Cayley, Henry Priaulx (Rear Admiral, b.1877 - d.1942)

Place Oceans: Atlantic Ocean, North Sea
Accession Number 3DRL/1719
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Letter
Maker Cayley, Henry Priaulx
Place made Atlantic Ocean: North Sea
Date made 1917
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/018/004
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copyright expired. Copying permitted subject to physical condition. Permission for reproduction not required.

Collection relating to the First World War serivce of Rear Admiral, Henry Priaulx Cayley, HMAS Sydney, RAN. Collection consists of one 5 page, handwritten letter by Cayley to his mother, dated 23 May 1917, in which he describes the HMAS Sydney's engagement with German zeppelin L43 on 4 May, whilst on patrol in the North Sea. He describes the relaxed atmosphere on board during the event, saying that for many of the sailors "it was a Brock's Benefit, put on for their special edification and amusement", ['Brock's benefit' being name of the public fireworks display held annually at the Crystal Palace in London from 1865 to 1936] and describes life on board as being strenuous but dull. [Original and photostat copy.]