Royal Military Asylum for Children of Soldiers of the Regular Army, later Duke of York's Royal Military School, and Royal Hibernian Military School: Records

Reference:
WO 143
Title:
Royal Military Asylum for Children of Soldiers of the Regular Army, later Duke of York's Royal Military School, and Royal Hibernian Military School: Records
Description:

This series contains:

regulations and orders, 1803 to 1908, relating to the administration of the Duke of York's Royal Military School, the Royal Military Asylum for Children of Soldiers of the Regular Army, and of the Royal Hibernian Military School

minutes of the Commissioners of the Royal Military Asylum, 1801 to 1907

minutes of General Board meetings of the Commissioners of the Royal Military School, 1907 to 1953

registers of admissions and discharges of children to and from the Royal Military Asylum, 1803 to 1923, a record of admission to the Royal Military School, 1906 to 1956, and an index of admissions to the Royal Hibernian Military School, 1803 to 1919

letter books and accounts, etc.

Date:
1801-1980
Separated Material:
Certain documents and registers relating to the Royal Hibernian Military School deposited at Arnside Street, Walworth, were destroyed by enemy action in September 1940.
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Language:
English
Creator:
Duke of Yorks Royal Military School, 1892-
Royal Hibernian Military School, 1769-1924
Royal Military Asylum for Children of Soldiers of the Regular Army, 1801-1892
Physical description:
85 files and volumes
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure
Immediate source of acquisition:
from 1961 War Office
Accruals:
Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

Provision of education for soldiers and their children was provided at regimental schools, which began to be established in the second half of the eighteenth century. A Corps of Army Schoolmasters was formed in 1846. On 11 June 1920 this was replaced by the Army Education Corps, which in 1946 became the Royal Army Education Corps.

Alongside the regimental schools there were two boarding schools for children of serving or deceased officers. These were the Royal Hibernian Military School, Dublin, founded in 1769 for children and orphans of soldiers on the Irish establishment; and the Royal Military Asylum for Children of Soldiers of the Regular Army, established at Chelsea in 1801 on the initiative of the Duke of York.

In 1892 the latter was renamed the Duke of York's Royal Military School, and in 1909 it moved to Dover. In 1922 the Royal Hibernian School moved to Shorncliffe, and in 1924 it was merged with the Duke of York's School.

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