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Court of Enquiry in ADMs 1, 137 regarding HMS Hawke & general Qs.


Felix C
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is there a Court of Enquiry or Court Martial report regarding the sinking of HMS Hawke?

Have these two:

Reference: ADM 1/8398/377
Description:
Further particulars regarding loss of HMS HAWKE
Date: 1914
and
Reference: ADM 1/8398/374
Description:
Loss of HMS HAWKE 15 Oct. 1914. Casualty and survivors list
Date: 1914
And they do not have any proceedings. Both are mostly casualty lists.
Other questions, is a court of enquiry always assembled following:
1. Loss of British warship
2. Loss of British merchantship
3. Loss of neutral or allied ship under the escort of English warship(s)
I ask because do not find reports of specific neutral sinkings while in convoy. There were reports because they were referenced in the inter-war Admiralty Staff/Historical Monographs (HS, HSA, HSB) but have no ADM reference now. I searched the entire calalog twice! There were five sinkings from three convoys in as many days but only found the report to one-a British merchant ship but the others are all neutrals and no luck now.
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H.S. is the former reference which, in some cases, is listed as such in some of the ADM 137 online catalogue entries. i.e. ADM 137/xxxx Former: H.S. xxx. That was before the Discovery catalogue innovation, I think, but they might still be there - it's been a while since I had to consult one. I'd have a look myself but am absolutely snowed under, I'm afraid.

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I believe imformation on the loss can be found in ADM 137/997 . Discovery LINK

ADM 137/997 North Sea Operations, I. (1914)
However note: This record has not been digitised and cannot be downloaded.
Terry
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Is it a very large file? I presume from the title it contains considerable information other than the Hawke episode.

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I haven’t seen it, had the reference on my backup list on previous visits to Kew, but I’ve never had any time to use it! A day trip there for me is 6am start, and home just before mid-night! I’ve found requesting copies of anything other than small files is a waste of time.

Have you looked at this much earlier thread on the Forum: LINK
Terry
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