Transcript

Official despatches for the Battle of Jutland
Catalogue reference: CAB 16/37/4


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APPENDIX 11.
Date, Time of Despatch.
From
To
System.
Message.
Time of Origin.
31 MAY cont.        
6.5 p.m.
S.O. 3rd B.C.S.
3rd B.C.S.
Flags
Disregard the Admiral's motions
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6.5 -
Strange T.B.D.
Engadine
S.L.
Whole Hun battlefleet coming up, steering N. by E.
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6.6 -
C.-in-C.
General
Flags
Alter course leading ships together the rest in succession to S.E.
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6.6 -
Lion
C.-in-C.
S.L.
Enemy's B.Cs. bearing S.E.
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6.6 -
S.O. B.C.F.
S.O.3rd B.C.S.
W/T
My position is Lat. 55° 58' N., Long. 5° 37' E., course E., speed 25 knots.
1805
6.6 -
S.O. 4th L.C.S.
4th L.C.S.
Flags
Admiral intends to proceed at 18 knots
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6.7 -
S.O. Cruisers
Cruisers
S.L.
Cease fire
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6.8 -
New Zealand
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Remarks: Sighted Grand Fleet on port bow.
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6.8 -
C.-in-C.
Destroyers
Flags
Take up Destroyer disposition No. 1
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6.9 -
Duke of Edinburgh.
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Remarks: Duke of Edinburgh opened fire
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6.10 -
Indomitable
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Remarks: Sighted battlefleet starboard side.
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6.10 -
Barham
C.-in-C.
Flags and W/T
Enemy's battlefleet S.S.E.
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6.10 -
Duke of Edinburgh
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Remarks: Enemy Cruiser appeared to be hit and on fire.
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6.10 -
S.O. 4th L.C.S.
4th L.C.S.
Flags
Form single line ahead in sequence of fleet numbers.
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6.10 -
Tipperary
Commodore F.
Sem.
Are you W. or V. ? Reply V.
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6.10 -
S.O. Cruisers
Cochrane
S.L.
2nd C.S. form single line ahead in sequence of fleet numbers. Admiral intends to proceed at 21 knots. Cease fire.
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6.10 -
S.O. 2nd C.S.
Shannon
Sem.
I am going round to take up position in the van for Easterly deployment.
1810
6.11 -
S.O. 4th L.C.S.
4th L.C.S.
Flags
Alter course together 16 points to starboard
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6.12 -
Captain D12
12th Flotilla
Flags
Take up cruising order L.T.
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6.12 -
S.O. 3rd B.C.S.
S.O. 3rd L.C.S.
S.L.
Where is Lion?
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6.13 -
S.O. 2nd C.S.
Hampshire
S.L.
Can you see our battlefleet, and which way are they steering?
1812
6.14 -
S.O. 5th B.S.
5th B.S.
Flags
Form single line-ahead in sequence in which ships now are.
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6.14 -
Commodore F.
11th Flotilla
Flags
Take up cruising order No. 2, speed 25 knots.
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6.15 -
Indomitable
Indomitable and Inflexible
Flags
Form single line-ahead in the sequence in which ships now are.
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6.15 -
Indomitable
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Remarks: Invincible resumed Guide of fleet
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6.15 -
C.-in-.C
General
Flags and W/T
The column nearest S.E. by E. is to alter course in succession to that point of the compass, the remaining columns altering course leading ships together the rest in succession so as to form astern of that column, maintaining the speed of the Fleet.
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6.15 -
Inflexible
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Remarks: Altered course to avoid torpedo.
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6.15 -
S.O. 2nd C.S.
2nd C.S.
Flags S.L.
Form single line-ahead in sequence of fleet numbers. Ships in column to be in open order.
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APPENDIX 11.
459
Date, Time of Despatch.
From
To
System.
Message.
Time of Origin.
31 MAY cont.        
6.15 p.m.
Fearless
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Remarks: Large explosion seen in Enemy's line. 6.17. Further explosion seen.
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6.17 -
S.O. 2nd C.S.
Destroyers
Flags
Form Submarine screen
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6.17 -
Commodore F.
11th Flotilla
Flags
1st Division take station astern. 2nd Division take station on port quarter.
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6.18 -
S.O. 5th B.S.
5th B.S.
Flags
Alter course in succession 16 points to port
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6.19 -
C.-in.C.
S.Os. in company. (Call sign of S.O. 3rd B.C.S. apparently used.)
W/T
Priority. Present course of fleet S.E. by E.
1815
6.21 -
Commodore F.
Active
Sem.
Keep out of way of Destroyers
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6.21 -
S.O. B.C.F. -
General
Flags
Admiral intends to proceed at 26 knots
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6.22 -
Hampshire -
S.O. 2nd C.S.
S.L.
Our battlefleet appears to be standing to the Southward bearing S.W. by.W.
1810
6.22 -
S.O, 4th L.C.S.
4th L.C.S.
Flags
Alter course together to S.E. by E.
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6.22 -
S.O. 4th L.C.S.
4th L.C.S.
Flags
Form single line-ahead in sequence of fleet numbers. Speed 25 knots.
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6.23 -
C.-in-C. -
11th Flotilla
Flags
Present course of the fleet is S.E. by E.
1815
6.24 -
Southampton
C.-in-C.
S.O. B.C.F.
W/T
Enemy battlefleet bear 10 to 11 miles S.S.E. Course of Enemy battlefleet N.E. My position Lat. 56° 58' N., Long. 5° 51' E.

1820

 

6.24 -
S.O. 4th B.S.
4th Division
Flags
Open fire and engage the Enemy
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6.25 -
S.O. 2nd C.S.
Hampshire
S.L.
Close Minotaur
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6.26 -
S.O. 3rd B.C.S.
3rd B.C.S.
Flags
Admiral intends to proceed at 20 knots
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6.26 -
C.-in-C. -
Dreadnought Battlefleet and attached Cruisers.
W/T and Flags
Admiral intends to proceed at 14 knots
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6.27 -
S.O. 1st L.C.S.
Inconstant
S.L.
My speed has been reduced to 18 knots. Go on with 1st L.C.S. and try and get ahead of battlefleet.
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6.27 -
Lion
C.-in-C. via van Battleship and 4th L.C.S.
S.L.
Enemy battlefleet in sight bearing South, the nearest ship is distant seven miles.
1818
6.27 -
S.O. 2nd C.S.
Destroyers
Flags
Form single line-ahead in sequence of fleet numbers. Take station on the port beam of Minotaur, one mile.
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6.29 -
S.O. 3rd B.C.S.
3rd B.C.S.
Flags
Open fire
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6.29 -
C.-in-C.
Dreadnought Battlefleet and attached Cruisers.
W/T and Flags

Subdivisions separately alter course in succession to S.S.E., preserving their formation.
(Negatived.)

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6.29 -
Commodore F.
11th Flotilla
Flags
Alter course in succession to E.S.E. Speed 20 knots.
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6.30 -
S.O. 1st L.C.S.
1st L.C.S.
Flags
1st L.C.S. join Inconstant
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6.30 -
R.A. 1st B.S.
5th Division
Flags
Open fire and engage the Enemy
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APPENDIX 11.
Date, Time of Despatch.
From
To
System.
Message.
Time of Origin.
31 MAY - contd.        
6.30 p.m.
Inflexible
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Remarks: Invincible blew up
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6.33 -
C.-in-C.
General
Flags
Admiral intends to proceed at 17 knots
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6.33 -
Benbow
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Remarks: Benbow's first gun fired. B turret.
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6.35 -
Inconstant
Phaeton and Cordelia.
Flags
Take station astern of Inconstant
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6.35 -
Indomitable
S.O. B.C.F.
S.L.
What speed are you going? Reply: 15 knots.
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6.35 -
S.O. 2nd C.S.
2nd C.S.
Sem.
Keep me informed of movements of our own battlefleet.
1830
6.37 -
Commodore F.
11th Flotilla
Flags
Admiral intends to proceed at 14 knots
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6.37 -
Princess Royal.
S.O. B.C.F.
S.L.
Following received: Present course of fleet is S.E. by E.
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6.38 -
S.O. Cruisers.
Cruisers
Flags
Alter course in succession to S.S.E.
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6.39 -
Commodore F.
11th Flotilla
Flags
Admiral intends to proceed at 12 knots
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6.39 -
S.O. B.C.F.
Indomitable
S.L.
What speed are you going? Reply: 25
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6.40 -
S.O. B.C.F.
Badger
S.L.
Pick up men from ship on starboard hand
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6.40 -
Commodore F.
11th Flotilla
Flags
Alter course together two points to port
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6.40 -
S.O. 1st B.S.
Colossus
Sem.
Why are you hauling out of line?
  (Note.-Made three times, no reply.)
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6.40 -
Engadine
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Remarks: Sighted Warrior in damaged condition.
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6.40 -
Canterbury
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Remarks: Shark or Fortune hit and on fire.
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6.40 -
S.O. 4th L.C.S.
4th L.C.S.
Flags
Admiral intends to proceed at 22 knots
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6.40 -
S.O. 2nd L.C.S.
Birmingham
Flags
Close
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6.40 -
Benbow
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Remarks: Acasta in danger of sinking
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6.40 -
S.O. B.C.F.
S.O. 3rd L.C.S.
S.L.
What is bearing of Enemy's Batttle Cruisers? Reply: Last seen 1820. Altered course to W., engaged by 3rd B.C.S.
1845
6.40 -
Hampshire
S.O. 2nd C.S.
S.L.
Shall I take station in the line? Reply: Yes, take stations astern of Shannon.
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6.41 -
Indomitable
S.O. B.C.F.
S.L.
Invincible has sunk
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6.42 -
Commodore F.
11th Flotilla
Flags
Alter course together two points to starboard
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6.42 -
S.O. B.C.F.
Destroyers
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Destroyers take station ahead
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6.42 -
S.O. 2nd C.S.
Hampshire
Flags
Take station 2 1/2 cables astern of Shannon
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6.43 -
S.O. 4th L.C.S.
4th L.C.S.
Flags
Admiral intends to proceed at 20 knots
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6.43 -
S.O. 2nd C.S.
2nd C.S.
Flags
Form single line-ahead in the sequence in which ships now are.
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6.43 -
S.O. 4th L.C.S.
4th L.C.S.
Flags
Alter course together 12 points to starboard
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6.44 -
C.-in-C.
Dreadnought Battlefleet and attached Cruisers.
W/T and Flags
Divisions separately alter course in succession to S.E., preserving their formation.
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