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|Creator||Great Britain. War Office|
Great Britain. War Office. Ordnance Office : in-letters (WO 44)
Great Britain. War Office : selected unnumbered papers (WO 40)
Great Britain. War Office : reports and miscellaneous papers (WO 33)
Great Britain. War Office : muster books and pay lists, artillery (WO 10)
MG 13 WO 44
|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 includes bundles and volumes of letters addressed to the Ordnance Office from officers of the Royal Engineers and Royal Artillery as well as by government officials and private individuals involved in matters which concerned the Ordnance Office. It also consists of bundles of in-letters and reports addressed to the Secretary at War. It also includes printed reports and memoranda on a wide range of important military questions. Finally, it includes muster rolls and pay lists for the Royal Artillery.