Assistant to the Chief of the Admiralty War Staff

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Office of the
Assistant to the Chief of the Admiralty War Staff
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Department of Admiralty
Member ofBoard of Admiralty
Reports toFirst Sea Lord
NominatorFirst Sea Lord
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
Formation8 January, 1912
First holderCommander Tufton Percy Hamilton Beamish.
Final holderLieutenant-Colonel Harry Douglas Farquharson, RM.
AbolishedMarch, 1915

The Assistant to the Chief of the Admiralty War Staff was a British Royal Navy appointment from January, 1912 to March, 1915. The office holder was responsible for the managing the office of the Chief of the Admiralty War Staff.[1]


In 1911, Winston Churchill, the First Lord of the Admiralty, communicated to the Prime Minister that the Admiral of the Fleet was opposed to any formation of a new naval staff, and because of this he insisted that he be relieved of his duties by January 1912. Churchill would continue to brief the Prime Minister as the project developed and advised him as to what the composition of the new staff department might initially entail: a War Education Division , War Information Division, War Planning Division and a War Mobilisation Division.

These divisions would be headed by a new Chief of the Admiralty War Staff answerable to the Board of Admiralty and supported by an Assistant Chief of the War Staff. In January 1912, the First Lord of the Admiralty released his communique detailing the administrative function of the new department and listed the following new appointments: (1) Chief of the Admiralty War Staff, (2) Director of the Operations Division, (3) Director of the Intelligence Division and (4) Director of the Mobilization Division. From 1912, onward additional divisions were established headed by directors responsible for their particular function. At its founding, 12 officers were selected to undergo the new course of training for staff officer. Reginald Plunkett was the first officer selected.

Office Holders

Notes:Their we usually two assistants at any one time.[1]

  1. Commander Tufton Percy Hamilton Beamish, January, 1912.[1]
  2. Captain Arthur Vyell Vyvyan, 6 January, 1913 – 31 October, 1914.[1]
  3. Lieutenant-Colonel John Markham Rose, RM. September, 1914.[1]
  4. Captain Sydney Robert Fremantle, 4 September, 1914 – 24 July, 1915.[1]
  5. Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Douglas Farquharson, RM. October, 1914 – March, 1915.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Black, Nicholas Duncan. "The Admiralty War Staff and its influence on the conduct of the naval war between 1914 and 1918" (PDF). University College London, 2005. Retrieved 18 January 2017.