Autograph Letter Signed, to Mrs. Herbert, explaining why he is not interested in writing an autobiography, adding that “it requires as much training to write a book as it does to handle a battleship”. 2 pp. 5½ x 4 inches, fine. Ermington, South Devon, 12 December 1921. Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly (1857 –1938) took command of a battle squadron during the First World War. Bayly joined the Royal Navy in 1870. He served in the Third Anglo-Ashanti War (1873) and against pirates in the Congo basin (1875). He later served on HMS Agincourt and in the Anglo-Egyptian War (1882).