Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:34 PM
The differences between the various grades for both the old and the new titles is still not fully explained. With the old title one still had one rank and three different appointments. I wonder whether it was down to actually where one was serving at a particular time. This may explain why my grandfather rose to be an A/Cpl whilst at home (well Spike Island) but reverted to A/L/Bdr on going abroad.
The following is ACI 908 for 7th June 1917, some 5 months earlier than 1743.
908. Grant of substantive rank to certain Warrant Officers, Class II, and N.C.Os of the Regular RH and RFA and RGA
1. Owing to the footnote (*) Part V, War Establishments, 1915, Establishment of Reserve Brigade, RFA, and the fact that the RGA have companies who have been permanently on the Coast Defences at home, there are in the Regular RH and RFA and RGA a certain number of individual cases of hardship among warrant officers, Class II, and N.C.Os who have received their promotion to acting rank only, before the publication of ACI 1701 of 1916
These men would now, under the provisions of ACI 1701, if sent abroad in a draft, forfeit some or all of their service as NCOs and revert to their permanent grade.
2, In order therefore to bring these men on to the same footing as the TF under ACI 115 of 1917, it has been decided that these warrant officers, Class II, and NCOs of the RH and RFA and RGA may be given substantive rank as follows:-
Any warrant officer, Class II, or NCO will now be given substantive rank equivalent to the acting rank he held on 1st January 1916, provided he is still holding that or higher acting rank. This substantive rank will take effect as from the date of their original promotion to the equivalent rank.
3. It will be understood that this ACI does not interfere with the acting rank of a warrant officer, Class II, or NCO, but merely gives him a permanent status to or below the acting rank he actually holds.
I will obviously have to get ACIs 115, 337, 1701.