Posted 30 October 2002 - 10:34 PM
I've run across quite a bit of information that the British Army in France was paid in French francs. This includes both Officers and O/rs.
This includes sources such as GRO's 1887 and 2240 which limits the amount of advance pay an officer can withdraw from a field cashier--always in francs.
Original Advance pay book for Officers that clearly only show francs.
Additional other GRO's which explain exchange rates, when and how calculated. Also, where to exchange British money for newly arriving soldiers.
Dunn "The War the Infantry Knew" also mentions that it was practice to pay O/rs in 5 and 10 franc denominations in 1916.
Also I understand that pay was sometimes referred to as "20 francs a fortnight".
Even Canadian AB 64s plainly state that Pay in Canada was in Dollars, Pound Sterling in England and francs in France.
What I'd like to know is was this for the whole war?
What was the official origin of this policy, Army Order, Agreement with France etc?
Any help would be appreciated,