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Naval Discipline Act

Admiralty, 6th December, 1907.
Naval Discipline Act.

Notice is hereby given that, after the expiration of forty days from the date hereof, it is proposed to promulgate, in pursuance of the powers conferred by the above-mentioned Act, certain alterations in the Rules and Regulations for His Majesty's Naval Prisons.

And notice is hereby further given that, in accordance with the provisions of the Rules Publication Act, 1893, copies of the proposed alterations may be obtained, by any public body, within forty days of the date hereof at the Admiralty.


1914 06 23
Pay & Allowances etc. for Deserters
At the Court at Windsor Castle, the 18th day of June, 1914.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 15th day of June, 1914, in the words following, viz .:-

Whereas by section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc.

And whereas by section 19 of the Naval Discipline Act, 1866, it is enacted, inter alia, that every person subject to the said Act who has deserted shall forfeit all pay, head money, bounty, salvage, prize money, and allowances that have been earned by him, and all annuities, pensions, gratuities, medals, and decorations that may have been granted to him, and also all clothes and effects which he may have left on board the ship or at the place from which he .has deserted, unless the tribunal by which he is tried, or the Admiralty, shall otherwise direct:

And whereas Clause 24 of Order in Council dated the 5th December, 1865, provides that a person against whose name the letter 'R' is placed in. the books of the ship to which he belongs, as denoting a deserter, shall not, while the ` R ' so remains, be entitled to receive his pay; but that the Admiralty may, if they think fit, order the ' R' to be removed and authorize the payment of the pay accrued

And whereas we consider it desirable that the forfeiture of pay should in certain cases be remitted, in whole or in part, either by the tribunal by which the deserter is tried or by the Admiralty, as provided in the above-quoted section of the Naval Discipline Act, 1866, without the removal of the 'R'

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to repeal the said Clause 24 of Order in Council dated the 5th December, 1865.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed. And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Almeric FitzRoy.


1915 12 24
Skippers of the Royal Naval Reserve (Trawler Section) liable to Forfeiture of Pay
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 22nd December, 1915.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, of 17th December, 1915, in the words following, viz.:

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc.

And whereas Section 52 of the Naval Discipline Act provides for the infliction of forfeiture of pay as a punishment in Your Majesty's Navy :

And whereas we consider it desirable that Skippers of the Royal Naval Reserve (Trawler Section) should be liable within certain limits to forfeiture of pay for misconduct :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to direct that a Court Martial or a Disciplinary Court shall have power to inflict upon, a Skipper of the Royal Naval Reserve (Trawler Section) who may be charged before it, the punishment of forfeiture of pay for a period not exceeding 30 days when such a punishment would be appropriate; and that this punishment may be awarded either by itself or in addition to any other punishment that may be applicable to the offence and the offender.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed. And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Almeric FitzRoy.


1916 01 14
Reckless Driving by Ratings - Penalties
And whereas Section 52, Sub-section 11, of the Naval Discipline Act provides for the infliction in Your Majesty's Navy of such minor punishments as are now inflicted according to the custom. of the Navy, or may from time to time be allowed by the Admiralty

And whereas we consider it desirable that a system of fines shall be instituted as a punishment for the reckless, negligent, or improper driving of motor or other mechanically propelled vehicles

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to direct that if any person in Your Majesty's Naval Service below the rank of subordinate Officer drives a motor, or other mechanically propelled vehicle so recklessly, negligently, or improperly, as to bring discredit on the Service, his total daily pay may be reduced by one-sixth, for a period not exceeding 3 calendar months.
[One is sorely tempted to ask if it was still OK for officers to continue to drive like lunatics ? I mention this in the light of newspaper complaints from the period that appeared in the Times, where some letters to the Editor seemed to think there was nothing wrong in "high spirits." But, of course, that was another age.


1916 09 08
Officer - Forfeiture of Pay for Absence
At the Court at Windsor Castle, the 7th day of September, 1916.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 18th day of August, 1916, in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc….

And whereas we consider it desirable that the pay and allowances of Officers who are absent without leave should be liable to forfeiture :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may beg graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to direct that the pay and allowances of Officers who from any cause are absent from duty without leave, shall be liable to forfeiture at our discretion for the whole or any part of the period of absence.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed. And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Almeric FitzRoy.


LG 1917 05 04 P 03
Mercantile Ratings Serving on HM Ships - NDA
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 2nd day of May, 1917.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas, there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 27th day of April, 1917, in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc.

And whereas we consider that it would be to the benefit of Your Majesty's Naval Service that Mercantile Ratings belonging to Your Majesty's Ships in commission should be subject within certain limits to forfeiture of pay for misconduct:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to direct that in the event of any Mercantile Rating belonging to any of Your Majesty's Ships in commission misconducting himself, whether such ship is the property of Your Majesty or not, the pay which he shall receive may be reduced to the following extent and no further, namely, not more than 30 days' pay in respect of any one or more offences punished at any one time, the word ‘pay' for this purpose being understood to include full pay and full pay allowances whether already accrued or not. Provided that mulcts of pay not authorized for Naval Ratings shall not be imposed in the case of Mercantile Ratings unless it is impracticable to inflict the appropriate naval penalty.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed. And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Almeric FitzRoy.


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