Ministry of Defence and predecessors: Army Circulars, Memoranda, Orders and Regulations
This series contains several series of orders etc, some of which were assembled in the Ministry of Defence library, from where they were transferred to the PRO in the late 1980s.
The main records are: Army Regulations, 1711-1821; War Office circulars etc, 1797-1887; Adjutant General's general orders, 1792-1887: Ordnance Office general orders, 1805-1857; Quartermaster General's circulars, 1831-1858; Army Orders from the Commander in Chief, 1888-1904; Army Orders from the Army Council, 1904-1964; and Army Orders from the Defence Council since 1964. General Routine Orders for various theatres in the First World War; and for the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), 1919-1929 and 1945-1990 are also included.
The series includes material which would otherwise be found among (WO) division: the Records of other administrative departments of the War Office.
Commander-in-Chief, Adjutant General, 1680-1870
Commander-in-Chief, Quartermaster General, 1667-1870
Ministry of Defence, Defence Council, 1964-
Secretary of State, 1794
Secretary of State for War, 1794-1801
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, 1801-1854
War Department, Secretary of State for War, 1855-1857
War Office, Army Council, 1904-1964
War Office, Commander-in-Chief, 1870-1904
War Office, Commander-in-Chiefs Military Department, Adjutant General's Division, 1870-1895
War Office, Secretary of State for War, 1857-1964
Until the late nineteenth century orders, instructions and regulations for the government of the British army were issued by several authorities, including the Secretary of State for War, the Commander in Chief, the Adjutant General and his Deputy, the Quarter Master General, and the Ordnance Office (until 1857), and the respective responsibilities of these authorities are not entirely clear. From 1888 Army Orders were issued by order of the Commander in Chief with approval of the Secretary of State for War; then, from 1904, by order of the Army Council.
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