- Here is the origianl reference I found to Warrant Officer, from Rules and Articles for the better government of ALL HIS MAGESTY'S FORCES. 1807
Administration of Justice
"And wheras the Situation of Officers, not commissioned by Us, or by any of Our General Officers having Authority from Us to grant Commissions, but appointed by Warrant under the Signature of the Colonels or Commandants of the Corps to which they belong, has not been hitherto defined, in regard to their being liable to be tried......
.....cout martial shall not in any Case consist of less than 5 Commissioned Officers, of whom not more that 2 shall be taken from the Regiment, in which the Warrant Officer to be tried is serving:....
....no court martial shall have Authority by their sentence to award corporal punishment, in any case of a Warrant Officer: nor shall a Warrant Officer be liable to be reduced...to seve in an inferior situatuion , unless he shall have been origianally enlistedas a private soldier."
So I guess, who is a Warrant Officer? It would appear, that it is any person the Colonel of a regiment appoints as an officer, but their commission is not granted by the King. So are these the assistant surgeons, QM's, senior clerks....? But there are officers, and not senior NCO's.
----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Fournier
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 6:54 PM
Subject: [War Of 1812] Re: Warrant Officer
I have not seen the term Warrant Officer used but wonder if it is
the senior corps of NCOs associated with a regiment.
Looking at paylists for the 41st from December 1813 and also
September 1814, I note the following establishment:
Quarter Master Sergeant
Pay Master Clerk
School Master Sergeant
I have also seen mention in various communications of a Barracks
Master but the relative rank (NCO or Officer) is not clear for this
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