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Reduction of Surplus Officers on Active List of Royal Navy

Privy Council Office,

21st July, 1922.

Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865.

Notice is hereby given, that His Majesty in Council was pleased, on the 14th July, 1922, to approve a Memorial from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty containing regulations under the above mentioned Act, relating to the reduction of the surplus of Officers on the Active List of His Majesty's Fleet.

Copies of the said Order, when published, may be purchased through any bookseller or directly, from His Majesty's Stationery Office at the following addresses:-

  • Imperial House, Kingsway, London, W.C. 2;
  • 28, Abingdon, Street, London, S.W. 1;
  • 37, Peter Street, Manchester;
  • 1, St. Andrews Crescent, Cardiff;
  • 23, Forth Street, Edinburgh.

1923 02 20
Surplus Sub-Lieutenants to be discharged to shore
And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by paragraph 2 of Section III of Schedule B of Your Order in Council of 14 July, 1922, to authorize us, at our discretion, to place Sub-Lieutenants of Your Majesty's Navy, who are surplus to requirements, on the retired list with a gratuity of £500, subject to certain restrictions and conditions as set forth in Schedule B of that Order:

And whereas there is also on the active list of Your Majesty's Navy a surplus of Acting Sub-Lieutenants

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to authorize us, at our discretion, to discharge from Your Majesty's Fleet Acting Sub-Lieutenants who may be surplus to requirements and to grant them in each case a gratuity of £500, subject to the same restrictions and conditions as are laid down for Sub-Lieutenants in Schedule B of Your Order in Council of the 14th day of July, 1922.


1926 12 21
Lieutenant-Commander - Early Retirement
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 14th day of December, 1926.

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 11th day of December, 1926 (C.W. 11601/26), 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 Maxine 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 there is at present a surplus on the Lieutenant-Commanders' List:

And whereas we consider it desirable that steps should be taken to reduce the List so far as possible to the numbers estimated to be necessary:

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

Lieutenant-Commanders, R.N., other than Officers promoted from Warrant rank; who will have attained the age of compulsory retirement by the 31st December, 1931, to be given the option, at our discretion, of retiring forthwith with the rate of retired pay for which they would be eligible under ordinary regulations, if they remained on the active list and were employed continuously until reaching the age of 45 years; such option to be exercised within a period of six months from the date of promulgation of they orders.

Nothing in this Order shall preclude us from retiring any Officer during the currency of this scheme under any other regulations which may be applicable to his case.

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.


1929 05 24
Surplus of Lieutenant-Commanders - Early Retirement
At the Court of Saint James, the 7th day of May, 1929.

Present, His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales. Lord Chancellor. Prime Minister, Archbishop of York, Earl Stanhope, Viscount Peel, Secretary Sir W. Joynson-Hicks, Sir Binod Mitter, Mr. Alexander MacRobert.

Whereas His Majesty was pleased by His Commission dated the 4th day of December, 1928 to nominate and appoint Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, K.G., K.T., K.P., G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., G.C.V.O., G.B.E., His Royal Highness The Duke of York, K.G., K.T., G. C.M: G., G.C.V.O., the Most Reverend Father in God Cosmo Gordon, Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Honourable Douglas McGarel, Baron Hailsham, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, and the Right Honourable Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, or any three of them, during His Majesty's illness, to summon and hold on His Majesty's behalf His Privy Council, and to signify thereat His Majesty's approval of any matter or thing to which His Majesty's approval in Council is required:

And 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 May, 1929 (C.W. 4308/29), 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 there is at present a surplus on the Lieutenant-Commanders' List:

And whereas we consider it desirable that steps should be taken to reduce the List so far as possible to the numbers estimated to be necessary:

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

Lieutenant-Commanders, R.N., other than Officers promoted from Warrant rank, who will have attained the age of compulsory retirement by the 31st December, 1933, to be given the option, at our discretion, of retiring forthwith with the rate of retired pay for which they would have been eligible under ordinary regulations, if they had remained on the active list and had been employed continuously until reaching the age of 45 years; such option to be exercised within a period of six months from the date of promulgation of the orders.

Officers serving abroad who are allowed to retire under this scheme to be granted full pay up to the date of arrival in England, provided they return by a direct route without delay, but not to be eligible for any extension of full pay in respect of foreign service leave.

Nothing in this Order shall preclude us from withholding either in whole or in part these special terms in any particular case, or from retiring any Officer during the currency of this scheme under any other regulations which may be applicable to his case.

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

Now, therefore, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, and the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, being authorized thereto by His Majesty's said Commission have taken the said Memorial into consideration, and do hereby, by and with the advice of His Majesty's Privy Council, on His Majesty's behalf 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.


1931 02 24
Surplus of Lieutenant-Commanders - Early Retirement
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 12th day of February, 1931.

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 7th day of February, 1931, (C.W. 853/31), 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 there is at present a surplus of Lieutenant-Commanders and Lieutenants of certain seniorities:

And whereas we consider it desirable that steps should be taken to reduce the numbers of those Officers on the Active List to those estimated to be necessary:

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

Lieutenant Commanders, R.N., of seniorities 1923 to 1931 and Lieutenants, R.N., of seniority 1923, to be given the option, at our discretion, of retiring on or after the 1st April, 1931, with retired pay on the following scale:

£165 a year with an addition of £7 10s. a year for each of the first six complete years of service, and an addition of £12 10s. a year for each complete year of service subsequent thereto, in the ranks of Lieutenant and Lieutenant Commander - in reckoning ‘service', time on unemployed pay or half pay to count as for retired pay generally.

The rates of retired pay hereby authorised to be regarded as standard rates comparable with those authorised in Schedule V, Section IX, of Your Order in Council bearing date 22nd day of January, 1920, and the actual rates payable from time to time to be determined in the same manner and reviewed in the light of changes in the cost of living at the same dates as retired pay authorised by that Order.

Officers serving abroad who are allowed to retire under this scheme to be granted full pay up to the date of arrival in England, provided they return by a direct route without delay, but not to be eligible for any extension of full pay in respect of foreign service leave.

Nothing in this Order shall preclude us from withholding either in whole or in part these special terms in any particular case, or from retiring any officer during the currency of this scheme under any other regulations which may be applicable to his case.

Lieutenant Commanders on the Supplementary List and Lieutenant Commanders and Lieutenants promoted from Commissioned Warrant rank or Warrant rank not to be eligible for retirement under these special terms.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence to 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.


LG 1934 03 02
Reduction in Numbers of Lieutenant Commanders and Lieutenants
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 28th day of February, 1934.

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 22nd day of January, 1934 (C.W. 249/34), do the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, enter 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 Your Order in Council dated the 12th day of February, 1931, Your Majesty was pleased to sanction special rates of retired pay for Lieutenant Commanders and Lieutenants, Royal Navy, of certain seniorities, with a view to reducing the surplus then existing in the number of Officers of these ranks on the Active List:

And whereas we consider it desirable that further steps should be taken with the object of reducing the present numbers of Lieutenant Commanders and Lieutenants on the Active List of the Royal Navy to those estimated to be necessary:

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

  1. That the option of retiring with the special rates of retired pay authorised by Your above-mentioned Order in Council of the 12th day of February, 1931, shall, as from the 27th day of July, 1932, and at our discretion, be extended to Lieutenant Commanders of seniority 1932 and to Lieutenants of seniorities 1924, 1925 and 1926; and the said option shall further, as from the 1st day of January, 1934, and at our discretion, be extended to Lieutenants who have attained at least six years' seniority on the 1st day of January of the year in which they retire such special rates of retired pay to be subject, in all cases, to the conditions laid down in Your Order in Council of the 12th day of February, 1931.
  2. That Lieutenants who are confirmed in that rank on or before the 30th day of June, 1834, and Lieutenant Commanders under the age of 40 shall be given the option of retiring with gratuities as follows; this option to be exercised within a period commencing on the 1st day of January, 1934, and terminating on the 1st day of January, 1935, or on such earlier date as we may consider desirable,
    Lieutenant Commanders (under 40 years of age)

A gratuity of £2,500 with an addition of £200 for each complete year's seniority in the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Lieutenants (confirmed in that rank on or before the 30th June, 1934)

£1,000 for Lieutenants under three years' seniority.

£1,200 for Lieutenants who have attained three years' seniority, .and £200 for each complete year's seniority in excess of three years.

The 30th June, 1934, to be taken as the date for reckoning seniority in all cases whether an Officer retires with gratuity before or after that date.

Officers serving abroad who are allowed to retire under these schemes to be granted full pay up to the date of arrival in England, provided they return by a direct route without delay, but not to be eligible for any extension of full pay in respect of foreign service leave.

Nothing in this Order shall preclude us from withholding either in whole or in part these special terms from any officer or from retiring any Officer during the currency of these schemes under any other regulations which may be applicable to him,

Lieutenant Commanders on the Supplementary List and Lieutenant Commanders and Lieutenants promoted from Commissioned Warrant rank or Warrant rank not to be eligible for retirement under these special terms.

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.


1935 04 09
Lieutenant Commander - Voluntary Retirement allowed if passed over
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 29th day of March, 1935.

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 March, 1935 (C.W. 2199/35), 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 paragraph IV, Section IX, Schedule V of Your Majesty's Order in Council of the 22nd January, 1920, scales of retired pay were laid down for certain ranks of Your Majesty's Navy:

And whereas we consider it desirable that the scale should be extended:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Lieutenant Commanders (Executive) who have passed out of the zone for promotion to Commander and. who are at least 36 years of age and under the age of 40 may be permitted to retire voluntarily, at the discretion of the Admiralty, when the state of the list permits, with retired pay at the rate of £240 per annum, (standard rate).

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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