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Regulations for Granting Allowances for the Loss of Clothing, Instruments &c.


Admiralty, 14 March, 1842.

Her Majesty having been graciously pleased, by Her Orders in Council of the 10th of August, 1840, and 11th instant, to direct that Officers of all ranks and classes in the Royal Navy and Marines, and also Seamen, and Privates of Royal Marines, shall .receive a compensation for the loss of their Instruments, Clothing and other effects, subject to such Rules and Regulations as the Lords' Commissioners of the Admiralty may think fit to establish; provided they shall be acquitted of all blame as to the cause of any such loss, their Lordships are pleased to give notice that the following Regulations shall be observed in respect to the granting of compensation for such losses.

1. That the principle upon which allowances for articles lost on Service are granted, shall be, that of enabling individuals to re-equip themselves for Service, and allowances are therefore not to be considered as given for the purpose of making good the full amount of loss sustained.

2. Allowances are to be only made for losses which have been altogether unavoidable, such as losses in action with the enemy; by accidental fire ; by shipwreck ; by capture at sea provided that in all, these cases, every exertion was used to prevent the loss. and that it was not incurred by the neglect or fault of the applicant for relief; and in no case will an allowance be made exceeding the maximum sums stated in the Schedule attached hereto.

3. If the Admiral or Commending Officer of the Squadron on the spot, shall be satisfied on inquiry that losses have been unavoidably sustained, which in his opinion may admit of compensation on the principles laid down in the foregoing Regulation, though not precisely specified therein, he shall be at liberty to make a special representation thereof, transmitting the necessary proofs to the Secretary of the Admiralty for final decision.

4. No claim will be admitted from the representatives of Officers or men slain in action, or dying in consequence of wounds.

5. Whenever baggage or articles of equipment are sent by a vessel, in which the Officer to whom they belong is not himself a passenger, it is incumbent upon such Officer to protect himself against loss, by effecting an insurance thereupon ; and if he has an opportunity of doing so, and neglects to avail himself of it, no compensation will be given by the public for any loss that may happen.

If any loss shall occur under circumstances which give the Officer a claim to indemnification from the party through whose fault it happened, no allowance for such loss will be made by the public : but should the Officer desire it, and lose no lime in making application to the officer commanding Her Majesty's ships on the spot, an inquiry will be ordered, to afford every possible assistance in substantiating the claim, by making the necessary inquiries, and obtaining proper documents to prove the facts of the case.

6. When losses occur on Service, the Admiral shall order, with all convenient dispatch, an investigation of claims arising from those losses, which inquiry is to be conducted on the principles laid down in this Regulation, and the several proofs to be produced in the forms hereinafter described and the whole of the proceedings or certified copies thereof, are to be transmitted to the Officer commanding the Squadron, for his observations and opinion, and by him forwarded to the Secretary of the Admiralty for their Lordship's final decision.

7. In all cases which are not attended with the entire loss of clothes of an Officer, Seaman, or Marine, no claim is to be allowed, unless the loss extends to the. value of one-fourth of the amount allowed as compensation for the whole in each rank ; and a list of the articles lost shall be delivered, and the Investigating Officer shall report whether he deems one-fourth, one-half, or three-fourths of the sum allowed for the whole, a sufficient compensation for the loss so sustained.

8. If an Officer, Seaman, or Marine, shall have neglected to bring forward his claim for a period exceeding one month from the date of his loss, this delay shall be considered a sufficient reason for rejecting the claim, however valid it may be in other respects; unless the claimant can prove that he was unavoidably prevented from making an earlier claim.

Personal Losses of Officers.

9. The whole equipment of Officers of the several ranks, including the articles in wear, shall be valued according to the scale No. 1.

10. The claims of all Officers to allowance for articles lost on Service, shall be made out, and Certified according to the form No. 2; and separate Lists shall be transmitted of all Instruments and books, subjects strictly professional, shewing their original cost, and the amount of the damage they may have sustained

11. If losses should occur in other situations where a greater extent of equipment is absolutely required by the nature of the Service, the actual amount of loss suffered, and the circumstances attending it, may be specially stated at any inquiry appointed for the investigation of losses; such inquiry proceeding in the investigation of the claim upon the same principle as in the preceding article.

The opinion of the Officers assisting at such inquiry, will be forwarded for the consideration of their Lordships.

12. Losses of necessaries incurred by the Purser, shall be made the subject of a special application and decision In each particular case.

13. No allowance shall be granted for losses sustained by Officers when proceeding on, or returning from leave of absence. .

14. No claim shall be admitted on account of the loss of money, being the private property of individuals.

Losses of Petty Officers and Seamen, and of Non-commissioned Officers and Marines.

15. Claims on account of Losses on Service by Petty Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, Seamen and Marines, individually, are to be made out and certified according to Form, No. 3.

16. All admissible claims of this description shall be settled by allowing for the whole, or for a certain proportion, or rate, of a complete set of Bedding or Clothing, according to the circumstances of each case.

By command of their Lordships,

Sidney Herbert.

FORM No. 1.

Maximum Value to be allowed for the Articles of Equipment of Officers, according to their respective Ranks.

Flag Officer
   
Uniform and Appointments . 80  
Body Linen 40  
Boots and other Necessaries . 10 130

If private Property. Table Linen 40  
Bedding and Sheets: 30 170
Plate 60  
Furniture. 40  
    300

 

Captain of the Fleet.
As a Flag Officer, as to Clothes, &c..

130

Bedding and Furniture.

20

 

150

 

Commodore and Captain.

Uniform, &c. .

10

Body Linen .

80

Boots and other Necessaries .

10

 

100


If Private Property.

Table Linen .

30

 

Bedding and Sheets .

10

 

Plate

40

100

Furniture

20

-

   

200

 

Captain of a Flag Ship

Clothes, &c. . .

100

Bedding and Furniture.

20

 

120

 

Commander and Field Officer of Marines.

Uniform and Appointments .

55

Body Linen

25

Boots and other Necessaries .

10

Bedding and Sheets .

10

 

100

 

Commander, when in command of a Sloop.

If Private

Property

Table Linen .

20

60

Plate

25

(Furniture.

15

     

160

 

Lieutenant, and Master in Command.

Uniform and Appointments .

90

Linen, &c.

20

Bedding, &c. .

10

Boots and other Necessaries .

10

 

80


If Private Property

Table Linen

15

 

Plate

15

40

Furniture

10

 
     

120

 

Lieutenant, Master of the Fleet, Master, Secretary to Flag Officer of Commodore, Chaplain, Surgeon, Paymasters and Purser, and Captain, and other Officers of Marines.
Uniform and Appointments . 40
Linen 20
Bedding 7
Boots and other Necessaries , 8
Mess Articles 5
  80

 

Mate, Assistant-Surgeon. Second blaster, Naval Instructor, and Clerk in charge.
Uniform and Appointments 25
Linen 20
Bedding 6
Boots rind other Necessaries 6
Mess Articles 3
  60

 

Midshipman, Master's Assistant, Clerk, and Naval Cadets.
Uniform and Appointments 15
Linen 12
Bedding 6
Boots 4
Mess Articles 3
  T40

 

Gunner, Boatswain, Carpenter, and Warranted Engineer.
Uniform 10
Linen 8
Bedding 6
Boots and other Necessaries 4
Mess Articles , 2
  X30

 

Petty Officers and Seamen, and Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates of Royal Marines.
  . s.
1st Class Petty Officers and Serjeants of Marines 3 0
2nd Class Petty Officers and Corporals . 2 15
Seamen and Private Marines 2 10
Boys 1 10

Form No. 2 No. E.

To be used by all Officers of the Royal Navy and Marines.

RETURN of Articles of Clothing, &c., lost on Service, belonging to ___________________

of Her Majesty's Ship ________ on the ____________184___

The several Articles, with the value thereof, according to the best of Claimants judgment and belief, to be stated. Amount The nature of the duty on which the Officer was employed, with the Date, Place, and particular circumstances which occasioned the loss, to be distinctly preferred ; and if the Claim be made in England, the reason of its not being preferred at the Station where the loss occurred, should be stated.
  . s. d.  
         
Total        

I do hereby Certify that the foregoing is a true and correct statement of my loss on the occasion referred to; that I was not at the time deviating in any respect from the orders of the Commander-in-Chief (or Senior Officer), and that I have neither received nor applied for indemnification on account of the above loss through any other channel than that in which the present Claim is submitted.

(To be signed by the Officer making the Claim.)

I hereby Certify that I have particularly examined and inquired Into the facts and circumstances of the before mentioned loss, and that I have every reason to believe the same to be correctly and justly stated.

(To be signed by the Commander-in-Chief, Senior Officer, or Captain of the Ship, according to the circumstances of the case.)

N.B. Duplicate Returns are required in all cases

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FORM No. 3.

For the Loss of Necessaries of Petty Officers and Seamen, and Non-commissioned Officers and Privates of Royal Marines.

RETURN of Petty Officers and Seamen, and Non-commissioned Officers and Privates of Royal Marines, who actually lost, without any fault of their own, the Proportions of a Set of Necessaries, specified against their respective Names, on Service, in the year 184 __

Names Rating Proportion of necessaries lost. Amount Date, Place, and particular circumstances of each Man's loss; whether taken Prisoner, if so, how long he remained in captivity, and in case the claim be made in England, the reason why it was not preferred at the Station where the loss occurred, should be stated.
      s. d.  
Total        

I hereby Certify that I have particularly inquired into the facts and circumstances of the Losses sustained by the several Petty Officers and Seamen, and Non-commissioned Officers and Privates of Royal Marines, as specified in the above Return ; that I believe the same to be, in every instance, correctly stated; that the Claimants were, in no respect, deviating from my orders at the time the Loss was sustained; and that no indemnification on account thereof has been received, or applied for, through any outer channel than that in which the present Claim is submitted.

Captain [or Officer commanding Ship.] _________________

I hereby Certify, that I have particularly examined and inquired into the facts and circumstances of the above-mentioned Losses. and that I have every reason to believe the same to be correctly and justly stated.

Commander-in-Chief, or Senior Officer.__________________

N.B. Where Losses have been sustained on different Services, they are to be made out in separate Returns.

Duplicate Returns are required in all cases.

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