Commodore Guy R. Gaunt, British Naval Attaché at Washington, to First Sea Lord Admiral Sir John R. Jellicoe
TELEGRAM No. 371.
From COMMODORE GAUNT. DATE 11.9.17.
[11 September 1917]
To 10th Sent 10.5pm.
371. For First Sea Lord personal.
Admiral Benson complained to me privately about being kept in the dark on important matters. Sims apparently put forward that the Americans should only be told what Admiralty think necessary. Benson is very strongly against this and says they should be taken into full partnership and the information mutual. He gave
me two instances in the 48 hours. (A) A reference by Sims to three raiders being out, of which Americans knew nothing. (B) Rumour from apparently the same source that British are sending vessels to Azores. The conversation was a private one, but he spoke so bitterly I thought I should let you know. I respectfully submit that if information of this sort is sent through me , instead of or in conjunction with Admiral Sims it would be preferable. I will explain fully in writing.
Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/1437. Addressed below close: “1ST S.L. [First Sea Lord]. There is also a note: “(Reply attached.).”