THE DAY WHEN THE ADMIRALS IN THE ADMIRALTY, LED THOSE BELOW THEM TO FREE UP SPACE FOR JUNIOR OFFICERS SO THAT THEY COULD ADVANCE UP THE LADDER!

Proof, were proof needed, that researching naval subjects inter alia should not employ the "easy" tools such as internet search engines whether they be Google or otherwise, or the written media so-called definitive knowledge. In this story, the main stream search engines have missed this story altogether. From the media point of view, only one newspaper, and it is classed as, called as, and claimed to be a newspaper by the establishment, got the story.  That "newspaper" was the London Gazette, and the story was a very important one for many people in the naval service.

However, even the much respected Gazette was caught-on-the-hop and its report into the public domain was delayed. This was due largely to its print run, it not having a daily publication as all other nationals did.

The time was the beginning of May 1950 when C-in-C Plymouth, Admiral Sir Robert Burnett GBE KCB DSO, LL.D {1947-1950} an officer who had worked exceedingly hard throughout WW2 and the Cold War which was to follow, decided enough was enough and he wanted voluntary retirement giving up his chance of becoming a member of the Board of Admiralty and who knows the First Sea Lord. At that time the Board consisted of four civilians [politicians] and seven admirals, five of them filling the appointments of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sea Lords. The Board met often and controlled the Navy! Everything in London navy-wise changed in 1964!

 What happened on May the 1st 1950 [and at later dates in the year], a Monday, quite surprised naval personnel when news finally broke.

The reasons for the retirements and the alterations thereafter, was that it would facilitate the promotion of junior officers, many of whom were marking time in a post war drudgery resulting in all kinds of problems for the both the upper and lower decks. Both promotion aspects were confused by the many reservists [HO's] who had joined to fight the war: many of these men were still in the navy come late 1946 and others into 1947. The promotion/conditions of service were not helped because professional officers were being made redundant [cashiered] and ratings were refusing to sign-on, many asking for their premature discharge.

Open the file below and then look over to the right to the story dated the 9th - ADMIRALTY.

There, you will see each officers name, his rank now and to be in the future if not fully retired including retirement ranks with relevant dates. The idea is simple. It either takes officers out of the promotion race altogether, side lines them into retirement, and then opens the gates to promote people up the ladder. What I am showing you is but part of the plan, but it does cover from admirals right through and down to lieutenants. The outcome was that many men not expecting promotion for many months yet to come, were promoted sometimes within days of the news breaking. The net effect on the bottom ranks on the list was that recruiting and the cashiering could be slowed down to a minimum until the through-put of the exercise was known, and hopefully that junior officer morale had increased many fold.  It did not of course do anything for the lower deck problem, but the building of married quarters was a start; pay rises of course affected both decks but they were generous for ratings.

London Gazette for first two weeks in May 1950.pdf

The sacrificing of jobs at the top end of the officer corps increased albeit slightly, things moved as planned, and all because of the forward thinking of Admiral Burnett.

There, I told you that they had a good heart.

All the best and Yours aye.