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The Army Pay Corps

Introduction

The Army Pay Department was established by Royal Warrant dated Victoria 22 October 1877 which took effect on 1 April 1878. The Army Pay Department encompassed all the serving regimental pay masters. During the Great War, it included civilian acting paymasters and Lady Superintendents. There were 13 Lady Superintendents on 1 January 1916, with a maximum number of 279 on 1 April 1919, before dwindling down to 32 on 10 April 1920.

In 1882, military clerks working in the offices of the regimental paymasters were incorporated into The Army Pay Corps. The Army Pay Corps had civilian writers, male civil clerks, and female clerks.

In 1920, in recognition of their service during the war, The Army Pay Department and The Army Pay Corps were granted the prefix Royal and amalgamated into the Royal Army Pay Corps.

A Corps of Military Accountants was established in 1919, when a new system of cost accounting was introduced across the army. In January 1920, an officer was appointed in each Command as Command Accountant. He was responsible for the cost accounts of the units under the Command, and was assisted by Group and Station Accountant Officers. Matters relating to pay remained in the hands of the Army Pay Corps. The strength of the Corps of Military Accountants in March 1920 was 32 officers and 205 other ranks. The Corps published a quarterly journal, the Balance first published in December 1923. The Corps of Military Accountants was disbanded in 1925. Those men serving on a 21 years' engagement were transferred to the Royal Army Pay Corps.

The Army Pay Corps

1889 Army Pay Department

17 July 1889 Child Francis Giuseppe Barber aged 11 months, son of Edward R Barber was buried in Pietà Military Cemetery.

1890 Army Pay Department

1891 APC

27 July 1891 Child Grace Melita Smith aged 13 months, daughter of Sgt Maj C J Smith was buried in Pietà Military Cemetery.

1892 APC

17 Apr Infant William Henry Jackson aged 2 years 3 months, son of QMSgt Jackson.

1893 APC

1894 APC

1894 Strength: 12 men.

3 July 1894 Infant Ernest Lea Smith aged 4 months, son of Sgt Smith Army Pay Department was buried in Pietà Military Cemetery.

1895 APC

1895 Strength: 12 men.

1896 APC

1 June 1896 Strength: 12 men.

1897 APC

1 Jan 1897 Strength: 13 men.

1898 APC

1 Jan 1898 Strength: 14 men. The pay office was located in the Old Library Valletta.

1899 APC

1 Jan 1899 Strength: 16 men.

1900 APC

1 Jan 1900 Strength: 15 men.

18 Feb 1900 Baptism of George William Paul Brown born on 25 January 1900, son of QM Sgt George Alfred Brown and Janet Williamson, resident at Sliema.

1901 APC

1902 APC

1903 APC

In 1903, the pay office was located at the Old Laboratory Barracks Valletta.

Army Pay Department Office: Strada Cavaliere. Attached to the APD were Capt A W Ganado RMA and Capt J Salomone RMA.

1904 APC

1905 APC

1906 APC

1907 APC

1908 APC

1909 APC

1910 APC

1911 APC

1912 APC

1913 APC

1914 APC

1915 APC

1916 APC

1917 APC

The following were baptised in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1917:

  • 7 Nov John Ernest Sutcliffe born on 6 Mar 1911, son of SSgt Robert Sutcliffe and Blanche Marion resident at 8 Notre Dame Married Quarters Floriana.
  • 7 Nov Helena Amelia Sutcliffe born on 23 Mar 1913, daughter of SSgt Robert Sutcliffe and Blanche Marion resident at 8 Notre Dame Married Quarters Floriana.
  • 7 Nov William Alfred Sutcliffe born on 4 May 1915, son of SSgt Robert Sutcliffe and Blanche Marion resident at 8 Notre Dame Married Quarters Floriana.
  • 7 Nov Frederick Arthur George Sutcliffe born on 14 Sept 1917, daughter of SSgt Robert Sutcliffe and Blanche Marion resident at 8 Notre Dame Married Quarters Floriana.

1918 APC

20 Nov 1918 Baptism in the Barracca Church Valletta of Norman Robert Dowdell born on 7 Oct 1918, son of Staff QM Sgt George James Dowdell and Mabel Bond, resident at 18 Notre Dame Married Quarters Floriana.

1919 APC

1920 APC

1921 RAPC

1 Jan 1921 Strength: 4 Officers, 9 Rank and File.

27 Nov Baptism in the Barracca Church Valletta of Iris Dorothy Wardell born on 4 Oct 1921, daughter of Sgt William Henry Wardell and Ellen, resident at Notre Dame Ravelin, Floriana.

1922 RAPC

1 Jan 1922 Strength: 4 Officers, 8 Rank and File.

1923 RAPC

1 Jan 1923 Strength: 4 Officers, 3 Rank and File.

1924 RAPC

1 Jan 1924 Strength: 5 Officers, 5 Rank and File.

1925 RAPC

1 Jan 1925 Strength: 4 Officers, 4 Rank and File.

1926 RAPC

1 Jan 1926 Strength: 4 Officers, 5 Rank and File.

1927 RAPC

1 Jan 1927 Strength: 2 Officers, 5 Rank and File.

1928 RAPC

1 Jan 1928 Strength: 5 Officers, 16 Rank and File.

1929 RAPC

1 Jan 1929 Strength: 4 Officers, 16 Rank and File.

1930 RAPC

1 Jan 1930 Strength: 6 Officers, 2 Rank and File.

1931 RAPC

1 Jan 1931 Strength: 3 Officers, 2 Rank and File.

1932 RAPC

31 Dec 1932 Strength: 21 men.

1933 RAPC

31 Dec 1933 Strength: 20 men.

1934 RAPC

31 Dec 1934 Strength: 18 men.

1935 RAPC

30 June 1935 Strength: 17 men.

1936 RAPC

1936 Strength: 5 Officers 17 men.

1937 RAPC

31 Dec 1937 Strength: 18 men.

1938 RAPC

30 June 1938 Strength: 18 men.

1939 RAPC

30 June 1939 Strength: 5 Officers 17 men.

1940 RAPC

30 June 1940 Strength: 6 Officers 12 men.

1941 RAPC

30 June 1941 Strength: 16 Officers, 69 men.

30 Sep Strength: 12 Officers, 43 men.

1942 RAPC

27 June 1942 Strength: 15 Officers, 32 men.

2 Apr On Thursday 2 Apr 1942 at around 10:30 am, the Command Pay Office at Villa Rosa St George's Bay, commanded by Major Adrian Howell received a direct hit. Those killed included a 17 yr old Maltese Joseph Grech from Birkirkara who was employed as a messenger, Lt F. Harrod, Cpl L. Beckett, Pte A. C. Pullan, Pte A. A. Golledge, Pte C. P. Davies, Walter Farrugia, and Edgar Zahra.

1943 RAPC

1944 RAPC

1945 RAPC

30 June 1945 Strength: 14 Officers, 42 other ranks

After the war, Montgomery House overlooking the granaries of Floriana became the Command Pay Office for the Malta Garrison.

1956 RAPC

18 Nov 1956 Graeme Ralph Osbourne son of Vivien Evelyn and Capt Albert James Osbourne RAPC of 25 Boschetto Road Rabat, born on 1 Mar 1956, was baptised at St Oswald's Church Mtarfa.

1957 RAPC

1958 RAPC

1959 RAPC

Bibliography

  • Edwards, T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
  • TNA:WO 95/5448. Command Paymaster Malta Command Oct 1914 to May 1915.
  • TNA:WO 156/599. Baptism Register of the Barracca Church Valletta from 18 August 1916 to 6 November 1949.
  • Register No 13. Burials No 8, Pietà Cemetery 1887–1908.