Ratings & WO - Long Service Engagements expiring during wartime

Award of Long Service Pensions

Revised Rules for Award of the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

1921 02 11
And whereas by Your Majesty's Proclamation of the 3rd August, 1914, pursuant to the Naval Enlistment Act, 1853, Seamen and Marines whose period of engagement, or term of enlistment, had expired, or might expire while the Proclamation remained in force were required to continues serving as Active Service ratings:

And whereas we are of opinion that men who completed the qualifying period of Service for the award of a Long Service Pension or an extended term of engagement or of enlistment after the outbreak of war or who continued in Service although due for pension from a date prior to the outbreak of the War, should be allowed to receive their pensions from the date of completion of such qualifying period, re-engagement or re-enlistment or from 2nd August, 1914, whichever may be the later:

And whereas we have had under our consideration the Regulations governing the award of Long Service Pensions to Petty Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and men of Your Majesty's Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and are of opinion that they should be amended in certain particulars:

And whereas since the outbreak of the War several changes in these Regulations have from time to time been deemed desirable, and have, with the concurrence of the Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury, been introduced:

And whereas we are of opinion that, owing to the altered economic conditions arising from the War, and for other reasons, the scale of Long Service Pensions should be substantially increased, and that Petty Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and men of Your Majesty's Royal Navy and Royal Marines should be pensioned on the same scale:

And whereas by Her late Majesty's Order in Council of 28th June 1892, it was ordained that the number of Greenwich Hospital Age and Increased Age Pensions of £7 12s. and £13 12s. a year, respectively; in force at any one time shall be such a number as may be expedient, having regard to the funds available for the purpose:

And whereas the funds of Greenwich Hospital are insufficient to provide for every deserving Naval life pensioner on reaching the prescribed ages, and we are of opinion that these funds should be supplemented from Naval funds in order that every eligible life pensioner of good character may be granted the Age and Increased Age Pension on reaching the qualifying ages, irrespective of the period he may have been borne on the Pension Rolls:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order m Council, to authorize us to award pensions and gratuities at the rates and subject to the conditions specified in the Schedule annexed hereto.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in these proposals.


(1) Award of Long Service Pensions.

Seamen, men of the Coast Guard, and marines who, since the outbreak of the War, have completed the necessary qualifying period of Service, or a third or subsequent engagement, or term of enlistment, may, if they so desire, be allowed to receive payment of the pension earned up to the date of such completion, provided that such date be not earlier than 2nd August, 1914, and subject to the recovery of any detained or extension pay that may have been issued during the period for which payment of the pension is allowed.

The pension in question to be payable in addition to Active Service rates of pay, and the provision of Article 1934 of the King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions making the award of the pension dependent on discharge to be regarded as inoperative.

(2) Increased basic rate and abolition of maximum rates as from 1st October, 1917.

(a.) The basic rate of pension allowable to Seamen on completion of 22 years' pensionable service to be increased from tenpence to eleven pence per day as from 1st October, 1917, and the limitation of maximum rates for service, badges, medal and character to one shilling and twopence per day to be removed as from the aforesaid date. These advantages to be also applicable, as from the same date, to all Seamen pensioners then on the Pension Rolls who had been required to render 22 years' service for the award of a Long Service Pension.

( b) The maximum rates ad pension allowable to Marines under Articles 1197 and 1198 of the Regulations for the Government of Your Majesty's Naval Service to be removed as from 1st October, 1917, and, when more advantageous than the previous scale, increases of pension in respect of pension or service during the War may be granted as from that date at the following rates :

Classes V. and VI - One halfpenny a day for each year, up to a maximum of five pence.

Classes I. to IV. One penny a day for each year, up to a maximum of ninepence.

These concessions, in so far as they are applicable, may also be granted to Marine Pensioners who were an the Pension Rolls, on the aforesaid date.

(c) The grant of the advantages laid down in Clauses (a) and (b) hereof to be subject to the condition that pensioner service rendered subsequent to 30th September, 1917, and while drawing pay and pension concurrently, shall not confer any claim to further increase of pension.

Provided always that pensioners who have served during the War may retain any rights to which they were entitled under Regulations hitherto in force, in lieu of those arising from the foregoing concessions, when that course would be to their advantage.

(3) Improved Pension Scale as from 1st April, 1919.

As from 1st April, 1919, Seamen and Marines to be pensioned on the same. scale, Colour Sergeants and above counting time as Chief Petty Officers: Sergeants, as Petty Officers: Corporals and Bombardiers, also Gunners, Privates, Musicians and Buglers after five years' service on the recognised establishment of a Divisional or Depôt Band, as leading Seamen, other Marines as Able Seamen.

The basic rate of a Long Service Pension to be three half-pence a day for each complete year of service: the allowance for Good Conduct Badges to be increased to one penny a day for each, up to a maximum of three ; and the addition for Good Conduct Medal to be twopence a day instead of the one penny hitherto allowed. The rate for a continuous record of ‘V.G.' character throughout service, and the Petty time allowances for Chief Petty Officer, Petty Officer, and leading rate service to be on the same scale as heretofore. All service in leading rate to reckon as inferior Petty time, and Officers' Stewards and Cooks to be allowed to count time for Pension and Medal from the age of 18, instead of 20.

As from the aforesaid date, the pensions of men who have served during the War, or who, being under the age of 55 during the outbreak of hostilities and, therefore, liable for service, were exempted from mobilisation for the purpose of continuing in their civilian employment under the Government, to be reassessed on the foregoing scale. This concession to be subject to the condition that mobilised pensioner service subsequent to 31st March, 1919, will not, reckon towards further increase of pension. Men whose pensions have been assessed or reassessed under the conditions of Section 2 of this Schedule may, when to their advantage, be allowed to count time served subsequent to 30th, September, 1917, and prior to 1st April, 1919, for purposes of re-assessment under this increased scale, subject to the recovery of the sum paid between the foregoing dates in excess of the amount that would have been payable under the Regulations previously in force.

(4) Greenwich Hospital Age, and Increased Age Pensions.

The Greenwich Hospital funds available for the payment of these pensions may be supplemented from Naval funds with a view to all eligible pensioners being granted these pensions as from the date on which the prescribed ages are attained, or from 1st April, 1919, if later. The mean eligible for these pensions to be those referred to in Article 1961 of the King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, and the conditions therein laid down, so far as they are applicable, to still apply with the exception of the proviso requiring men to have been on the Pension Rolls for certain periods of time, and also of that suspending payment when men are in workhouses.

(5) Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

The Regulations which admit of the award of the Medal on the completion of fifteen years with continuous ‘Very Good' character, and with previous character not inferior to ‘Good,' in service reckoning for pension, to be so amended as to admit of the grant on the completion of 18 years of continuous ‘Very Goad' character, when men are disqualified for the award under the ordinary Regulations.

(6) Good Conduct Gratuity.

The new scale of Gratuity introduced by Your Majesty's Order in Council of 17th May, 1920, to be applicable subject to the conditions therein laid dawn, to all ratings who are eligible for, and are awarded, the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, with the following exceptions:

(a) Non-continuous Service men other than Officers' Stewards and Cooks.

(b) Men entered prior to 1st January, 1885, who were awarded the Medal without Gratuity under former Regulations.

(7) Payment of good Conduct Gratuity on promotion to Commissioned or Warrant rank.

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in Articles 750 and 751 in the Kings Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, the amount of Gratuity earned up to the date of promotion to be then issuable, payment in the case of an acting Warrant Officer being suspended until he is duly confirmed in his rank.

This concession to be granted to all men promoted on or after 2nd August, 1914, and retrospective effect to be given in the cases of all Commissioned and Warrant Officers who have served during the War and are in possession of the Good Conduct Medal.

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