Soldiers' Separation Allowances

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  • Art.IWM PST 5160
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Great Britain
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: letterpress
  • Support: Height 822 mm, Width 550 mm
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  • object category: Poster

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whole: the title is positioned across the top in red, with the text arranged over the remainder in red and blue. All are set against a plain white background and held within a narrow blue border. image: text only. text: G.R. [Royal Charter] SOLDIERS' SEPARATION ALLOWANCES INCREASED RATES from MARCH 1, 1915 Increased Separation Allowances for the War are now given to the wives and children of married soldiers and to the dependants of unmarried men and widowers. WIVES AND CHILDREN OF MARRIED MEN. The New Weekly Rates are as follows: [Rates follow for a Wife, a Wife and child and Wife and two children, increasing according to the rank of the soldier.] These rates include the usual allotment of 3s. 6d. a week for privates and corporals, and 5s. 10d. for other ranks. Adopted children are admitted. The ordinary limit of age for children is now 16, and the allowance is continued up to 21 in certain cases (for higher education, apprenticeship on a normal wage, or physical or mental infirmity). Soldiers marrying AFTER enlistment are now eligible. An extra 3s. 6d. a week is paid in the case of soldiers living in the London postal area at the time of enlistment if the families continue to live there. Forms of Application for Separation Allowance can be filled in at the Recruiting Office. MOTHERLESS CHILDREN. 5s. a week clear for each child. OTHER DEPENDENTS OF UNMARRIED SOLDIERS AND WIDOWERS. If a soldier who is unmarried or a widower (or one whose wife is not drawing separation allowance because she was living apart from him before the war) had any person or persons (whether related or not), including children, actually dependent upon him before he enlisted, the Government will pay that dependant a weekly sum provided the soldier contributes a share (one third or less) of the amount. The intention is to allow to the dependant, within certain limits (see below), the same amount weekly that the soldier paid him or her before enlistment, less any portion that went to pay for his own keep. As an example, if the soldier had paid 17s. 6d. a week in peace to his mother, and 7s. 6d. of this was needed for his own keep, the allowance admissible will be the remaining 10s. Towards this the soldier will contribute 5d. a day from his pay. The amount the Government will pay to any one dependant of a soldier will not exceed the amount of separation allowance for a wife (see table above), but that limit will be raised if more persons than one were dependent on the same soldier. To secure an allowance the soldier must complete Army Form 0.1838 (which will be given to him at the Recruiting Office), and hand the completed form to his Commanding Officer within one month of enlistment. NOTE.- as it is impossible to explain all the classes of cases on a poster, intending recruits can obtain fuller information from the two pamphlets for married and unmarried men, revised to 1st March, 1915, which they can get at any Post Office. PUBLISHED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY RECRUITING COMMITTEE, LONDON. Poster No. 114. H, W and V. Ld. 30M W.13250. 3/15. 15M. W.7646. 8/15.

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Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Poster No.114. W. 13250. W. 7646. Based on the same design as Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Poster No.72 (see PST 11609).





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