Regiments of the Malta Garrison The Army Pay Corps
The Army Pay Corps
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.
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.
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.