Army education began about the turn of the 19th Century when Frederick Duke of York and Albany, second son of King George III, was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the British Army. His appointment was made in 1795 and he immediately gathered about him a circle of senior military officers and politicians who were on the Privy Council and exerted a strong influence on the changes that took place in the British Army at that time. York's accomplishments were many, but none as far-reaching and ultimately as influential as his introduction of education throughout the army that pre-dated elementary education among the civilian population by 85 years. By means of various AGOs (Adjutant General Orders) commanding officers of garrisons and units throughout the Army were commanded to appoint sergeant schoolmasters and to open regimental schools to reach rank and file soldiers


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Apprentice Tradesmen NEW
In defence of the Rev. George R. Gleig
Response to Defense of Father of Army Education
Army Schoolmistresses in the 19th Century
Gedde's Axe Strikes again
Major fault line in British Education
What Industry wants, Industry gets
Corps of Army Schoolmasters