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.
On 1 April 1964, with the creation of the new cabinet-level position of Secretary of State for Defence, in charge of a new united Ministry of Defence, the Secretary of State for War was abolished (along with that of First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for Air).
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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