Naval Secretary

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For the former British cabinet political office, see List of the First Lords of the Admiralty.
Office of the Naval Secretary
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Ensign of the Royal Navy
Incumbent
Rear-Admiral Simon Williams

since March, 2015
Ministry of Defence
Nominator Secretary of State for Defence
Appointer Prime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term length Not fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holder Captain John Harrison
Formation 1800
Website royalnavy.mod.uk

The Naval Secretary is the Royal Navy appointment of which the incumbent is responsible for policy direction on personnel management for members of the RN.[1] It is a senior RN appointment, held by an officer holding the rank of Rear-Admiral. The Naval Secretary's counterpart in the British Army is the Military Secretary. The Royal Air Force equivalent is the Air Secretary.

History[edit]

The Office of the Naval Secretary was originally established in 1800 when the appointment was styled Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty[2] and remained so styled until 1911. In 1912 it was re-titled Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty.[3] The post-holder assisted the political head of the Navy on senior appointments. When the Admiralty department was abolished in 1964 the post was renamed Naval Secretary. From 2010 the title is held simultaneously with post of the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Personnel) and is styled Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Personnel) and Naval Secretary.[4]

Secretaries[edit]

Private Naval Secretaries to the First Lord of the Admiralty included:[5]

  • 1800 – 1801 Captain John Harrison
  • 1801 – 1802 Captain B Tucker
  • 1802 – 1804 Captain G Parker
  • 1804 – 1805 Captain William Budge [6]
  • 1805 – 1806 Captain John Deas Thompson [7]
  • 1806 – 1807 Captain Henry Grant [8]
  • 1807 – 1808 Captain Edward Golding [9]
  • 1808 – 1809 Captain Robert Moorsom [10]
  • 1809 – 1810 Captain Edward O'Bryen [11]
  • 1810 – 1812 Captain Frederick Edgcumbe [12]
  • 1812 – 1823 Captain R. W. Hay, Esq [13][14]
  • 1823 – 1827 Captain George Baille Hamilton [15]
  • 1827 – 1828 Captain R. C. Spencer
  • 1828 – 1830 Captain Richard Saunders Dundas
  • 1839 Captain J. T. Briggs
  • 1830 – 1831 Captain E. Stewart [16]
  • 1831 – 1834 Major George Graham (RM) [17]
  • 1834 Captain George Gipps [18]
  • 1834 Captain J. G. Cole
  • 1835 Captain George Gipps [19]
  • 1835 Captain F. W. Grey
  • 1835 – 1839 Captain H. Tufnell
  • 1839 – 1841 Viscount Melgund (acting) [20]
  • 1841 Captain W. D. Christie
  • 1841 – 1845 Captain William Baillie-Hamilton [21]
  • 1845 – 1846 Captain Richard Saunders Dundas
  • 1846 Captain H. S. Law
  • 1846 Captain Henry Eden
  • 1848 – 1852 Captain C. Eden
  • 1852 – 1853 Captain F. T. Pelham
  • 1853 – 1855 Captain H. H. D. O'Brien
  • 1855 – 1857 Captain T. G. Baring
  • 1857 – 1858 Captain J. R. Drummond
  • 1858 – 1859 Captain H. H. Murray
  • 1859 – 1862 Captain J. Moore
  • 1862 – 1863 Captain A. P. Ryder
  • 1863 – 1866 Captain R. Call
  • 1866 Captain F. A. Campbell
  • 1866 – 1867 Captain J. S. Pakington
  • 1867 – 1868 Captain Thomas Brandreth
  • 1868 – 1870 Captain Frederick B. P. Seymour
  • 1870 – 1871 Captain Chandos S. Scudamore Stanhope
  • 1871 – 1873 Captain George Tryon
  • 1874 – 1876 Captain Michael Culme-Seymour
  • 1876 – 1881 Captain William Codrington
  • 1881 – 1883 Captain John O. Hopkins
  • 1883 – 1885 Captain Lewis A. Beaumont
  • 1885 – 1888 Rear-Admiral The Rt. Hon. Lord Walter Kerr
  • 1889 – 1892 Rear-Admiral Alfred T. Dale
  • 1892 – 1894 Captain Richard H. Hamond
  • 1894 – 1897 Captain Hedworth Lambton
  • 1897 – 1899 Captain Wilmot Fawkes
  • 1899 – 1900 Captain Maurice Bourke
  • 1900 – 1902 Captain Wilmot Fawkes
  • 1902 – 1905 Captain Hugh Tyrwhitt
  • 1905 – 1908 Captain Hugh Evan-Thomas
  • 1908 – 1910 Captain Charles Madden

Naval Secretaries to the First Lord of the Admiralty [22]

Naval Secretaries

References[edit]

  1. ^ Records of the Royal Naval Service Liverpool Museums
  2. ^ Sainty, J. C. "Private Secretary to First Lord and Lord High Admiral 1800-70 | British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. University of London, London, 1975. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Lambert, Andrew (2008). Admirals : the naval commanders who made Britain great. p. 345. ISBN 9780571265688. 
  4. ^ "Navy Command senior, as of April 2015 - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. MOD. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Senior Royal Navy Appointments
  6. ^ MacDonald, Janet (2010). The British Navy's victualling board, 1793-1815 : management competence and incompetence (1. publ. ed.). Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press. p. 228. ISBN 9781843835530. 
  7. ^ Nelson, Horatio (10 November 2011). "The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson". Cambridge University Press, pp. 28. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Scots Magazine". Sands, Brymer, Murray and Cochran, pp.317, 1805. 1 January 1806. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Craig, Hardin (1 January 1970). "The First Lord Opens His Mail: Thomas Grenville and Personnel Problems at the Admiralty, 1806-1807". Huntington Library Quarterly. JSTOR, University of Pennsylvania Press, Vol. 33, No. 2. pp. 175–186. doi:10.2307/3816720. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Nichols, John (1 January 1835). "The Gentleman's Magazine". E. Cave, pp. 322. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "The Gentleman's Magazine". The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 109, pp. 183, 1811. 1 January 1811. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  12. ^ MacDonald, Janet (1 January 2010). "The British Navy's Victualling Board, 1793-1815: Management Competence and Incompetence". Boydell & Brewer, pp. 229, 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  13. ^ Wade, John (1 January 1823). "The Black Book: Or, Corruption Unmasked!". J. Fairburn, pp. 394. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  14. ^ MacDonald, Janet (2010). The British Navy's Victualling Board, 1793-1815: Management Competence and Incompetence. Boydell & Brewer. p. 230. ISBN 9781843835530. 
  15. ^ Marshall, John (1 January 1832). "Royal Naval Biography; Or, Memoirs of the Services of All the Flag-officers, Superannuated Rear-admirals, Retired-captains, Post-captains, and Commanders, Whose Names Appeared on the Admiralty List of Sea Officers at the Commencement of the Present Year, Or who Have Since Been Promoted; Illustrated by a Series of Historical and Explanatory Notes ... With Copious Addenda: Captains. Commanders". Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, pp.49. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  16. ^ Campbell, Thomas; Hall, Samuel Carter; Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron; Hook, Theodore Edward; Hood, Thomas; Ainsworth, William Harrison (1 January 1831). "New Monthly Magazine". Henry Colburn, pp.90. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  17. ^ Admiralty, Great Britain (1 January 1834). "The Navy List". H.M. Stationery Office, pp. 136. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  18. ^ Authors, Various (28 February 2013). "The Nautical Magazine for 1834". pp.442, Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  19. ^ Admiralty, Great Britain (1 January 1834). "The Navy List". H.M. Stationery Office, pp. 136. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  20. ^ Force, William Quereau (1 January 1840). "Army and Navy Chronicle, and Scientific Repository". Wm. Q. Force, pp.378. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Medical Times". J. Angerstein Carfrae, Volume 11, pp.18. 1 January 1845. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  22. ^ Hamilton, C. I. (Feb 3, 2011). The Making of the Modern Admiralty: British Naval Policy-Making, 1805–1927. Cambridge University Press. p. 291. ISBN 9781139496544. 

Sources[edit]

  • 'Private Secretary to First Lord and Lord High Admiral 1800-70', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), pp. 65-66. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/pp65-66 [accessed 29 January 2017].
  • Hamilton, C. I. (2003). "Expanding Naval Powers: Admiralty Private Secretaries and Private Offices, 1800-1945". War in History 10 (2): pp. 125–156.
  • 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.
  • Sainty, J. C. (1975). Admiralty Officials, 1660-1870. London: The Athlone Press. ISBN 0-485-17144-9.

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