• ARRSE have partnered with Armadillo Merino to bring you an ARRSE exclusive, generous discount offer on their full price range.
    To keep you warm with the best of Merino gear, visit www.armadillomerino.co.uk and use the code: NEWARRSE40 at the checkout to get 40% off!
    This superb deal has been generously offered to us by Armadillo Merino and is valid until midnight on the the 28th of February.

Origins behind the royal warrant

#1
Having dug about in the net can anybody explain the origins of the Quarter Master Sergeant appointment.
And when the Warrant rank was first used "English Civil War" perhaps comments please.
"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake."
- Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)
 
#2
My bet is that it started out as a warrant for the arrest of some grizzled Sergeant, who parlayed it into a promotion and a piece of parchment NOT signed by TCH, and an excuse for endless daytime pissups for all of similar exalted status.
 
#3
I'm fairly certain warrants started in the Navy. As it was normal for naval families of good blood to send their sons away to captain HM's ships, there was a situation where comissioned officers were given command of vessels with little, if any, experience. WOs were created to create 'officers' from the ranks (or whatever the naval equivalent is) to advise these young aristocrats. It was unacceptable for an enlisted man who was not a gentleman to receive a comission so the warrant was a way around this.
 
#4
http://www.westernfront.co.uk/thegreatwar/articles/standto!/N45insigniabritisharmy.htm


This is quite a good link that explains how the Army went from Four Stripes to the Crown and Wreath arrangement.
 
#5
army_of_1 said:
I'm fairly certain warrants started in the Navy. As it was normal for naval families of good blood to send their sons away to captain HM's ships, there was a situation where comissioned officers were given command of vessels with little, if any, experience. WOs were created to create 'officers' from the ranks (or whatever the naval equivalent is) to advise these young aristocrats. It was unacceptable for an enlisted man who was not a gentleman to receive a comission so the warrant was a way around this.
There's a very detailed history of the RN WO at:

http://www.godfreydykes.info/THE ROYAL NAVY WARRANT OFFICER PART ONE.htm
 
#9
Not to rain on anyone's parade, or to be off-topic (even though I am), but I would appreciate it if army_of_1 would stop stealing my bandwidth (see "Properties" on his avatar). Thank you.

- sos.com webmaster
 

Latest Threads

New Posts