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Good Service Pensions


Extract From Pension Regulations

Good Service Pensions are awarded to Flag Officers and Captains of the Royal Navy under the provisions of Orders in Council of 12th July 1837, 27th April 1842, 22nd February 1870, 9th August 1872, and 5th May 1873; to Medical Officers under the provisions of Order in Council of 13th May 1859; to General Officers of Marines under the provisions of Orders in Council of 12th July 1837, 26th April 1842, 22nd February and 31st March 1870 ; and to Colonels and Lieutenant-Colonels of Royal Marines under the provisions of Order in Council of 27th April 1842.

Under the provisions of these Orders in Council the following Pensions have been established:

Flag Officers, 10 Pensions of 300 a year each (the intention being that two may be held by Vice-Admirals, and two by Rear-Admirals qualified for promotion).

  • Captains, RN, 12 Pensions of 150 a year each
  • Medical Officers, RN, 3 Pensions of 100 a year each
  • General Officers, RM, 6 Pensions of 200 a year each
  • Colonels and Lieutenant- Colonels, R.M. 2 Pensions of 150 a year each

These Pensions shall not be held in addition to any other Pensions, unless it shall be a Pension conferred for wounds or injuries received in the Service.

Only Flag Officers and Captains, Royal Navy, and Colonels and Lieutenant-Colonels, Royal )Marines, on the Active List shall be eligible for the award of Good Service Pensions; but such Pensions may be granted to Medical Officers and to General Officers off Royal Marines, whether on the Active, Reserved, or Retired Lists.

Good Service Pensions shall be awarded to Flag Officers and Captains for distinguished service at sea, and in determining their claims, preference shall be given, in cases of special gallantry, to officers who have commanded ships in action against the enemy.

Flag Offcers and General Officers of Royal Marines in receipt of these Pensions shall be allowed to retain them after being retired ; but, in the case of Flag Officers, if the Retired Pay and Good Service Pension together exceed the half Pay of an Admiral of the Fleet, the Retired Pay shall be reduced so as to make the two together equal to that amount.

Captains retired from the rank shall be allowed to receive, in Retired Pay together with Good Service Pension, a sum not exceeding 600 a year; but, should the two together exceed that sum, they will be retired on 600, relinquishing their Good Service Pension.

Captains Royal Navy, and Colonels and Lieutenant-Colonels, Royal Marines shall forfeit their Good Service Pensions on promotion to be Flag, or General Officers, on the Active List.

Should any Flag Officers holding a Good Service Pension be in receipt of, or be appointed to, Full Pay (not including service on committees, or any temporary employment of a like nature) or Civil Salary, or become entitled to a Civil Pension, exceeding the value of his Good Service Pension, the latter Pension shall be suspended so long as he receives such Pay, or Salary, or Civil Pension; and the vacancy thus occasioned may be filled up ; but, as a rule, it is not intended that more than one such supenumerary Pension shall be in existence at the same time.

When such employment shall have ceased, the officer shall resume his Good Service Pension, although the List be full, but in such case the next vacancy shall not be filled up.

A Captain, however, shall be allowed to draw his Good Service Pension irrespective of the receipt of Full or Half Pay or Civil Salary.

Captains Royal Navy, and Colonels Royal Marines, shall not be allowed to retain their Good Service Pensions when promoted on the Active List; and a Flag Officer shall give up his Good Service Pension if he become Governor of Greenwich Hospital or Naval Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty.

A Naval Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty deriving emolument from his office shall not be allowed to hold any Pension, unless it be a pension conferred for wounds or injuries received in the Service.

An Admiral of the Fleet shall not be allowed to hold any Pension, unless it be a Pension conferred for wounds or injuries received in the Service.

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