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|Creator||Great Britain. War Office.|
Great Britain. War Office : miscellany books (WO 26)
Great Britain. War Office: registers, various (WO 25)
MG 13 WO 26
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
The War Office was a department of the British Government responsible for the administration of the British Army between the 17th century and 1964, when its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Defence. The War Office developed from the Council of War, an ad hoc grouping of the King and his senior military commanders which oversaw the Kingdom of England's frequent wars and campaigns. A number of older institutions, notably the Board of Ordnance (which dates from the 15th century), were merged to form the War Office. It worked alongside the Admiralty, and was responsible for the Royal Navy, and the (much later) Air Ministry, which oversaw the Royal Air Force.
This collection consists of entry books of royal warrants relating to the formation, recruitment and disbandment of regiments and companies, and to the assignment of moneys for various military purposes. Also recorded are regulations for the clothing of the forces, and letters and reports serving as precedents.