Ordnance Committee

Object Title

Ordnance Committee

Ordnance Committee

Date

1915-39

Reference

OCOM B

Level

Collection

Access Conditions

Open access

Reproduction Conditions

Crown Copyright

Administrative / Biographical History

Created in 1915 when the Ordnance Board was abolished and its responsibilities transferred from the War Office to the Ministry of Munitions. It also absorbed the Royal Artillery Committee. During the First World War a number of ad hoc committees were set up, including the Trench Warfare Committee, the Anti-Aircraft Committee, and the Naval Shell Committee, and in 1919 their work was transferred to the Board (the Royal Artillery Committee was re-established). In the same year administrative control of the Committee returned to the War Office. Its functions were to organise and conduct investigation and research; to analyse and co-ordinate the results of various trails or investigations and expert opinions, and to prevent unnecessary over-lapping in the work of the various Experimental and Research establishments. In 1938 the Committee absorbed the Small Arms Committee and the Royal Artillery Committee. In 1939 the title of the Ordnance Committee reverted to the Ordnance Board.