Respect For Naval Veterans

Few people sign up for the military as an easy means to wealth, but here’s a small piece showing how poorly the press felt retired naval officers were treated. This is from The Kentish Gazette, probably read by a lot of past and present military, of June 1772:

 At a meeting of the officers who served during the last war under Admiral Boscawen, held on the King’s birth-day at Will’s coffee house, Spring Gardens, [Charing-Cross, London] above 20 gentlemen were present, who served above 20 years in the navy, and are now most nobly provided for on 3s a day, which enables them to live almost as well as any journeyman shoemaker or taylor within the bills of mortality.

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