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Pay of all ranks


Lynsey01
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Hello,

I wonder if anyone can help - I would like to know what the rates of pay was for all ranks at the outbreak of war in 1914?

Thanks in advance

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Daily rate

Boy

8d

Private or Bandsman

1/-

Drummer

1/1-

Lance-corporal

1/3-

Corporal

1/8-

Lance-sergeant

2/-

Sergeant

2/4-

Colour-sergeant

3/6-

CQMS

3/6-

CSM

4/-

RQMS

4/-

RSM

5/-

Daily rate*

Second Lieutenant ¶

7/6-

Lieutenant

8/6-

Captain

12/6-

Major

16/-

Lieutenant Colonel

23/-

sorry about tabulation ............ you will get Wimbledon neck reading it!

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Hello Lynsey, and welcome to the Forum!

If you can find a good military or other reference library near you, try asking for a copy of the Pay Warrant for 1914. It runs to a few hundred pages, and there are another 150 or so pages of amendments during the war.

The figures quoted by Grumpy apply to the regimental basic pay in the infantry. Officers and men of other arms usually got slightly more. In addition, infantry, cavalry and artillery could qualify for "proficiency pay" of 3d or 6d a day, and ment of RE, ASC, RAMC etc got additional "corps pay" depending on their trade skills.

Ron

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I receintly came across an advert in the Penrith Observer- Cumbria- for ASC Mechanical Transport Section (Early September1915).

They wanted Qualified Motor Car Driver, Fitters, Turners and Blacksmith. The pay rate quoted was 6/- a day and separation allowance.

Richard

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