Catalogue description War Office: UK and overseas garrisons: Registers of Baptisms, Confirmations, Deaths/Burials, and Marriage

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Reference: WO 156
Title: War Office: UK and overseas garrisons: Registers of Baptisms, Confirmations, Deaths/Burials, and Marriage
Description:

This series comprises a miscellaneous collection of registers of baptisms, confirmations, deaths, burials, and marriage (including banns) which were kept at various garrisons in the British Isles and at British garrisons overseas.

Date: 1808-2015
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Ministry of Defence, 1947-

Secretary-at-War, Chaplain General, 1796-1855

War Department, Permanent Under Secretary, Chaplain General, 1855-1857

War Office, Adjutant General, Chaplain General, 1895-1904

War Office, Civil Member, 1904-1908

War Office, Commander-in-Chief, Chaplain General, 1870-1904

War Office, Department of the Permanent Under Secretary, 1924-1964

War Office, Department of the Secretary, 1908-1924

War Office, Permanent Under Secretary, Chaplain General, 1857-1870

War Office, Quartermaster General, Chaplain General, 1895-1904

Physical description: 692 volume(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1967 Ministry of Defence

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Army Chaplains' Department (AChD) was formed by Royal Warrant of 23 September 1796. Previously chaplains had been part of individual regiments, but not on the central establishment. Only Anglican chaplains were recruited until 1827, when Presbyterians were recognised, but not commissioned until 1858. Roman Catholic chaplains were recruited from 1836, Methodist chaplains from 1881, and Jewish chaplains from 1892. During the First World War some 4,400 Army Chaplains were recruited and 179 lost their lives on active service. The Department received the"Royal" prefix in February 1919. During the Second World War another 96 British and 38 Commonwealth Army Chaplains lost their lives. This series comprises a miscellaneous collection of registers of baptisms, confirmations, deaths, burials, and marriage (including banns) which were kept at various garrisons in the British Isles and at British garrisons overseas.

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