Commodore Guy R. Gaunt, British Naval Attaché at Washington, to Rear Admiral William R. Hall, Director, Intelligence Division, British Admiralty
TELEGRAM. No. 381
From Washington. DATE13.9.17
[13 September 1917]
To Admiralty Sent 9.28 pm 12th.
381. Following from Commodore Gaunt. URGENT. For D.I.D. There was a very stormy meeting at Navy Dept.to-day Wednesday when a number of grievances among various Departments against us were aired. Afterwards Admiral Benson asked me whether it would be possible for me to go to England on a visit to explain their view of things. He told me he was wiring Mayo to the same effect. I urge that this be done as even if I cannot do much good it would at least help the situation here which is really bad as the Officials of Navy Department think that we are not playing the game. Will you place matter before Admiralty and ?wire decision as soon as possible as if concurred in I ought to leave immediately. My offices are well organised now and can carry on in my absence.
Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/658. Addressed below close: “D.I.D.”