Naval Mobilisation Department
United Kingdom
Department overview
Formed1909, reformed-1918
Preceding Department
Dissolved1912, 1932
Superseding agency
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Parent departmentAdmiralty

The Naval Mobilisation Department [1] also known as the Mobilisation and Movements Department [2] was a former department of the British Admiralty initially from 1909 to 1912 and then again from 1918 to 1932. It was mainly responsible for plans, mobilisation [3] and manning during the pre-World War One and post war period.

History

In 1909 following re-structuring within the Admiralty, both the Mobilisation and War Divisions [4] of the Naval Intelligence Department were brought together to create a separate Naval Mobilisation Department however this department existed only for a period of three years when in 1912 it was itself abolished and its functions became a component part of the Admiralty War Staff sub staff divisions.[5] In 1918 the Mobilisation Division of the Admiralty Naval Staff itself was dissolved and the Mobilisation Department was re-stablished once again but not under the control of the Naval Staff instead it was responsible to the Office of the Second Sea Lord[6] this lasted until 1932 when it was replaced by a new Department of the Director of Manning that was itself a subsidiary department of the Second Sea Lord it continued to exist until 1964 when the Admiralty Department itself was abolished.

Directors of Naval Mobilisation

Directors of Naval Mobilisation, 1909-1912

Directors of Naval Mobilisation, 1918-1932 [8]

Assistant Directors

Assistant Directors of Naval Mobilisation, 1909-1912 Heads of Manning Division, 1909-1912

Heads of War Division, 1909-1912

Assistant Directors of Naval Mobilisation, 1918-1932[9]

  • Captain George W. McO. Campbell, April, 1918 – April, 1924.
  • Captain Roger L'E. M. Rede, April, 1924 – 4 April, 1932.

Divisions and sub-sections

As of 1911: Distribution of work between the departments two divisions various sections can be seen in more detail below they included:[10][11]

Manning Division

War Division

References

  1. ^ Cobb, Stephen (Apr 8, 2016). Preparing for Blockade 1885-1914: Naval Contingency for Economic Warfare. Routledge. p. 35. ISBN 9781317076155.
  2. ^ Jellicoe, Earl John Rushworth Jellicoe (1921). The Crisis of the Naval War. Library of Alexandria. p. 68. ISBN 9781465507914.
  3. ^ Marder, Arthur (Jun 19, 2014). From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: Volume I: The Road to War 1904-1914. Seaforth Publishing. p. 248. ISBN 9781848321625.
  4. ^ Samuels, Martin (Nov 5, 2013). Command Or Control?: Command, Training and Tactics in the British and German Armies, 1888-1918. Routledge. p. 38. ISBN 9781135238421.
  5. ^ Frowde, H. (1913). The New Hazell Annual and Almanack, Vol 28. Oxford University Press. p. 190.
  6. ^ Black, Nicholas (2009). The British Naval Staff in the First World War. The Boydell Press. p. 155. ISBN 9781843834427.
  7. ^ Cobb, Stephen (Apr 8, 2016). Preparing for Blockade 1885-1914: Naval Contingency for Economic Warfare. Routledge. p. 37. ISBN 9781317076155.
  8. ^ "Senior Royal Navy appointments, p.49" (PDF). Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Senior Royal Navy appointments, p.49" (PDF). Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  10. ^ Archives, The National. ""Naval Mobilisation Department. Distribution of Work. October 1911." Docket dated 25 March, 1912, "Admiralty War Staff. Distribution of Work."". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. The National Archives, ADM 1/8272. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  11. ^ Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Naval Mobilisation Department (Royal Navy) - "Naval Mobilisation Department. Distribution of Work. October 1911." Docket dated 25 March, 1912, "Admiralty War Staff. Distribution of Work." The National Archives. ADM 1/8272". dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley & Lovell, 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2017.

Attribution

Primary source for this article is by Harley Simon, Lovell Tony, (2015), Naval Mobilisation Department (Royal Navy), dreadnoughtproject.org, http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org.

Sources

  • CB1515(50) [later OU 6171/31] The Technical History and Index (Part 50): Mobilisation of the Fleet. Demobilisation Records, 1918-19, written by the Mobilisation Department of the Admiralty, January 1921.
  • Rodger. N.A.M., (1979) The Admiralty (offices of state), T. Dalton, Lavenham, ISBN 978-0900963940.
  • Hamilton C. I. (2011) The Making of the Modern Admiralty: British Naval Policy-Making, 1805–1927, Cambridge Military Histories, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-1139496544

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