HC Deb 19 December 1912 vol 45 cc1714-5W
Colonel RAWSON

asked the Secretary of State for War if his attention has been called to the case of Staff Quartermaster-Sergeant Stickney, late Army Ordnance Corps, who was discharged as medically unfit last February, and who stated before a court-martial in February last that he was legally promoted sub-contractor in 1910, but that his promotion was illegally ruled out of his attestation paper; and whether he is prepared to make any statement on the subject?

Colonel SEELY

The appointment referred to is that of sub-conductor. Under Article 685 of the Royal Warrant for Pay, etc., a non-commissioned officer before promotion to the rank of sub-conductor in the Army Ordnance Corps is required to serve on probation for a period of three months. Staff Quartermaster-Sergeant Stickney was placed on probation for the rank of sub-conductor in 1910, and was described in Corps Orders as "promoted sub-conductor on three months' probation." He however, was not confirmed in his appointment, and he was therefore never legally promoted sub-conductor.

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