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Shortage of Men

1946 05 21
Shortage of Men - Bounty for those who sign on for 3-4 years
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 15th day of May, 1946.

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 May, 1946 (N. 6452 / 46), 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 it has been found necessary to take special measures to increase the strength of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the payment of bounties and gratuities at the rates stated below to men who extend their service in the Royal Navy or the Royal Marines, or undertake to do so, or who re-join under the special arrangements:

  1. To naval ratings and Royal Marines still serving on 'Hostilities Only' engagements who sign engagements extending their service by 3 or 4 years, and naval ratings and Royal Marines who have been discharged either from regular or 'Hostilities Only' engagements who re-join for 3 or 4 years:
  2. A bounty of 33 on signing the engagement, unless they have already received civilian clothing benefits, in which case they will receive a bounty of 25 only.

    A gratuity of 25 for each full year of extended service, which will be accumulated and paid on discharge at the end of the engagement.

    Men invalided during the engagement, or otherwise discharged except for misconduct, will receive 25 for each completed year of service, and an appropriate amount for the uncompleted year.

    No gratuity will be payable to men discharged for misconduct.

    Extended service will not count for both pension and gratuity should a man complete 22 years qualifying Service for pension during his extended service.

  3. To naval ratings and Royal Marines still serving on regular engagements who sign an undertaking before 31st October, 1946, to extend their service for 3 years from the date on which their current engagement expires, if they are then required to do so.

A bounty of 33 on signing the undertaking, unless they have already received civilian clothing benefits, in which case they mill receive a bounty of 25 only.

A gratuity in respect of the supplemental service at the same rates and subject to the same conditions as for the extended service of the men provided for under (a) above, if more favourable than the gratuity normally payable in respect of such service.

Supplemental service will not count for both pension (or increase of pension) and gratuity.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in these proposals with effect from 15th April, 1946.

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.
E. C. E. Leadbitter.


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