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temp. Lieut's and drafts to India


ddycher
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I seem to be seeing a theme in my research where a subaltern was given temp. Lieut rank when taking a draft out to India. Was this a recognized process ? Any ideas ?

 

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Dave

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Dave

Might it have anything to do with the number of men they were to supervise on the journey?

Been reading Wilbert Spencer's war letters (free on Kindle) and the number of men he was responsible for varied from 52 to 300 depending on where he was and what he was doing (and he had been commissioned straight from school I think).

Of course this may have nothing to do with it!

David

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I'd suspect there was something with draft conducting that required an officer of a minimum rank to oversee the men (but didn't 2nd Lts tend to earn promotion after 6-12 months, so by the time they were ready to be sent overseas they'd be pretty much ready for promotion anyway ?)

 

Craig

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