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 Copying permitted subject to physical condition

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.]