The War Office was a department of the British Government responsible for the administration of the British Army between 1857 and 1964, when its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Defence.
Until 1855 a number of independent offices and individuals were responsible for various aspects of Army administration. The four most important were the Commander-in-Chief of the Forces, the Secretary at War and the Secretary of State for War. Others who performed specialist functions were the controller of army accounts, the Army Medical Board, the Commissariat Department, the Board of General Officers, the Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces, the Commissary General of Muster, the Paymaster General and the Home Office .
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