Sheerness Gunnery School

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Sheerness Gunnery School at the turn of the Twentieth Century.

The Sheerness Gunnery School was instituted in the Royal Naval Barracks, Sheerness on 1 April, 1892. It came under the command of the Flag Captain to the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore, Captain Leicester C. Keppel. Commander William Stokes Rees was appointed as Commander.[1] Keppel retired for age on 28 August,[2] and was succeeded on 29 August by Captain Henry Harvey Boys. Captain William H. C. St. Clair succeeded Boys on 25 October, 1894.[3] Captain James L. Hammet succeeded St. Clair on 2 March, 1896.[4] Captain William F. S. Mann was appointed Flag Captain on 11 May, 1898.[5]

Captain Charles Campbell took up his duties as Flag Captain to the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore on 6 July, 1899.[6] By Order in Council of 15 January, 1900, it was announced that it had been decided to transfer the duties of Flag Captain at Sheerness to the commanding officer of the Port Guard Ship, but that the commanding officer of the gunnery school would continue to receive the 12 shillings a day command money due to Flag Captains.[7] On 14 January, 1902, Captain Charles H. Adair succeeded Campbell.[8]

On 8 February, 1905, Captain Henry M. T. Tudor was appointed to the gunnery school.[9] On 2 July, 1906, Captain Arthur A. C. Galloway was appointed commanding officer.[10] Captain Charles H. Coke was appointed in command on 14 January, 1907,[11] after Galloway was appointed to Portsmouth Royal Naval Barracks.[12] Sheerness Gunnery School was transferred to Chatham on 1 July, 1908, where instruction continued as Chatham Gunnery School. The final parade was held on 26 June, with Rear-Admiral Coke and the Staff Officers present. On the officers and men leaving the drill ground for the last time, the Gunnery School Band played "Auld Lang Syne".[13]

Commanding Officers

Dates of appointment given:

Footnotes

  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 15 March, 1892. Issue 33586, col D, p. 8.
  2. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 17 August, 1892. Issue 33719, col F, p. 8.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 22 October, 1894. Issue 34401, col B, p. 6.
  4. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 2 March, 1896. Issue 34827, col B, p. 6.
  5. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 13 May, 1898. Issue 35515, col A, p. 10.
  6. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 6 July, 1899. Issue 35874, col D, p. 10.
  7. The Orders in Council for the Regulation of the Naval Service. VIII. p. 88.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 15 January, 1902. Issue 36665, col A, p. 11.
  9. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 6 February, 1905. Issue 37623, col A, p. 8.
  10. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 13 June, 1906. Issue 38045, col A, p. 14.
  11. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 29 December, 1906. Issue 38216, col C, p. 7.
  12. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 14 January, 1907. Issue 38229, col A, p. 7.
  13. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 27 June, 1908. Issue 38684, col C, p. 7.
  14. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 15 March, 1892. Issue 33586, col D, p. 8.
  15. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 17 August, 1892. Issue 33719, col F, p. 8.
  16. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 22 October, 1894. Issue 34401, col B, p. 6.
  17. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 22 October, 1894. Issue 34401, col B, p. 6.
  18. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 2 March, 1896. Issue 34827, col B, p. 6.
  19. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 2 March, 1896. Issue 34827, col B, p. 6.
  20. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 13 May, 1898. Issue 35515, col A, p. 10.
  21. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 6 July, 1899. Issue 35874, col D, p. 10.
  22. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 15 January, 1902. Issue 36665, col A, p. 11.
  23. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 399.
  24. Adair Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 12.
  25. Tudor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 471.
  26. Tudor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 471.
  27. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 13 June, 1906. Issue 38045, col A, p. 14.
  28. Galloway Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 139/276.
  29. Galloway Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 139/276.
  30. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 29 December, 1906. Issue 38216, col C, p. 7.