Order in Council. C.W.
At the Court at Balmoral,
The 23rd day of October 1876.
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 October 1876, in the words and figures following, viz.:-
Whereas we have had under our consideration certain cases in which Officers of Your Majesty's Naval and Marine Forces have been dismissed from Your Majesty's Service by Court-Martial for misconduct, or have been allowed to resign their Commissions to avoid trial by Court-Martial: And whereas such Officers are, in some cases after good service for many years, rendered destitute by being thus deprived of all professional resources: We do therefore most humbly submit, that we be empowered at our discretion to grant compassionate allowances from this date, both to such Officers and also to those who may hereafter be so removed from the list of Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Forces, provided that such allowance shall in no instance exceed one-third of the amount of half-pay to which the Officer was entitled at the time of such removal, and provided also that such allowance shall not in any case exceed £100. per annum.
The Lords Commissioners 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 proposed. And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
(Signed) C. L. Peel.
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