ARMY PAY SERVICES HISTORY                     



"When and where then does this history have its beginnings? Some of the present-day duties of the Royal Army Pay Corps are as old as soldiering itself, as the derivation of the word indicates. We do not know when English soldiers first received pay, but we do know that financial inducements were offered when feudal obligation, as the means of raising armies, began to be replaced by other methods in late Mediaeval times."

Brigadier L G Hinchliffe MBE 1983

"The creation of the Army Pay Department (APD), the Army Pay Corps (APC) and their later amalgamation in 1920 into the Royal Army Pay Corps (RAPC) introduced the expertise to record, audit and approve expenditure in Fixed Centre Pay Offices , however it took the experiences of  two world wars and a number of lesser conflicts  before such expertise was embedded fully at Regimental level!! The success and eventual demise of the Royal Army Pay Corps was driven by its Professionalism; Flexibility; Development and Acceptance of Automated Systems; and finally, as in the past, by the Government's desire to control the Defence Budget Expenditure!"

Major(rtd) Nick Bayes 2017  


294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   Beginnings - An Introduction by Brigadier L. G. Hinchliffe MBE
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   Notes on Army Pay 1066-1642 - from the Norman Conquest to Scottish Uprisings by Lt Col EE Todd OBE RAPC 1931/32   
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   Notes on Army Pay 1642-1711 - New Model Army  by Lt Col EE Todd OBE RAPC 1931/32
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   Notes on Army Pay 1711-1802 - Development of Army Financial Controls by Lt Col EE Todd OBE RAPC 1931/32
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   New Military Finance 1797 -  Army Pay and Allowances  Regulations published by Lt Nathaniel Hood 1804
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   South African War and Financial Lessons by Dr John Black
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   South Africa Lessons Learned - "From Chaos to the Dawn of System" By Brigadier L. G. Hinchcliffe MBE
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   Notes on Army Pay 1802-1914 - From the Defeat of Napoleon to WW1 by Lt Col EE Todd OBE RAPC 1931/32
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   WW1
871-wrac.jpg   RAPC WRAC 1917-1990
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   WW2
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   RAPC Training Centres/Devizes
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   Embedding of RAPC NCOs in Units
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   National Service 1949-1960
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   Pay Services Developments 1958 to 1983 By Major General O. J. Kinahan CB
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   Worthy Down Years 1960 - 1992
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   The End and New Beginnings? Major General P. S. Bray CB  
294-vtiny_rapc_icon.jpg   RAPC Virtual Museum (under construction!!)

On 3rd April 1992 the Royal Army Pay Corps said farewell to Winchester with its last ever "Freedom Parade" and on 6th April 1992 was amalgamated into the Adjutant General's Corps, forming part of the Staff and Personnel Support Branch (SPS).



The RAPC quick march is "Imperial Echoes"

Imperial Echoes (1913) is the title of a piece for solo piano by Arnold Safroni. In 1928 the tune was adapted as a march by James Ord Hume (1864–1932) and recorded for His Master's Voice by the Band of the Royal Air Force, conducted by Squadron Leader R.P. O'Donnell, M.V.O. In 1940 the opening and closing parts of this recording were chosen to introduce and close the BBC's daily news programme Radio Newsreel.

Imperial Echoes became a regular part of the repertoire of military bands and was adopted by the Royal Army Pay Corps as its regimental quick march.

Play it below

"Keeping The Flag Flying!"


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