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Wireless Telegraph Operators

1908 01 03
Royal Marine Officers employed as Instructors and as Assistant W/T Officers in the Fleet.
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 21st day of December, 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 twenty-first day of November, one thousand nine hundred and seven, in the words following, viz.:

Whereas by section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc.

And whereas by Your Majesty's Order in Council of the eleventh day of August, one thousand nine hundred and three, we are authorized to pay an allowance of two shillings and six pence a day to officers of Your Majesty's Royal Marine Forces who may be employed as Instructors of Wireless Telegraphy on the Staffs of Your Majesty's Torpedo Schools.

And whereas we are of opinion that payment of this allowance should be extended to Officers of the Royal Marines when employed as Instructors of Wireless Telegraphy elsewhere than on the Staffs of the Torpedo Schools:

And whereas we also find it necessary to employ Officers of the Royal Marines as Assistants for Wireless Telegraphy duties in Your Majesty's Fleet: and we are of opinion that the extra responsibility thus imposed upon these Officers merits additional remuneration.

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

  1. That we be authorized to grant the allowance of two shillings and six pence a day to officers of the Royal Marines employed as Instructors of Wireless Telegraphy in such appointments as we may see fit, and in such numbers as may from time to time be determined by us with the concurrence of the Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury.
  2. That in the case of an officer of the Royal Marines who has been employed as Instructor of Wireless Telegraphy in an appointment other than on the Staff of a Torpedo School, payment of this allowance may take effect from the twenty-second day of July, one thousand nine hundred and six, the date on which the Officer in question actually commenced the duties.
  3. That an allowance of one shilling a day be granted to every Officer of the Royal Marines actually employed as Assistant for Wireless Telegraphy duties in Your Majesty's Fleet.

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, etc.
W. FitzRoy.


1908 11 27
Coast Guard - Allowances
At the Court at Windsor Castle, the 21st day of November, 1908.

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, of 2nd November, 1908, in the words following, viz.:

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc.

And whereas under the provisions of Your Majesty's Order in Council of 24th March, 1902, an allowance of threepence a day is payable to men belonging to the Coast Guard who are qualified. in the higher standard of signalling when appointed for duty at a wireless telegraph signal station :

And whereas new rates of pay for men employed on wireless telegraph duties were sanctioned by Your Majesty's Order in Council of 12th August, 1907 :

And whereas we are of opinion that it is desirable to reconsider the rate of allowance paid to men in the Coast Guard employed on wireless telegraph duties :

We beg leave to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the revised scale of allowances as set forth below:

Scale of Allowances.

Boatmen.-If passed for higher standard wireless telegraphy (old system) or for Leading Telegraphist

3d. a day

Commissioned Boatmen.- If passed for higher standard wireless telegraphy (old system) or for Leading Telegraphist

3d. a day.  

Commissioned Boatmen.- If passed for Petty Officer Telegraphist

5d. a, day

Chief Boatmen and Chief Boatmen in charge.- If passed for higher standard wireless telegraphy (old system) or for Leading Telegraphist

3d. a day.

Chief Boatmen and Chief Boatmen in charge.- If passed for Petty Officer Telegraphist

9d. a day.

These allowances to be in addition to gunnery pay of one penny a day, and to be paid only when men are appointed or lent for duty at a wireless telegraph station, but payment is not to be withheld in cases where men are temporarily detached from such station.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have concurred in these proposals.

His Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration. was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, etc.
A. W FitzRoy
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1911 10 27
Allowances for Officers at WT Stations
And whereas by His late Majesty's Order in Council, bearing date the 10th day of August, 1909, it was provided that an allowance of two shillings and sixpence a day should be paid to officers of the Royal Marines when appointed for charge of Wireless Telegraph Stations:

And whereas we are of opinion that a similar allowance should be granted to Lieutenants of Your Majesty's Navy other than those qualified in Torpedo duties when appointed for charge of Wireless Telegraph Stations:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the grant of an allowance of two shillings and sixpence a day to Lieutenants of Your Majesty's Navy not specially qualified in Torpedo, when appointed for charge of Wireless Telegraph Stations, to take effect from the ninth day of August, 1911.


1912 10 18
Allowances Royal Marine Wireless Telegraphy Officers
And whereas by Order in Council of His late Majesty of 21st December, 1907, sanction was given to the payment of an allowance at the rate of two shillings and sixpence a day to officers of Your Majesty's Royal Marine Force employed as Instructors of Wireless Telegraphy, and an allowance of one shilling a day to such officers when employed as Assistants for Wireless Telegraphy duties in Your Majesty's Fleet:

And whereas we are of opinion that in order to obtain a sufficient number of suitable candidates for such appointments it is necessary that these allowances should be increased :

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

  1. The grant of an allowance of three shillings and sixpence a day to officers of the Royal Marines employed as Instructors of Wireless Telegraphy in such appointments as we may see fit and in such numbers as may from time to time be determined by us with the concurrence of the Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury; and
  2. The grant of an allowance of two shillings and sixpence a day to every officer of the Royal Marines actually employed as Assistant for Wireless Telegraphy duties in Your Majesty's Fleet:

Provided that such allowances shall be payable only to officers serving in the Royal Marines prior to the 1st January, 1912.


1913 06 20
Allowances Royal Marine Wireless Telegraphy Officers
And whereas by Order in Council of His late Majesty, bearing date the 10th day of August 1909, sanction was given to the payment of an allowance of two shillings and sixpence a day to officers of the Royal Marines when appointed for charge of Wireless Telegraph Stations

And whereas Your Majesty was graciously pleased by Your Order in Council, bearing date the 11th day of October, 1913, to approve of the allowance granted to officers of the Royal Marines employed as Instructors of Wireless Telegraphy being increased from two shillings and sixpence to three shillings and sixpence a day

And whereas we consider that the officers of the Royal Marines in charge of Wireless Telegraph Stations should receive the same rate of allowance as those employed as Instructors of Wireless Telegraphy

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the allowance granted to officers of Your Majesty's Royal Marines when appointed for charge of Wireless Telegraph Stations being increased to three shillings and sixpence a day, such increase to take effect from the 11th day of October, 1912.


1915 02 09
WT Officers - Gibraltar - Expenses
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 3rd day of February, 1915.

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 27th day of January, 1915, 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 we consider it desirable that the Officer appointed for Wireless Telegraphy duties at Gibraltar should receive an allowance of 1s. a day for travelling expenses:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the grant of this allowance, with effect as from the 4th August, 1914.

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 Rig 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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1915 06 08
Allowance to Ratings employed as Coders and Decoders at WT Stations
And whereas we consider it desirable that an allowance of 2d. a day should be payable, at our discretion, to any qualified Ratings when employed as Coders and Decoders of Wireless Telegraphy Messages during and from the date of commencement of Hostilities:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the payment of the allowance accordingly.


1927 12 20
Naval Wireless Telegraph operators - Remuneration for Commercial Messages
At the Court at Buckingham. Palace, the 20th day of December, 1927.

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 12th day of November, 1927 (N. 3456/27), 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 it has been found necessary for the efficiency of Naval communications for the transmission and reception of commercial messages to be undertaken at certain of Your Majesty's Naval Wireless Telegraph Stations by Naval operators:

And whereas we consider it desirable that Naval ratings engaged on this work should be allowed remuneration for the increased responsibility devolving on them:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to authorize payment, at our discretion, at the rate of 1d. for every ten words in the commercial messages dealt with, to Naval Wireless Telegraph operators whose duties include the handling of such messages, such payment to take effect from the 1st January, 1928.

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.


1929 01 01
Signalling Staff of the Admiralty Signal Station at Windmill Hill, Gibraltar - Allowances for handling Commercial Traffic.
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 21st day of December, 1928.

Present, Her Majesty The Queen. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. His Royal Highness The Duke of York. Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Chancellor, Prime Minister, Lord Chamberlain. Secretary Sir W. Joynson-Hicks. Hon. Walter Guinness.

Whereas His Majesty was pleased by His Commission dated the 4th day of December, 1928, to nominate and appoint Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, K.G., K.T., K.P., G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., G.C.V.O., G.B.E., His Royal Highness The Duke of York, K.G., K.T., G.C.V.O., the Most Reverend Father in God Cosmo Gordon, Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Honourable Douglas McGarel, Baron Hailsham, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, and the Right Honourable Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, or any three of them, during His Majesty's illness, to summon and hold on His Majesty's behalf His Privy Council, and to signify thereat His Majesty's approval of any matter or thing to which His Majesty's approval in Council is required:

And 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 November, 1928 (N.P. (2) 2532/28), 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 the Signalling Staff of the Admiralty Signal Station at Windmill Hill, Gibraltar, in addition to their ordinary Naval duties, perform certain services in connection with maritime commercial signalling for Lloyd's in consideration of which services Lloyd's has hitherto made to the Admiralty payments amounting to £130 per annum of which sum £85 per annum is for distribution amongst the signalling staff by way of reward for the extra work performed:

And whereas a revised arrangement has now been adopted whereby such payments will cease and Lloyd's agree, as from the 1st April, 1928, to pay to the Admiralty for the services of the Signalling Staff in question a sum of £300 per annum:

And whereas we consider that this revised arrangement does not affect the claim of the Signalling Staff at Windmill Hill Signal Station to additional remuneration for the services performed by them for Lloyd's:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the allocation of an annual sum, in the form of extra pay from Navy Votes, of £85 as from the 1st April, 1928, to be distributed amongst the Signalling Staff in proportions to be decided at our discretion.

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

Now, therefore, Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness The Duke of York, His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, and the Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, being authorised thereto by His Majesty's said Commission have taken the said Memorial into consideration, and do hereby, by and with the advice of His Majesty's Privy Council, on His Majesty's behalf approve of what is therein proposed.

And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
H. P. A. Hankey.


1934 11 20
Telegraphists - Extra Allowances
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 9th day of November, 1934.

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 November, 1934 (N. 4535/34), 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 we consider it desirable that extra remuneration should be granted to ratings of the Telegraphist branch employed on special duties:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction with effect from 31st October, 1934, the grant of a special duty allowance of 3d. a day to Telegraphist ratings when we consider and the Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury agree that payment is justified by the importance and the arduous nature of the duties performed.

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.
E. C. E. Leadbitter.


1938 08 05
Non-Substantive pay for Visual Signalmen and Wireless Telegraphists
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 28th day of July, 1938.

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 day of July, 1938 (N. 829/38), 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 the date the 21st December, 1933, there was instituted, inter alia, a system of non-substantive pay for ratings of the Signal and telegraphist branches of the Royal Navy:

And whereas we are of opinion that the duties required to be performed by ratings holding the non-substantive ratings of Visual Signalman 1st class (V/S 1) and Wireless Telegraphist 1st class (W/T 1) justify remuneration at the rate of 1s. 6d. a day instead of at 1s. a day:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the increase of pay accordingly, effect to be given from a date to be determined by us.

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.
E. C. E. Leadbitter.


1941 04 01
Establishment of Visual & WT Signalmen in Boom Defence Vessels - Allowances
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 26th day of March, 1941

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 March, 1941 (N. 20362/40), 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 we have found it necessary to train and employ Seamen as visual signalmen .and wireless telegraphists in Boom Defence Vessels and we consider that the qualifications and duties required of these ratings justify the grant of non-substantive pay:

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 rates of Visual Signalman (short title V/S) and Wireless Telegraphist (short title W/T) in Boom Defence Vessels, with pay in each case at the rate of 3d. a day and with effect from the date of qualification.

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.
Rupert B. Howorth.


1943 01 15
Telegraphists (SO) Special Duty Allowances
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 13th day of January, 1943.

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 23rd day of December, 1942 (N. 2622/42), 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 9th November, 1934, the grant of a special duty allowance of 3d. a day was sanctioned to Telegraphist ratings:

And whereas we consider it desirable that this allowance should be extended to Telegraphist ratings (S.O.) :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased to sanction with effect from the 10th December, 1942, the grant of this special allowance to Telegraphist ratings (S.O.) provided a proper standard of proficiency is attained.

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.
E. C. E. Leadbitter.


1945 10 09
Communications Ratings - Allowance for Touch Typing
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 6th day of October, 1945.

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 day of August, 1945 (N. 18393/45), 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 we consider it necessary that ratings of the Communications Branch serving in the British Pacific Fleet should be trained in touch-typing, and that those ratings who reach certain standards of proficiency should receive some additional remuneration:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction payment at our discretion of an allowance of two pence a day to ratings of Leading rates and below who have attained the following standards of proficiency in touch-typing:

Telegraphists - Morse at thirty words a minute.
Coders - Fifty words a minute.
V/S ratings - Fifty words a minute.

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.
E. C. E. Leadbitter.


1947 10 17
Change of Title for Visual Signalman 1st Class and Wireless Telegraphist 1st Class
At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 14th day of October, 1947.

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, 1947 (N2/N. 6570/47), 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 21st day of December, 1933, sanction was given to the establishment of the non-substantive rates of Visual Signalman 1st Class and Wireless Telegraphist 1st Class:

And whereas we are of opinion that the titles of Signal Instructor and Wireless Instructor more suitably describe the duties of the ratings:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased, by Your Order in Council, to sanction the change of title of these ratings to Signal Instructor and Wireless Instructor respectively.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have been informed of these alterations.

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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