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Ordnance Office and War Office: Correspondence

WO 44
Ordnance Office and War Office: Correspondence

Original correspondence of the Ordnance Office, which, except for a small section of miscellaneous letters, is almost entirely of nineteenth century date. The series also contains a small amount of War Office correspondence after the dissolution of the Ordnance Office in 1855 and the proceedings of the Royal Military Canal Commissioners.


The series is arranged in four broad categories: places (WO 44/1-497), offices (WO 44/498-531), subjects (WO 44/532-713) and miscellaneous (WO 44/714-732).

Related Material:
For the related registers to the correspondence of the Board of Ordnance and Master General of the Ordnance see WO 45
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Ordnance Office, 1683-1855
War Department, 1855-1857
War Office, 1857-1964
Physical description:
732 volume(s)
Selection and destruction information:
The letters in this series have been weeded.
Unpublished finding aids:
There are, in the reading rooms at The National Archives, Kew, indexes to services of officers; services of non-commissioned officers and men; inventors who submitted inventions to the Ordnance Office down to the year 1855; and to in-letters, by subject.

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