Fourth L.C.S. (Royal Navy) at the Battle of Jutland
From The Dreadnought Project
- Calliope, Commodore 2nd class Charles E. Le Mesurier
- Constance, Captain Cyril Samuel Townsend
- Comus, Captain Alan Geoffrey Hotham
- Caroline, Captain Henry Ralph Crooke
- Royalist, Captain the Honourable Herbert Meade, D.S.O.
LETTER OF PROCEEDINGS—FROM COMMODORE, 4TH LIGHT CRUISER SQUADRON
|Enclosure No. 15 to Submission No. 1415/0022 of 20/8/16|
|from C.-in-C., Home Fleets.|
|No. C. 14.|
|"Calliope," 3rd June 1916|
|I HAVE the honour to forward herewith, in the form of a diary, the proceedings of the Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron when not actually in station, during the Fleet action of 31st May 1916.|
|2.||The diary has been compiled from the reports and track charts forwarded by ships of the Squadron.|
|I have the honour to be,|
|Your obedient Servant,|
|C. E. LE MESURIER,|
Fourth Light Cruiser Squadron.
|(Enclosure to 4th Light Cruiser Squadron Letter No. C. 14 of 3rd June 1916.)|
|DIARY OF PROCEEDINGS.|
|Date, 31st May 1916. All times G.M.T.|
|P. M .|
|5.45.||Heavy firing S.S.W.|
|6.12.|| One Enemy Light Cruiser to Southward, on fire and|
|6.13.|| 4th Light Cruiser Squadron turned to East in line ahead.|
Battle Cruiser Fleet 2' South, steering East, engaging
enemy Battle Cruisers on parallel course.
|6.20.||One enemy four-funnel Light Cruiser observed to sink.|
|6.22.||"Queen Mary " blew up.|
|6.32.||" Invincible " blew up.|
|6.35.|| " Acasta " badly hit, passed through Squadron from|
|6.35.||Centre and Rear Divisions of Battle Fleet opened fire.|
|6.45.|| Altered course to close "King George V." division.|
Received signal for deployment.
|7.0-7.15.||Took up action station on "King George V."|
|7,15.|| One enemy Battle Cruiser ( ? " Lützow ") bearing West|
surrounded by T.B.D.'s steering slowly to N.W.
|7.18.|| Two enemy Battle Ships " König " class, engaged by|
" Orion " division, observed heavily on fire.
|7.22.|| Ordered by Commander-in-Chief to attack enemy destroyers.|
Latter—a half flotilla—bearing N.W. by N.,
steering towards head of "King George V." division.
Opened fire 8,000-9,000 yards, leading T.B.D.
disappeared; one other disabled.
|7.25-7.35.|| At least six torpedoes observed in Squadron to pass|
ahead or through the Squadron's track.
|7.36.|| Enemy destroyers retired, 4th Light Cruiser Squadron|
resumed station on "King George V."
|8.5.|| " Castor " and T.B.D.'s turned to West, a smoke screen|
observed W.N.W.—1st Division, " Calliope ,"
" Constance ," and " Comus " turned to support " Castor."
|8.18.|| Opened fire on enemy's destroyers, a half flotilla steering|
towards rear of Battle Cruiser Fleet in direction S.S.W.
|8.24.||Enemy destroyers made smoke cloud and retired on own line.|
|8.26.||Sighted enemy Battle Fleet N.W., 8,000 yards, " Pommern "|
class centre, " Kaiser " class rear divisions, course south.
|8.28.||Enemy Battleships opened fire on Light Cruisers.|
|8.30.||" Calliope " fired a torpedo at leading ship of " Kaiser "|
division at 6,500 yards—Light Cruisers retired on "King
George V." divisions heavily shelled by three enemy
|8.35.||Enemy ceased firing.|
|8.38.||An explosion noticed on one " Kaiser " class Battleship.|
|8.45.||" Calliope " took station on 2nd Battle Squadron. " Constance "|
and " Comus " proceeded through the line to
get ahead of the "King George V."
|8.45.||" Caroline " and " Royalist " (ahead of " Castor " and|
destroyers) who were ahead of "King George V."
observed three enemy Battleships—pre-Dreadnoughts
N.N.W. closing slowly—leading enemy ship challenged
by Searchlight towards "Castor."
|9.5-9.10.||" Caroline " fired two torpedoes and " Royalist "|
fired one torpedo at enemy, mean range 8,000 yards.
Enemy opened fire on " Caroline " and " Royalist ,"
also on " Comus "—rejoining "Caroline." Latter and
" Royalist " turned away.
|9.14.||Enemy ceased firing.|
|9.17.||Enemy fired one large star shell.|
|9.35.||" Calliope " reached head of line, 4th L.C.S. formed astern|
of her. Squadron closed on "King George V." at
2.0 a.m. 1st June.
- Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 34, 44.
- Battle of Jutland Official Despatches. pp. 295-297.