Officer's Accomodation

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Officer's Accomodation

Postby HerbertKitch12 » 11 Sep 2017 12:31

Were officers expected to pay for their own accommodation away from the regimental barracks, or were they provided with their own quarters on the site of the barracks?

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Re: Officer's Accomodation

Postby crimea1854 » 11 Sep 2017 13:56

I can only comment with regards the site I have been personally involved with, namely Shoebury Garrison. This is perhaps a special case because the site provided accommodation for Officers and Men attending the Royal Artillery Gunnery School, which had been founded immediately after the Crimean War.

The Commandant and second in command had their own detached houses, and there was provision for both married officers quarters, with one house being reserved for the surgeon - the site had it's own hospital - as well as provision for single officers whose quarters were directly connected to the Officer's Mess; in addition there was accommodation for officers on long and short stay courses, together with OR barrack blocks.

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Re: Officer's Accomodation

Postby Frogsmile » 11 Sep 2017 17:35

Married officers with permission to marry ("subalterns will not marry, captain's may marry, major's should marry"), were afforded married quarters of a size according to their rank, or a lodging allowance (the scale of this provision varied by period and whether 'at home', or 'on foreign service'). Single officers, less Horse and Foot Guards (who invariably 'lived out'), were scaled for officers' mess quarters according to the pay warrant and various materiel regulations. Junior officers (Company level) were entitled to a single room along with fireplace, bed, table and chair, easy chair, coal scuttle and shovel, and a set coal allowance. An officer of field rank was entitled to two rooms comprising a study - come sitting room, and a separate bedroom with a similar scale for furniture to the junior officer. The dimensions for the rooms of both grades of officer were laid down precisely by regulation, along with the coal allowance. These particular regulations changed very little between the 1880s and 1990s. A fee was laid down for these government supplied accommodation arrangements.
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