- Royal Australian Army Pay Corps
The Royal Australian Army Pay Corps is a
Corpsof the Australian Army. Its role is to provide financial advice and assistance to the Australian Army.
The Australian Army Pay Corps (AAPC) was originally formed on
21 September 1914with MAJ Albert G. Farr being appointed as the Commanding Officerof the 1st Australian Army Pay Details Unit. It consisted of three officers and 22 Other Ranks who deployed to the Middle Easton 21 October 1914. The first Chief Paymaster was LTCOL Thomas W. Jolliffe, CMG. (It should be noted that these historical facts were the basis of a submission to effect a change of birth date for the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps).
The AAPC served in all theatres of
World War Ias well as staffing the Paymaster’s Branch in London. Authority to raise Home Forces Citizen Pay Units was provided in 1916, which is currently celebrated as the origin of the Corps. However, it was disbanded on 21 June 1921 with pay duties reverting to civilian employees in military districts and to Pay Sergeants in the Militia.
As the threat of a new war approached a small nucleus of the AAPC was reformed consisting of 40 part time Citizens Military Force officers. It would be the basis for expansion although there was a significant shortage of suitably trained personnel until 1943. Correcting this shortage is best illustrated by a true story of a group of recruits at the time: “Prove anyone who worked in a bank”. One man stepped forward and was promptly transferred to the AAPC. It was later discovered that he was a lift driver in the city headquarters of a bank. However he proved his worth, later being commissioned.
The Chief Paymaster of the
2nd AIFwas BRIG G.N. Moore, CBE, DFC, ED, FCA who was appointed on 13 November 1939. He and the advance party of the AAPC departed for the Middle East on 15 December 1939. The initial ImprestAccount was £1 000, raised to £50 000 upon arrival in Jerusalem. AAPC personnel accompanied each division and by June 1940 opened in London to service 9th Division.
In addition to the Divisional Field Pay Offices AAPC personnel served in a total of 103 Cash offices and distributed over £202 000 000 by the end of the war. Over 7 000 soldiers served in the corps, providing services to 3 200 units. With the exception of those required for service with the occupational forces in
Japan, the Corps was again disbanded in 1946.
May 1948 saw the re-raising of the AAPC within the CMF as Detachments in each state. On 27 October that same year the title ‘Royal’ was granted to the corps in recognition of the services provided by the Pay Corps personnel in both wars.
During the Vietnam conflict the RAAPC provided pay support to Australian soldiers in
Saigon, Nui Datand Vung Tau. The first Financial Adviser posted to Vietnam was LTCOL W.T.A. Murphy with CAPTs Parker, Gow and Mahomet being the first Paymasters in the Cash Offices. Simultaneously Corps personnel served in Cash Offices located in Singaporeand Malaya. Later this support was extended to cover SEATO exercises in Thailand, the Philippinesand the survey operations conducted throughout Indonesiaand West Irian.
In 1990 the Australian Regular Army component formed. Since then its personnel have served in
Iraq, the Western Sahara, Cambodia, Somalia, Rwanda, Irian Jayaand Papua New Guinea. Currently the Corps has members in Bougainville, East Timor, Sinai, Malaysia, Afghanistanand the Middle East. Interestingly, it also provided the first Financial Adviser to Australia’s contingent to Afghanistan, a Reserve Officer in keeping with its early traditions.
Order of precedence
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