Ordnance Committee (Royal Navy)

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The Ordnance Committee was constituted in 1881.[1] In 1907, it was amalgamated with the Ordnance Research Board, thereby becoming the Ordnance Board.[2]

It was reconstituted as the Ordnance Committee under the Ministry of Munitions in 1915.

Remit

In a November, 1906, memorandum the Director of Naval Ordnance and Torpedoes, Captain John R. Jellicoe, described the functions and membership of the Ordnance Committee:

The Master General of the Ordnance at the War Office, or his representative the Director of Artillery, approves all designs after having obtained the concurrence of the Director of Naval Ordnance, on the recommendation of the Ordnance Committee.



The Master General of the Ordnance holds the Ordnance Committee directly responsible for the designs of all guns for His Majesty's Service unless their recommendations have been overruled (paragraph 1 of General Instructions for the guidance of Ordnance Committee).

The Committee is composed of officers of the Army and Navy, with two civilian engineers, the total number of members being eleven.

In addition to the work of the Committee in regard to designs of Naval Ordnance material, the preparation of Range Tables and other ballistic work is undertaken by them, and all experimental work is supervised and reported on by the Committee.

The present Ordnance Committee has for its military members mostly officer who have passed through either the inspection or the experimental branches of the Service, and some of the officers who have served on the Committee have undoubtedly considerable knowledge of scientific gunnery, but purely from the Land Service point of view. The Naval Officers are necessarily selected from those who have recently served at sea, and they naturally have, owing to their rank and the nature of their duties afloat, lost touch to a considerable extent with the details of ordnance work. Their period of service on the Committee is limited to three years, and it is not until towards the end of that service that they can be in any way looked upon as experts, although their experience of requirements afloat is always of considerable utility.[3]

Presidents

There may have been a "B. R. Kirwan" between Philpotts and Crooke.[Fact Check]

Vice-Presidents

Naval Members

Cecil Burnaby Prickett may also have held this position.[Fact Check]

Assistant Secretaries

Footnotes

  1. Hogg. The Royal Arsenal. II. p. 839.
  2. Hogg. The Royal Arsenal. II. p. 1438.
  3. G. 15280/06 of 22 November, 1906. Principal Questions Dealt with by Director of Naval Ordnance, January, February, and March, 1908. pp. 129-130. The National Archives. ADM 256/44.
  4. Foote Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 468.
  5. Waller Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 207.
  6. Phillpotts Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  7. Phillpotts Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  8. Crooke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 218.
  9. Crooke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 218.
  10. Pridham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/263. f. 240.
  11. Pridham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/263. f. 240.
  12. Ward Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 1370.
  13. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37. f. 950.
  14. Domvile Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 149.
  15. Domvile Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/14. f. 243.
  16. Cleveland Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 220.
  17. Rice Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37. f. 1099.
  18. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 337.
  19. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 337.
  20. Jenkings Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 701.
  21. Drury Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 345.
  22. Parr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1005.
  23. Parr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1005.
  24. Foote Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 468.
  25. Foote Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 468.
  26. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 446.
  27. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  28. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  29. Hopwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 16.
  30. Crooke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 218.
  31. Crooke Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 218.
  32. Bridge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 149.
  33. Singer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/13. f. 300.
  34. Stewart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37/1101. f. 1234.
  35. Stewart Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/37/1101. f. 1234.
  36. Jenkings Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 701.
  37. Hammill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 307.
  38. Dowding Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 329.
  39. Douglas Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 337.
  40. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 862.
  41. Maconochie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 848.
  42. Drury Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/16. f. 511.
  43. Scott Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1160.
  44. Scott Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 473.
  45. Parr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1003.
  46. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 858.
  47. Jellicoe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 136.
  48. Jellicoe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 136.
  49. Tudor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 1330.
  50. Tudor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 281.
  51. Barry Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 64.
  52. Foote Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 468.
  53. Waymouth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 455.
  54. Waymouth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 455.
  55. Pease Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/61. f. 184.
  56. Barrow Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 65.
  57. Singer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 220.
  58. Foote Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 468.
  59. Limpus Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 137.
  60. Limpus Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 137.
  61. Peirse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1026.
  62. Peirse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1026.
  63. The Navy List. (September, 1908). p. 542.
  64. Peirse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1026.
  65. Peirse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1026.
  66. Bentinck Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 47.
  67. Waymouth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 164.
  68. Waymouth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 443.
  69. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  70. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  71. Hunter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 372.
  72. Hopwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 16.
  73. Hopwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 16.
  74. Hopwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 16.
  75. Hopwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 16.
  76. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 550a.
  77. Backhouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 206.
  78. Henley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 44.
  79. Henley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 44.
  80. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/181., f. 97.
  81. Wells Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/181., f. 97.
  82. Arbuthnot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/91/198. f. 200.
  83. Arbuthnot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/91/198. f. 200.
  84. Power Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52. f. 501.
  85. Power Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52. f. 501.
  86. Larcom Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/53/41. f. 40.
  87. Larcom Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/53/41. f. 40.
  88. Pridham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/263. f. 240.
  89. Pridham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/263. f. 240.
  90. Pridham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/263. f. 240.
  91. May Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 862.
  92. Younghusband Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1468.
  93. Younghusband Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1468.
  94. Chevallier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 127.
  95. Ogle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 981.
  96. Ogle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 159.
  97. Honner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 168.
  98. Honner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 649.
  99. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 445.
  100. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 445.
  101. Waymouth Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 164.
  102. Dent Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 50.
  103. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  104. Cobbe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/273. f. 300.
  105. Warleigh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/334. f. 369.
  106. Warleigh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/334. f. 369.
  107. Warleigh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/334. f. 369.
  108. Warleigh Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/334. f. 369.
  109. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  110. Wardle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 245.
  111. Bevan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 494.
  112. Chichester Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 263.
  113. Chichester Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 263.

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