The beginning of this letter from First Sea Lord (professional head of the Royal Navy) Admiral H B Jackson to Jellicoe gives an insight into how some within the navy felt about their work during the war. Jackson warns Jellicoe, who is in charge of the whole fleet, to watch out for ‘staleness’ among the commanding officers and sympathises with his ‘monotonous’ work. Defensive activities were important but they could be dull and many in the navy wished for a proper naval battle, ship against ship, like the Battle of Trafalgar more than one hundred years earlier.
John Rushworth Jellicoe was a navy officer who commanded The Grand Fleet during World War One. He led Allied warships against the German High Seas Fleet and was involved in high-level decision-making about naval operations. The Jellicoe Papers comprise correspondence, memoranda, reports, charts and other documents either created or used by Jellicoe during his service in the Royal Navy.