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!"
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).
FIDE ET FIDUCIA
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!"