Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty

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The Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty was a member of the Board of Admiralty from 1882 to 1885 and 1912 to 1919. The office was held by a person who was neither a naval officer nor a politician.

1882 Creation

On 14 April, 1882, George W. Rendel, a noted civil engineer with Elswick Ordnance Company and the Armstrong shipbuilding concern, was appointed as an Additional Civil Lord on the Board of Admiralty. It has been claimed that "Parliament established" this appointment.[1] This is completely untrue, and was in fact a government measure. Whilst it has been claimed that ill health alone prompted his retirement from the position in 1885,[2] the fact that there had been a change of government and a customary change of Board as a result makes this claim partially suspect. The fact that his brother was a Liberal politician, and his niece married to Gladstone's son, likely made his position untenable.

Duties

Additional, or Second, Civil Lords

Office lapsed, 31 March, 1919.[8]

Footnotes

  1. Walker. Ships and Shipbuilders. p. 147.
  2. Lane. "Rendel, George Wightwick." The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  3. "Distribution of Business" in docket "Distribution of Business: Board of Admiralty" dated 24 April, 1882. The National Archives. ADM 1/6330.
  4. "The Board of Admiralty. Distribution of Business." Copy in Greene Papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2. pp. 4-5.
  5. "The Board of Admiralty. Distribution of Business." Copy in Greene Papers. National Maritime Museum. GEE/2. p. 4. Also the same for 14 February, 1917.
  6. A List of the Lords High Admiral and Commissioners for executing that Office, which have been from time to time appointed, since the year 1660. pp. 40-41.
  7. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 127.
  8. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 127.

Bibliography

  • Naval Staff, Training and Staff Duties Division (1929). The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. Its Work and Development. B.R. 1845 (late C.B. 3013). Copy at The National Archives. ADM 234/434.


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