Officers (Temporary Rank, Overseas Service).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Secretary of State for War whether officers holding temporary rank whilst serving in this country are required to revert to their substantive rank on proceeding overseas?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

The retention of acting or temporary rank always depends on whether an officer continues to hold a post for which the rank is appropriate, and this applies equally when he proceeds overseas.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Am I not right in saying that in the last war officers holding temporary rank retained it when they proceeded overseas? Would it not be fairer to allow them to retain their rank at least until they arrive at the other end?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I think the position is quite simple. An officer retains his temporary rank while he is doing the job for which he was given temporary rank. He will continue in his temporary rank if he is doing the same job when he goes overseas.