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Pay and Allowances etc. of the Observer Branch

1916 04 28
Allowances of the Observer Branch
At the Court at Windsor Castle, the 26th April, 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, of 18th April, 1916, in the words following, viz. :

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions, or other allowances in the nature thereof, payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman, or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner, and subject to such restrictions, conditions, and provisions, as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas by Order in Council of the 16th July, 1914, Your Majesty was graciously pleased to approve of the payment of extra pay under certain conditions to Officers and Men who do not belong to the Royal Naval Air Service but who may be required to ascend on duty

And whereas it is now necessary to make provision for the payment of extra pay to Officers and Men (whether belonging to the Royal Naval Air Service or not) who may be employed as Observers

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, with effect as from the 30th March, 1916.

Schedule.

Rates Of Extra Pay For Observers In The Royal Naval Air Service.

  1. Trained Observers:
    • Commissioned Officers and Midshipmen when actually detailed as Observers, 5s. a day continuously.
    • Warrant Officers, 3s. a day for days of ascent only.
    • Petty Officers and Men, 2s. a day for days of ascent only.
    Note.-These rates to be issued continuously to Warrant Officers, Petty Officers, and Men employed as Observers in an area of operations.
  2. Officers, Warrant Officers, Petty Officers, and Men under training as Observers:
    • Commissioned Officers and Midshipmen, 3s. a day for days of ascent only.
    • Warrant Officers, 2s. a day for days of ascent only.
    • Petty Officers and Men, 1s. a day for days of ascent only.
  3. Officers, Warrant Officers, Petty Officers, and Men not graded in the Royal Naval Air Service when required to ascend on duty as casual Observers or passengers:
    • Commissioned Officers and Midshipmen, 5s. for each day of ascent.
    • Warrant Officers, 3s. for each day of ascent.
    • Petty Officers and Men, 2s. for each day of ascent.
  4. Graded Officers, Warrant Officers, Petty Officers, and Men to be eligible for the above rates of extra pay unless entitled as qualified Pilots to Flying Pay at higher rates.

1917 08 10
Observers in Aircraft - Extra Pay
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 8th day of August, 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 2nd day of August, 1917, in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions, or other allowances in the nature thereof, payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman, or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner, and subject to such restrictions, conditions, and provisions, as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council bearing date the 26th April, 1916, to sanction the grant of extra pay to Commissioned Officers and Midshipmen when employed as, or under training as, Observers in Aircraft:

And whereas it is at times necessary to utilise the services of Subordinate Officers, other than Midshipmen, for this purpose, and we consider that when so employed such Officers should receive similar additions. to their pay

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve of the provisions of the aforesaid Order in Council being extended to include all Subordinate Officers.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in this proposal.

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.


1918 01 08
Pay and Allowances of the Observer Branch
And whereas by Order in Council of the 26th day of April, 1916, Your Majesty was pleased to approve of the payment under certain conditions of extra pay to Officers and Men employed as Observers in the Royal Naval Air Service:

And whereas it is now necessary to make further provision for the pay and emoluments of the Observer Branch 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, with effect as from the 2nd day of April, 1917, except as shown in Paragraph 4.

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

Schedule.

  1. Observer Officers in the Royal Naval Air Service to be graded in the following: ranks:
    Observer Branch
  • Probationary Observer Officer.
  • Observer Sub-Lieutenant.
  • Observer Lieutenant.
  • Flight Observer,
  • Squadron Observer,
  • Wing Observer,
  • Observer Captain.
    Flight Officers. (Corresponding Rank.)
  • Probationary Flight Officer.
  • Flight Sub-Lieutenant.
  • Flight Lieutenant.
  • Flight Commander.
  • Squadron Commander.
  • Wing Commander.
  • Wing Captain.

2. The pay and allowances of Observer Officers to be as follows:

Probationary Observer Officers, 7s. 6d. a day, and, in addition, 3s. per day for each day on which they are required to make ascents.

Observer Sub-Lieutenants and Officers of higher rank, the pay of their corresponding rank in the Royal-Navy, and, in addition

  • Officers qualified in wireless telegraphy, 5s. a day flying pay, together with 3s. a day skill pay, both payable continuously.
  • Officers not qualified in wireless telegraphy, 5s. a day flying pay, payable continuously.

3. Flight Observers and Squadron Observers to be paid at the same rates as if they had served for 4 or 8 years respectively as Lieutenants, Royal Navy, and to rank with Flight Commanders and Squadron Commanders respectively, but not to rank with Lieutenant-Commanders, Royal Navy, until they attain 8 years' seniority in the relative rank of Lieutenant.

4. Commissioned service as Observer prior to the 2nd day of April. 1917, to count for increases of pay in the scale of the rank.

5. Warrant Officers under training for service as Observers to receive the pay of their rank, and, in addition, 2s. a day for each day on which they are required to make ascents. On qualification as Observers to be given either acting or confirmed rank as Warrant Officers, second grade, with the pay of the rank and the following allowances:

Warrant Officers qualified in wireless telegraphy 3s. a day flying pay, together with 1s. a day skill pay, both payable continuously.

Warrant Officers not qualified in wireless telegraphy 3s. a day flying pay, payable continuously.

6. Flying pay to qualified Observers to be continued at Admiralty discretion during periods of leave, sickness, internment or captivity.


27 Apr 1920
Extra Pay granted for officers training for or employed as Observers in Aircraft
And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Orders in Council. bearing date the 26th day of April, 1916, the 8th day of August, 1917, and the 2nd day of January, 1918, to approve of extra pay being granted to Officers when employed as, or under training as Observers in Aircraft:

And whereas altered conditions render it necessary to revise the emoluments of such Officers:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the issue to Officers of the Royal Navy who are trained and detailed as Observers or under training as such of extra remuneration at the rates and under the conditions set forth in the annexed schedule with effect from the 27 March, 1920.

Schedule.

Allowances to Officers Qualified as Observers.

To Commissioned and Subordinate Officers qualified in Wireless Telegraphy, for periods during which they are actually detailed as Trained Observers - 6s. a day.

To Warrant Officers similarly qualified, for periods during which they are actually detailed as Trained Observers - 3s. a day.

To Commissioned and Subordinate Officers not qualified in Wireless Telegraphy, for periods during which they are actually detailed as Trained Observers - 4s. a day.

To, Warrant Officers not qualified in Wireless Telegraphy, for periods during which they are actually detailed as Trained Observers - 2s. a day.

Payment of the foregoing allowances to be continued at Admiralty discretion to qualified Observers during periods of leave or sickness.

Allowances to Officers under Training as Observers.

To Commissioned and Subordinate Officers for each actual day of ascent in the period during which they are under training as Observers - 3s.

To Warrant Officers under similar conditions - 1s, 6d.


1927 07 05
Naval Observers - Allowances when appointed to ships prior to trials
At the Court, at Buckingham Palace, the 27th Day of June, 1927

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 June, 1927, (C.W. 5232/27), in the words following:

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions, or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman, or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas Naval Observer Officers appointed in an advisory capacity to ships under construction are not eligible for Observers' Allowance under the conditions laid down in Your Order in Council bearing date the 26th day of April, 1924:

And whereas we consider that such Officers, whose qualifications as Observers are the reason for their appointment, should receive some extra remuneration:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the payment, with effect from the 12th day of April, 1927, of a special allowance of 2s. 6d. a day to fully qualified Naval Observers appointed to ships prior to trials; payment of the allowance during periods of sickness to be at our discretion.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified Their concurrence in this proposal.

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.
M: P. A. Hankey.


1927 07 15
Naval Observers - Observers Allowance during Courses
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 8th day of July, 1927.

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 5th day of July, 1927, (C. W. 5703/27), in the words following, viz. :

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions, or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman, or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Order in Council bearing date the 6th day of February, 1925, to sanction, inter alia, the payment of a special allowance of 4s. a day to Naval Observers who may be appointed to the Royal Naval Staff Course, the Army Staff Course or the Royal Air Force Staff Course, in lieu of the Observers Allowance which they would receive if engaged on their specialist duties:

And whereas we consider that Naval Observers who may be appointed to undergo the Meteorological Course should similarly receive extra remuneration:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve the following proposals, with effect from the 12th January, 1927 :

  1. Qualified Naval Observers who may be appointed to undergo the Meteorological Course to receive a special allowance of 4s. a day during the period of the course, in lieu of the Observers Allowance which they would receive if engaged on their specialist duties.
  2. Payment of the special allowance during periods of leave or sickness to be at Admiralty discretion.

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.
M. P. A. Hankey.


1928 05 15
Fleet Air Arm Observers - Allowances - Flying Practice
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 7th day of May, 1928.

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 24th day of April, 1928 (C.W. 1275/28), in the words following, viz.: -

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman or Marine therein shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order. in Council:

And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Order in Council bearing date the 26th day of May, 1925, to approve of the payment of an allowance of 6s. a day, in addition to the normal emoluments of their rank, to Commissioned Officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines while attached to Your Majesty's Royal Air Force for service with the Fleet Air Arm, and borne on the books of one or other of Your Majesty's Ships in Commission:

And whereas it is the intention that qualified Naval and Marine Pilots should cease temporarily to be employed as Pilots during certain periods, when they will be employed on General Naval Service

And whereas we are of opinion that, during such periods, Officers qualified as Pilots, whom it is the intention to re-employ later as Pilots, should be given flying practice, and should receive an allowance on each day on which they are required to carry out practice flights:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the payment to qualified Naval and Marine Pilots of an allowance of 6s. a day on days on which they carry out flights as Pilots during their periods of General Naval Service. Payment of the allowance to be limited to a maximum of 12 days annually in the case of any one officer, payable only on actual days of ascent, except that, in the event of an officer in these circumstances contracting, while flying, a disability directly attributable to conditions peculiar to flying, payment of the allowance during sickness so arising may be continued under such conditions as we may from time to time determine.

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.
M. P. A. Hankey.


1928 06 15
Observers - Allowances whilst attending Courses
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 15th day of June, 1928.

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 14th day of May, 1928 (C.W. 4359/28), in the words following, viz. :

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions, or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman, or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Orders in Council bearing date the 6th day of February, 1925, and the 8th day of July 1927, to sanction, inter alia, the payment of a special allowance to Naval Observers who may be appointed to the Royal Naval Staff Course, the Army Staff Course, the Royal Air Force Staff Course, or the Meteorological Course, in lieu of the Observers' Allowance which they would receive if engaged on their specialist duties:

And whereas we consider that Naval Observers who may be appointed to undergo the Long Signal Course, and the Senior Officers' Technical Course, should receive extra remuneration

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve the following proposals, with effect from the dates stated:

  1. Qualified Naval Observers who may be appointed to undergo the Long Signal Course, to receive a special allowance of 4s. a day during the period of the course, in lieu of the Observer's Allowance which they would receive if engaged on their specialist duties, with effect from 28th November, 1927:
  2. Qualified Naval Observers who may be appointed to undergo the Senior Officers' Technical Course, to receive a special allowance of 2s. 6d. a day during the period of the course, in lieu of the Observer's Allowance which they would receive if engaged on their specialist duties, with effect from 17th October, 1927.
  3. Payment of both special allowances during periods of leave or sickness to be at Admiralty discretion.

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.
M. P. A. Hankey.


1932 07 26
Naval Observers - Allowances
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 21st day of July, 1932.

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

Whereas there was ibis day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 29th day of June, 1932, (C.W. 5510/32), in the words following, viz. :-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions, or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman, or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Order in Council bearing date the 15th day of June, 1928, to sanction, inter alia, the payment of a special allowance of 2s. 6d. a day to Naval Observers who may be appointed to the Senior Officers' Technical Course (now known as the Senior Officers' Tactical Course), in lieu of the Observers' allowance which they would have received if engaged on their specialist duties

And whereas we consider that Naval and Royal Marine Officers serving in Your Majesty's Fleet Air Arm who may be appointed to undergo this course should, in certain circumstances, receive an allowance of the same amount in lieu of flying allowance:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve the following proposal with effect from the 2nd May, 1932 :-

‘Naval and Royal Marine Officers serving as qualified pilots in the Fleet Air Arm who may be appointed to undergo the Senior Officers' Tactical Course to receive an allowance of 2s. 6d. a day during the period of the Course in lieu of flying allowance, provided they are specifically detached for the Course from appointments in which they receive flying pay and are due to return to such appointments on completing the Course.’

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified Their concurrence in this proposal.

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.
M. P. A. Hankey.


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