Part 4 - War Office (WO)

The War Office records copied under the auspices of the Australian Joint Copying Project relate mainly to Australia and New Zealand. Troops in the Colonies were under the control of each Governor, although administratively they were controlled from London. Thus a great deal of material concerning troops and defence, especially before 1840, is to be found in the Governors' despatches in the Colonial Office records. In 1870 the Colonies became responsible for their own defences.

Content

The following list provides, at Class-level, the content of War Office records contained within the AJCP. Piece Lists and Dates may be found in Part 4 of the Handbook.

CORRESPONDENCE

WO 1 In-Letters (1841-1855)
WO 3 Out-Letters. Commander-in-Chief (1854)
WO 4 Out-Letters. Secretary-at-War (1847-1853)
WO 6 Out-Letters. Secretary of State (1841-1858)

RETURNS

WO 10 Muster Books and Pay Lists. Artillery (1845-1870)
WO 12 Muster Books and Pay Lists. General (1798-1877)
WO 17 Monthly Returns (1790-1865)
WO 22 Out-Pensions Records, Royal Hospital Chelsea. Pension Returns (1845-1880)
WO 25 Registers, Various (1789-1869)
WO 127 South African War. Local Armed Forces, Nominal Rolls (1901-1902)

MISCELLANEA

WO 28 Headquarters Records (1841-1855)

CORRESPONDENCE

WO 32 Registered Papers, General Series (1855-1856)
WO 40 Selected Unnumbered Papers (1802)
WO 43 Selected 'V.O.S.' and 'O.S.' Papers (1846-1850)

ORDNANCE OFFICE

WO 44 In-Letters (1838-1855)
WO 54 Registers (1832-1833)
WO 55 Miscellanea (1828-1860)

COMMISSARIAT DEPARTMENT

WO 57 In-Letters (1810-1815)
WO 58 Out-Letters (1817-1858)

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

WO 80 Murray Papers (1841-1844)

JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S OFFICE

WO 82 Office Day Books (1817-1863)
WO 86 Courts Martial. District Courts Martial (1829-1865)
WO 89 Courts Martial. General Courts Martial (1812-1829)
WO 90 Courts Martial. General Courts Martial, Abroad (1796-1900)
WO 92 Courts Martial. General Courts Martial, Registers (1806-1838)
WO 93 Courts Martial. Miscellaneous Records (1806-1833)

WAR OF 1939-45

WO 201 Military Headquarters Papers: Middle East Forces (1941-1944)
WO 202 Military Headquarters Papers: Military Missions (1943-1949)