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Retirement Of Chaplains


At the Court at Osborne, Isle of Wight,

The 5th day of February 1872.

Present: The Queen'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 19th of January 1872, in the words following, viz.:-

    Whereas Your Majesty was pleased, by your Order in Council of 22nd February, 1870, to establish Regulations for the Retirement of Chaplains, and Chaplains and Naval Instructors of Your Majesty's Navy: And whereas we are of opinion that it is expedient, in the interests of Your Majesty's Service, to allow such Officers to cease to serve Your Majesty at a period earlier than that laid down by the Order in Council: And whereas we are also of opinion that the services of such Officers, if of a certain duration, should not be unrecognized: We do therefore most humbly submit that Clause B, paragraph 3, of the said Order in Council be cancelled, and that We be authorised to make the following regulations :

    1. That any Chaplain who obtains from us permission to accept a living, or desires to retire from Your Majesty's Service, may, provided that he has not less than 10 years' service, be retired with pay on the following scales, viz.:

    2. After 10 Years' Service 50 per annum.
      After 15 Years' Service    100 per annum.
      After 20 Years' Service The amount earned by service under Order in Council of 22nd February 1870.

    3. That Chaplains who have less than 10 years' service, and accept a living, will be considered as desiring to resign Your Majesty's Service, and will accordingly be entitled to any pecuniary retiring allowance, or to either Half or Retired Pay. The Lords Commission of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence with these proposals.

Her Majesty, having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to approve of what is therein contained ; and the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.

[See Circular 29 of 1875]

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