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Victory (RN Barracks), 1902
Aug 1914 In addition to officers born for duties in the RN Barracks, officers were also included on the books of the RN Barracks for the following departments :
A Commander for Drafting Duties.
A Commander in charge of Instruction, presumably for Second Class Stokers under training.
A Lieutenant Commander for Physical Training duties within the Port Division.
An Engineer Commander for Drafting and Mobilisation duties.
2 Paymasters, each in charge of separate Pay Offices.
A Paymaster in charge of the General Mess and Cookery School.
Officers born for duties at the RN War College.
Officers working in the Dockyard:
Captain of the Dockyard and Deputy Superintendent and King's Harbour Master and staff.
Officers born for fleet coaling duties.
Officers born for duties at the Physical Training School at Pitt Street.
Officers born for duties at the Signal School.
Officers born for duties training Second Class Stokers.
Officers serving at RN Hospital Haslar.
Officers born for duties at the Portland Depot, which includes the Portland Naval Hospital.
Officers born for Miscellaneous Duties:
Several officer born for special service and duties, including one at Southampton, one for War Staff duties.
Officers and staff at the Detention Quarters.
An officers and staff born for the Chart and Chronometer Department.
An officer and staff born for duties with gun mountings.
An officer and staff born for duties at the Semaphore Tower.
Officers born for duties supervising ships being built by Contractors.
Officers and staff in charge of Gunboats at Haslar, including the machinery at Haslar Hospital and for liquid fuel experiments, and oil fuel experiemts.
An officer for instruction of Engineroom ratings.
An officer for duties with the Royal Fleet Reserve.
An officer for duties with the "Renown."
An officer for duties with the Southampton Boom Defence.
Am officer for the Dockyard Signal Station.
Officers born for duties on the "Wizard," "Boxer," "Magnet," and a number of torpedo boats.
Ratings serving at any of the above or with officers would similarly be administered to some extent by the RN Barracks. Some may be responsible to the Commodore of the Barracks, such as the Drafting Commander, whereas others, such as the RN Hospital at Haslar, would be responsible to other authorities, and the RN Barracks merely looks after pay, service documentation and, if applicable, stores and victualling.
During the Great War the RN Barracks was not sufficiently large to be able to cope with the demands placed on it and various departments were opened which may not necessarily have been in the Portsmouth area, such as Crystel Palace for training of the RN and RNR Divisions, and a number of Accounting and Administration sections in London, Petersfield.