News from the Secretary of the Regimental Association
RAPC Badged Wreaths
If you take part in a local ceremony or parade on Remembrance Sunday and you are a member of the Association just let the Association know in good time and a wreath can be dispatched.
Requesting Service Records
This site aims to be of service not only to RAPC Association members, but also the wider RAPC family. We know that at least 40,000 men were called up for National Service with the RAPC while many thousands more served, fought and often died everywhere the British Army has had a unit from 1878 until 1992.
If you served in the Army, you can apply for your own record by completing this
Subject Access Request form. This process is free.
If you are interested in your family history with the Royal Army Pay Corps, you can apply for a deceased family member’s service record by filling out the
Next of Kin declaration and Search document. This costs £30 and takes a while as all paper records are stored at an underground location.
Here is a
guide to Army records. While you are waiting for service records, you might consider getting in touch with the curator of the Adjutant General’s Corps Museum – our successor Corps – who may be able to help you add some detail to the picture of your family members’ service life. The museum is one of the Winchester Military Museums and the curator can be contacted on 01962 877 826.
Included with the Primrose & Blue print edition is a pamphlet providing those members and family so-minded of the most efficient way of leaving money to the Association. This is not a fundraising exercise, this is the result of having unexpectedly received substantial, generous donations over the last 4 years and prior knowledge of any donations would help the Trustees manage the Association’s budget for the future.
A Message from the Welfare Committee
It is the intention of the Council to keep members informed of the work done by the Trustees and volunteers who serve on the different committees.
If you attend a Branch Function or a centrally organised event, you can usually find a Trustee (whose names are listed on the inside of the front cover of the printed magazine) to speak to if you would like to raise anything regarding the management of the Association. Needless to say, if you believe you might be a suitable candidate for a Trustee please do send me an email
The Welfare Committee is charged with considering applications for financial assistance from Association members and their families. Cases are based on their own merit and emanate from a variety of causes such as, debilitating medical condition, incapacitation through injury, financial hardship, etc; the list is endless.
The Committee meets at irregular intervals as the number of applications dictate; occasionally, we consider cases out of committee if the circumstances call for it e.g. if there is an urgent need for assistance where delay would cause the applicant unnecessary distress, worry or even harm.In general, applications come into the Association following a visit to the applicant by either SSAFA or the Royal British Legion, both of whom provide the Committee with a comprehensive report along with supporting documentationsuch as, medical reports, occupational therapist reports etc, where available and relevant.
Over the last few years, the Association has helped applicants obtain mobility scooters, white goods, furniture, computers to help with a child’s education, home repairs/adaptation to name, travel costs to help family members visit hospitalised loved ones etc, to name but a few. We have also provided some with food vouchers in addition to their main requirement where there is a clear need and we can help with the cost of a family holiday.
The provision of benevolence is one of the main tenets of the Association and one that the Trustees take seriously so please remember, the Association is here for you. The only qualification for you and your family is that you must have worn the RAPC cap badge whilst serving. Finally, do not hold back from applying in the mistaken belief there is someone more deserving. No individual of genuine need is ever turned away.