- Howdy All!
Just want to put my tupence in for the subject.
First I'd like to clear up something. "I am no expert on the subject
of Warrant Officers in the 1812 British Army" That being said I would
like to state what I know of Warrant Officers.
To my knowledge, and again I may be wrong, the frst country in
contemporary times to openly use warrant officers I beleive was
Germany /Prussia in the late 18th century and more so in the early
19th century. Later other European countries were adopting / doing so
It is true that the crown or governments of these countries did not
promote warrant offiecers but it was the branch of service that did.
In this case the Army.
Warrant officers are described as "Experts" in their field(s)and as
the need arrises Divisions, Brigades, Regiments and
Battalions "Warrant" these individuals to take up the mantle of
responsibility for the job or occupation they do so well. I would
immagine that this was done more for expediency rather than writing
the home office or headquarters a country or a continent away for a
replacement "Commissioned Officer". These Warrant Officers would have
the same respect responsibilities and duties of a commisioned
offiecer though I would guess not the same privileges.
A Point of American Militiary History. In 1909 The US Army seeing
the need to augment their Officer Corps (Due to the lack there of) in
specialized areas saught out individuals who could take the place of
Commissioned Officers. Thus Created the Warrant Officer rank. Nine
individuals all senior NCO's with more than five years of Service as
an NCO who had the intelligence, experience and knowledge to assume
those positions were selected and promoted. They were not
commissioned by a Special Act of Congress but were Granted "Warrants"
by the US Army.
This had a pressident started by other Armies manly from Europe and
most certainly Britain had a hand in it too. This origine probably
dated back to the Roman Legions. So if we are to accept such a theory
we can accept that there were Warrant Officers in the British Army
for certain tasks during the War of 1812. There was probably no rank
distinction as there are none in the modern Bristish Army betweent
Command Sergeant Majors or Regimentals Sergeant Majors.
Another note on Warrant Officers, Often when the task or occupation
was complete the individual would return to their unit at their
former rank or with a one jump promation as a reward for doing their
job. I have personally seen this happen twice in my time in the
Sorry thats more than two cents worth.
43rd Light Infantry