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Warrant Officers

Pensions and Compassionate Allowances etc.

20 Dec 1912
Commissioned Warrant and Warrant Officers, and of Officers promoted from those ranks - Assessment of Pensions
And whereas by Orders in Council bearing dates 11 August, 1884, and 11 February, 1904, it is provided that in calculating, for purposes of pension, the services of Commissioned Warrant and Warrant Officers, and of Officers promoted from those ranks under His late Majesty's Order in Council of 28 March, 1903, fractions of a year's service in each of the several grades through which the Officers have passed shall be valued for pension if together they total a complete, year or complete years, the pensionable value of the year or years so made up being calculated beginning with the fraction in the lowest grade

And whereas we are of opinion that it would be, more equitable if the pensionable value of any year or years composed of such fractional parts were assessed beginning with the fraction in the highest grade

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to approve of fractions of a year's service in the different grades being assessed for pension under the following rules, viz.:-

  1. When the fractions of a year's service in each grade for which a separate rate of Pension or Retired Pay is assigned do not, in the aggregate, equal 365 days, no Pension or Retired Pay to be allowed in respect thereof.
  2. When such fractions equal or exceed one, two, or three full years in the aggregate, Pension or Retired Pay to be awarded for one, two, or three years respectively as follows:
    1. For each day of the fraction of service in the highest grade 1/365th of the annual rate assigned to such service.
    2. For each day of the balance required to make up the one, two, or three full years, 1/365th of the annual rate or rates assigned to service in the lower grade or grades from which such balance is taken.
  3. The minimum and maximum rates of Retired Pay to be inclusive of this addition.
  4. The above provisions to apply to all Commissioned Warrant and Warrant Officers, and to Officers promoted from those ranks under Order in Council of the 28th March, 1903, placed on the Pension or Retired List on or after the 29th June, 1912.

18 Feb 1913
Warrant Officers and Commissioned Warrant Officers Retirement
And whereas by the Regulations for the government of Your Majesty's Naval Service it is provided that Warrant Officers and Commissioned Warrant Officers may be allowed to retire voluntarily at our discretion on attaining the age of 50:

And whereas a similar condition was laid down by His late Majesty's Order in Council of the 28th March, 1903, in respect of Lieutenants, Engineer Lieutenants, and Carpenter Lieutenants promoted to those ranks under the provisions of that Order: And whereas we are of opinion that it would be to the advantage of Your Majesty's Service to extend the facilities for optional retirement for the above-mentioned ranks by lowering the age at which such retirement may be allowed:

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 permit Warrant Officers and Commissioned Warrant Officers, and Lieutenants, Engineer Lieutenants and Carpenter Lieutenants promoted to those ranks under the provisions of Order in Council of the 28th March, 1903, to retire on attaining the age of 40.


14 Mar 1913
Commissioned Warrant Officers - Minimum Pension
And whereas by Order in Council bearing date the 12 August, 1875, the minimum pension of a Warrant Officer of the Royal Navy with fifteen years' service as such is fixed at 95 per annum, which does not, however, apply to Head Schoolmasters:

And whereas Commissioned Warrant Officers, promoted to that rank after fifteen years' service as Warrant Officer in accordance with the provisions of Your Majesty's Order in Council of the 19th July, 1912, may be entitled under existing regulations to a smaller pension than they would have received if not so promoted, owing to there being no fixed minimum rate of pension for Commissioned Warrant Officers:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to authorize the establishment of a fixed minimum rate of pension of 95 per annum for Commissioned Warrant Officers, exclusive of Chief Schoolmasters, to take effect as from the 1st day of April, 1912.


19 Jun 1914
Compassionate Allowance for Dismissed Commissioned Warrant and Warrant Officers
And whereas by His late Majesty's Order in Council, bearing date 13th May, 1901, we are empowered to award to an Officer of Your Majesty's Navy dismissed the Service by sentence of Court Martial a Compassionate Allowance not exceeding the lowest rate of half-pay of his rank, at our discretion:

And whereas Commissioned Warrant and Warrant Officers of Your Majesty's Navy, not being eligible for half-pay, are debarred from receiving any benefit under the terms of the above-mentioned Order in Council, when dismissed the Service by sentence of Court Martial:

We beg leave humbly to submit that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to authorise us, at our discretion, to award to Commissioned Warrant and Warrant Officers, in such circumstances, compassionate allowances at rates not exceeding the pension for which they would be eligible, in ordinary circumstances, at the date of their dismissal.


18 Sep 1914
Commissioned Warrant Officers - Pension
And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Order in Council bearing date the 7th day of March, 1913, to establish a fixed minimum rate of pension of 95 per annum for Commissioned Warrant Officers, exclusive of Chief Schoolmasters:

And whereas we consider that, in the case of Officers who retire from Your Majesty's Naval Service before reaching the age of 55, this minimum rate of pension should only be granted if they have served 10 years since promotion to Warrant rank:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to establish minimum rates of pension for Commissioned Warrant Officers (exclusive of Chief Schoolmasters) who may hereafter be promoted to that rank and who retire before reaching the age of 55 years, as follows: -

  • With 10 years' service as Warrant Officer and Commissioned Warrant Officer combined ... 95 a year.
  • With over 5 years and under 10 years ... 75 a year.
  • With under 6 years ... 60 a year.

15 Oct 1915
Commissioned, Commissioned Warrant, and Warrant Officers recalled - Security of Pensions
And whereas Orders in Council of the 20th day of April, 1880, and the 3rd day of May, 1888, secure to Continuous Service Men, who re-engage after completing twenty years Service, the Pensions earned up to date of reengagement, notwithstanding subsequent breaches of discipline, provided the offences are not mutiny or felony, or of such a nature as to cause the offenders to be discharged from Your Majesty's Service with disgrace:

And whereas, although possessing general powers in such matters as representing Your Majesty, we desire that similar provision should be made to secure within certain limits the Retired Pay or Pensions of Officers in Your Majesty's Naval and Marine Forces called out for further Service in War or Emergency:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that by virtue of the powers in this behalf by prerogative, statute, or otherwise, vested in Your Majesty, Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to direct:

That the Retired Pay or Pensions to which Commissioned, Commissioned Warrant, and Warrant Officers in Your Majesty's Naval and Marine Forces may be entitled at the date of being called out for further Service shall be secured to them notwithstanding any breach of discipline or misconduct committed during the said further Service, provided that the breach of discipline or misconduct be neither:

  1. mutiny, nor
  2. felony, nor
  3. conduct unbecoming the character of an Officer and in respect of which a sentence of dismissal from Your Majesty's Service with disgrace shall be passed, nor
  4. conduct of such a nature as would, in our opinion, merit a reduction in the rate of Retired Pay or Pension such as would have been made under the Regulations for the time being in force relating to the retirement of Naval or Marine Officers for misconduct, had the Officer concerned been retired or pensioned from the Active List on account of the conduct in question.
  5. And that in cases falling within Clause
  6. we may have the like power and authority, at our discretion, to make a reduction in the Retired Pay or Pension of the Officer concerned: as we should have had if he had been on the Active List at the time of such misconduct, and subject to the Regulations for the time being in force relating to the retirement of Naval or Marine Officers for misconduct, on account of the breach of discipline or misconduct in question.

30 Jan 1917
Commissioned Warrant and Warrant Officers - Disability Pensions
And whereas we have had under consideration Chapter LII of the Regulations for the Government of Your Majesty's Naval Service wherein are laid down the Scales of Pensions and Gratuities which may be awarded for wounds and injuries received `in action' or `not in action' ;

And whereas we are of opinion that Quartermasters, Royal Marines, should be eligible for Disability and Wounds Pensions, under the Regulations for Commissioned Officers:

And whereas we are of opinion that, having , regard to the circumstances of the 'present' Hostilities, it is desirable to fix minimum Pensions and Gratuities for Commissioned Warrant and Warrant Officers of the Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Reserves, wounded or injured during the period of the War, as has already been done in the case of Commissioned and Subordinate Officers

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

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

Regulations.

Commissioned Warrant Officers and Warrant Officers on the Permanent, Supplementary, or Temporary Lists, of the Navy, Coast Guard,, Marines, and Reserves, who, during the present War, have lost, or may lose, an eye or a limb, or the use of an eye or a limb, or have received, or may receive, an injury. equivalent, or nearly equivalent thereto, to be eligible, at the discretion of the Admiralty, for a minimum award for each limb or eye, or each injury equivalent or nearly equivalent thereto, as follows:

I.- In Action.

Commissioned Warrant Officers.

A Gratuity of 250 for the first year, and

A Pension of 100 a year, commencing 12 months after the date of the loss or injury.

No Officer who loses the sight of both eyes as the result of injuries received in action to be awarded less than 225 a year in all.

Warrant Officers.

A Gratuity of 200 for the first year, and

A Pension of 75 a year commencing 12 months after the date of the loss or injury.

No Officer who loses the sight of both eyes as the result of injuries received in action to be awarded less than 175 a year in all.

II.-Otherwise Than In Action.

Commissioned Warrant Officers and Warrant Officers to receive Pensions of 75 and 50 a year respectively, commencing from the date of the loss or injury.

The above Rates of Pensions to apply to Noncombatant Officers, according to relative rank, to Marine Warrant Officers, Class I, and to Coast Guard Officers : Divisional Chief Officers of Coast Guard, and Chief Officers, Permanent Cruiser Service, ranking for this purpose as Commissioned Warrant Officers, and Chief Officers of Stations and late in charge of Batteries, together with Senior Mates and Second Mates of the Permanent Cruiser Service, ranking as Warrant Officers.

The awards to be governed by similar rules to those laid down for Commissioned and Subordinate Officers in the Order in Council of the 29th February, 1916.

Men granted Acting Warrant Rank and Officers with Acting Rank on the Permanent, Temporary, or Reserve Lists to be dealt with as if they were confirmed in the Acting Rank.

Quartermasters, R.M., Disability Pensions, &c.

If on the Permanent List-as laid down in the Army Regulations (aide Section A (3) of Order in Council, 29th February, 1916).

If on the Reserve or Temporary List-on the scale laid down in Section B of Order in Council, 29th February, 1916.

Wounds, &c., Pensions, &c.

Whether on the Permanent, Reserve, or Temporary List on the scale laid down in Order in Council, 29th February, 1916.


10 May 1918
Commissioned Warrant Officers - on retirement, promotion to the actual Rank of Lieutenant, or similar equivalent Rank.
And whereas by the Regulations for the Government of Your Majesty's Naval Service, Chief Gunners, Chief Boatswains, Chief Signal Boatswains, Commissioned Telegraphists, Chief Carpenters (now styled "Commissioned Shipwrights"), Chief Artificer Engineers, and Commissioned Mechanicians who have served 3 years as Commissioned Warrant Officers on the Active List of Your Majesty's Navy may, at our discretion, be granted the Rank of Lieutenant, or equivalent Rank, on being pensioned, and Chief Schoolmasters who have served for a similar period may be granted the relative Rank of Lieutenant:

And whereas we consider that all Commissioned Warrant Officers, who have completed 3 years' Service as such, should be eligible to receive, on retirement, promotion to the actual Rank of Lieutenant, or similar equivalent Rank:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve of Commissioned Warrant Officers of the undermentioned Classes, who have completed 3 years' Service in Commissioned Warrant Rank, being granted, on retirement, Rank corresponding to that of Lieutenant, R.N., with the titles stated below:

    Branch and Title.
  • Armourer, Ordnance Lieutenant.
  • Electrician, Electrical Lieutenant.
  • R.M. Gunner, Captain R.M.
  • Wardmaster, Wardmaster Lieutenant.
  • Schoolmaster, Schoolmaster Lieutenant.
  • Writer, Paymaster.
  • Victualling, Paymaster.
  • Instructor in Cookery, Paymaster.
  • Master-at-Arms, Lieutenant-at-Arms.

29 Oct 1918
Pay and Allowances for Temporary Acting Warrant Officers - Pensioners and Reservists.
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 23rd day of October, 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 21st October, 1918, in the words following, viz.:-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 186, 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 a number of Pensioner and Royal Fleet Reserve Men have been granted Temporary Acting Warrant Rank during the period of Hostilities, and we consider that these Officers should be granted the same increments of pay, according to the length of their service in Warrant Rank, as are granted to the Confirmed Officers of similar Rank on the Permanent List of Your Majesty's Navy:

And whereas the Regulations further provide that the grant of widow's pension to the widow of a Warrant Officer, and of compassionate allowances to his children, can only be authorized in cases where the Officer has completed one year's satisfactory service as Warrant Officer, and has been confirmed in Rank, unless his death was attributable to the service:

And whereas we consider that the widows of Temporary Acting Warrant Officers should be granted widow's pensions, and their children compassionate allowances, under the conditions applicable to other Warrant Officers, provided the Officer has completed one year's satisfactory service as Temporary Acting Warrant Officer, notwithstanding the fact that Temporary Acting Warrant Officers do not receive confirmation in Rank

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the grant to these Officers of the increments of full pay authorized for Confirmed Warrant Officers, Royal Navy, and of pensions and allowances to their widows and children as proposed above.

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.


13 Feb 1920
Acting Warrant Officers - Injury Awards, and Widows' Pensions and Compassionate Allowances to children.
And whereas under the Regulations for the government of Your Majesty's Naval Service, it is laid down that Warrant Officers shall serve for a period before confirmation, with acting warrant rank only, and that time so served shall count as Chief Petty Officer time unless it be subsequently covered by a warrant from the Admiralty:

And whereas we consider that Acting Warrant Officers should be treated as Warrant Officers for the purposes of injury awards, and widows' pensions and Compassionate Allowances to children :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction their treatment accordingly, with effect from the 1st April, 1919.


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