Regiments
Of the Malta Garrison
Army Pay Corps

The Army Pay Corps

pay corps
The Royal Crest (Lion on Crown) over a scroll inscribed with the motto Fide et Fiducia (In Faith and Trust) which was granted under Army Order 175 of 1929. The Royal Crest was a badge of the Army Pay Department which amalgamated with the Army Pay Corps in 1920 to form the Royal 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.

The Army Pay Corps

1886 APC

Baptisms in 1886:

1887 APC

1888 APC

1889 APC

Burials in 1889:

1890 APC

Baptisms in 1890:

1891 APC

Burials in 1891:

1892 APC

1893 APC

Burials in 1893:

1894 APC

1894 Strength: 12 men.

Burials in 1894:

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.

Burials in 1899:

1900 APC

1 Jan 1900 Strength: 15 men.

Baptisms in the Garrison Church in 1900:

Burials in 1900:

1901 APC

1902 APC

1903 APC

Old Laboratory
Plan of Valletta showing location of the Old Laboratory. (TNA:MFQ 1/220)

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

Burials in 1904:

1905 APC

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1905:

1906 APC

Baptisms in 1906:

1907 APC

Baptisms in 1907:

1908 APC

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1908:

1909 APC

1910 APC

Baptisms in 1910:

1911 APC

1912 APC

Baptisms in 1912:

1913 APC

Baptisms in 1913:

1914 APC

1915 APC

Baptisms in 1915:

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1915:

1916 APC

1917 APC

Baptisms in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1917:

1918 APC

Baptisms in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1918:

1919 APC

1920 APC

1921 RAPC

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

Baptisms in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1921:

1922 RAPC

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

1923 RAPC

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

Baptisms in the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1923:

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.

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1926:

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.

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1929:

1930 RAPC

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

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1930:

1931 RAPC

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

1932 RAPC

31 Dec 1932 Strength: 21 men.

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1932:

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.

Villa Rosa
Villa Rosa St George's Bay (1914 – 1918) (Courtesy AMS archives)

1939 RAPC

30 June 1939 Strength: 5 Officers 17 men.

1940 RAPC

30 June 1940 Strength: 6 Officers 12 men.

F Harrod
183518 Lt Frank Harrod died in the bombing of Command Pay Office Villa Rosa St George's Bay on 2 Apr 1942. (Pembroke Military Cemetery)
A C Pullan
7674870 Pte Arthur Clifford Pullan aged 23 yrs. (Pembroke Military Cemetery)
A A Golledge
7675913 Pte Albert Arthur Golledge aged 32 yrs. (Pembroke Military Cemetery)

1941 RAPC

30 June 1941 Strength: 16 Officers, 69 men.

30 Sep Strength: 12 Officers, 43 men.

1942 RAPC

C P Davies
7678505 Pte Charles Parker Davies aged 25 yrs. (Pembroke Military Cemetery)

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

Baptisms in St Oswald's Chapel Mtarfa in 1956:

1957 RAPC

1958 RAPC

1959 RAPC

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