expect to be ready
for 15 knots and 22 knots. Falmouth
will be ready at 7.45 and 8 p.m.
1800
6.4 Commodore F. Captain D12 Sem. Recall patrols 1800
6.4 Commodore F. Onslaught W/T Return to harbour 1800
6.5 S.O.2nd B.S. General Flags Raise steam for 18 knots and report when
ready to proceed.
--
6.7 S.O. B.C.F. General Flags Commanders of squadrons to report the
time at which their squadrons will be
ready to proceed. Reply : 5th B.S.
ready to proceed at 9.40 p.m., 1st B.C.S.
ready to proceed 8.45 p.m., 2nd B.C.S.
will be ready to proceed at 9 p.m., 1st
L.C.S. ready to proceed at 8.23 p.m., 2nd
L.C.S. ready to proceed 9 p.m., 3rd L.C.S.
ready to proceed 8 p.m., 9th Flotilla
8.30 p.m., 1st Flotilla 9 p.m., Engadine
9.45 p.m.
--
6.7 C.-in-C. S.O. 2nd C.S.
and Com-
modore F.
Sem.
and
Tel.
My 1615, Additional four Destroyers are
to be detailed for 2nd C.S
.
1754
6.10 Commodore F. C.-in-C. Tel. Achates defect completed 1805
6.11 C.-in-C. S.O.M.S. W/T Keep Sloops out to-night, Tuesday, Fleet
may come out
1750
6.12 S.O.3rd L.C.S 3rd L.C.S. Sem. L.C.'s.diagram No.1.
Falmouth, Yarmouth C
Birkenhead,Gloucester D
If Engadine joins she will leave
harbour astern of Gloucester.
1812

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