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Wednesday, 2 June 1915


No information is available regarding the pensions payable to dependants of members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.


To other dependants such rates shall be paid as are assessed by the Pensions Board, but not exceeding in the aggregate the rate specified as payable to a widow plus £52 per annum.

Provided that the maximum rate of pension payable to any one dependant of a member shall not in. any case exceed the amount specified as payable to a widow. (Section 8 (a) (iii) War Pensions Act.)


The sections of the New Zealand Defence Act 1909 referred to above read as follow: -

Section 76 (a). If the deceased was killed in action, or died of his wounds within twelve months of being wounded, then in either of those cases, but in those only, the special pension fixed in the first column of the said scale may be allowed.

Section 76 (b). The special pension fixed in the second column of the said scale may be allowed if the deceased died from illness brought on by the fatigue, privation, and exposure incident to active operations in the field before an enemy within twelve months after his having first been removed from duty on account of such illness, provided the illness is certified to have commenced during and as the result of active operations, or, if he died in consequence of injuries received in the performance of military duty otherwise than in action within twelve months after having been injured.

Section 80 (1). If such officer, noncommissioned officer, or private leaves no widow or child, an annual allowance,as specified in the third column of the aforesaid scale, may be granted to his mother, provided she is a widow and in distressed circumstances, and was mainly dependent upon the deceased for support; but if the mother is herself in receipt of a pension from the Government, or has any other provision of any kind from the public, no allowance under this section shall be made to her on account of her son, unless she relinquishes such pension or provision; and in the event of her remarrying, any allowance that may have been granted to her shall cease.

Section 80 (2). The aforesaid annual allowance shall be payable to the mother who is not a widow in any case where her husband is incapable, through infirmity or incapacity, of earning his livelihood, and she is otherwise lawfully entitled to the allowance.

Section 81. If such officer, non-commissioned officer, or private has left no widow, child, or mother, but has left a sister or sisters having no parent or surviving brother, and having been dependent for support upon the deceased officer or private, an annual allowance as specified in the aforesaid third column may be granted to such sisters, or to such sisters collectively under extraordinary and special circumstances to be judged of by the Government; but the allowance in such case shall cease when the person receiving it marries or is in any other manner sufficiently provided for.

Section82 (1). Annual allowances, as specified in the fourth and fifth columns of the aforesaid scale, may be given to the children in those cases in which the widow would be entitled to a pension if it is shown that the children have no other allowance, pension, or provision from the Government, and that the pecuniary circumstances of themselves and their families are so limited that they actually require assistance.

Section 82 (2). The fourth column shall apply where the father was killed in action, or died of wounds as mentioned in paragraph (a) of section 76 hereof, and the fifth column where he died from illness or injuries as mentioned in paragraph (b) of that section.

The following are the rates of pay of the ranks mentioned: -

United Kingdom

(a)   Major-General, with quarters, £1,300; without quarters, £1,500..

(b)   Colonel, with quarters, £880; without quarters, £1,000.

(c)   Lieutenant-Colonel, £1 3s. per day.

(d)   Major, 16s.per day; after twenty-four years' service, 18s. per day.

(e)   Captain, 12s.6d. per day; after three years' service in the rank, provided he has at least twelve years' service, 14s. 6d. per day.

(f)   Lieutenant, Ss. 6d. per day; serving as lieutenant on 24th November, 1914, after six years' service, if certified by his Commanding Officer as practically efficient in the command of men, 9s. per day.

(g)   Second lieutenant, 7s. 6d. per day.

The above daily rates are for infantry; other arms vary slightly.


No information is available regarding the rates of pay for the Canadian Expeditionary Force.


(a)   Major-General, £1,500 per annum,

(b)   Colonel, £2 5s. per diem.

(c)   Lieutenant-Colonel, £1 17s. 6d. per diem.

(d)   Major, £110s. per diem.

(e)   Captain, £1 2s. 6d. per diem.

(f)   and (g) Lieutenant and Second Lieutenant, 17s. 6d. per diem.

New Zealand

No information is available regarding the rates of pay in the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces.

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