love4history wrote:Thank you Frogsmile. This answers my question and gives me some interesting clarification on the relationship CSM - CQMS
I am glad you found it useful. As a footnote to this reorganisation it is an interesting point that for a short period the rank of colour sergeant was abolished, but there was such an outcry at the demise of this honoured rank (largely because of its association with the Colours of the regiment) that it was soon agreed that within the infantry the 'rank' would remain colour sergeant and the 'appointment' CQMS. Fortunately this coincided with the introduction of two grades of warrant officer, so that the relatively new rank titles warrant officers class I and II could be used, whilst retaining the more ancient 'appointments' of battalion (now regimental) sergeant major and (company) sergeant major. This is the origin of the rank/appointment combination unique to the Army and ensured the retention and continuity of ancient differentials like corporal of horse, farrier quartermaster sergeant, staff sergeant major, conductor, and so forth.
Below are the original pre-1881 ranks and their precedence (notice the original meaning of staff sergeant as a 'grouping':The Non-commissioned Officers take rank and precedence in a Regiment as follows
:1st Class 'Staff' Sergeants
1st.— Sergeant Major.
*4th.— Sergeant Instructor of Musketry. 2nd Class 'Staff' Sergeants
5th.— Paymaster's Clerk.
7th.— Hospital Sergeant.
8th.—Orderly Room Clerk.
*9th.— Pipe or Bugle Major.
*10th.— Sergeant Cook.
12th.— Colour Sergeants, who rank with 2nd Class Staff Sergeants, and take precedence according to date of appointment.
13th.— Sergeants, according to date of appointment.
Lance Sergeants' and Lance Corporals, where the duty is heavy, may be appointed, who will rank after Sergeants and Corporals respectively. The chevrons and distinctive badges worn by the several ranks are as follows
Lance Corporals—One stripe.
Colour Sergeants of Infantry—Crossed Swords and Colours, surmounted with a Crown.
Colour Sergeants of Rifles—Crossed Swords, surmounted with a Crown within a wreath on right arm and three stripes on left.Three stripes
Orderly Room Clerk,
Drum Major—Four stripes and Drum.
Bugle Major—Four stripes and Crossed Bugles.
Sergeant Instructor of Musketry—Four stripes and Crossed Rifles.
Quarter Master Sergeant— Four stripes and crown.
Band Master—Four stripes and Lyre.
Sergeant Major— Four stripes and Crown.