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Warrant Officers

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04 Aug 1908
Warrant Officers - Coaling allowance - Target Practice allowance
And whereas we are of opinion that it is desirable that the allowance of ten shillings a month granted by Your Majesty's Order in Council of 24 March, 1902, to Warrant Officers employed in Coaling duties to meet the expense which they incur for wear and tear of clothing, should be extended to other appointments:

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

  1. That Warrant Officers, or Officers promoted therefrom, when employed on duties connected with Target practice may, at our discretion, be granted an allowance for wear and tear of clothing not exceeding 10 shillings a month, this provision to be retrospective to 1 April, 1907, in order to cover payment to the Officers of Your Majesty's ship “Revenge,” tender to the Gunnery School at Portsmouth.
  2. That subject to the prior sanction of the Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury in each case, the allowance may be granted within the same maximum and to the same classes of Officers when engaged on other than Target duties.

11 Jul 1911
Royal Yacht - Special promotion to Warrant Rank
And whereas we are desirous of recognising the long and meritorious services of Samuel Mackenzie Hammond, Keeper and Steward of the Royal Apartments in Your Majesty's Yacht `Victoria and Albert,' by his special promotion to Warrant Rank

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction his promotion accordingly with the title of Keeper and Steward of Royal Cabins, to take effect from the 22nd day of June, 1911, under the following conditions, viz. :

  1. That on promotion his present emoluments, viz., pay and pension, be converted into and be regarded only as `Active Service' pay.
  2. That on retirement from the Active List, which shall take place at the age of 55, his pension be calculated upon the scale for Warrant Officers of the Military Branch, and for the full period of Service.

22 Dec 1911
Diving Officer Allowance - for Commissioned Warrant Officer or Warrant Officer appointed as Inspector of Diving
And whereas we have found it necessary to appoint a Warrant Officer as Inspector of Diving in Your Majesty's Fleet:

And whereas we are of opinion that the important nature of the duties which will devolve upon this officer should be recognized by the grant of a special allowance:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by your Order in Council to sanction the payment of a fixed allowance of 2s. a day, to include all diving duties, to such Commissioned Warrant Officer or Warrant Officer as may be appointed as Inspector of Diving, this allowance to take effect as from the 5th October, 1911.


17 Oct 1913
Commissioned Warrant Officers, Warrant Officers and Officers promoted from those ranks - Equipment Allowances
And whereas by Order in Council bearing date the 4th July, 1895, it is provided, inter alia, that retired Naval Officers voluntarily re-employed shall be granted equipment allowances at certain specified rates, provided that no Officer shall receive any allowance if he has retired within three years from the date of his re-employment, and that no allowance shall be repeated to the same Officer within a period of five years:

And whereas it is necessary at times to re-employ for short periods retired Commissioned Warrant Officers, Warrant Officers and Officers promoted from those ranks, and in such cases we consider it more equitable to grant equipment allowances at daily rates, payable whenever the Officers are employed subject to the yearly maxima hereinafter referred to.

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 grant equipment allowances to such Officers, at the following daily rates, in lieu of the allowances sanctioned by the before-mentioned Order in Council.

    To Commissioned Warrant and Warrant Officers:-
  • 3s. per day - subject to a maximum of 20s. in any one year.
    To Lieutenants promoted from Commissioned Warrant and Warrant ranks :-
  • 4s. per day - subject to a maximum of 30s. in any one year.

Such rates to take effect as from the 1st April, 1913.


27 Oct 1914
RNAS - Commissioned & Warrant Officers
And whereas by Your Majesty's Order in Council, bearing date the 16th day of July, 1914, certain Ranks are laid down for Officers of the Royal Naval Air Service:

And whereas we find it expedient to enter Officers for this Service for the period of hostilities only:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the entry of such Officers, whether as Commissioned or Warrant Officers, as from the 1st August, 1914, with the pay, allowances and widows' pensions granted to Officers for permanent Service, but without tuition fee or bounty on discharge.


03 Nov 1914
Establishment of Separation Allowances for RN and RM Warrant Officers and below
And whereas we consider it desirable that Separation Allowances should be paid during the period of the present War to the wives and in respect of the children of Seamen, Marines, and Reservists borne on the books of Your Majesty's Ships, and to other persons who are in fact dependent upon them

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction payment of such allowances at rates not exceeding those set forth in the following Schedule [see separate URL], to take effect from the 1st day of October, 1914.

  • Payment in respect of children to be made for boys under 14 and girls under 16 years of age.
  • Families now residing within the London Postal area to receive an additional allowance of 3s. 6d. a week.

14 Sep 1915
Director Warrant Officers allowance
And whereas we consider that Warrant Officers and Commissioned Warrant Officers appointed as Director Warrant Officers should receive an allowance of 1s. a day whilst so employed :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may. be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the payment of such allowance accordingly, with effect as from the 1st July, 1915.


15 Oct 1915
Recalled Commissioned Warrant Officers - Pay
And whereas by Order in Council of His late Majesty bearing date the 28th day of March, 1903, a scale of full pay was established for Lieutenants and Officers of equivalent rank in Your Majesty's Fleet advanced from Commissioned Warrant rank:

And whereas we consider that this scale should be applicable to Officers on the retired list advanced from Commissioned Warrant rank to the rank of Lieutenant, or its equivalent, when re-employed, and to Commissioned Warrant Officers pensioned with the honorary rank of Lieutenant, when re-employed :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the application of such scale of full pay accordingly, with effect as from the 1st day of August, 1914.


27 Apr 1920
RN & RM Warrant Officers Qualifying period for promotion to Commissioned Officer reduced from 15 to 10 years
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.


27 Apr 1920
RN & RM Warrant Officers Qualifying period for promotion to Commissioned Officer reduced from 15 to 10 years
And whereas by Your Order in Council bearing date the 11 February, 1913, Your Majesty was pleased to make provision for the promotion of Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the Royal Marines to Commissioned rank, and to sanction certain arrangements for their rank and promotion whilst undergoing training:

And whereas by Your Order in Council bearing date the 22 January, 1920, Your Majesty was further pleased to sanction, inter alia, that Commissioned Officers promoted from Warrant Rank or from .the ranks under the foregoing provisions should receive pay on the ordinary scale:

And whereas we consider that, on promotion to. Second Lieutenant R.M., and prior to their promotion to the relative rank of Lieutenant R. N. viz. : Lieutenant R. M. after four years' Commissioned service - these Officers should receive pay at the rate laid down for Mates R.N.:

We beg leave humbly to, recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve of Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the Royal Marines promoted to Commissioned rank under the provisions of Order in Council of the 11th February, 1913, receiving pay at the rate of 16s. a day on promotion to Second Lieutenant, and whilst serving as Lieutenant R.M. until such time as they attain four years` Commissioned service, this arrangement to, have effect as from the 1st February, 1919.

And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Order in Council bearing date the 22 January, 1920, to provide, inter alia, that the period of services in Warrant Rank required to qualify Warrant Officers, Royal Navy, and Warrant Officers, Royal Marines, for promotion to Commissioned Officer from Warrant Rank should be reduced frown fifteen to ten years, and, further, that Commissioned Officers from Warrant Rank who were advanced to such Commissioned Rank after more than ten years' service in Warrant Rank should count for purposes of increase of pay all time in excess of ten years served as Warrant Officer before retirement as time served as Commissioned Officer from Warrant Rank:

And whereas we are of opinion that such time should count similarly for purposes of increase of retired pay:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to approve of Commissioned Officers from Warrant Rank, R.N. and R.M., who have been advanced to that rank after more than 10 years' service as Warrant Officers counting the time served by them as Warrant Officers in excess of 10 years as time in the Commissioned Rank for purposes of retired pay, subject to the following provisos :

  1. Account to be taken of any time lost by being passed over for promotion or by sentence of Court Martial and of acceleration given far special War or other distinguished service.
  2. No Naval Officer retired before the 1st October, 1918, and no Marine Officer retired before the 1st February, 1919, to be allowed to count more service as Commissioned Officer from Warrant Rank than he was allowed to count on his retirement.
  3. Naval Commissioned Officers from Warrant Rank retired on or after the 1 October, 1918, and before the 1st April, 1919, and Marine Commissioned Officers frown Warrant Rank retired on or after the 1st February, 1919, and before the 1st April, 1919, to count time in excess of 10 years in Warrant Rank as Commissioned Officer's time and their retired pay to be re-assessed as from the 1st April, 1919, on the scale prescribed in Schedule V., Section IX. of Your Majesty's Order in Council of the 22nd January, 1920. Those retired and in receipt of retired pay on or after the 1st April, 1919, to be eligible for retired pay under the scale laid down in that Order in Council.
  4. In the case of Royal Marine Warrant Officers the concession to apply only to officers who retired from or after the 1st February, 1919.

LG 1933 04 25 P 03
Warrant Officers to be Retained Beyond Usual Pensionable Age
At the Court at Windsor Castle, the 19th day of April, 1933.

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 March, 1933 (C.W. 1947/33), 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 XI, Schedule B, of Your Order in Council bearing date the 14th day of July, 1922, Your Majesty was graciously pleased to sanction, inter alia, the age for compulsory retirement of Warrant Officers and Officers promoted therefrom in certain branches of Your Majesty's Naval and Marine Forces, including the Gunner, Gunner (T) and Boatswain branches, being reduced from 55 to 50 years:

And whereas the number of Officers in the Gunner, Gunner (T) and Boatswain branches .due to retire shortly under the age limit is such that the number of qualified candidates in these branches will be insufficient to fill the consequent vacancies:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction, with effect from the 1st March, 1933, the retention on the Active List of selected Commissioned Officers from Warrant rank of these three branches beyond the normal age of retirement, under the following conditions:

  1. Full pay to be continued on the authorised scale, i.e., without extension beyond the increment allowed after nine years' service.
  2. Time to count for increase of retired pay under the present scale and subject to the existing maximum (£250 a year, standard rate).
  3. Officers so retained to be ineligible for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant on the Active List.
  4. The period of retention to be subject to the requirements of the Service and at our discretion.

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.


1944 08 11
Warrant Officers - Promotion
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 10th day of August, 1944.

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 14th day of July, 1944 (C.W. 13733/44), 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 Your Majesty's Order in Council of the 19th day of May, 1899, Your Majesty was graciously pleased to sanction certain regulations as to the periods of service qualifying various officers of Your Majesty's Navy for promotion to higher ranks:

And whereas it was then enacted that to qualify for promotion to the rank of Commander on the Active List, a Lieutenant should be required to perform four years' service as such, of which three years must have been in a ‘Ship of War at Sea:’

And whereas this rule bears hardly in the case of Warrant Officers promoted direct to the rank of Lieutenant under Your Majesty's Order in Council of the 25th day of May, 1939, in that the ante-dating of their seniority as Lieutenant by half their Warrant Officer's time, has the effect of curtailing the time available in which they can obtain their sea time, as Lieutenant or Lieutenant Commander, which. curtailment is increased in the case of those officers who also receive a grant of additional seniority:

We are of the opinion that it is desirable in the interests of Your Majesty's Naval Service that Warrant Officers who have been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant under the provisions of Your Majesty's Order in Council, of 25th day of May, 1939, should be allowed to count all their sea service in Officer's rank (i.e. as Warrant Officer, Lieutenant and Lieutenant Commander) for the purposes of promotion to the rank of Commander on the Active List.

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction 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.
E. C. E. Leadbitter.


1948 06 25
Warrant Officer classes to Mess in Wardroom
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 22nd day of June, 1948.

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 May, 1948 (C.W. 5370/48), 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 VI to Schedule V to Order in Council bearing date 22nd January, 1920, provision is made inter alia for the payment to Commissioned Officers from Warrant Rank and to Warrant Officers when messing in the Wardroom of an allowance of 1s. 6d. per day in respect of the difference in mess subscription:

And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by your Order in Council dated the 6th day of May, 1938, to approve the increase of the allowance to 1s. 10d. per day:

And whereas we are of the opinion that all officers of the Warrant Officer classes should be regarded as Wardroom Officers for messing purposes and the Warrant Officers Mess as such be abolished, and that payment of the difference in mess subscription should accordingly lapse:

We beg humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by your Order in Council to sanction this proposal with effect from 1st, July, 1948:

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 whit 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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