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British Army Pay (ao 1 Of 1918)


Joe Sweeney
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Does any one have a copy of Army Order 1/1918.

Supposedly, AO 1 contained the detail on the increase of pay authorized to the British Army.

I'm looking for any information on what that increase was?

I have copies of the Royal Warrant for Pay, Appointm...... 1914 and a copy for 1916, but I've been turning up information that a global pay increase was instituted via AO 1/1918.

Any help would be appreciated

Joe

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Joe

You are quite right, AO 1/18 dated 4 Dec 17 did announce details of pay increases. The minimum rate was raised to 1/6d per diem. I don't have any other details at hand, but will take another look next time I am in the PRO.

Is there anything specific that you are after?

Charles

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Charles,

Thanks for your very quick reply.

Since the Royal Warrants... are several hundred pages a piece, I'd assume that AO 1 could be very large.

My interest lies with O/r's in particular the Regimental Pay then working pay on down.

This could still be quite a search so I'm wondering if the 1/6d perdiem was across all Corps and was the same rat applied equally across ranks.

To narrow down the criteria was the 1/6d a day applied equally to a Pte. of Infantry, Guards, ASC, Sapper of RE etc.

Thanks for your help, living in the USA doesn't lend itself to doing PRO research on a frequent basis.

By the way I've followed IBD discussion threads with keen interest. Seems you've done quite a bit of research on this topic. Any plans to publish any of your research?

Thanks again,

Joe S.

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Joe

The 1/6d rate applied just to infantry privates, I think. Anyway, I will look up the AO and e-mail you the results. It will be a pleasure to repay some of the help you have given me.

As for IBDs, they will form one of many aspects of a book I am writing on the British Army in WW1. There are still, however, several holes in my research which I would like to fill.

Charles

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