Sick Pay - Officers

1918 07 23
(What to today we would probably term) Sick Pay - Officers
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 10th 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 in the Regulations for the Government of Your Majesty's Navy, and in sundry Orders in Council, provision is made for the grant to Officers, subject to certain conditions, and during certain limited periods of sick leave on full pay:

And whereas in sundry Orders in Council provision is made, subject to certain conditions, for the grant of non-effective pay during periods of unemployment to Officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines at rates dependent upon their rank and service:

And whereas under the Instructions for Royal Marine Divisions Officers of the Royal Marines, who are maintained at the public expense in a Naval Hospital during full-pay sick leave, are liable to deduction from their full pay while so maintained:

And whereas we are of opinion that it is desirable in certain respects to modify the said Regulations for the period of the present War:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the Regulations contained in the Schedule annexed hereto, with, effect far the periods defined therein.

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


  1. Permanent and Temporary Officers, except those signed on Articles T.124 and its variants, may, at the discretion of the Admiralty, be borne on Ships Books for full-pay sick leave for a period not exceeding 12 months when the disability or sickness is certified to be due to causes beyond the Officer's own control, provided that there be a reasonable probability of return to duty.
  2. No Naval or Marine Officer below the rank or relative rank of Flag Officer, who is temporarily unemployed, but has a definite liability for further active service, to be discharged to non-effective pay or to shore without pay, as the case may be, except:-
    1. after the, maximum period of full-pay sick leave has been exhausted, and
    2. when unemployed at his own request, or owing to misconduct, or to refusal of employment, or to disability due to causes within his own control.
  3. Officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines placed on half pay under the preceding Regulation to receive, if more beneficial to them than the rate of half pay prescribed under existing Regulations, half pay of 5s. a day.
  4. Hospital stoppages in no case to be enforced against Marines Officers on full pay in cases of injury or sickness attributable to military service whether in the field of otherwise.
  5. These Regulations shall have effect, at the discretion of the Admiralty, as regards Clause 1 from the 1st October, 1917, until a date not exceeding 12 months after the cessation of Hostilities, as regards Clauses 2 and 3 from the 1st October, 1917, until the conclusion of Hostilities, and as regards Clause 4 from the 1st March, 1918, until a date not exceeding 18 months after the cessation of Hostilities.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Almeric FitzRoy.

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