THE SUPPORT ARMS AND SERVICES (3)
No. 70. Royal Army Pay Corps
Staff Sergeant: Mess Dress.
Lance Corporal: Gulf Combat Dress.
Background: RAPC Computer Centre, Winchester.
From a watercolour painting by William R. Younghusband.
Postcard No. 70 ROYAL ARMY PAY CORPS
In 1797 regimental paymasters were introduced into units of the
British Army. 1878 saw the formation of the Army Pay Department which
banded the regimental paymasters together. The soldiers who assisted the
paymaster were not, however, part of the Pay Department so in 1893 these
clerks were formed into another organisation called the Army Pay Corps.
The staff Sergeant wears No. 7 Dress, Mess Kit. His jacket in royal blue
has primrose facings. The low fronted waistcoat, revealing a plain white
shirt and bow tie, is royal blue with four gilt buttons. The royal blue
trousers have a double primrose stripe down each leg. Black shoes are the
normal footwear. The hat is of royal blue with the Corps cap badge,
primrose piping and a black shiny peak. The Staff Sergeant depicted is
wearing a 1962 General Service Medal (GSM). The 1962 GSM was given for
service in a number of operational areas: Borneo, South Arabia and
Northern Ireland being examples.
The junior NCO is dressed for service in the Gulf. A large number of Royal
Army Pay Corps (RAPC) personnel fulfilled a variety of roles in the 1991
Gulf conflict. He is wearing desert combat clothing, combat boots, type 58
webbing and a kelver helmet. The rank insignia is worn on the right arm,
above that is the Desert Rat motif. He is carrying an SA80 weapon with
The two men pictures are with the new RAPC Computer Centre behind them.
This was opened in 1988. It was renamed the Adjutant General Information
Centre in April 1991.
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