Training Service (Royal Navy)

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At any one time during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the Royal Navy had thousands of boys under training. Until 1905 training was exclusively conducted in stationary training ships located around the British Isles. On 18 September 1889 Captain Robert H. Harris was appointed the first Inspecting Captain of Boys' Training Ships, as well as commanding one of the training ships. Captain Edmund R. Pears was appointed as Inspecting Captain of Boys' Training Establishments on 21 December 1911, and on 5 April 1913 became Commodore (T.S.), as Commodore, Second Class in Charge of the Boys' Training Service. Rear-Admiral Dudley R. S. de Chair was appointed as Admiral of the Training Service on 30 June 1914.

Boys' Training Ships

Devonport

Captains:

  • Lion, 1871 - 1905.

Consisted of H.M. Ships Implacable and Lion.

Captains:

Falmouth

Ganges, 1865 - 1899.

Captains:

Portland

  • Boscawen

Comprising Boscawen (late Trafalgar), 1873 - 1905, Boscawen II (until Minotaur), Boscawen III' (until 1904 Agincourt).

Captains:

Portsmouth

  • St. Vincent, 1862 - 1906.

Harwich

Queensferry

The Caledonia, late Impregnable, served as boys' training ship at Queensferry from 1891 to 1906.

Queenstown

  • Black Prince, 1896 - 1910 (renamed Emerald in March, 1904[13]).

Inspecting Captains

Dates of appointment given:

Admirals of the Training Service

Dates of appointment given:

Footnotes

  1. The Navy List, Corrected to the 20th March, 1891. p. 229.
  2. The Navy List, Corrected to the 20th March, 1891. p. 233.
  3. Greet service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/478.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 221.
  5. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 205.
  6. Cuming service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/323.
  7. Stokes service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/406.
  8. Stokes service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/406.
  9. Hewitt service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38/556.
  10. Boyle service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/172.
  11. Green service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/345.
  12. Green service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/345.
  13. Colledge; Warlow. Ships of the Royal Navy. p. 40.
  14. The Navy List. (March, 1891). p. 229.
  15. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 15 March, 1893. Issue 33899, col F, p. 10.
  16. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 29 April, 1896. Issue 34877, col B, p. 12.
  17. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 24 January, 1899. Issue 35734, col A, p. 7.
  18. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 11 November, 1901. Issue 36609, col D, p. 10.
  19. Gamble Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 47.
  20. Gamble Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/18. f. 47.
  21. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 13 May, 1904. Issue 37393, col D, p. 11.
  22. Montgomerie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 931.
  23. Montgomerie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 931.
  24. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 28 June, 1905. Issue 37745, col F, p. 12.
  25. Burney Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 84/180.
  26. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 330.
  27. Patey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1009.
  28. Patey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1009.
  29. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 5 February, 1909. Issue 38875, col B, p. 7.
  30. "Naval Appointments" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 11 January, 1911. Issue 39496, col B, p. 8.
  31. de Robeck service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 128.
  32. Pears service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/71.
  33. Pears service record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/71.
  34. "News in Brief" (News in Brief). The Times. Tuesday, 30 June, 1914. Issue 40563, col C, p. 14.
  35. Dampier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 497.
  36. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 330.
  37. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 205.
  38. Stanley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 93.

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