Vice Admiral Henry F. Oliver, Chief of War Staff, to Commodore Guy R. Gaunt, British Naval Attaché at Washington, D. C.
TELEGRAM. No. <49>
To Naval Attaché
It is noticed that Hospital units numbering a few hundreds each are being sent to this country from the U.S. in various passenger ships. You should represent to the Navy Department that the Admiralty has not always been informed and consequently it is difficult to arrange protection in the danger zone. It is suggested that it would be more convenient and add to their Security if these units were collected and embarked in one ship and the admiralty given timely warning so that arrangements can be made to fix a rendezvous where destroyers can meet and escort to destination. If desired the ship might be able to join a convoy of troopships from Halifax.
27.5.17 [i.e., 27 May 1917]
Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/655.