Chief of the Staff, Naval Reserves

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Chief of the Staff, Naval Reserves
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Preceding
post:
Controller-General of the Coastguard
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
Service Branch:Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
HQ:Coast Guard Office
Commands:H.M. Coastguard
Royal Naval Reserve
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Seamen and Marine Pensioners' Reserve
Appointed by:First Lord of the Admiralty
Reports to:First Naval Lord
Term:2-4 years
Established:January 1869
First Holder:Rear-Admiral
Sir John Tarleton
Abolished:December 1874
Final Holder:Rear-Admiral
John W. Tarleton
Deputy:Deputy Chief of the Staff, Naval Reserves
Superintend's:Coast Guard Service
Succeeding
post:
Admiral-Superintendent of Naval Reserves

The Chief of the Staff, Naval Reserves was a senior Royal Navy appointment. In 1856 control over the coast guard passed to the Board of Admiralty when this office was originally established as the Controller-General of the Coastguard. In 1869 his office was replaced by the Chief of the Staff Naval Reserves. In January 1875 this office was replaced by the Admiral-Superintendent of Naval Reserves.[1]

History

Before 1856 the HM Coast Guard was attached to the Customs Service for revenue duties. In 1856 control over the coast guard passed to the Board of Admiralty leading to the creation of the office of the Controller-General of the Coastguard.[2] In January, 1869 the Controller-General of of the Coastguard, Rear-Admiral John W. Tarleton attended a meeting with the First Naval Lord to dicsuss conducting the duties of the Coastguard and the Royal Naval Reserve, as well as to give general assistance in other matters, and was confirmed in office with the title of Chief of the Staff, Naval Reserves. The office of Chief of the Staff [3] was continued but for a brief term, and, following an Order in Council of December 12, 1874, an Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves was appointed to take charge of the Naval Reserve afloat enacted in January 1875.[4] He was also given charge of Coastguard stations ashore, the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, and the Seamen Pensioners' Reserve.

Office Holders

Duties

At various times his duties were:[6]

  • Co-operate with the Commissioners of Customs.
  • Co-operate with the Board of Trade.
  • Keep the district ships ready and efficient for mobilization and make arrangements for making up their sea-going complements.
  • Manage and supervise the Royal Naval Reserve.
  • Manage and supervise the Royal Naval Volunteers.
  • Manage and supervise the Seamen and Marine Pensioners' Reserve.
  • Organise official inspection visits to coast stations of the Coastguard, drill-ships and batteries of the Naval Reserve.
  • Promote below the rank of Chief Officer
  • Submit to the Board of Admiralty promotions to the rank of Chief Officer
  • Superintend H.M. Coast Guard.
  • Visit mercantile training ships and arrange training if needed.

Footnotes

  1. Archives, The National (2019). "Records of the Coastguard 1816-1947". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, England: National Archives of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  2. Archives, The National. "Records of the Coastguard". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. National Archives UK, 1816-1947. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  3. Archives, The National. "Records of the Coastguard". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. National Archives UK, 1816-1947. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  4. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 3 November 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  5. Admiralty, British (December 1868). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray. p. 258.
  6. Hamilton, Sir Richard Vesey (2009). "5". Naval Administration: The Constitution, Character, and Functions of the Board of Admiralty, and of the Civil Departments it Directs. Cornell University Library. pp. 101–104. ISBN 9781112534539.

Bibliography

  1. Archives, The National (2019). "Records of the Coastguard 1816-1947". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, England: National Archives of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  2. Admiralty, British (December 1868). "Civil Service". The Navy List. London: John Murray.
  3. Hamilton, Sir Richard Vesey (2009). "5". Naval Administration: The Constitution, Character, and Functions of the Board of Admiralty, and of the Civil Departments it Directs. Cornell University Library. ISBN 9781112534539.
  4. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 3 November 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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