Fourth Sea Lord

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The position of Fourth Sea Lord, until 1904 the Junior Sea Lord or Junior Naval Lord, was a member of the Board of Admiralty and the naval officer responsible for supply in the Royal Navy.

History

Under the provisions of the Order in Council of 14 January, 1869, the Junior Naval Lord was assigned to assist the First Naval Lord and responsible to the First Lord of the Admiralty for "the administration of so much of the business as relates to the "Personnel" of the Navy, and for the movement and condition of Your Majesty's Fleet." Under the Order in Council of 19 March, 1872, which succeeded it he, along with the First Naval Lord and Second Naval Lord, was "to be responsible to the First Lord of the Admiralty for the administration of so much of the business relating to the Personnel of the Navy, and to the movement and condition of Your Majesty's Fleet, as shall be assigned to them or each of them, from time to time, by the First Lord."

In 1904 the title was officially altered to Fourth Sea Lord, and, along with the First and Second Sea Lords, was "responsible to the First Lord of the Admiralty for the administration of so much of the general business connected with Your Majesty's Navy, and with the movement and condition of Your Majesty's Fleet and with the "Personnel" of that Fleet, as shall be assigned to them or each of them, from time to time, by the First Lord."

By Order in Council of 21 December, 1906, the emoluments of the Fourth Sea Lord were raised from £1,000 a year to £1,500 a year, in addition to Naval Half Pay.[1]

By Order in Council of 23 October, 1917, the office of Fourth Sea Lord received the designation Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Supplies and Transport.[2]

Work

Sir J. Edmund Commerell told the House of Commons in 1888 that when he had served as Junior Naval Lord he had had "enough to do" from half ten in the morning to half five or six in the evening. He complained that he had been left with too many details which "would have been much better not to have been left to the Naval Lords of the Admiralty."[3]

Duties

Appointments

Naval Assistant to the Fourth Sea Lord

Footnotes

  1. Order in Council of 21 December, 1906.
  2. Order in Council of 23 October, 1917.
  3. Hansard. HC Deb 12 March 1888 vol 323 cc933-934.
  4. H.C. 84, 1869. p. 3.
  5. H.C. 84, 1868. p. 2.
  6. The National Archives. ADM 1/6313.
  7. The National Archives. ADM 1/6313.
  8. Statement Showing Present Distribution of Business Between the Various Members of the Board of Admiralty, Dated 20th October 1904; and that which it Superseded, Dated 1st January, 1904. Cd. 2417. p. 5.
  9. Statement Showing Present Distribution of Business Between the Various Members of the Board of Admiralty, Dated 20th October 1904; and that which it Superseded, Dated 1st January, 1904. Cd. 2417. p. 5.
  10. Beresford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/16. f. 471.
  11. Beresford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/16. f. 471.
  12. Bedford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/14. f. 824
  13. Bedford Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/14. f. 824
  14. Noel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37. f. 956.
  15. This, plus some intuition. Noel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37. f. 956.
  16. Moore Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 915.
  17. Inferred from appointment of John Durnford, and Moore's own next appointment being soon thereafter.
  18. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 21 January, 1901. Issue 36357, col B, p. 6.
  19. Inglefield Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 473.
  20. Inglefield Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 473.
  21. Winsloe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1432.
  22. Winsloe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 541.
  23. Madden Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 83.
  24. Madden Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 83.
  25. Pakenham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 13.
  26. Pakenham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 13.
  27. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 125.
  28. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 279.
  29. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 279.
  30. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 125.
  31. Halsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 243.
  32. Halsey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 243.
  33. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 126.
  34. Tothill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 296.
  35. Tothill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 296.
  36. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 126.
  37. Chatfield Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 346.
  38. Boyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 169.
  39. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  40. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/89. f. 109.
  41. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 231.
  42. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 231.
  43. Haggard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 238.
  44. Haggard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 238.
  45. Preston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/79. f. 79.
  46. Preston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/79. f. 79.
  47. Arbuthnot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/91/198. f. 200.
  48. Cunningham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269., f. 173.
  49. Cunningham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/269., f. 173.
  50. Palliser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/290. f. 663.
  51. Palliser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/290. f. 663.
  52. Braithwaite Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/504. f. 507.
  53. Braithwaite Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/504. f. 507.
  54. Binney Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/9. f. 412.
  55. Binney Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/9. f. 412.
  56. Washington Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/514. f. 517.
  57. Washington Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/514. f. 517.

Bibliography

  • Admiralty. Return "of the Distribution of Business under the Lords of the Admiralty under the Old and New Arrangement for conducting the business of the Department." H.C. 84, 1869. Copy in Greene Papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2.
  • Naval Staff, Training and Staff Duties Division (1929). The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. Its Work and Development. B.R. 1845 (late C.B. 3013). Copy at The National Archives. ADM 234/434.

See Also


Board of Admiralty
Civilian Lords
First Lord of the Admiralty
Civil Lord of the Admiralty
Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty (1882 – 1885, 1912 – 1917)
Controller (1917 – 1918)
Naval Lords
First Naval Lord (– 1904) • First Sea Lord (1904 – 1917) • First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff (1917 –)
Second Naval Lord (– 1869, 1872 – 1904) • Second Sea Lord (1904 – 1917) • Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel (1917 –)
Third Naval Lord (– 1869) • Third Lord and Controller (1869 – 1872) • Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy (1882 – 1904) • Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy (1904 – 1912) • Third Sea Lord (1912 – 1917) • Third Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Matériel (1917 – 1918) • Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy (1918 –)
Junior Naval Lord (– 1904) • Fourth Sea Lord (1907 – 1917) • Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Supplies and Transport (1917 –)
Fifth Sea Lord (1917) • Fifth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Air Service (1917 – 1918)
Staff Lords
Deputy First Sea Lord (1917 – 1919)
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (1917 –)
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (1917 –)
Secretaries
First Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (– 1869) • Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (1869 – 1904) • Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (1904 –)
Second Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (– 1869) • Permanent Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (1869 – 1877, 1880 –)
Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (1872 – 1882)