Army Order 17 of 1919 – Schedule (as made)


  1. Subject to the other conditions laid down below, war service for the purpose of this Warrant shall be service with the Colours within periods beginning from the 4th August 1914, inclusive, and ending at dates to be prescribed by the Army Council.
  2. Such service include any previous service in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines or Royal Air Force, which would qualify for a war gratuity under the appropriate regulations.
  3. When his total war service does not amount to more than 6 months a soldier will not be eligible for the gratuity unless a portion of the service has been rendered overseas.
  4. The gratuity will be issuable to soldiers belonging to units the depots of which are situated in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man subject to such exceptions or additions as may be authorized by the Army Council.
  5. The minimum gratuity payable to a soldier, other than boy, in respect of war service will subject to paragraph 9, be as follows:-

    Private, Lance-Corporal, Lance-Bombardier or equivalent rank                    £5
    2nd Corporal, Bombardier, Corporal or Lance-Serjeant                            £6
    Corporal of Horse (Household Cavalry) or Serjeant                               £8
    Squadron Quartermaster-Corporal (Household Cavalry) or
    Squadron, Battery Troop or Company Quartermaster-Serjeant,
    Staff Corporal (Household Cavalry), Staff Serjeant or Colour-Serjeant           £10
    Warrant Office, Class II                                                        £12
    Warrant Office, Class I                                                        £15

    The ranks mentioned above include in each case all appointments in the rank.Rank, for the purposes of this paragraph, will be subject to such definition as may be prescribed by the Army Council.
  6. Soldiers who have completed more than 12 calendar months’ war service will receive, in addition, the following sums in respect of each complete calendar month or portion of a calendar month of war service beyond the 12 months, subject to a maximum addition of 48 such monthly increments, corresponding to a total gratuity covering 5 years’ war service :-
    (a) If with any war service overseas, 10s
    (b) If with no such service, 5s
    The rates under both (a) and (b) being subject to the reduction in the cases shown in the next paragraph and the rate under (b) not applying to any war service rendered by the soldier as a boy.
  7. If a soldier has been entitled to draw service pension during any portion of his war service, or if he has been entitled under Article 6 of the Royal Warrant published in Army Order 1 of 1918, to elect to draw it, in respect of any portion of that service, irrespective of whether he has actually drawn it or not, the monthly addition for any month during the whole of which pension has been, or would have been issuable, will be 5s or 2d6d, instead of 10s and 5s respectively.
  8. The minimum gratuity payable to a soldier who is a boy will be £2. The additional sum for each months’ war service after the first twelve months will be as in paragraph 6, except that if no service has been rendered overseas the sum shall be 2s6d instead of 5s. For the purpose of this warrant the term boy will included trumpeters, drummers, bugles, pipers, fifers and bandsmen enlisted as boys, and under the age 18.
  9. The soldier who has served both as boy and man will be eligible for the minimum as a man if he given any war service overseas, or has over 6 months’ war service as a man. Otherwise the boy’s minimum will apply.The monthly additions will be 10s if any overseas war service has been rendered; if not, they will be 2s6d for each month (beyond the first twelve) served wholly as a boy, and 5s for each subsequent month.
  10. Certain specially enlisted soldiers are enlisted under existing regulations to receive, in lieu of the gratuity provided in Articles 1117 and 1118 of the Royal Warrant for Pay &c. of 1st December, 1914, a special gratuity “in addition to any war gratuity”. The “war gratuity” in such cases shall be the amount by which the gratuity assessed under the present Warrant exceeds the gratuity normally payable under the above-mentioned articles of the Pay Warrant.
  11. The gratuity will not be issuable under this Warrant in the case of a soldier :-
    (a) Discharged under the paragraph 392(x),(xi),(xii) or (xiii) King’s Regulations, or under paragraph 392 (xxv) in circumstances in which he forfeits his gratuity under Article 1117 (i) (h) of the Pay Warrant.
    (b) Sentenced to death either by court-martial or by the civil power, where the sentence has been carried in to effect; or who died in a state of mutiny or desertion.
    (c) Who has been sentenced by court-martial to penal servitude, imprisonment or detention, for an offence which the accused has alleged arose out of conscientious objection to military service.
    (d) Promoted or discharged for the purpose of being appointed, to a commission in the Army, or granted a commission subsequently to discharge for any other cause.
    (e) Discharged for the purpose of joining, or of being appointed to a commission in the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, or the Colonial or Dominion Forces; or who subsequently to his discharge for any other cause joined or was appointed to a commission in any of the force.
    (f) Who during his military service was in receipt of his full civil emoluments from the General Post Office in addition to his military emoluments.
  12. The following periods of service will not reckon as qualifying service for the purposes of the gratuity:-
    (a) Any period of service previous to the date of conviction, or of the order dispensing with a trial, for desertion, unless such service is restored under the King’s Regulations on or before the 3rd August 1919.
    (b) Any period of penal servitude, or of imprisonment or detention exceeding 28 days undergone by the soldier, and any continuous period of absence without leave exceeding 28 days.
    (c) Any period of service during which the soldier has been continuously in receipt of full civil wages, except, as may be otherwise provided by the Army Council.
    (d) Any period of service as a soldier of the Non-Combatant Corps.
  13. Soldiers who are excluded from the gratuity under the present Warrant will not thereby be debarred from the receipt of any gratuity for which they would otherwise be eligible.