Catalogue description Ministry of Defence and predecessors: Army Circulars, Memoranda, Orders and Regulations

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Reference: WO 123
Title: 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.

Date: 1711-1992
Related material:

For personnel and office management records see WO 381

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Board of Ordnance, 1683-1855

Commander-in-Chief, 1795-1870

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

Physical description: 498 volume(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1962 War Office

Accruals: Series is accruing
Unpublished finding aids:

Most volumes are indexed

Administrative / biographical background:

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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