Catalogue description Volume 2.

This record is held by Imperial War Museum (IWM) Department of Documents

Details of AGDT/2
Reference: AGDT/2
Title: Volume 2.

At the start of the diary Doris was still engaged in shelling Gaba Tepe. Twigg gives a second-hand report of the deliberate killing of 40 Turkish prisoners in retalliation for Turkish mutilation of Allied dead. On 8 May Doris joined the Smyrna Patrol, the main activities there being to lay mines and destroy shore-based search lights. of the time spent in the Smyrna bay was occupied with routine duties and swimming, which left Twigg "intensely bored". The transport and landing of over 2000 men at Suvla Bay on 17/18 August was something of a climax for Twigg amidst the continued inactivity. In October Doris moved to Salonika and until mid-November was engaged in bombarding the area around Dedeagatch, the prime targets being railway installations and military barracks.


After a relaxing period in Malta while Doris underwent a refit, Twigg returned to the Dardanelles and witnessed, but appears to have been scarcely involved in, the evacuation of the peninsula. On 31 December he was transferred to the Cruiser HMS Europa which continued to operate off Gallipoli, shelling the coast, including shelling 'V' Beach to support the final evacuation on 8 January 1916. Apart from a six week period in February/March spent in Malta Europa continued to operate off the Gallipoli coast based at either Mudros or Kephalo until 26 May when Europa moved to a base at Port Zero and operated in the area around the Samos Straights. Europa was engaged in shelling barracks at Scala Nuova (2 June) and fortifications at Sighajik (Lat. 38° 12', Long. 26° 45'). The remainder of the diary contains only short entries covering Twigg's movements between Stavros and Mudros and finally his journey home via Malta and Genoa.


The following items are placed at the front of the second volume of the diary:-


Ms. report by the Captain of HMS Doris on the shelling of 'J' area, Gallipoli. 2pp 10 January 1916


Ms. naval signal announcing sinking of HMS Goliath. 1p 13 May 1915


Ts. chart showing the re-organisation of Battle Squadrons of the Grand Fleet. ND


Ms. report written by Lieutenant H Pirie-Gordon RNVR, Naval Intelligence Officer on the staff of GOC, Anzac, concerning an attack on the Anzac positions by the Turkish 26th and 42nd Regiments on 27 April 1915. 2pp April/May 1915


Ts. copy of letter from 'M' to 'R' describing events in the town of Dedeagatch, Salonika, during a British naval bombardment on 21 October 1915. 1p 30 October 1915


Ms. copy of a report on the Battle of Horn Reef (Jutland) 29 May 1916. by Captain Francis Twigg (brother of Captain A G D Twigg), a Lieutenant-Commander in HMS Iron Duke. He describes the 'splendid sight' of the battle as it developed and pays particular tribute to the 'cooly carried-out' and precise firing by the British Grand Fleet. He also briefly describes the sinking of HMS Defence. 1 June 1916


Ms. mimeograph, copy of a letter written by W A Berry, later Engineer-Commander Berry, describing the sinking of HMS Vindictive in Ostend Harbour. Vindictive was patched up and taken by a volunteer crew from Dover to Ostend, where she came under heavy German fire. When she was sunk. Berry climbed into a cutter, then into a motor launch which was quickly sunk, and then, wounded, went on board HMS Warwick. Warwick then struck a mine and the crew were ordered to abandon ship and join HMS Velox. 2pp 12 May 1918


Ms. letter written by Commander A G D Twigg to his parents. Written on board HMS Agincourt. he describes briefly the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet on the previous day. 4pp 22 November 1918


Programme of a concert held on board HMS Agincourt. December 1916


Ms. naval signal giving a summary of the draft treaty handed to the German delegation at Versailles. 6pp May 1919


Ms. naval signal announcing the acceptance of the peace terms by Germany. 1p 23 June 1919


Ms. naval signal of a description published in the Daily Mail of the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow and of the reaction of the German Officers to the Treaty of Versailles. 29 June 1919


Diagram showing the order of the British Fleet escorting units of the German High Seas Fleet to internment. June 1919


Temporary pass for driving a vehicle in Dunkirk 18 July 1937


Pass for driving a car in Dunkirk 13 November 1939


Ts. official telegram to Twigg as Naval Control Services Officer, Dunkirk, instructing him to return to England. 20 May 1940


Military pass for the Cherbourg area. 14 June 1940


Ms. diary:


Basic scribbled notes listing Twigg's movements after arriving in Cherbourg to arrange troop evacuations and demolition of harbour installations. 13-15 June 1940

Date: 27 April 1915 - 27 July 1916
Held by: Imperial War Museum (IWM) Department of Documents, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Physical description: 179 pp

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