HC Deb 09 March 1882 vol 267 c451

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is usual for Militia Sergeants receiving two shillings a-day and four pence lodging allowance, with no rations or allowance for rations, to be ordered to mess at the Brigade Depot Sergeants' Mess, where the Line Sergeants receive, in addition to their pay, sixpence a-day or a free ration?


Yes, Sir; unless they are married. But it is not the case that Militia sergeants receive only 2s. 4d. a-day. Those who are serving on their Line engagements have that pay, besides 6d. or a ration in kind; and those serving on their Militia engagements have 2s. or 2s. 3d. a-day, besides their Army pensions, which vary from 8d. a-day to the highest non-commissioned rates. The low rate of pay is only received by Militia sergeants who have never served in the Army, or who were discharged without pension.