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Royal Marine Warrant Officer Gunner Etc.

15 Nov 1910
Establishment of Royal Marine Warrant Officer Gunner
At the Court at St. James's, the 7th day of November, 1910.

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 4th day of November, 1910, in the words following, viz. :

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

And whereas the increased requirements of large modern ships have made it desirable in our opinion, to create a Class of Marine Warrant Officers qualified to perform duties analogous to those performed by Gunners in Your Majesty's Navy.

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction:

  1. The creation of a new rank of Warrant Officer of Your Majesty's Corps of Royal Marines, distinct from the Regimental Sergeant-Major, to be designated Gunnery Sergeant-Major with status and training, so far as possible, assimilated to that of Gunner in Your Majesty's Navy:
  2. The numbers of these Warrant Officers to be 20, and to be in addition to the authorized establishment of Your Majesty's Corps of Royal Marines:
  3. The pay of these Warrant Officers while on the Active List to be the same as that of a Gunner in Your Majesty's Navy, Gunnery Allowance of one shilling and sixpence, or of one shilling a day, according to the class of certificate obtained in qualifying for promotion, being paid when appointed for Gunnery duties:
  4. If subsequently selected for the post of Regimental Sergeant-Major, to receive the pay attaching to that appointment.
  5. An addition of sixpence a day to their pension calculated on the existing Marine Warrant Officers' scale, provided they have 15 years' service as Warrant Officers, 30 years' total service, and at least five years' service in a ship of war at sea as Gunnery Sergeant-Major.
  6. Pensions to widows to be on the scale of other Warrant Officers in Your Majesty's Corps of Royal Marines.

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

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.


1913 10 17
RM WO Gunner - Pensions to the Widows and Compassionate Allowances
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 14th day of October, 1913.

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 3rd day of. September, 1913, in the words following, viz. :

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

And whereas Your Majesty's Orders, in Council of 7th November, 1910, and the 29th February, 1912, sanctioned the creation of a new rank of Warrant Officer in Your Majesty's Corps of Royal Marines, distinct from that of Regimental Sergeant-Major, to be designated Royal Marine Gunner, with status and training as far as possible assimilated to that of Gunner in Your Majesty's Navy:

And whereas in these circumstances we consider it desirable that pensions to the widows and compassionate allowances to the children of Royal Marine Gunners should be awarded under the Regulations applicable to the widows and children of Officers of Your Majesty's Navy, rather than under the Regulations applicable to the widows and children of Warrant Officers of Your Majesty's Army:

We therefore beg leave, humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the application to the widows and the children of Royal Marine Gunners of the Regulations governing the award of pensions and compassionate allowances to the widows and children of Gunners of Your Majesty's Navy.

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

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.


1917 06 15
Promotion of Royal Marine Gunners to Commissioned Warrant Rank and Commissioned Rank
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 13th day of June, 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 25th day of May, 1917, in the words following, viz. :

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

And whereas Your Majesty's Order in Council of 7th November, 1910, sanctioned the creation of a new Rank of Warrant Officer of Your Majesty's Corps of Royal Marines, to be designated Gunnery Sergeant-Major

And whereas by Order in Council of 29th February, 1912, Your Majesty was pleased to sanction these Officers being designated in future Royal Marine Gunners:

And whereas we consider that provision should be made for the promotion of Royal Marine Gunners to Commissioned Warrant Rank and Commissioned Rank under the same general conditions as those applicable to Warrant Officers of Your Majesty's Fleet.

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the proposals set forth in the annexed Schedule.

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

Schedule.

  1. The title of Royal Marine Gunners promoted to Commissioned Warrant Rank to be Chief Royal Marine Gunner.
  2. All deserving Royal Marine Gunners after 15 years' service as such to be advanced to Chief Royal Marine Gunner. Until the number of Chief Royal Marine Gunners exceeds 8 per cent. of the established number of Chief Royal Marine Gunners and Royal Marine Gunners combined, Royal Marine Gunners with less than 15 years' service may be promoted to Chief Royal Marine Gunner.
  3. Chief Royal Marine Gunners to be eligible after 5 years' service as such for promotion to the Rank of Captain, Royal Marines.
  4. Captains, Royal Marines, of eight years' seniority promoted under the foregoing rule to be eligible for promotion to the rank of Major, Royal Marines.
  5. Not more than one Major thus promoted to be borne on the Establishment at any one time, and the number of Captains promoted under Clause 3 not to exceed at any one time 4 per cent. of the established number of Captains, Royal Marines, thus promoted, Chief Royal Marine Gunners, and Royal Marine Gunners combined.
  6. Chief Royal Marine Gunners, and Royal Marine Gunners, to be eligible for special promotion for War or distinguished service under conditions similar to those laid down in Order in Council of the 29th February, 1908, for the special promotion of Commissioned Warrant Officers, and Warrant Officers of the Royal Navy, and Chief Royal Marine Gunners to be eligible for promotion to Combatant Commissions under the provisions of Order in Council of the 11th February, 1913.
  7. The pay of Chief Royal Marine Gunners to be on the same scale as that provided for Chief' Gunners, Royal Navy. The pay of Captains and Majors promoted under the foregoing provisions to be on the same scale as that applicable to Lieutenants, and Lieutenant Commanders, R.N., promoted from Chief Gunner, R.N., respectively. All allowances payable under existing Regulations to Royal Marine Gunners to be payable to the Chief Royal Marine Gunners, and the Captains and the Major referred to in these Regulations under the same conditions as if they were Royal Marine Gunners.
  8. A Mess Allowance of 1s. 6d. a day to be paid to the Major and Captains under the same conditions as to Lieutenants, R.N., promoted from Warrant Rank.

  9. Royal Marine Gunners, and Officers promoted from that Rank, to be retired compulsorily at 55 years of age, or at any age for physical unfitness, but voluntary retirement to be permitted at the discretion of the Admiralty at or after the age of 40.
  10. The retired pay of Majors and Captains promoted under the foregoing provisions to be on the same scale as that applicable to Lieutenant-Commanders and Lieutenants of the Royal Navy promoted from Chief Gunners and Gunners, and pensions to be granted to Chief Royal Marine Gunners and Royal Marine Gunners on the scales applicable respectively to Chief Gunners and Gunners, Royal Navy. Service as Warrant Officer, Royal Marines, to be equivalent to service above the Rank of Petty Officer, R.N., and service as Colour-Serjeant and below to be equivalent to service as Petty Officer or Seaman. Any Royal Marine Gunner now on the list, however, whether subsequently promoted or not, to have the option of being pensioned under the scale at present applicable to Royal Marine Gunners, if more to his advantage than the scale provided under these Regulations.
  11. Widows' pensions and compassionate allowances for children to be granted on the scales, and subject to the conditions, applicable to Officers of corresponding Rank in the Royal Navy.

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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