THE SUPPORT ARMS AND SERVICES (4)
No. 80. Army Legal Corps
Captain: No. 2 Dress (Ceremonial)
Major: Mess Dress
Background: Trial by Court Martial
From a watercolour painting by William R. Younghusband
Postcard No. 80 ARMY LEGAL CORPS
There have always been lawyers associated with the Army. The first
recorded Judge Advocate General was Sir Samuel Barrow who was appointed in
1666. In 1923 a specific military department of the Judge Advocate
general's office was created. Lawyers joining this department were
commissioned and prosecuted at court-martials. In 1948 the Army Legal
Services Staff List was created from the Military Division of the Judge
Advocate General's Department and in 1978 the Army Legal Corps was formed
from that Staff List. This is a small all-officer corps containing some
fifty members. All ALC officers advise on aspects of Service and Civil
The captain in no. 2 Dress is wearing a Sam Browne belt, sword, medals and
gloves, as appropriate for a General court-martial. His No. 1 Dress forage
cap is blue with scarlet bands at the top and bottom of the headband. On
it is worn the Corps cap badge which includes the blindfold Figure of
Justice holding scales of justice on one hand and a sword in the other.
The major is wearing ladies Mess Dress made from black silk with a red
sash lined in black. An embroidered badge of rank is worn on the left
shoulder strap and the Corps badge is worn on the front of the sash.
The background scene shows a typical court-martial in progress. The robed
Judge Advocate sits to the President of the Court's right. A Royal
Military Police witness is giving his evidence in the witness box and the
accused can be seen sitting hatless in front of the court. The Royal Coat
of Arms is mounted on the wall behind the court.
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