Regular Officers – War Gratuity

The introduction of the War Gratuity in December 1919 was primarily for Other Ranks however a gratuity system was in also in place for officers. The system for regular officers was a basic figure for the first year (shown below) with monthly increments of £1 (up to Lieutenant-Colonel ), £2 for Colonel and Brigadier-General and £3 for Major-General or higher. These rates were halved for home service only officers.

The rates paid to officers on other terms of enlistments were paid under a different scheme. Where a man was commissioned from the ranks his gratuity would be calculated separately for each period using the rules which were appropriate to that period of service.

The officers effects records do not break down the officers gratuity in the same way as they do for Other Ranks and therefore they cannot be used in the same way. The records do however show a separate figure in respect of any service in the ranks and this can be used to date service prior to being commissioned.

2nd Lieutenant     £35
Lieutenant     £40
Captain     £45
Major     £60
Lieutenant-Colonel     £75
Colonel     £100
Brigadier-General     £140
Major-General     £200
Lieutenant-General     £370
General     £540
Field-Marshal     £720