Department of the Director of Armament Supply

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Department of the Director of Armament Supply
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Department overview
Formed1918, 1940
Preceding Department
Dissolved1919, 1965
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Department executive
  • Director of Armament Supply
Parent departmentDepartment of Admiralty

The Department of the Director of Armament Supply was a British Admiralty department was first created in December 1918 when the Naval Ordnance Stores Department was renamed it was briefly independent until January 1919 when it was renamed the Armament Supply Department, and became subsumed within the Department of the Director of Naval Ordnance as a subsidiary. In 1940 the Armament Supply Department reverted back to its former name Department of the Director of Armament Supply and once again was independent. Following the merger of the three separate service ministries into the Ministry of Defence in April 1964 it became part of the Navy Department. The department exited until 1966 when it was absorbed within the new Royal Naval Supply and Transport Service where it became a subordinate unit of that organisation and was renamed the Directorate of Armament Supply.

The department was controlled and directed by the Director of Armament Supply.

History

On 23 December 1918 the Naval Ordnance Stores Department was renamed the Department of the Director of Armament Supply and was briefly independent until January 1919 when it was renamed the Armament Supply Department and became a subsidiary department within the Department of the Director of Naval Ordnance, that department was responsible for the storing and supply of naval armaments and management of Royal Naval Armament Depots. By early 1939 only five home RNADs were listed in the Navy List (viz. Woolwich, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Chatham and Crombie), by 1945 over thirty are mentioned, in addition to these five, with nine more RNADs in various locations listed as sub-depots of the 'Central Naval Armament Supply Depots, Wolverhampton'. Similarly overseas, the 1939 list of seven RNADs (Gibraltar, Malta, Hong Kong, Singapore, Simon's Town, Bermuda and Ceylon) had grown to a list of over twenty (with several more sub-depots in addition). In 1940 Armament Supply Department was reverted back to its former name the Department of the Director of Armament Supply and became a separate department on its own. On 1 January 1965 control of the naval armament depots passed to the Ministry of Defence and they became part of the Royal Naval Supply and Transport Service (RNSTS). The RNSTS was formed from an amalgamation of the Directorates of Naval Stores, Victualling, Armament Supply, and Movements.

Director of Armament Supply

  1. Captain: Herbert Norbury, 1918-1919.[1]
  2. Sir Robert William Wharhirst, 1940- 1947.[2][3]
  3. Mr. G. B. McCormick. 1948.[4] [5]
  4. Mr. James Wedlake. 1951-1954.[6] [7]
  5. Mr. A. Pritchard. 1956.[8]
  6. Mr. R. L. Lawson, 1958.[9]

Footnotes

  1. Admiralty, British (July 1920). The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 1823.
  2. Admiralty, British (July 1946). The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 1758.
  3. "Wharhirst, Sir Robert William : Who Was Who - oi". oxfordindex.oup.com. Oxford University Press. December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u233335. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  4. Admiralty, British (October 1948). The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 970.
  5. Admiralty, British (1954). The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 418.
  6. Admiralty, British (May 1951). The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 337.
  7. Admiralty, British (1954). The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 418.
  8. Admiralty, British (April 1956). The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 1258.
  9. Admiralty, British (January 1958). The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 1241.

Bibliography

  1. Admiralty, British (1939). The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. .