How much was the war gratuity ?

Unlike the service gratuity the war gratuity paid a amount based on both the rank of the man and the length of service (home and/or overseas) – up to a maximum of 60 months service between 4th August 1914 and 3rd August 1919. Additional rules for certain, specific, cases will be explored in separate posts. A spreadsheet calculator is available to download.

Private
Service with overseas service
£5 for the first 12 months service then 10s per month
Service without overseas service (minimum service period of 6 months to qualify)
£5 for the first 12 months service then 5s per month

Corporal
Service with overseas service
£6 for the first 12 months service then 10s per month
Service without overseas service (minimum service period of 6 months to qualify)
£6 for the first 12 months service then 5s per month

Serjeant
Service with overseas service
£8 for the first 12 months service then 10s per month
Service without overseas service (minimum service period of 6 months to qualify)
£8 for the first 12 months service then 5s per month

Colour or Staff Serjeant
Service with overseas service
£10 for the first 12 months service then 10s per month
Service without overseas service (minimum service period of 6 months to qualify)
£10 for the first 12 months service then 5s per month

WO 2
Service with overseas service
£12 for the first 12 months service then 10s per month
Service without overseas service (minimum service period of 6 months to qualify)
£12 for the first 12 months service then 5s per month

WO 1
Service with overseas service
£15 for the first 12 months service then 10s per month
Service without overseas service (minimum service period of 6 months to qualify)
£15 for the first 12 months service then 5s per month

Further details can be found in the actual Army Order 17 of 1919.

Special Cases
Men with less than 6 month home service
Post Office employees in receipt of civil wages
Conscientious Objectors
Regular enlistments
Boy soldiers

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