Chatham Gunnery School

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Chatham Gunnery School was instituted in 1908, when operations at Sheerness Gunnery School were relocated to Chatham.

First World War

The data suggest that Chatham was a sort of practical gunnery trade school tasked with providing the bulk of gunnery manpower for small and armed merchant craft with non-professional crews for their weapons. In this regard, it complemented rather than extended the scale of instruction at H.M.S. Excellent.

Numbers trained by Chatham
August, 1914 - August, 1918[1]
Lieuts. (G) 0
Officers R.N. for T.B.D.s 1
Other commissioned officers R.N. 0
R.N.A.S. officers 0
R.N.V.R. officers 78
R.N.R. officers 2289
Gunners [O.C.R. error?] 75
Gunners (T) 0
Gunners [O.C.R. error?] 0
Boatswains 1
Gunner's Mates 177
Gunlayer I. 61
Gunlayer II. 1064
Gunlayer III. 32
P.O. (G) 7
Seaman Gunners 3688
Rangetakers 186
Lieut. (G)'s Writers 13
Divers—Seamen 123
Divers—Artisan 32
A.B. 4134
D.A.M.S. Gunlayers
D.A.M.S. 2nd Hands
3729
Trawler Ratings 2917
D.F.C. 95
Ratings for Motor Boats 0
Ratings for Tank Corps 1214
Ratings for Machine Guns 0
Ratings for Air Service 393
Motor Mechanics 0
R.N.V.R. Seamen "otherwise included"
R.N.R. Seamen 1530
New Ships' Companies 63
E.R.A.s 0
Marine Recruits 683
Warrant Armourers 0
Chief Armourers 17
Armourers 20
Armourer's Mates 38
Armourer's Crew 455
Miscellaneous Officers and Men 4388

Captains

Dates of appointment given:

Hubert Ardill may also have held this position.[Fact Check]

Footnotes

  1. Progress in Naval Gunnery, 1914-1918, pp. 21-22.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 354.
  3. Grant Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 31.
  4. Grant Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 31.
  5. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 1 March, 1910. Issue 39208, col E, p. 12.
  6. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  7. Keighly-Peach Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 345.
  8. The Navy List. (August, 1919). p. 865.
  9. Townsend Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/79. f. 98.
  10. Maxwell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 451.
  11. Maxwell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 451.
  12. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  13. Hamilton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46. f. 86.
  14. Dowding Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Unnumbered folio.
  15. Dowding Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. Unnumbered folio.

Bibliography

  • Admiralty, Gunnery and Torpedo Division (July, 1919). Progress in Naval Gunnery, 1914-1918. C.B. 902. The National Archives. ADM 186/238.