Warrant Officer

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A Warrant Officer is an officer who had been promoted by working his way up from the ranks, thereby gaining authority to be selected to be given a Warrant by his Commander-in-Chief, as distinguished from a Commissioned Officer who is designated an officer by a commission.

They were generally of the rank of Sub-Conductors or Conductors.

Sub-Conductors or Conductors, who were Warrant Officers, were in existence in India in 1821, (see below) but the introduction date is unclear

The 1921 India Office List contains a list of “Non-Departmental Warrant Officers”[1].The men in this list mostly have the title Sergeant-Major or Quarter Master Sergeant (Q M S) They were of Warrant Officer 2 rank, and ranked lower than Conductors and Sub-Conductors.

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  1. 1921 Indian Army List page 1879-80 (digital file page 1223)