Can you tell me if my Father, a Lt Colonel, was paid during active service in the Middle East and Europe, and if so how much and was the pay given to his spouse in England or direct to the officer ?
The rates of pay were increased at least twice during the war, but from July 1940 to at least March 1944, a Lieutenant Colonel's pay was 43 shillings per day, which is equivalent to about £110,000 per year in 2017 money. There were additional allowances for family members.
Soldiers with dependents were expected to allocate some of their pay to them, and there was a system for making those payments in the UK. The amount would have been up to the soldier, at least for officers. The balance was available to the soldier, and they would often draw it in local currency if serving overseas.