Example calculation – Post Office employees in receipt of civil wages

Private J F Behagg – Royal Engineers

The soldiers effects register has three entry’s for J F Behagg. The record which is of interest to us is the one annotated ‘Postal Servant – no War Gratuity’.

As a post office employee who was paid his civil wage alongside his army wage he was entitled only to receive a service gratuity.  Private Behagg received a £3 service gratuity.

Receipt of a £3 service gratuity tells us that he had service of between 25 and 36 months at the time of his death on 9 December 1918 however we cannot determine more from this figure.