Index
 
Samples of Changes in the Rules and Regulations for the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve

1907 04 09
RNVR personnel qualified in signalling and Wireless Telegraphy
At the Court at Saint James's, the 26th March, 1907.

Present, His Royal Highness The Prince Of 'Wales, Lord President. Earl Beauchamp. Lord Chesham. Mr. Sinclair.

Whereas His Majesty was pleased, by His Commission of 5th March, 1907, to nominate and appoint His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, in His Majesty's absence from His Realm in foreign parts, to hold on His Majesty's behalf, His Privy Council, and to signify thereat His approval of any matter or thing whereunto His Royal Highness should be so authorized by writing under His Majesty's Sign Manual, and to do further on His Majesty's behalf any matter or thing for the purposes of the said Commission whereunto His Royal Highness should be authorized in manner aforesaid

And whereas there was this day road at the Council held under the authority of the said Commission a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, of 19th March, 1907, in the words following, viz

Whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Order in Council of the 23rd October, 1905, to approve of men of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve qualified as Artificers or Artisans being granted the pay of their equivalent Naval rating in certain circumstances when serving afloat

And whereas we consider it desirable that similar treatment should be accorded to men of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who are qualified in Signalling or Wireless Telegraphy:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty will be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to approve of men of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who are duly qualified in Signalling or Wireless Telegraphy being granted the difference between the pay of their ordinary Seaman Class Ratings and that of the Naval Signal or Wireless Telegraphy Ratings for which they are qualified when they are employed in their equivalent Signal or Wireless Telegraphy Ratings while undergoing training afloat or while called out for actual service in the Fleet.

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

Now therefore, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, being authorized in that behalf by writing under His Majesty's Sign Manual, has taken the said Memorial into consideration, and doth hereby, by and with the advice of His Majesty's Privy Council, signify His Majesty's approval thereof, and on His Majesty's behalf, order, as it is hereby ordered, that the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty do give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
A. W. FitzRoy.


1907 11 08
1907 - Midshipmen and Sub-Lieutenants in the RNR - Promotion
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 2nd day of November, 1907.

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 thirteenth day of September, one thousand nine hundred and seven, in the words following, viz.:

Whereas by Section three of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions, and other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval and Royal Marine Forces 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 in the Regulations for the Royal Naval Reserve approved by Your Majesty's Order in Council bearing date the twentieth day of October, one thousand nine hundred and two, it is, inter alia, provided :-

  1. That Midshipmen who have undergone twelve months' training in Your Majesty's Navy, with a qualifying certificate for training and a very good certificate for conduct, will he eligible for promotion to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant if they have five years' service in the Royal Naval Reserve including service in the Navy, provided a First Mate's certificate of competency is obtained;
  2. that Midshipmen who have not undergone twelve months' training in Your Majesty's Navy will, after six years in the Royal Naval Reserve, be eligible for appointment as Acting Sub-Lieutenant, provided a First Mate's provisional certificate of competency is obtained and that they possess a test certificate in gunnery, and will be eligible for confirmation of rank as Sub-Lieutenant on obtaining an ordinary Master's certificate or provisional certificate of competency as Master; and
  3. that such appointment as Acting Sub-Lieutenant shall not be held for a period exceeding five years, the names of Officers failing to become qualified for confirmation within this period being removed from the list:

And whereas it has been brought to our notice that the rank of Midshipman is in many cases not commensurate with the position held by these Officers in the mercantile marine

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the amendment of the Regulations referred to above so as to read as follows :-

Midshipmen will be eligible for appointment as Acting Sub-Lieutenants in the Royal Naval Reserve provided :

  1. They have three years' seniority as Midshipman in the Royal Naval Reserve, and are not less than twenty-one years of age;
  2. They possess a First Mate's or a Provisional First Mate's certificate of competency ;
  3. They have performed the requisite amount of training, and have obtained a test certificate in gunnery.

Midshipmen and Acting Sub-Lieutenants who have undergone twelve months' Naval training with a qualifying certificate for training and a very good certificate for conduct will be eligible for promotion to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant provided they have five years' service in the Royal Naval Reserve, including service in the Royal Navy, and have obtained a First Mate's certificate of competency

Midshipmen and Acting Sub-Lieutenants who have not undergone twelve months' training in the Royal Navy will be eligible for promotion to the rank of Sub-Lieutenant, provided they have six years' service in the Royal Naval Reserve and have obtained an ordinary Master's certificate or provisional certificate of competency as Master, and a test certificate in gunnery:

The names of acting Sub-Lieutenants who fail to qualify for confirmation in rank by the time they reach the age of thirty years will be removed from the list

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.
A. W. FitzRoy.


1908 06 12
Pay for Reservists Incapable of Following their Civil Occupation after being Discharged from Training due to Injury etc.
And whereas the pay, allowances, etc., of the petty officers and men of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve while borne on the books of Your Majesty's ships for training, are as laid down in the Regulations for the government of Your Majesty's Navy:

And whereas these Regulations are not applicable to the case of a volunteer who may be injured, or may contract illness, while under training, and is thereby rendered incapable of following his civil occupation after being discharged from training:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the payment at our discretion of an allowance at a rate not exceeding three shillings and sixpence a day to a petty officer or man of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who may be injured while training, or may contract illness in or by the performance of training, while borne on the books of one of Your Majesty's ships, and is thereby rendered incapable of following his civil occupation - to take effect from the 5th July, 1906.

Provided that payment shall not be made for any period exceeding six months or for any period during which the petty officer or man is borne for pay on the books of one of Your Majesty's ships.


1913 04 18
Naval Volunteer Reserve - Paymasters' Promotion
And whereas under Section 3 of the Naval Forces Act, 1903, it is provided that any Volunteer Officer or man when training afloat or called out for actual service shall be deemed to be serving in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force within the meaning of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865

And whereas we are of opinion that it is desirable to make provision for the promotion of Paymasters of Your Majesty's Naval Volunteer Reserve to the rank of Staff Paymaster on attaining four years' seniority as Paymaster and being otherwise qualified

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the promotion of Paymasters of Your Majesty's Naval Volunteer Reserve to the rank of Staff Paymaster under the above-mentioned conditions.

We further beg leave to recommend that Staff Paymasters of Your Majesty's Naval Volunteer Reserve when undergoing training afloat may receive pay at the rate of 15s. a day.


1913 05 09
Allowances for Naval Pensioners when embarked
And whereas Naval Pensioners belonging to the Royal Fleet Reserve receive an embarkation allowance when embarked for service during manoeuvres, and also the pay for any good conduct badges to which they may be entitled

And whereas we consider that Naval Pensioners not belonging to the Royal Fleet Reserve should be given the same privileges when similarly embarked

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the grant to Naval Pensioners not belonging to the Royal Fleet Reserve of an embarkation allowance when embarked for service during manoeuvres, and also of the pay for any good conduct badges to which they may be entitled, under the same conditions as those applicable to Naval Pensioners belonging to the Royal Fleet Reserve.


1913 06 20
Reservists - Step in Rank
And whereas by the Regulations for the Royal Naval Reserve (Officers) established by Your Majesty's Order in Council bearing date the 4th day of March, 1911, it is provided that Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve shall rank with, but after, Officers of the Royal Navy and of the Royal Indian Marine of their corresponding rank.

And whereas by the Regulations for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve framed in pursuance of the Naval Forces Act, 1903, it is provided that Officers of that Reserve shall rank with, but after, Officers of the Royal Navy, Royal Indian Marine, and Royal Naval Reserve of their respective ranks.

And whereas a step in relative rank is granted to Lieutenants of the Royal Navy on attaining eight years' seniority, and to Engineer Lieutenants of the Royal Navy on attaining eight years' seniority, if qualified and selected.

And whereas we are of opinion that a similar step in relative rank should be granted to Lieutenants of the Royal Naval Reserve and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on attaining eight years' seniority, and to Senior Engineers of the Royal Naval Reserve.

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to authorize the grant of a step in relative rank to the above-mentioned Officers accordingly.

Always provided that the grant of such step shall not entitle Lieutenants of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve to any increase of full pay while serving in the Fleet or under training.

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

The Army Council and the Secretary of State for India in Council have also expressed their concurrence so far as Officers of the Army and the Royal Indian Marine respectively are affected.


1913 12 23
Establishment of the rank of RNVR Surgeon Probationer
And whereas, by the Naval Forces Act, 1903, it is enacted that the Admiralty shall have power to raise and maintain a force to be called the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and that any Volunteer enrolled under this Act, when serving for training afloat, or called out for actual service, shall be deemed to be serving in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force within the meaning of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865:

And whereas we deem it expedient, under the authority conferred on us by the said Naval Forces Act, 1903, to establish a rank of Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Officer, to be entitled Surgeon Probationer

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the establishment of this rank accordingly, with relative rank, pay, hospital allowance and special allowance when called out for actual service as set forth in the accompanying Schedule.

Schedule.

Surgeon Probationers, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

Relative Rank : To be that of Sub-Lieutenant, R.N.V.R.

Pay and Hospital Allowance : While undergoing training afloat or a hospital course Surgeon Probationers to receive pay at the rate of 5s. a day, and in the latter case a hospital allowance at the rate prescribed for Surgeons, R.N.

Pay and allowances when called out for actual service : To be the same as those payable while under training, with the addition of a special allowance of 2s. a day.


1914 10 02
Establishment of Reserve for Service in Motor Craft
And whereas we are of opinion that the formation of a Reserve for service in motorcraft would at the present juncture be of great value to Your Majesty's Fleet:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to authorize the extension of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve by the establishment of a new section, to be styled the Motor Boat Reserve, including new ratings with the titles and emoluments as well as an allowance applicable to the whole force, set out in the annexed Schedule.

Schedule.

Pay Of New Ratings.

  • Chief Motor Boatmen ... ... 5s. 6d. a day.
  • Motor Boatmen ... ... ... 2s. 6d. a day.

Allowances.

A special allowance of 3s. a day to be paid to both Officers and men to cover the cost of food and lodging and any claim to Hard-Lying Money.


1915 06 04
RNR Midshipmen Transferred to the RN - Pay
And whereas it is necessary to fix the rate of pay of Midshipmen of the Royal Naval Reserve transferred to the Royal Navy:

And whereas Midshipmen, Royal Naval Reserve, serving in the Royal Navy as such, receive pay at the rate of 3s. a day, or 4s. after 2 years seniority, together with a messing allowance of 1s. a day

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the grant of pay at the uniform rate of 4s. 6d. a day to Midshipmen, Royal Naval Reserve, transferred to the Royal Navy as Midshipmen, this rate to be payable from the date of transfer until they reach the rank of Sub-Lieutenant or are appointed for Sub-Lieutenant's duties.


1915 07 30
RNVR Lieutenant Commander - Pay
And whereas by the Naval Forces Act, 1903, it is enacted that the Admiralty shall have power to raise and maintain a Force to be called the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and that any Volunteer enrolled under this Act, when serving for training afloat, or called out for actual service, shall be deemed to be serving in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force within the meaning of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865

And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council of 16th July, 1914, to sanction the introduction of the Rank of Lieutenant Commander as a substantive Rank in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve to replace the Rank of Lieutenant of 8 years' seniority

And whereas we consider that Lieutenant Commanders, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, other than those serving in the Royal Naval Division, or those holding temporary Commissions, should receive the initial rate of pay of Lieutenant-Commanders, Royal Navy, viz., 13s. a day

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the grant of such rate of pay to these Officers, with effect as from the 1st August, 1914.


1916 08 18
Lieutenant Commanders on the Permanent List of the RNR and RNVR - Pay
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 18th day of August, 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 5th 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 by Section 2 of the Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve Act, 1863, it is enacted, inter alia, that the Admiralty may enrol Officers of Reserve to the Royal Navy under, and subject to, such rules, orders and regulations as the Admiralty may, with the consent of Your Majesty in Council, from time to time establish:

And whereas by the Naval Forces Act, 1903, it is enacted that the Admiralty shall have power to raise and maintain a Force to be called the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and that any Volunteer enrolled under this Act, when serving for training afloat, or called out for actual service, shall be deemed to be serving in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force within the meaning of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865 :

And whereas we consider that Lieutenant Commanders on the Permanent List of the Royal Naval Reserve, and Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, should be paid on the same scale as Lieutenant Commanders, Royal Navy, according to seniority :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the grant to such Officers of pay on the following scale, with effect as from 1st August, 1916:

  • On advancement ... 13s. a day.
  • After 2 years' seniority ... 14s. a day.
  • After 9 years' seniority ... 15s. a day.
  • After 6 years' seniority ... 16s. a day.

In the event of being appointed in command of one of Your Majesty's Ships, an Officer to be entitled to additional full pay of 1s. a day under the same conditions as Officers of the Royal Navy.

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.


1917 05 04
Royal Naval Reserve - Establishment of Rating of Chief Engine Room Artificer
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 24th 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 have had under consideration the Regulations governing the entry and payment of Engine Room Artificers in Your Majesty's Naval Reserve

And whereas we consider it to be desirable that an opportunity for advancement to the Rating of Chief Engine Room Artificer should be granted to Men entered as Engine Room Artificers in the Royal Naval Reserve

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the establishment, as from the 30th June, 1915, of the Rating of Chief Engine Room Artificer, Royal Naval Reserve, ranking with, but after, the Rating of Chief Engine Room Artificer, 2nd Class, Royal Navy, with pay at the rate of 6s. 4d. per diem.

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.


1917 08 31
Reserve Officers - Increments of Pay
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 29th 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 25th 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 by Section 2 of the Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve Act, 1863, it is enacted, inter alia, that the Admiralty may enrol Officers of Reserve to the Royal Navy under, and subject to such Rules, Orders and Regulations as the Admiralty may, with the consent of Your Majesty in Council, from time to time establish:

And whereas by the Naval Forces Act, 1903, it is enacted that the Admiralty shall have power to raise and maintain a Force to be called the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and that any Volunteer enrolled under this Act, when serving for training afloat, or called out for actual service, shall be deemed to be serving in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force within the meaning of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865:

And whereas we are of opinion that Officers holding Temporary Commissions or Appointments in the Naval Service should be granted increments of pay in the same manner as Permanent Officers:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve of Officers holding Temporary Commissions or Appointments in the Royal Navy, Royal Marine Force, Royal Naval Reserve, or Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, being granted increments of pay accordingly, after the periods of seniority or service specified in the case of Officers of corresponding Ranks on the Permanent Lists: Subject to the proviso that Officers holding the Temporary Rank of Lieutenant-Commander R.N.R. or R.N.V.R. shall be eligible for increments of pay on the scale applicable to Lieutenants only.

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.


1917 10 23
Midshipmen, RNR, Midshipmen, RNR, transferred to the Royal Navy - Pay and Allowances
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 23rd October, 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 29th September, 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 by Section 2 of the Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve Act, 1863, it is enacted, inter alia, that the Admiralty may enrol Officers of Reserve to the Royal Navy under and subject to such Rules, Orders, and Regulations, as the Admiralty may, with the consent of Your Majesty in Council, from time to time establish:

And whereas under existing Regulations the rate of pay of Midshipmen, Royal Naval Reserve, with less than two years' seniority, is 3s. a day, plus Is. a day Messing Allowance, and that of Midshipmen, Royal Naval Reserve, transferred to the Royal Navy, is a combined rate of 4s. 6d. a day

And whereas we consider that, these rates of pay should be increased

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve of the rate of pay of Midshipmen, Royal Naval Reserve, under two years' seniority being increased to 4s. a day, plus 1s. a day Messing Allowance, and that of Midshipmen, Royal Naval Reserve, transferred to the Royal Navy, including those already transferred, to a combined rate of 5s. a day, with retrospective effect, in each case, as from the 5th day of September, 1917:

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 07 09
Retired or Emergency' List Officers from the Active List of Sub-Lieutenants, `called out' for service - Promotion
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 5th day of July, 1918.

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 July, 1918, 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, :hall 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 October, 1914, to approve of Lieutenants on the Retired and Emergency Lists of the Royal Navy, and Lieutenants on the Retired List of the Royal Naval Reserve, being granted the rank of Lieutenant Commander on attaining 8 years' seniority in the rank of Lieutenant, provided they held the latter Rank on the Active List:

And whereas we consider that Officers who were placed on the Retired or Emergency' List from the Active List of Sub-Lieutenants, and have been `called out' for service during Hostilities should not be debarred from reaching the Rank of Lieutenant-Commander, provided they fulfil certain conditions:

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

  1. Sub-Lieutenants, Royal Navy (Retired), to be eligible for the Rank of Lieutenant on completing 2 years' service after being 'called out,' including previous service as Sub-Lieutenant. Officers promoted to Lieutenant under this Rule to be given the Rank of Lieutenant-Commander after 8 years' seniority as Lieutenant.
  2. Sub-Lieutenants (Emergency List), who have been or may in future be promoted to Lieutenant on attaining 3 years' seniority under existing Regulations, to be eligible for the Rank of Lieutenant-Commander on attaining 8 years' seniority as Lieutenant, provided they have completed 2 years' service after being `called out,' including previous service as Sub-Lieutenant.
  3. Sub-Lieutenants, Royal Naval Reserve (Retired), who obtain the necessary qualifications for the Rank of Lieutenant on the Active List to be eligible for the Rank of Lieutenant-Commander 8 years after obtaining such qualifications.

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 07 23
Royal Naval Reserve Officers - Navigating Duties - Allowances
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 19th July, 1918.

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 July, 1918, 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 the Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve Act, 1863, it is enacted, inter alia, that the Admiralty may enrol Officers of Reserve to the Royal Navy under and subject to such Rules, Orders and Regulations as the Admiralty may, with the consent of Your Majesty in Council, from time to time establish:

And whereas by the Regulations for the Royal Naval Reserve (Officers) it is provided that Royal Naval Reserve Officers of or below the rank of Commander shall, when employed on Navigating Duties in Your Majesty's Fleet, receive an allowance of 4s. or 2s. 6d. a day, according to their Rank and Mercantile Marine Qualifications:

And whereas we consider that certain service in the Royal Navy should also be allowed to count towards the qualifying service for such Allowances:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve of the present Regulations as to the payment of Navigating Allowance being amplified as follows:-

  1. Royal Naval Reserve Officers appointed for Navigating Duties who are not fully qualified under Article 101 of the Royal Naval Reserve Regulations (Officers) for the 4s. rate of Navigating Allowance, to be eligible to receive Navigating Allowance at the rate of 4s. a day provided that in each case:
    1. The Officer's Rank is not lower than that of Lieutenant:
    2. He has served for a period of 3 years as Navigating Officer in one or more of Your Majesty's Ships
    3. Payment of the Allowance at the rate of 4s. a day is recommended by the Commanding Officer.
  2. Royal Naval Reserve Officers who possess an Extra Master's Certificate to be allowed to count all 'Active Service' during the War towards the 3 years qualifying service required under Article 101 of the Royal Naval Reserve Regulations (Officers) for the higher rate of 4s. a day.
  3. Royal Naval Reserve Officers who are not fully qualified under Article 102 of the Royal Naval Reserve Regulations (Officers) to be allowed to count all `Active Service' during they War towards the one year's qualifying service required for payment of Navigating Allowance at the rate of 2s. 6d. a day.

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.


1918 12 20
Lieutenant-Commanders, RNVR, serving in the Royal Naval Division
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 18th December, 1918.

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 8th December, 1918, 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 17th day of December, 1914, to provide that Lieutenant-Commanders, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, serving in the Royal Naval Division should receive pay at the rate of 14s. a day

And whereas we consider that the pay of these Officers should be improved

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the following rates of pay for these Officers, with effect from the 1st October, 1917:

  s.  
On promotion 16 a day
After reaching four years' seniority 17 a day
After reaching six years' seniority 18 a day

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

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into considerations 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.


1924 03 21
Chief Motor Boatman retitled Chief Motor Mechanic
And whereas by Your Majesty's Order in Council of 6th December, 1922, Regulations were sanctioned for the government and payment of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, providing, inter alia, for the classification and advancement of Chief Motor Mechanics:

And whereas we have had under consideration the question of the classification and advancement of certain Chief Motor Mechanics who previously served as Chief Motor Boatmen in the Auxiliary Patrol:

And whereas service as Chief Motor Boatman was in all respects equivalent to the Service now required of a Chief Motor Mechanic, the title of Chief Motor Mechanic having been adopted as being more descriptive of the duties performed by the men, without involving any change in status or relative rank:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to direct that such former service as Chief Motor Boatman shall be allowed to count for the purpose of classification as Chief Motor Mechanic in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and for advancement to higher ratings in that branch.


1925 02 10
Reserves - time in other services to count for Good Conduct Badges
And whereas mobilised service in Your Majesty's Navy, or former service as a Naval Rating, may be counted by men of the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve towards the prescribed qualifying periods for the award of Good Conduct Badges:

And whereas by Orders in Council of 25th June, 1903, and 7th February, 1921, it is provided, inter alia, that former service in Your Majesty's Army or Air Force may, under certain restrictions and conditions, be counted towards the prescribed qualifying periods for the award of Good Conduct Badges to men of Your Majesty's Navy:

And whereas we consider that provision should similarly be made for former service in Your Majesty's Marine Force, Army or Air Force to be counted by men of the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve towards such prescribed qualifying periods, subject to the same restrictions and conditions as are applicable to the counting of similar service by men of Your Majesty's Navy:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council, to approve of men of the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve being allowed, at our discretion, to count former service in Your Majesty's Marine Force, Army, or Air Force towards the prescribed qualifying periods for the grant of Good Conduct Badges, subject to the restrictions and conditions aforesaid, and of their being awarded Good Conduct Badges accordingly, with payment when under training or when called into. actual service.


1926 02 05
Clarification of time served in the Royal Navy
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 January, 1926 (C.W. 11912/25), in the words following, viz.:-

And whereas provision is made in the Regulations for the Royal Naval Reserve (Officers) for the grant to Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve of commissions as Officers in the Royal Navy for meritorious service:

And whereas it is necessary to prescribe the manner in which previous service in the Royal Navy rendered by Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve who have been or may be so transferred shall be reckoned for purposes of promotion and retired pay under Naval Regulations:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction any time served in the Royal Navy by such Officers in the rank of Acting Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Reserve, or any higher rank, being allowed to count as Naval Service for the purposes indicated.


1928 04 03
Seamen Petty Officers of the RNR in the Patrol Service to be known and rank as Second Hands
At the Court at Buckingham. Palace, the 22nd day of March, 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 20th day of March, 1928 (N. 2807/27), 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 by Section 6 of the Royal Naval Reserve Volunteer Act, 1859, it is enacted, inter alia, that the Volunteers under that Act shall for such time as they shall be in actual service thereunder be entitled when on shore or afloat to the pay and other advantages of Petty Officers or Seamen in the Royal Navy according to the ratings which they may be found qualified to fill:

And whereas we consider that Seamen Petty Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve belonging to the Patrol Service should when called into actual service under the said Act be known and rank as Second Hands:

And whereas for this purpose it is necessary to establish in Your Majesty's Royal Navy a rating to be known as Second Hand and to provide for the counting of certain mobilised service for progressive increases of pay:

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

(1) To sanction the establishment in Your Majesty's Royal Navy of the rating of Second Hand who shall when borne for service in any commissioned trawler, drifter or other small vessel, rank immediately before any Petty Officer borne for service in the same or a similar vessel but save as aforesaid shall rank with Seamen Petty Officers of the Royal Navy.

(2) To authorize the payment to persons holding the rating of Second Hand of pay and allowances at the same rates as are from time to time in force for Seamen Petty Officers, mobilised service as Second Hand in the former trawler section of the Royal Naval Reserve or as Seaman Petty Officer in the Royal Naval Reserve counting for progressive increases of pay as though it were mobilised service as a Second Hand.

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.


1929 11 08
Reserve SQ - Light Gunlayer.
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 5th day of November, 1929.

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 20th day of August, 1929, (N. 2359/29), in the words following, viz. :-

Whereas in Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, wages 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 a 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 Section 8 of the Royal Naval Reserve Volunteer Act, 1859, it is enacted. inter alia, that the Volunteers under that Act shall for such time as they shall be in actual service thereunder be entitled when on shore or afloat to the pay and other advantages of Petty Officers or Seamen in the Royal Navy according to the ratings which they may be found qualified to fill:

And whereas we consider it desirable that a non-substantive rating, to be known as Light Gunlayer, should be held by certain Seamen of the Royal Naval Reserve belonging to the Patrol Service:

And whereas for this purpose it is necessary to establish a non-substantive rating with the title of Light Gunlayer 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 the establishment of the non-substantive rating of Light Gunlayer in Your Majesty's Navy, with payment therefor at the rate of 6d. per diem.

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.


1931 07 28
Royal Naval Reserve - Establishment of the Rank of Probationary Acting Sub Lieutenant, R.N.R.
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 23rd day of July, 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 8th day of July, 1931 (C.W. 4162/31), in the words following, viz.:

Whereas by Section 3 of the Officers of Royal Naval Reserve Act, 1863, it is enacted inter alia, that Officers of the Royal Naval Reserve shall be entitled to receive such pay and allowances as we, with the consent of Your Majesty in Council, may from time to time appoint:

And whereas by Section 1 of the Naval Reserve (Officers) Act, 1926, it is enacted inter alia, that where any Officer of the Reserve shall sustain any disability of mind or body which is attributable to the conditions of Naval Service, he may be granted an allowance or pension in respect thereof at such rate and subject to such conditions as we, with the consent of Your Majesty in Council, may appoint:

And whereas new conditions have been introduced by Your Majesty's Board of Trade for the examinations for Officers' Certificates in the Mercantile Marine, which materially affect the recruitment of Executive Officers, R.N.R.:

And whereas we consider that the. situation necessitates provision for the entry of Officers holding Board of Trade Second Mate's Certificates by the institution of an appropriate new rank in the R.N.R.:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to approve the establishment of a new rank entitled ‘Probationary Acting Sub Lieutenant, R.N.R.' subject to such regulations as we may deem advisable and to the following conditions:-

  1. Full pay while under training or during service yin the Royal Navy to be at the rates from time to time current for Acting Sub Lieutenants, R.N.R., and
  2. Until promoted to the confirmed rank of Sub Lieutenant, R.N.R., disability retired pay to be at the rates provided from time to time for Midshipmen, R.N.R., and to be governed generally by the regulations applicable to such retired pay.

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.
Colin Smith.


1936 07 10
RN Wireless Auxiliary Service - Conditions of Service
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 3rd day of July, 1936.

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 29th day of June, 1936 (N. 2764/36) 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 dated the 8th August, 1932, sanction was given for the formation of a Reserve Force to be known as the Royal Naval Wireless Auxiliary Reserve:

And whereas we consider it desirable that members of the Royal Naval Wireless Auxiliary Reserve, when undergoing training in the Royal Navy, should receive pay as authorised for the rating of Telegraphist in the Royal Navy serving under a Continuous Service engagement and on the post-1925 scale of pay, together with such appropriate non-substantive pay and allowances as we, at our discretion, may consider to be necessary:

And whereas we further consider that members of the Royal Naval Wireless Auxiliary Reserve should be entitled, in respect of hurts or sickness incurred while under training in the Royal Navy, to pensions or gratuities under the Regulations applicable to the corresponding personnel of the Royal Navy and that the widows and other dependent relatives of such men killed, drowned or dying from hurts or disease incurred when under going such training, should be eligible for pensions and allowances at the same rates, and under the same conditions, as such dependants of the corresponding personnel of the Royal Navy:

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

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

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.


1939 06 27
Royal Fleet Reservists - Conditions of Service
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 23rd day of June, 1939.

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 May, 1939 (P.M. 1568 / 39), 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 bearing date the 29th of July, 1937, sanction was given inter alia, that all men whose First Continuous Service engagement having expired, re-entered or re-engaged for Non-continuous Service under certain, emergency and expansion schemes should, provided they are otherwise eligible, count the time as Continuous Service time for Naval Pension and Good Conduct Medal Gratuity as if they had re-engaged in the General Service to complete time for pension:

And whereas we are of opinion that this condition should apply also to Royal Fleet Reservists who volunteered during the manning emergency for service under the aforesaid schemes or analogous service, which involves discharge from the Reserve (though with the reservation of certain Reserve privileges) and re-entry on an Active Service basis, and that if such men are invalided during the currency of their Active Service engagements, they should be eligible for invaliding gratuity or pension on the Naval scale if more beneficial than proportionate Royal Fleet Reserve Gratuity:

And whereas we are of opinion that Royal Naval Reservists who volunteered under similar conditions for service under the aforesaid schemes or for analogous service should be eligible for invaliding gratuity or pension on the Naval scale if more beneficial than proportionate Naval Reserve gratuity:

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 Schedule annexed hereto.

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

Schedule.

  1. Royal Fleet Reservists who volunteered for service under the emergency and expansion schemes or for analogous service, and who are otherwise eligible, to be permitted to count time served under their emergency Non-Continuous Service engagements as Continuous Service time for the purposes of the award of Naval pension and the R.N. Long Service and Good Conduct medal and gratuity.
  2. Royal Fleet and Royal Naval Reservists serving under the schemes referred to in paragraph 1, if invalided during the currency of their Active Service engagements, to be awarded pension and gratuity on the Naval scale, if more beneficial than proportionate Reserve gratuity.
  3. The same time not to be allowed to reckon for both Reserve gratuity and Naval Pension, or for both Reserve and Active Service medal: Royal Fleet Reservists, however, not to be debarred from counting the same time for both Reserve gratuity and Active Service medal and gratuity.

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.
Rupert B. Howorth.


1940 10 08
Establishment of Electrical Officer Branch in the RNVR
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 4th day of October, 1940.

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

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 23rd day of September, 1940 (C.W. 27083/40), 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 Section 3 of the Officers of Royal Naval Reserve Act, 1863, it is enacted, inter alia, that Officers of reserve shall be entitled to receive such pay and allowances as we, with the consent of Your Majesty in Council, may from time to time appoint:

And whereas by the Naval Forces Act, 1903, it is enacted that the Admiralty shall have power to raise and maintain a Force to be called the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and that any Volunteer enrolling under this Act, when serving for training afloat or called out for actual service shall be deemed to be serving in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force within the meaning of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865:

And whereas by Order in Council dated 16th day of December, 1925 (No, 139/C.W.), provision is. made for a category of Electrical Officers in Your Majesty's Navy:

And whereas we consider it desirable that provision should now be made for a corresponding category of Officers in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to approve the institution of a category of Electrical Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and that these Officers should be eligible for full pay on the. scale laid down for qualified officers of the Engineer category of the same rank and seniority.

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.</P>

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Rupert B. Howorth.


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