HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 cc376-7
39. Major O'NEILL

asked the Secretary of State for War whether officers not of the Regular Army who are given an honorary rank on demobilisation are entitled to use the designation of that rank as a prefix to their names in civilian life; in what circumstances such officers will have the privilege of appearing in uniform; and whether in future they will be required to wear full-dress or Service uniform on ceremonial occasions?


The rank given on demobilisation is not honorary. Permission is granted to the officer to retain the rank he has held. He is entitled to use the designation of the rank as a prefix to his name in civil life. He may wear uniform when attending ceremonials and entertainments of a military nature, if he so desires. The uniform to be worn is restricted to Service dress.


Is it the desire of the Army Council that the military designation shall be retained in all cases in civil life?


It is for individuals to decide what they call themselves; the Government say what they are entitled to call themselves.