Unit History: Royal Army Pay Corps
The Royal Army Pay Corps has a Royal Crest upon a scroll bearing the motto “ Fide eet Fiducia” (in Faith and trust).
AS might be expected soldiers have received pay from time immemorial and centuries ago a breakdown in the pay arrangements of a regiment sometimes meant a mutiny. But from time to time the arrangements have been modernised and now the corps deals most efficiently with every kind of pay and allowance to all ranks, their wives, families and dependants.
During the Peninsula War the Paymasters were on a regimental basis and had a difficult time transporting boxes of golden dollars all over Spain. During the famous retreat to Corunna, under Major General Sir John Moore, the cast of dollars proved a hindrance to progress and they were thrown over a precipice where they became a temptation to the French soldiers advancing. Thing are managed much better now and it does not matter in which part of the world a soldier may be serving the R.A.P.C ensure that he receives his pay.
Before the Great War it was called the Army Pay Corp but in recognition of its valuable service during that campaign it was granted the title “Royal”.
H.R.H. the late Prince Arthur was a Colonel-in-Chief of the R.A.P.C and has been succeeded in that appointment by his widow, H.R.H Princess Arthur of Connaught.
By 6th April 1992 the Adjutant General’s Corps was formed from the Royal Army Pay Corp, the Corps of the Royal Military Police, the Corps of Royal Military Police, the Military Provost Staff Corps, the Royal Army Educational Corps, the Army Legal Corps and the Staff Clerks from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
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