Mobilisation and Movements Department

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Mobilisation and Movements Department
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Department overview
Preceding Department
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Parent departmentDepartment of Admiralty

The Mobilisation and Movements Department originally called the Naval Mobilisation Department [1] was a former department of the British Admiralty was establsihed as a new branch in 1910 and existed until 1912 when it was made a division of the Admiralty War Staff. It was mainly responsible for plans and mobilisation of men.[2] and manning during the pre-World War One and post war period.


In 1909 following re-structuring within the Department of Admiralty, the Mobilisation and War Divisions [3] of the Naval Intelligence Department were unfied to create a separate Naval Mobilisation Department, this department existed only for a period of two years when it was renamed the Mobilisation and Movements Department.[4] In 1912 the department became part of the new Admiralty War Staff where it was redesignated as the Mobilisation Division.[5] In 1918 the Mobilisation Division of the new Admiralty Naval Staff itself was renamed the Mobilisation Department that was now reporting to it was responsible to the Office of the Second Sea Lord[6] this lasted until 1932 when it was replaced by a new Department of the Director of Manning that was itself a subsidiary department of the Second Sea Lord it continued to exist until 1964 when the Admiralty Department itself was abolished.

In Command

Directors of Mobilisation and Movements, 1910-1912

Assistant Directors

Assistant Directors of Mobilisation and Movements, 1910-1912 Heads of Manning Division, 1910-1912

Heads of War Division, 1909-1912

Divisions and sub-sections

As of 1911: Distribution of work between the departments two divisions various sections can be seen in more detail below they included:[8][9]

Manning Division

War Division


  1. Jellicoe, Earl John Rushworth Jellicoe (1921). The Crisis of the Naval War. Library of Alexandria. p. 68. ISBN 9781465507914.
  2. Marder, Arthur (Jun 19, 2014). From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: Volume I: The Road to War 1904-1914. Seaforth Publishing. p. 248. ISBN 9781848321625.
  3. Samuels, Martin (Nov 5, 2013). Command Or Control?: Command, Training and Tactics in the British and German Armies, 1888-1918. Routledge. p. 38. ISBN 9781135238421.
  4. Jellicoe. p.68.
  5. Frowde, H. (1913). The New Hazell Annual and Almanack, Vol 28. Oxford University Press. p. 190.
  6. Black, Nicholas (2009). The British Naval Staff in the First World War. The Boydell Press. p. 155. ISBN 9781843834427.
  7. Cobb, Stephen (Apr 8, 2016). Preparing for Blockade 1885-1914: Naval Contingency for Economic Warfare. Routledge. p. 37. ISBN 9781317076155.
  8. Archives, The National. ""Naval Mobilisation Department. Distribution of Work. October 1911." Docket dated 25 March, 1912, "Admiralty War Staff. Distribution of Work."". The National Archives, ADM 1/8272. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  9. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Naval Mobilisation Department (Royal Navy) - "Naval Mobilisation Department. Distribution of Work. October 1911." Docket dated 25 March, 1912, "Admiralty War Staff. Distribution of Work." The National Archives. ADM 1/8272". Harley & Lovell, 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2017.


  • CB1515(50) [later OU 6171/31] The Technical History and Index (Part 50): Mobilisation of the Fleet. Demobilisation Records, 1918-19, written by the Mobilisation Department of the Admiralty, January 1921.
  • Rodger. N.A.M., (1979) The Admiralty (offices of state), T. Dalton, Lavenham, ISBN 978-0900963940.
  • Hamilton C. I. (2011) The Making of the Modern Admiralty: British Naval Policy-Making, 1805–1927, Cambridge Military Histories, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-1139496544

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