HC Deb 03 March 1919 vol 113 c53W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether an officer who joined the Army in the ranks and served there for two or three years, only obtaining his commission in 1917 or 1918, is only entitled to a war gratuity in respect of his commission and gets nothing in respect of his service in the ranks; and, if so, why the latter service is not allowed to count?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on Wednesday last to a question by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Dorset (South), in which it was stated that an officer promoted from the rank receives a soldier's gratuity in respect of his services from the ranks and an officer's gratuity in respect of his commissioned service.