Secretary of State for War
The position of Secretary of State for War, commonly called War Secretary, was a British cabinet-level position, first held by Henry Dundas (appointed in 1794). In 1801 the post became that of Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The position was re-instated in 1854. In 1946, with the creation of a cabinet level Minister of Defence separate from the Prime Minister, it ceased to be a cabinet position, and the office was abolished (along with that of First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for Air) on 1 April 1964, when the cabinet position was replaced by the Secretary of State for Defence – in charge of a new united Ministry of Defence.
The Secretary of State headed the War Office and was assisted by a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for War, a Parliamentary Private Secretary who was also a Member of Parliament, and a Military Secretary, who was a general.
Secretaries of State for War, 1794–1801
|Name||Portrait||Term of office||Political party||Prime Minister|
(also President of the Board of Control)
|11 July 1794||17 March 1801||Tory||William Pitt the Younger|
For 1801–1854 see Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.
Secretaries of State for War, 1854–1964
- Times, 7 July 1916
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