Royal Army Pay Corps

The Royal Army Pay Corps (RAPC) was the corps of the British Army responsible for administering all financial matters. It was amalgamated into the Adjutant General's Corps in 1992.

Royal Army Pay Corps
Royal Army Pay Corps cap badge.jpg
Badge of the Royal Army Pay Corps
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch British Army
RolePay for troops
Garrison/HQWorthy Down, Hampshire
Nickname(s)The Inkslingers
The Quill Drivers
Motto(s)Fide et Fiducia (In faith and trust)
MarchImperial Echoes
Bromsgrove cemetery, memorial for Sergeant GM Jones of the Royal Army Pay Corps


The first "paymasters" have existed in the army before the formation of the corps. Prior to the 19th century, each regiment had its own civilian paymaster and the first commissioned paymaster was introduced in 1792.

In 1870 a Pay Sub-Department of the Control Department was formed; an officer-only establishment, it gained autonomy as the Army Pay Department in 1878.[1] In 1893 an Army Pay Corps was formed, composed of other ranks, to support the work of the Department. In 1920 the Army Pay Department and the Army Pay Corps were amalgamated to form the Royal Army Pay Corps (the prefix 'Royal' having been conferred in recognition of valuable services provided during the First World War).[2]

In 1919 the financial responsibilities were split between the RAPC, which handled salaries, and the Corps of Military Accountants (CMA), which handled the army's finances. The CMA was disbanded in 1925 and its functions and some personnel were transferred to the RAPC.[3]

Before the Second World War, the RAPC did not accept recruits directly from civilian life, but only transfers from serving soldiers who had been in the Army for at least six months.[4] During the Second World War, members of the Auxiliary Territorial Service and men of a "lower medical category" were often conscripted into the corps. Initially they received very little military training but after a discussion in Parliament were trained in armed combat, especially for those posted closest to the frontlines, to prepare for surprise attacks on headquarters. The Pay Corps requisitioned Dalewood House in Mickleham near Dorking, Surrey as their headquarters during the Second World War. The House now acts as the main building of Box Hill School, a Public School established in the village in 1959.[5] With the amalgamations into the Adjutant General's Corps in 1992, its functions are now carried out by the Staff and Personnel Support (SPS) Branch.[6]

Headed by a Paymaster-in-Chief, the corps was responsible for keeping the army financially accountable to the servicemen and Inland Revenue.[7]


The corps had the following alliances:[8]


  1. ^ Pimlott, John (1993). The Guinness history of the British Army. Guinness. p. 213. ISBN 9780851127118.
  2. ^ "Royal Army Pay Corps". RAPC Association. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  3. ^ |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 2022–3. House of Commons. 1 December 1925.
  4. ^ War Office, His Majesty's Army, 1938
  5. ^ |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 28 May 1941.
  6. ^ "Staff and Personnel Support". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  7. ^ Parliamentary Papers - House of Commons Papers, Volume 26. The Stationery Office. 1962. p. 12.
  8. ^ "Royal Army Pay Corps". Retrieved 9 October 2019.

External linksEdit

Website of the Royal Army Pay Corps Regimental Association