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THE ROYAL ARMY PAY CORPS JOURNAL

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EDITORIAL NOTES
EDITOR:

Lieut.-Colonel A. L. D UNNILL, O.B.E.

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INDEX
Old Comrades' Association
Corps News - Officers
Personalia
Letters to the Editor
Obituary
Old Meerutonians Re-union
I was " Monty's" Double
Zero
May Blossom
Pay Services, S.E.A.C.: Fourteenth Army
B.A.P.O. Meerut ..
Repatriation of ex-P.O.W.: 165 Field Cash Office (H)
North Africa Bound
In Praise of P.M.As.
Bermuda
Notes and News from Offices
Pay Corps Pleasantries

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361

368
369
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372

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376

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B.A.P.C. Old

Comrades~

Roll of Honour.
It is with regret that we have to record the
passing of the following Old Comrades during
the last few months :-

Association

~orps

Will all members who have left the service


and have not yet contacted their Branch
Secretary do so at an early date, quoting their
membership number, Army number and Home
Address, in order that their Branch Secretary
may acquaint them of the activities of their
Branch.
*
*
*
Mr. J. G. George, Hon. Secretary, East of
Scotland Branch, is anxious to hear from exservice members of the Association in that Area
in order to give them details of the activities
'of that Branch.

MEM. NO.
DIED
306 Lieut. F. J. Rosling
21st Sept. 1946
18149 Pte. G. P. Sutherland . . 13th Nov. 1946
7149 Sgt. K. J. Dalby
20th Nov. 1946
16079 L/Cpl. C. G. Bryant
17th Dec. 1946
4938 Pte. N. F. Pearce
3rd Jan. 1947
631 S.S.M. J. H. Haskins
18th Jan. 1947
1880 Sgt. A. H. Robertson
1st Feb. 1947

Area Branches.
Owing to changes of Branch Secretaries and
locations, it is considered desirable to republish the names and addresses of all Branch
Secretaries.

Extracts from "The London Gazette"


The King has been graciously pleased to give
orders for the following appointments to the
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
To be Officers (Mil. Div.).
Lieut.-Colonel L. H. M. Mackenzie, M.B.E.
To be Members (MH. Div.).
Major T. Blackett.
Lieut.-Colonel C. O. Davies.
Major L. F. Frisby.
To be Captain.
Lieut. and PaymasterP. A. Stevens-24th December, 1946.
J. A. A. Smith-26th December, 1946.
C. 1. Penson-27th January, 1947.
D. W. Moore-27th Jan., 1947.
To be Major (Asst. Paymaster).
Captain (Asst. Paymaster)W. C. Gear-12th January, 1947.
F. Pott-22nd January, 1947.
C. V. E. Rooker, M.M. 2nd March, 1947.
To be Lieut. (Asst. Paymr.).
From Emergency Commission.
Lt. (Asst. Paymr.) (W/S. Capt.) (Asst.
Paymr.) R. Scott-10th Aug., 1946.
From S/S. Commissions.
Capt. (Paymr.) J. H. Spooner-25th Dec.,
1946.
Capt. (Paymr.) V. R. Hazell-30th Jan .,
1947.
To be Capts. (Asst. Paymrs.).
Lt. R. Scott-10th Aug., 1946.
Lt. J. H. Spooner-25th Dec., 1946.
Lt. V. R. Hazell-30th Jan., 1947.

A general meeting of the West of Scotland


Branch was held at St. Andrew's Halls, Glasgow,
on 28th January, 1947.
The Regimental
Paymaster (Lieut.-Colonel W.
D.
N.
Robotham) presided.
An Entertainments
Committee was elected under the presidency
of Major Robertson, and it is hoped to hold
various functions in the near future.
Former members of the Corps who are not
aware of the existence of this Branch, should
contact S.Q.M.S. Owen for details of sociat
functions, etc.

EAST SCOTLAND AREA


MR. J.G. GEORGE, 24 Castle Street, Edinburgh2.
WEST SCOTLAND AREA
S.Q.M.S. E. OWEN, RA.P.C., Army Pay Office,
41 Yorkhill Avenue, Glasgow C.3.
NORTH WESTERN AREA
Cheshire, Cumbeiland, Lancashire and Westmorland:
MR. J. NASH, 12 Spring Avenue, Whitefield,
near Manchester.
NORTH EASTERN AREA
Durham, Northumberland and Yorkshire:
CAPTAIN H . FORSE, RA.P.C., Clo Command
Pay Office, Northern Command, York.
EAST MIDLAND AREA
Counties of Cambridge, Derby, Huntingdon, Lincoln,
Leicester, Norfolk, Northampton, Nottingham , Rutland,
Suffolk and Warwick:
PTE. G. R SMITH, RA.P.C., A.P.O. (RA.)
(A.A.), No. 2 Block T.O.B., Chalfont Drive,
West Boulevard, Nottingham.
WELSH AND WEST MIDLANDS AREA
Counties of Gloucester, Hereford, Shropshire, Stafford
and Worcester, and North Wales:
MR. W. F. McNAMARA, RP.O., Kidderminster,
Worcs.
SOUTH WALES AND MONMOUTHSHIRE
MR. ROWE, Scottish Legal Buildings, Market
Street, Pontypr:idd.
SOUTH WESTERN AREA
Counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and
Wiltshire:
MAJOR F. A. JONES, RA.P.C., RP.O., By-Pass
Camp, Exeter.
HOME COUNTIES AREA AND LONDON
Counties of Bedford, Berks. , Buckingham, Essex,
Hants., Hertford, Kent, Middlesex, Oxford, Surrey,
'Jnd Sussex:
Joint Secretaries - MR. G. E. WIGGINS,
41 Oxford Drive, Eastcote, Middlesex, and
MR. T. POND, 94 Dawlish Drive, Ruslip
Manor, Middlesex.
GENERAL SECRETARY
CAPTAIN H. HOPTROUGH, R.A.P.C., Depot,
Marlborough LintS, Aldershot, Hants.

The Hon. Secretary, Home Counties Branch,


is anxious to meet a reasonably priced portable
or standard typewriter which will work faithfully for the O.C.A. Can anybody introduce:
us? Write No. 41 OXFORD DRIVE, RursLIP.
MIDDLESEX.

Annual Subscriptions for 1947 are due on


1st April, 1947, and should be forwarded to the
Branch Secretary of the Area in which a
member is residing. Membership cards should
accompany remittances in order that official
receipt stamps may be affixed. The Annual
subscription is 2/6, Life membership 2 2s.
Annual membership can be converted to Life
membership by payment of the difference
between Annual subscriptions paid since and.
including 1939 and the total fee of 2 2s.
provided membership card is submitted in.
support of the Annual subscriptions paid.

(Continued on page 368).

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J . W . Griffin
T. Hilling+
L. C. Halle
A. L. A1ldis
R. Becconsall
K. A. C. Lock
A. Cruickshank
E . P. Doonan
A. Poole
F. R. J. Webber
R. H . H. Pannell
J. Pilkington
J. Bindley
R. H. Day
F. G. Watson
W. G. Bowen
T. H. Pearce
R. Smith
P . H. Mabey
S. H . Littlejohn
A. E. Whitley
H. Barnshaw
A. E . Ayres
H. J. Townsend
E. Pappadakis
C . W. Nicholson
A. R. Rencher
A. H. Middleton
T. H. Davies
L. J. R. Caveille
A . R. Argent
H. N. Mathews
R. C. Bracewell
H. Clark
F. J. Barrett
H . Hurst
R. Tasker
G. M. Devenish
J. A. Exton
E . H. Halliday
E. S . J. Smith
J. W. Kester
P. D. Stump
L. D. Lee
W. D. English
A. R. Laws
C. McLaughlan
R . T. Bedford
E . A. King
F . A. Cozens I
C . D. Jensen
J. K. Black
H. J. R . Whittle
R. Hardie
L. J . C . Noakes
D. C . Marshall
A. B. Price
R. G . Barford
L. S. Bruce
S . J. Craddock
W. T. Greenway
R. F. Mockler
P. J. Tooley
E. L . Botfield
V . N. Went
C. Holmes
J. C. Southern
S. F. Ryan
T . E. Leech
S. North
P. J. M acey
E. Brookes
D. J. Deakin
C . U. M. Norrie
R . F. Windsor
L. E . Young
T. McArthur
W. B. Wilton
E. Thompson
A. S. Wright

Short Service Commissions


The undermentioned to
1st January, 1947 : -

The following items are published for information. Further particulars may be obtained
from Branch Secretaries or the Hon. Secretary.

- Officers

News

'

C. B. Francis
H. C. A1linson
J. D. D Forrest
H. K . Osborne
S. R. Brewer
A. W. M arriott
E. M. Jcnkinst
L. M. Manchip
C. G. Kingston
H . B. Roberts
F. W. E . Hutchinson
F. B. Dongray
K. J. C. Owen
L. McDonald
J. G. E. Rippin
G. A. Lane
J. C. Simmonds
A. Alexander.

be Paymasters,

With
precedence next below : L . A. Leggett
E . J. W . Shand-Tully
T. S. Rennie
W. C. Howell
G. E . Pearson
K. J. W . Davis
A. W . Maniott
J . 1. Herd
G. A. Waltuck
C. G. Kingston
H . B. Roberts
F. W. E. Hutchinson
H . J. W. Warman
K. J. C. Owen
H . Avery
J. G. E. Rippin
G. A. Lane
J . W . Hubbard

W ith the ra.nk of Capta.in.


tWitl! the rank of Major.

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With
precedence next below ; T. L. Collier
W. A. Monks
F . W . Grant
L. C. Halle
J. H. Pittham
J . Plunkett
W. G. Jagot
S. R . Walker
S. G. Mudd
R. Doggrell
R . W . Mackreth
A.Muir
N . S. Butterfield
T. G. A. Williams
R. H. Day
F. G . Watson
W. G. Bowen
T. H . Pearce
R. Smith
P. W . Cammidge
S. H. Littlejohn
A. E. Whitley
L . Burbridge
K. S. Kemp
H. J. Townsend
R. C. Palmer
B . F. Penn
A. R. Rencher
A. H. Middleton
T . H. Davies
S. Gray
A. L . Gordon
H. N . Mathews
J. A . Chapman
H. Clark
F. J. Barrett
H. Hurst
R. Tasker
G. M. Devenish
C. F . Catley
C. B. Huxford
W. D . L . Teare
W. B. Thomas
P. M. Mash
L. D . Lee
H. Forse
A . R . Laws
N. W. Wilson
R. T. Bedford
E. A . King
F. A. Cozens
C. D. Jensen
R . F . Soper
H. J. R. Whittle
R . Hardie
L. J. C . Noakes
D. C . Marshall
G. H. Russell
R. G. Barford
L. S. Bruce
W. E. J. Rackstraw
\"1. T . Greenway
G. E. Peake
J. McShane.
E. L. Botfield
V. N. Went
W . Pearson
S . S . G. Pearce
B. S. Rodick
T. E. Leech
S. North
P. J. Macey
E . Brookes
E. H . H. Jones
C. U. M. Norrie
R. F. Windsor
L. E. Young
J. F . Kirkby
W. B. Wilton
J. F. Nichols

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Retirements.
Major (Asst. Paymaster) H. Stubbs, having
reached the age for retirement, is placed on
rete pay, 7th December, 1946.
Major (Asst. Paymaster) G . A. Barnes,
M.B.E. (73461), retires on rete pay on account
of disability, 30th January, 1947.
Captain (Asst. Paymaster) O. V. Thornhill
(107463) retires on rete pay, 25th , December
1946.
-,
'
Memoranda.
Major O. D. Garratt, M.C. (1 8700) RA.P.C.
(Ret.) is regranted the rank of War. Sub.
Lieut.-Colonel (Hon. Colonel) on ceasing to
be re-employed 1st January, 1947.

"~.~

The notification regarding Lieut. (Asst.


Paymaster) (War Subs. Captain) R Scott in
Gazette dated 6th December, 1946, is cancelled.
Lieut. and Paymaster G. J. Terry from
Emerg. Commn. to be Lieut. and Paymaster
1st October, 1946, with precedence next below
Lieut. and Paymaster B. F. Penn.

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The Editor would welcome news from
ind.ividuals. f~r inclusion on this page. Subscnbers wlshmg to get in touch with others
should give their addresses, as the Editor
cannot undertake to forward correspondence.

. E. W. Rayson would be glad to hear from


hIS late cqlleagues at Radcliffe, Finsbury and
He has now joined the staff of
Lagos.
J. Sherratt & Son, Printers and Publishers
:lltrincham, Cheshire. His permanent addres~
IS:
62 Chestnut Drive, Woodheys Sale
Cheshire.
'
,

John F. Sebley (ex-C.P.E.C., Meerut and


Reading), was married to Miss Audrey (Penny)
Coles (ex-A.T.S., Reading) at St. Mary
Moorfields Church, London, on 2nd February.
The best man was Wilf. Rigby, formerly of
Meerut and Oldham.

We hear from J. H. McLinden (ex-R.P.


Glasgow) that he is employed on the staff of
Crichton Royal Mental Hospital, Dumfries.
He tells us that he enjoys mental nursing and
that ~he life .is not .the vigorous one usually
assocIated with thIS occupation, especially
when one gets accustomed to the little
peculiarities of the customers.

BIRTH
RAYSoN.-On 25th August, 1946, at Russell
Stoneham Nursing Home, Crayford, Kent, to
Lee (nee Turner), wife of E. W. Rayson (late
RA.P.C.) a daughter (Patricia Mary) . .'

A. E. Higgins (late 39 Battalion), has opened


a Boarding Establishment at Great Yarmouth.
See advert this issue.

MARRIAGE
STEVENS-STONIER.-On 8th February 1947
at Burton-on-Trent, Major P. A. S~evens:
RA.P.C., . to Celia, second daughter of Mr.
R J. Stonter, of Hanbury Park, Staffordshire.

S. V. Mortimer (ex-RP. Leeds), who was


released in 1942, is still serving with the
Finance Branch- of the Ministry of Food in
London.

DEATHS
COLLARD.-On February 28th, 1947, at St.
Thomas's Hospital, Godalming, after a short
illness, Colonel Alexander Arthur Lysons
Collard, C.B.E., of Enton Hurst, Witley,
beloved husband of Kit, aged 75.

Major J. E. Sherlock Smith has changed his


name to J. E. Sherlock and is now residing at
2 Park Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells.

E. A. Cooper, late S.Q.M.S., RA.P.C., has


been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
with annuity.

FLEAR.-On 2nd January, 1947, at 27 Court


House Gardens, West Finchley, London, N.3,
Jean Howard, younger daughter of Major and
Mrs. E. H. Flear. Aged 24.

W. Gwyn Thomas (late SjSgt.) has returned


to Lloyds Bank and is with their Cox and
King's Branch at 6 Pall Mall, London, S.W.I.
He would be glad to hear from old M.E.F.
friends in O.O.A. or B.C.P.O. Cairo. Telephone: Whitehall 7001, Ext. 156.

O'DoWD.-On 14th January, 1947, Captain


(S) H. E. O'Dowd, RN. (retired), Ayr Villa,
Howth, Co. Dublin, son of the late Lieut.Colonel E. H. O'Dowd, Army Pay Department.
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the sets for Canadian requirements were made


available at your District office near Leatherhead. When I took delivery of the first set
for the Field Cashier of the Canadian Division
which was to accompany the Assault Force, I
suggested to your cashier that perhaps he
would like a receipt. He thought this might
be just as well and I signed a small slip for one
" Stanham Special," the equivalent of which
it turned out represented 25,000 in French
invasion currency. Later I remember mentioning at the Pay Mess in Brussels that, had the
position been reversed, we would probably
have demanded a formidable form with lots
of carbon copies, but perhaps this is one of the
idiosyncrasies of the mass production methods
which we have learned from our neighbours.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR-

THE ROYAL CANADIAN ARMY


PAY CORPS
THE EDITOR,

Ottawa, Canada.
9th December, 1946.

R.A.P.C. Journal.
Dear Colonel Dunnill,
Thank you very much for your letter of the
15th November - and for the issues of the
R.A.P.C. Journal published during the year
1946. I shall be very glad indeed to have
copies of future issues and would like to take
this opportunity of congratulating you, as
the Editor, on this excellent service publication.
In looking through the issues I was most
interested in learning of a great many British
Pay Officers with whom I came in contact
during the war years and, as I went through
the pages of the Journals, they brought back
to me many recollections of the close association
between the Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps
and your own Corps both in England and on
the Continent between 1939 and 1946.
As you are perhaps aware, Brigadier A. R
Mortimore, C.B.E., was the Paymaster-General,
and Brigadier P. Kelly, C.B.E., was the Chief
Paymaster Overseas, while I myself was the
Senior Paymaster of the Troops in the Field.
I am sure they both were, as I was, most
appreciative of the co-operation which was
received from the British Pay Services. The
connection between the British and Canadian
Pay Services was perhaps closer than that
between any of the other Pay Services of the
Allied Forces and, from the time the first
Canadian troops arrived at Aldershot, when
Brigadier (then Colonel) Lightfoot was the
Command Paymaster in the Area, until final
repatriation there was no occasion upon which
the British Pay Staffs were not prepared to go
out of their way to render any assistance in
their power.
I well remember going to the War Office
with Brigadier Kelly to discuss the financial
arrangements for the Invasion Force and being
asked how many sets of invasion currencies
would be required for our Field Cashiers. We
were informed that, while the type of currency
was not known, any variety which might be
required would be available and that the sets
of seven boxes each were being called " Stanham Specials" after your P.LC. As arranged,

Before we left London for the N.W.E.,


Brigadier Lightf00t gave a delightful luncheon
for the senior Pay officers of the Allied Invasion
Forces, including the United States, Czecho
slovakian, Belgian, Free French, Canadian,
etc., so as to give us an opportunity to become
acquainted. I recall son,e months later calling
on my Ar~y Cashier in Holland, \-\ hen the
Czech Paymaster arrived in a jeep to see if he
could pick up some French currency.
I
mentioned to my cashier that identification was
unnecessary as I had met the Czech Paymaster
at the luncheon arranged by Brigadier
Lightfoot in London. I am afraid my cashier
was only too glad of the opportunity to dump
all his surplus French funds of every possible
denomination so as to save repatriating the
currency.

It might be of interest to mention that during


the war all the transactions between the British
and ourselves, and they were multitudinous,
were settled in the various currencies of the
countries in which the transactions aroseFrench, Belgian, Dutch, etc. So well did the
arrangements work that, on some occasions, we
had actually completed settlements by the
3rd of the month for all vouchers received in
the Base Office during the previous month.
In some places, such as the Transit Camp at
Calais, we operated almost joint offices, and
when my Base Office moved forward from
Bayeux it was established in the quarters
occupied by 9 C.P.O. in Brussels and my
officers were accommodated in the British Pay
Officers' Mess. Brigadier Lightfoot will recall,
I am sure, the occasion when we were both
guests at a function which was given by the
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British Mess when the O.C. of the Canadian
Base. Pay ' Section was leaving the theatre.
. ~Ime does not permit me to enlarge on these
~ncIdents but the foregoing will give you some
Idea of the close association between our two
Pay Services during the war 1939-1945.
With kind regards,
Yours sincerely,
H. T. GOODEVE (COLONEL),
(Director of Pay Services.)

spi~it whicfl existed in the Corps-a spirit


whIch has been handed down and is being
maintained by their successors.
In bringing these reflections to a close I
would like to send to you and the staff on the
Journal my very best wishes for 1947 with the
sincere hope that you will be able to maintain
the very excellent results of 1946.
Yours faithfully,
T .. F. KELT (late W.O.!I).

33 Lampton Avenue,
Hounslow.
17th January, 1947.

SSAFA
"THE WEEK'S GOOD CAUSE"

THE EDITOR,
R.A.P.C. Journal.
Dear Sir,
In forwarding my subscription to the
R.A.P.C. Journal for 1947, I feel I cannot let
the opportunity pass of congratulating all those
concerned in producing such a first-class
publication during the past year. I cannot see
h?w it can possibly be improved and if the very
hIgh standard it achieved in its first year of
re-publication can only be maintained in 1947
and future years I, and I know, many others
will be more than satisfied.
.
I have seen a number of revived Regimental
. Journals and in my humble opinion not one
can c!aim ~y approach at all to style, layout,
bea~tiful pnnt and literary merit generally.
Like many others I derive intense pleasure
in reading of the whereabouts and doings of
the many friends I served with during my
service with the Corps which started in the
"Gib." Office in 1913 as a "civvy." My
colleagues in those days were S.S.M. George,
S.Q.M.S. Archie Wilkinson, S/Sgts. Smith and
Kersley (Booking) and Sgts. Steve Holman,
Pat Thornton, Ernie Long, Baron Lea, Jim
Burrett and Briggy (otherwise Briginshaw) and
last, but not least, another "civvy" who
rejoiced in the name of Nemesis Cortez. Our
happy family of officers were Lieut.-Colonel
F. W. Haynes, Major P. C. N. Alderson and
Captains R W. Macfie and Pomeroy, whose
initials unfortunately escape me. I also served
for a spell in 1910-11 in the H.Q. Offices at
Bermuda, but as an Infantry Clerk on " Garrison Employ." There I met a civilian Chief
Clerk who bears a very honoured name in the
Corps-Owen Plowman. I think it will be
agreed that this name still flourishes.
Alas, many of these are no longer with us.
The mere mention of their names, however,
for me revives many happy memories of the

Major-General Sir Guy Riley, Colonel


Commandant, RA.P.C., who is Honorary
T~easurer of SSAFA, wishes to acknowledge
with many thanks the following donations from
Army Pay Offices and Establishments in
response to the appeal by Hon. Harold Nicolson
in the B.B.C. Home Service, on 19th January,
1947.
CoinIlland Pay Offices

s. d.
250

Eastern Command
Scottish Command
Southern Command

1 18

220

..

3 3 0
200
220
15 3
3 5 0
2 14 8

RegiIllental Pay Offices


Bournemouth
Devizes
Droitwich
Exeter
Foots Cray
Glasgow
Knightsbridge
Leeds (R.A.O.C.)
Nottingham (A.A.)
Reading
Shrewsbury
Whitchurch
Witley
York

3 13 8
10 0 0
237
5 3 0

26 5 0
7 10 0
2 10 0
357
500
500
110

660
2 13 0
2 10 6

Miscellaneous EstablishIllents
Manchester (Stockport Road)
Aldershot (Railways Branch)
Depot R.A.P.C.
The War Office (F9)

11 11
4 4
25 0
8 18
153

6
0
0
6
9

The deceased enlisted in the Gloucester


Regiment in November 1916 and some three
years later transferred to the Corps of Military
Accountants. Five years later he was transferred to the R.A.P.C. where he remained until
he took his discharge after completing 21 years'
servIce.

VISCOUNT MOLESWORTH died at his home at


Chorley Wood, Hertfordshire, on March 20th,
.
at the age of .79.
The Right Hon. George Bagot Molesworth,
ninth Viscount Molesworth, of Swords, County
Dublin, and Baron Philipstown, of Philipstown, in the King's County, in the Peerage of
Ireland, was born on June 6, 1867, the eldest
son of the Rev. Samuel Molesworth (later
eighth Viscount). He was gazetted in The
Duke of Cornwall's , Light Infantry in 1888.
He served in the Tirah expedition of 1897 -~8
and in the latter year was promoted captain.
Later he transferred to the Army Pay Corps
and retired in 1907 with the rank of captain.
He was re-employed during the 1914-18 war
and was promoted to major. He succeeded to
the peerage in 1906.

Brigadier-General R. W. Morgan, CM.G.,


D.S.O., who from 1929 to 1933 was Officer-inCharge Records at the Infantry Record and Pay Office, WarIey, died in London on
12th February, 1947, at the age of 67.

A. C. Jack (late S.Q.M.S. 7733826) died in


Bexley Hospital, Kent, on 21st December, 1946,
at the age of 63.
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Charles William Curtis (1423) died in East


Grinstead, Sussex, on 16th February, 19~7,
aged 71 years.
The deceased joined the Black Watch 'on
enlistment in September 1892, and later tnirisferred to' the Army Pay Corps.
He was discharged in 1907 after 15 years'
service, nine of which he spent on foreign
service in South Mrica (twice) Mauritius,
India and West Mrica.
On the outbreak of the First World War he
rejoined the Army Pay Corps but was discharged on medical grounds six months later.

The death took place on 15th February of


Lieut. S. W. Allen of 33 Battalion, from double
pneumonia. Lieut. Allen served throughout
the 1914-18 war, being seconded to the
7/8 Battalion West Yorks. Regiment, from the
Artists' Rifles, and became a gas casualty on the
Somme. He was posted to the RA.P.C. from
the Officers' Emergency Reserve in early 1940,
and after serving in various offices spent the
last 18 months of his service in the RA.S.C.
Pay Office.

The death of Frederick WaIter Franklin


(1127) took place at Shenley Hospital, St.Albans,
on 16th January, 1947, at the age of 72.
Enlisting at the age of 17 in the 5th Dragoons
Franklin transferred two years later to the
1st Life Guards and served with them for a
further eight years taking part in the Boer War
for which he received the Queen's Medal with
five clasps. In 1907 he transferred to the Army
Pay Corps and was discharged to ,Pension with
the rank of S.Q.M.S. in December 1919 after
completing 27 years' service.

The death of Robert Burrell (late 687) took


place in Ealing on 23rd February, at the age of
76. Joining the West Yorkshire Regiment in
1893 the deceased transferred soon afterwards
to the Army Pay Corps and served in
Gibraltar, ,Hong Kong and South Mrica. He:
was discharged with the rank of Acting S.S.M.
in June 1917.

W. E. Butler (late S.Q.M.S. 7657621), whose


death at the age of 57 took place in the Victoria
Hospital, Romford, on 5th January, 1947,
joined the 2/1st Sussex Yeomanry in March
1917. It was less than six months later when he
transferred to the R.A.P.C. puring his 20 years'
service in the Corps he served in Egypt and
Constantinople and was discharged in the rank
of S.Q.M.S. in April 1938.

Frederick William Scrimshaw (late 1173)


who enlisted in the 3rd King's Own Hussars
in December 1900, died at his home in Ludlow
on 18th February at the age of 66. With two
years' service he transferred to the Army Pay
Corps in 1902 and served in the Corps until his
discharge in 1920 with the rank of S.Q.M.S.

District Pay Offices


E.Anglian District
..
Northumbrian District ..
N. Midland District
Aldershot and Hants. District
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"Old Meerutonians"
Be-union

carried the flag of the Corps into India in 1942


first i? Jhansi, and, after securing accom:
modatIon for us, in Meerut-which was to
become. our home for so long. He referred to
our takmg over of the accounts and the grim
tale of chaos which, thanks to the loyalty and
hard w~rk of the old Meerutonians they had
turned .mto kudos. With apologies to Mr.
ChurchIll h~ said, "Never in the history of
pay accountmg had so many accounts been
bundled about by so many So and So's-for so
long, ultimately to be ironed out by so few so
C
" an d he thanked the chaps '"for
very, very lew,
all that had been accomplished. Since his
return from India he had received many
letters from O.M.s now in civilian life and the
golden ~hread running through these letters
was, let's all meet again and renew the memo~ies and comr.adeship.
He "heartily agreed
WIth these sentiments, and was certain those
present were also of the same opinion. He
went on to remark that our experiences and
our get togethers in the Theatre, the Male
Voice Choir, and the many and varied sporting
and other activities had taught us that cooperation, loyalty and laughter were essentials
in every walk of life.
In proposing the toast Colonel Bates referred
to those who had served with us and did not
come back, and to the many who were unable
to be present.
Doug. Holland replied in humorous vein
and recalled in verse many Meerut personalities
and incidents.
Mter the toasts the Chairman asked the
gathering to decide whether or not an " Old
Meerutonians " re-union should be an annual
affair. It was unanimously agreed to have an
Annual re-union and London was again selected
for 1947.
Major Verrell and Captain Cheek were
elected Chairman and Secretary respectively.
Entertainment was provided by the lads who
worked so hard for our enjoyment in IndiaRonnie Simpson, Al Chunn and Avis Mick
Childs, " Roberto Roberts, Les AlIen, Bud
Spratley-Uncle Tom Cobley and all.
Yes, indeed, it was a g~and evening, and one
not to be forgotten.
Details of the next
re-union will appear in the Corps Journal and
in the daily press. Those who missed the last
re-union should make a point not to be left
out in 1947, and should send their names and
addresses to the Secretary, Captain A. Cheek,
14 Greenlands Road, Staines, Middlesex.

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HE first" Old Meerutonians " Re-union


was held on Saturday, 2nd November,
1946, at the Quadrant Restaurant
Regent Street, London. The venture w~
initially somewhat speculative but an attendance
of 160 amply rewarded the efforts of those who
wanted a proposition to become an actual fact.
It was a matter of considerable regret to all
t~ose present that Sgt. (Tankie) Holmes, who
dId ~ost of the. spade work in organising the
re-umon, was hImself unable to see the fruits
of his untir0g efforts.
He had accepted
employment m Germany, under the Foreign
Office, only three weeks before the event
materialised, but he had handed over his
responsibilities to Major Verrell and Captain
Cheek.
Mter an excellent dinner the Chairman
Major Verrell, in a short speech said ho~
pleased .he was to see such a fine gathering
and pomted out that several present had
travelled from Scotland and Northern England
to attend the re-union.
In proposing the toast "The Royal Army
Pay Corps," Major Verrell stated that it was
hoped to have the Paymaster-in-Chief as their
guest of the evening but unfortunately General
Stanham was on tour and was thus prevented
from attending. The Chairman then said how
pleased he was to have Brigadier Golding
alon{1side him once again and expressed the
" Old Meerutonians " appreciation of the fact
that their former Chief "h ymaster in India had
come over from Germany to be with them on
this auspicious occasion.
Major Verrell said that although the work of
~he Royal Army Pay Corps was not glamorous,
It was none the less a most essential cog in the
wheel of Army administration. Those who had
been released could look back upon their
associations with the Corps with a sense of
pride and pleasure. He enjoined them to
maintain interest in the Corps and said that
the Journal was a most useful link. To those
still serving he wished good luck.
Responding to the toast Brigadier Golding
gave a very clear picture of the work of the
Corps in peace and in war.
When Colonel Bates rose to propose the
toast of "The Old Meerutonians" he was
gIVen a great reception.
He said he felt privileged to be permitted to
propose this toast because he had, as it were,

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I was Monty~s ~~ Double


By Lieut. M. E. C. JAMES, late R.A.P.C.
PART

In

In this, the final instalment, the author describes how, after his visit
to Gibraltar, he travels to the H.Q. of General Maitland Wilson in Algiers.
He is sent to Cairo to await the advent of D-Day. His mission is over,
but he has the satisfaction of knowing that he has set the war lords of B erlin
one of their biggest problems of the war.

No matter if they went into the ditchGeneral Montgomery was on his way to Algiers.
Once I had a blurred glimpse of an ancient
native with an extremely cumbersome camel in
a frightful tangle.
How they managed to
extricate themselves when the whirlwind had
passed, I can't imagine.
.
On we went, along the edge of the famous
harbour and into the city itself, all" the way
dense crowds waving and saluting.
.
Steadily we climbed the wide twisting road
towards a large house-until, high up overlooking the bay, we turned in at the gates, drove
through a magnificent garden and up to ""the
front door. Guards sprang to attention and
saluted.
"
I stepped from the car and entered the house.
I was then led into a large room and the door
was quickly closed behind me.
lt was all over.
The rest of the story can be briefly told. I
had a long drink and a cigarette, while the staff
officer said he thought it had been "a marvellous
show."
Then some photographs were taken to show
to " Jumbo" Wilson. They said they were
sure he would love to see them.
Then I washed, shaved and changed back
into my own kit-and at last got rid of my false
finger!
The Montgomery uniform was packed away
and handed over to the A.D.C. Incidentally, I
found that I had forgotten to pack my own
tunic, which was an infernal nuisance.
When I was ready, Lieut. Clifton James was
led out of the back door of the house where
shortly before General Montgomery had gone
in by the front door.
I was taken along a narrow winding path to a
small villa standing alone overlooking the bay.
This would be my billet. There was a sergeant
to look after me, and I was told he was a good
fellow and would make me very comfortable.
I sat down in the house to rest and a feeling

" WHEN we land," said Brigadier H., as


we flew from Gibraltar over the
superb coast of Mrica towards
Algiers, " you will be met by one of General
Maitland Wilson's aides and be driven to
G.H.Q. Remember, your main job is to ' show
yourself off' well and truly."
The pilot appeared with the news that we
were approaching Algiers, but would have to
come in from behind the town.
"Otherwise," he remarked nonchalantly,
"everyone, including Americans, British and
French, will start banging away at us."
We circled and began to drop, making a
perfect landing on Maison Blanche airfieldabout 12 miles from the city itself.
Once more I was General Montgomery. As
I stepped from the 'plane the customary scene
met my eyes. It always amazed me how the
crew managed to get into position so quickly.
One moment they were at their posts in the
'plane, and the next lined up on the airfield
as though they had been there all the morning.
There were the usual high-ranking officers,
and I was greeted by a colonel on General
Wilson's staff. We strolled towards the waiting
people-a motley group of French, Arabs and
every race under the sun, all eager to catch a
glimpse of the great Montgomery.
I was shown into a waiting car-a superb
American model with a smart American
chauffeuse.
In front were two American
Military Police on motor-cycles, while behind
in a second car was my " Staff," the A.D.C.
looking rather the worse for wear, I noticed.
We swept out of the airfield gates, the sirens
on the motor-bikes wailing their message to
clear the roads. I felt remarkably like the
central figure in an American gangster film.
Never have I seen such ruthlessness with
traffic! Those M .P.s certainly stood no nonsense. Every vehicle was forced to the sidenative carts, Army lorries, private cars, all were
treated the same.

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of horrible depression swept over me.
I
suppose it was a touch of anti-climax. Less
than an hour ago I had been playing the part of
Britain's greatest general, had been cheered by
the crowds, colonels and brigadiers addressed
me as Sir, the Governor of Gibraltar had spqken
to me as an intimate friend.
Now the show ' was over. Had it been a
success? On the stage you could tell by the
applause. Here there was no applause.
. Brigadier H. arrived.
" How are you feeling Jimmy ? " he asked.
" Bloody awful," I replied.
The brigadier laughed, and told me to cheer
up. He said he was absolutely certain things
had gone well.
" Anyhow, I bet you have given them the
devil of a headache in Berlin," he added.
I could picture " Colonel Lester" back in
London, smiling to himself and rubbing his
hands in quiet satisfaction.
I went out on to the balcony and stood
quietly looking over Algiers-that mysterious
c"ity of contrasts and customs. I felt better now.
It had certainly been worth while.
Shortly afterwards a car drew up at the villa,
and a brigadier whom I had not seen before got
out. He was small and dapper and walked
hriskly into the house. A few seconds later he
was on the balcony and Brigadier H. introduced us.
"My God," said the new ' arrival, "don't
sit out here. It's too dangerous; even in your
own rig-out you are far too like him."
We went inside, and he congratulated me
warmly on all I had done, asking whether I was
comfortable, and if there was anything I
wanted.
.
.
I told him that everyone was being wonderfully kind, and that my only worry was the
tunic I had left behind. me. Before I could get
any further he had slipped out of his own.
" Try this on."
It fitted perfectly.
" Fine," he cried. "I will send it over to
you so that it can be altered, and you may be
sure I will tell General Wilson the grand work
you have done."
The brigadier then explained that I would be
leaving very soon for Cairo, where I should
remain until D-Day had broken. Owing to my
likeness to the general they thought it was
unsafe for me to remain in Algiers.
I was given orders to remain under cover
until the car arrived to take me to the airfield.

Holding out his han'd, the brigadier wished


me good-bye. "Good luck, James," he said
" Thanks for everything you have done."
. Next morning Brigadier H. and the A.D.C.
left for England, taking with them the
Montgomery outfit.
It was not pleasant saying good-bye, and I
felt more alone than ever. It was something of
a relief when the time came for me to leave for
the airfield.
How very diffe~~nt were the travelling conditions now! I was carrying an extremely
heavy suit<;ase and was only one of a crowd
looking for the right 'plane, rather like a scene
at Waterloo Station on a Bank Holiday.
Just as I was about to board the 'plane, an
officer came up and thrust a parcel and an
envelope into my hands. It was the brigadier's
tunjc and a supply of Egyptian money.
.
We arrived in Cairo late that night and I felt
very tired, depressed and lonely. I had nowhere
to go and was just wondering where I should
sleep when a major came up to me, and said:
" Hullo, you are J ames, aren't you ? "
" That's right, sir."
" I thought so," he said,taking my suitcase, .
,,-the likeness is amazing. I have been given
orders to look after you. You're going to stay
at my flat, if that's all right with you? "
Was it? I nearly choked with relief.
And so ends the story of the Great
Impersonation.
Lieutenant Clifton James had played the
greatest role of his career-a role which the
most famous star of the stage would have
given his all to have played-and to what
an audience!
Remaining in Cairo as a guest, he enjoyed
great hospitality and then, after the invasion
of France, returned to England to resume
his duties in the Ref;'imental Pay Office',
Leicester.
Let him finish the story in his own words !
I left Cairo at 9-30 a.m. on Wednesday,
7th June, in a Dakota transport 'plane, my
fellow passengers consisting of three naval
officers and one or two escaped prisoners of war.
" Well, chaps," said the pilot, " I have just
come from India and Ceylon and haven't slept
for three nights, but don't worry-we'll make
it! If we do happen to crash, the dinghy is in
the tail."
With the.se heartening words we took off.
And what a journey! The 'plane bumped and
jolted, and after about ten minutes began
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dropping like a stone.


" Hullo, this is it ! " I thought. However, it
straightened itself out and the pilot's head
appeared from behind the dividing door.
" Don't worry about that, chaps. Wait until
we get to Gib ! "
His words were prophetic and the landing on
the Rock was quite one of the most breathless
things I have experienced.
Taking off from Gibraltar at 8-30 p.m. on
the Thursday-how very different from my last
visit!-we flew through the night and, in the
early hours of Friday morning, reached an
R.A.F. station 15 miles from Taunton-not
before the pilot had warned us to be ready to
jump if necessary.
The officer in the control room was not
expecting . us and seemed to think it very
inconsiderate of us to have arrived at all.
Things were eventually straightened out, and
I caught the train for Londort. Reaching
Waterloo, I phoned " Colonel Lester," who
was in the best of spirits and congratulated me
on the job.
I then took the tube to Hampstead. I felt
so tired' that I could hardly walk and, coming
out of the station, narrowly missed stepping
beneath a bus. My monosyllabic reply to the
driver's abuse was, I am afraid, quite unbefitting either an officer or a gentleman.
The End
.

By Cpl. JOHN S. CREE


HE street is busy; very busy. There
is a strained, even frightened look on
the faces of the many women who are
thronging the shops. Anxiously t~ey &ather
together their groceries and clutchmg tIghtly
the children who accompany them, they hurry
away as fast as possible. A clock in the distance
chimes the quarter hour-a quarter past five .
. The atmosphere is charged with a dreadful
expectancy, there is a franctic rus~ t? board
vehicles travelling away from thIS Ill-fated
area despair appearing on the faces of those
who' are unfortunate enough to be left behind.
Ten minutes have elapsed. The street is
quieter now but there are still a fe~ people
scurrying between the shops, makmg last
minute purchases. The minutes tick away and
the street is now almost . c011lpletely deserted.
A few shopkeepers are hurriedly, excitedly,
fixing protective wire netting to their ~indo:vs.
At the far end of the street three lffiposmg
double-decker buses have drawn up and are
standing close to a long squat building which
would resemble a factory if it emitted smoke
and noise. All is quiet and ominous . . . the
buses w lit.
The tranquility is broken sharply b~ the
clanging of a bell. From numerous eXits of
the factory-.like building a thin khaki-clad line
of men and women rush, the ecstasy of escape
obvious in their expressions. The thin long
lines merge together and continue in an ever
swelling mass to engulf the buses and flood the
streets beyond. The . almost empty street of a
few moments ago becomes a sea of khakikhaki which is only relieved by odd splashes
of canary yellow.
.
The tram and bus stops are besIeged; the
streets are rendered impassable to traffic, but
slowly, awkwardly, the mob dispers~s.
The khaki-clad figures have now dIsappeared
completely; an old man. is standin~ in ~he
street looking up at a wmdow; hls VOlce,
almost drowned in the roar of the resumed
traffic is just audible-" It's a' richt, Jennie,
ye can come doon noo, the Pay Office is oot."

WORLD COPYRIGHT

His Majesty the King has been graciously


pleased to grant his. Patr?nage .to the ~ayY,
Army and Air Force Insututes m recogmtlOn
of services rendered to H.M. Forces.
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MAY BLOSSOM
By Captain G. E. PENNEY
T was a beautiful Spring morning, and the
five British Paymasters, struggling with
equipment, camp kit and treasure chests
at Airways House, London, sensed that feeling
of importance, as eyes turned to those steel
boxes, chained and padlocked on the weighing
scales. For were they not custodians of an
awful lot of money? Money that was going
out to gladden the hearts of men who for years
had lived for this day.
The scales groaned with its weight, and so
did those Paymasters as they loaded the
Airways Coach-for their weight-lifting accomplishments had of late been confined to the
raising of a " Bonker," or the arm above the
elbow.
Be that as it may, their spirits were high as
the coach sped ayvay to Croydon.
Where were our ten Sergeants with their
loads of baggage? It would be just too bad
if they were not on the Tarmac to unload us.
They were not, but with a little staff work
and the help of the R.A.F. all was well.
Formalities complete, we waited in the
Rest room for our names to be called from the
loudspeaker. Have any of you ever listened
for your name being drawn in a Derby Sweep ?
The only difference was that the loudspeaker at
Croydon seemed loath to call your name, and
when it did you almost wished it hadn't.
It came at last, and out we trooped to the
waiting" Dakota."
Where were our Sergeants, and where were
we going? No one knew, and at this point no
one cared, for the sight of empty paper bags
on our seats meant just one thing-everything
that goes up comes down, and vice-versa.
Would you worry about Sergeants and cash
when you had plenty of paper bags?
The doors clanged to, and with a mighty
roar from those engines we taxied out to the
runway. A turn, stop, and here we go, tearing
down that concrete path, until an R.A.F. lada slip of a boy-puts his head through the
Pilots' door and says, " You may now unbuckle
your safety belts, Gentlemen, we are airborne."
Unbuckle one's belt, indeed! I had forgotten
even to buckle mine.
It was a beautiful flight over Kent. Soon the
Channel came into view, the white cliffs of
Dover slipped behind, and the coast of France

loomed up through the mist. Dunkirk below,


with its beaches now empty and quiet in the
mid-day sun.
Thus far our navigation was pretty good, and
we could pick out our landmarks, but where
did we go from here ?
You may as well know, that everyone of those
paper bags was crisp and dry up to now.
On we went, nothing but fields, canals and
floods as far as the eye could see, and we were
now gaining height, for those fields looked
about the size of a postage stamp and clouds
ran along the fuselage. It was like a London
pea-souper now; how those R.A.F. boys feel
their way is pure magic to me.
Out we came, and what a sight! We were
moving along on a carpet of cotton wool with
the sun shining as I've never seen it shine
before, and the sky a peacock blue. What have
we been doing these past years to have missed
this, and who cares for "Main-Issues," No
Trace Slips, or blue, or any other colour
slips on letters of import. We even sang, and
its good to sing sometime.
We had now been airborne for an hour and
a half, and then the same door opened and the
R.A.F. young~ter said, " Gentlemeh, buckle on
your belts, we are Ia.lding in five minutes."
"Where?" is on everyone's lips, and the lad
in blue, with a look of surprise on his face, as
though we were "trying to pull a fast one,"
said "Brussels."
Have you been in Brussels lately? Have you
tasted the chocolate cream e lairs and fried
potatoes in the Palace Hotel, and done the
night shows? And when I say done them, I
do not mean-maybe! I must go back to that
town one day, when silk stockings are less than
5 a pair, and a small bottle of " Chanel"
cheaper than 8.
We got three hours in bed that night and if
my Flemish chamber maid is to be believed
my room was at one time occupied and slept in
by " Slap Happy" Herman Goering at the
time he was dreaming of the Battle of Britain.
At the crack of dawn we were on our way to
the airport, with our ten Sergeants, having
discovered them while seeing the sights in
Brussels the previous evening.
All in the Dakota this time, we were soon
tearing down that runway to no-one knew
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where. Our Pilot intended we should have a
grandstand seat, for we flew eastward at about
3,000 feet and all eyes were glued to the
windows. Battlegrounds were below us, and
soon wc passed uver a river whi~h was easIly
. recognised as the Rhine. To our right lay
Essen, the Ruhr and the Dortmund-Ems
Canal. What a sight this was! l:Sndges dUWl1
and railways twisted and torn, towns razed to
the ground and destruction everywhere.
Have you ever watched your women folk
cleaning saucepans with one of those wire wool
balls? Take one of those balls to pieces, lay all
the twisted metal ribbon on a bare table, and
look down on it from ceiling height. That's
Essen. Did those R.A.F. boys" do their stuff?"
Yes, Sir! They hit everything worth hitting
and bang in the centre.
On we flew, and one could not count the
bomb craters. What is this ahead? Miles
upon miles of rubble, with a few shells that
once were buildings. This we learnt afterwards
was Osnabruck. What a shambles! Nothing
surely could have lived in this inferno. One
simply got tired of looking at ruins, and we
breathed a sigh of thankfulness that this was
Germany and not England.
We had been flying for almost three hours
now, and calculating the speed of the 'plane,
we knew we must be getting near Berlin-if we
were flying due East. Some wag behind kept
saying that if we kept this up for just another
hour we should be over the Russian lines, and
well on our way to Moscow and the Salt Mines.

Remembering the Second Army at this very


moment was racing up to the Elbe, I thought
it prudent to remind our friend that a Dakota
was not armed, and J erry would not think
twice about shooting us down, treasury chests
and all.
From that moment everyone's eyes were
glued to the windows, looking for black crosses
on wings, as though we could do anything
about it, if one did come out of the sun and
take a pass at us.
It was not long before that same lad in blue
put his curly head through the Pilots' door
and said, " Gentlemen, we land in 10 minutes."
Down we glided in graceful turns, paper bags
still dry and unused, and below us the airfield,
littered with smashed Jerry 'planes, all with
those wicked black crosses on their wi.ngs. No
wonder we did not see any in the air. They
had almost been driven from the skies. We
held our breath as the Pilot brought the 'plane
in-a gentle bump or two and here we were
at last.
Out we tumbled, and we knew the ground
below our feet was German soil. It is strange,
but everyone seemed of the same mind. I've
heard of travellers kissing the ground on
landing, but it has to be one's own soil. This
was Germany and you must remember we had
been flying for quite a while.
Now I come to the title of my story. From
the moment of stepping out of that 'plane until
the day I finally boarded the 'plane for U.K.
I could not get the smell out of my nostrils.

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Whenever I am near a Hawthorn tree in full
bloo~ I shall always remember Germany, and
that SIckly smell of " May Blossom.~'
Well, here we were, somewhere in Germany,
but no one had a clue , as to the exact location.
Only a few tents in a huge field, litte~ed with
Nazi 'planes, looking the worse for wear, and
buildings in the .distance, badly blitzed.
Inquiries soon told us we were on an air
strip, 3 kilos from Luneburg: Our geography
was not good that morning. Where exa~tly in
~erman~ was Luneburg '? The rumble 0f guns
m the dIstance, and the whine of the rockets
!rom our Fighters practically overhead, meant
Just one thing. The front line was not , very
far away. We soon found the answer. The
Sec.ond Army was 10 kilos ahead, smashing
theIr way over the Elbe. This surely, was no
place for five British Army Paymasters and
ten Sergeants, not forgetting the cash.
I asked the Pilot if he had not made an error
in navigation and dropped us at'the wrong spot,
but he assured me he had delivered us safe and
sound to the right place.
Ther~ was no reception c0mmittee waiting
for . us, m fact no one knew anything about our
arnval, but when the R.C.A.F. who were in
possession of the field grasped our identity they
were most helpful and suggested we leave all
the money with them, as they could use it
nicely-thank you.
By the way, I have not yet told you our
business. We were P.W.X. Paymasters, and
our cash-Allied Military Marks-was for the
use of our Prisoners-of-War when we could get
into the Stalags.
These forward camps were known to be up
in the Hamburg and Lubeck areas, and the
Second Army were smashing their way through
to them. A case of just one more river to crossthe Elbe.
While .two of our colleagues were away in
nearby VIllages, selecting a good line in cars,
Red Cross Ambulances gently drove into the
field, and alongside the waiting Dakota. Here
were wounded men right from the front line
with wounds not an hour old, and all in first-aid
dressings. We loaded them gently in the 'plane
gave them cigarettes and chocolate and tea fro~
a nearby field kitchen and made them as comfortable as possible.
Now we were doing something useful and
those poor fellows mus'( have thought it a
funny sort of war, to be wounded one minute
and then carried to a waiting 'plane by Paymasters and bound for England the next. It

just shows the modern organisation, of ' a


successful army. .
,
I picked myself a lovely Mercedes-Benz and
:belie:ve me, that car had everything . . The' way
she glided around pot holes and bomb craters
and swept across the pontoon bridge over th~
Elbe was everything a lady should do. ' I'm
sure she would have kept going, due East
and right across Siberia, but like even the bes~
of well laid 'plans, events do not always turn out
as we would wish.
Those P.O.W.s instead of "staying put"
when the Second Army reached them broke
camp and began to mill all over N.W. Germany
with one object in view-to make up for los~
time, and what a time they had before we
roped them in.
In such confusion, which reigned just prior
to the actual capitulation, it was CO'nsidered
necessary to round up all P.O.W.s and bring
them into ' centres where they could be
a~equately dealt with.
Luneburg being the
pIvot, we operated from there.
1?uring that evening in May they began to
arnve, and for a whole week ,or so, night and
day, they came. Thousands upon thousands,
some walking, the majority riding on any and
every vehicle they could lay their ,hands on.
There were push bikes, ' motor bikes, horsedrawn vehicles, pantechnicons, luxury' coaches,
and fifteen R.A.F. Pilots came in on a fire
engine, fully equipped with escape ladder
which they had won.
'
It is impossible to describe the scenes in
detail. It was fantastic, and everyone had to
laugh, even with eyes full of tears. Here were
our lads from all the British Services, Dominion
troops, U.S.A. and United Nations forces, free
after years in prison cages.
Some were in a poor shape, helped along by
their comrades, with just enough strength to
smile and wave their arms in thankful acknowledgment to those who set them fre~.
One or two highlights stand out during those
memorable days. The Royal Navy. Hundreds
of officers had been on the march for 80 days
under German Guards, sleeping in the fields
and shot up by fighters many times. Here they
we,re, their shoes down to the uppers, clothes
patched and frayed, gold braid somewhat
tarnished, but every head held high. There
~ere many moist eyes that night as they filed
mto the mess-freshened up with baths, haircuts, and what clothing could be, provided
from a German Naval Store. Here was the
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them at that meal. Yes, Sir-that was a
momenL.
The Second Memory-The Royal Air Force.
Hundreds of pilots and air-crews, the boys
who had left darkening fields of this country
on bombing missions into the so-called Greater
Reich-and did not return. Shot down, but
living again to return home. Here they were,
deliriously happy as youngsters can be when
the occasion arises, but grown men in experience. And the day , Bomber Command
came out to carry them back home, the loading
of those youngsters into the bomb-bays now
empty of bombs, the dipping of wings of that
mighty armada as they roared across the airfield
on their way to England. A fitting and gracious
salute to the men who rescued their comradesthe Second Army.
Our particular job was now almost complete,
as all P.O.W. Camps had been overrun and
the lads well on their way home. I must give
praise to the organisation of this operation. It
was brilliantly executed, and everyone pulled
out that extra little bit, which makes any job
successful. The P.O.W.s were not slow in
expressing their amazement and gratitude for
all that had been done for them, and we who
were left felt privileged to have been of service.
Germany had capitulated, and those remaining days in Luneburg were momentous to
those of us fortunate enough to be there. To
be in at the death, and to have been actually
on the spot, on that beautiful May morning
when "Monty" received the unconditional
surrender of the German Armed Forces, is a
moment I shall always remember.
This was the parting of the ways for those
Army Paymasters, for on a Sunday afternoon
I moved off to lend a helping hand to a
F.B.P.O. My journey in a three-ton truck this
time (someone had pinched my beautiful
" Merc." off the Barrack Square) with a load
of cash, took us over the pontoon bridge on
the Elbe, and on to Hamburg, our destination
being Ahrensburg.
Some of you have seen Hamburg-I only
wish all of you could, before the rubble is taken
away. My impression was just this-put all the
bomb damage in England into one compact
area, and place it on Hamburg, and still you
couldn't cover the ruins-and remember
Hamburg is only one German City in ruins.
Leaving Hamburg we rolled along the
Reichautobahn and here's a road, or I should
say twin roads, if you like!
Miles seemed nothing and soon we turned

off to the left, and were in Ahrensburg. The


F.B.P.O. had secured a very nice Bank, and
were" doing themselves proud." If the O.C.
of that outfit should ever read this article, may
I again express my thanks for all his kindness.
To " Scottie " I leave my undying admiration
for the way he wined and dined us. With his
" interpreter," Germany was his for the taking,
and he never let us down. Happy memories.
This little interlude over, the wheels began
rolling again, and this time it was Kiel, and .
Operation " Barleycorn." Kiel seemed to me
as bad as Hamburg. What a sight the harbour
is! Those U-Boat Pens, full of U-Boats, and
the shipbuilding yards blasted to Hell. No
wonder the Hun gave in! My home town was
blitzed, but when I see all this destruction the
sting doesn't smart quite so much.
Operation "Barleycorn" as you probably
know, was the discharge of the German Armed
Forces to the land. At that moment, 700,000
German troops were concentrated in a small
area of ground not far from us, and this was
the bunch we had to deal with.
We moved out to be near them, a party of
thirty Army and Air Force Officers, with an
other rank strength of about 100. It was
frightening to say the least, as this German
Force was still armed, and very hungry.
Conferences, of course, took place before the
operation commenced, and here I should tell
you of what I believe to be the first occasion
when Officers of the Royal Army Pay Corps
alone, met in conference with high-ranking
Officers of the German Army and Navy.
I was privileged to be present at the first
conference, and I can assure you, we impressed
that bunch of straightbacks, and gave them
their orders on the money side of the business
in no uncertain fashion.
.
The operation commenced to a time table,
and ran like this. Each morning at 08.00 hours,
5,000 of these dejected, dirty and hungry
men-the master race-marched in from the
concentration area in Columns of lOO-each
in charge of a German ,N.C.O. complete with
nominal roll. They were directed to what we
named the cattle pens-five spaces divided off
on the Barrack Square. Into each square
marched 1,000 men.
, One by one they came forward to a small tent
and stood in front of a British Intelligence
Officer. They were interrogated in German,
and the purpose was to find out if at any time
they had been members of the S.S. or other
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lousing shed, stripped and were de-Iousedand did some of them require it !
Next into the Documentation sheds then
into a shed to strip for examination by G~rman
Doctors in order to see if they were fit enough
to work on the land. Then to the stripping
sheds.' where all their personal belongings were
exammed, and badges of rank, etc., were cut
from their uniforms.
Sergeant-Majors,
Sergeants and Corporals went in with the
Privates, and they all came out Privates, which
was a huge joke to the British ranks. From
!here tliey marched to the Pay Sheds, and this
IS where you will be interested.
They came in tens, each in charge of a
German N.C.O. with nominal roll. At the pay
tables (there were five of them, situated in
stables) sat five German Paymasters with their
four clerks. The nominal roll wa'3 handed over
a roll call made and checked and each ma~
r~ceived 40 Reichmarks (that is 2) and signed
hIS name on the pay sheet.
This went on all day, from 09.00 hours to
18.00 hours, seven days a week. These German
Pa:ymasters and clerks were on very meagre
ratIOns, and to give them sufficient strength
to carry o~t their ~uties, special authority had
to be obtamed to mcrease their daily ration of
food by 50 per cent. Even then it didn't seem
enough for an English crow.
From the time this motley crowd left their
concentration area, to the time they marched
back at night they were under the supervision
o~ their own Officers and N.C.O.s In fact they
dIscharged themselves. The British Officers
held a watching brief, but so well did these
~ermans understand, and carry out orders
gIven them, that there was never a hitch, and
5,000 went through that" Sausage Machine"
every day.
Each morning, the German Paymasters
brought me the previous day's pay sheets.
They were prepared neatly and accurately and
never did I find a mistake. Snap checks of their
. balance of Reichmarks always proved correct.
Their accountancy-and remember the volume
and conditions-for they lived and slept i~
those stables on bags of straw, with their
money-was faultless.
I was impressed, and have wondered since,
could we have done this as Paymasters, if the
boot had been on the other foot? I wonder.
Be.fore they marched away each man was
weanng a patch of yellow silk on his tunic.
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wasn't it a .similar token they made the Jews


wear? ThIS surely was retribution!
~d so my story comes to its end. On those
evemngs, when I feel too tired to read I doze
~~ live again those days at Luneb~rg-the
:'ISlt to Belsen, with its piles of dead-the
Journ~y up to Flensburg to discover how
Doemtz was able to draw millions of Reichmar~s fro~ the Reich Bank, and to put a stop
to hIS antics-the days when we washed and
shaved in Hock and Moselle, Jerry having
pOl.suned the water-bully beef and compo
rations, washed down with lashings of champagne-the beautiful lakes of PIon, and the
strawberry feeds at Lu~eck.
Flying home from LfIbeck, on the Copenhagen 'plane, it was good to see the green
grass at Croydon Airport.
Yes, it was a
~onderful experience and each May I shall live
~t all over again, for" May Blossom" is pr'ofuse
m my county.

" You rang, Sir? "


"Yes, Chinkleton, can you recommend
3 good' draws' on this week's coupon."

PAY SERVICES, S.E.A.C.


11.

Fourteenth Army

By Lieut.-Colonel H. W. W. POLLARD" O.B.E.


In a short time the organisation began to take
shape and although names were not officially
known, it became clear that all that part of
Eastern Army area east of the Brahmaputra
would come under command of an Army to
be formed, that a Supreme Allied Commander
would be appointed, and it was known that he
would be Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten
and that an Army Group would be formed
together with a separate Air Command. By
mid September a very small advance party from
the Supremo's H.Q. had arrived to arrange
accommodation in Delhi for what became
known as H.Q. Supreme Allied Commander
South-East Asia Command (S.A.C.S.E.A.) and
the H.Q. which had been known as H.Q.
Indian Expeditionary Force was disbanded,
leaving a cadre organisation which formed the
basis of 11th Army Group later known as
Allied
Land
Forces
South-East Asia
(A.L.F.S.E.A.) while it was known that
Fourteenth Army would form on or about
15th October and that the Supremo would take
over on or about 1st November, 1943. Besides
Fourteenth Army one other formation, though
not under command of S.A.C.S.E.A., was
earmarked for any invasion or combined ops.
task which might be planned, and this Corps,
of which more anon, was known as 33 Indian
Corps, stationed at the time on the Bombay side
engaged in combined ops. training:
The broad outlines of all this had been
known for some time and additional personnel
from which to form Pay Services S.E.A.C. had
in the meantime arrived from home, and a few
more bodies were due from Paiforce. These
drafts filled in time helping out at Meerut. A
further draft joined from home at a later stage.
The Brigadier, as D.P.LC. (designate) S.E.A.C.
had laid his plans and his A/D.P.LC. had been
working on a number of appreciations and a
memorandum, known to the ribald as " Hints
to Young Paymasters," all of which stoo~ us
in good stead in due course. It was deCIded
that the Command Office and C.C.H. must be
placed on the air route from Delhi to the
eastward that Force Paymasters would be
posted ~o Fourteenth Army and 33 Indian
Corps, with such Advanced Base Pay Offices

N a previous article an account was given


of the writer's journey via Paiforce to
Meerut. The following is a very brief and
abridged account of Pay Services S.E.A.C. with
particular emphasis on "Pay" Fourteenth
Army, to which H.Q. the writer was posted as
Force Paymaster.
Mter arrival at Meerut in the middle of
August 1943, there was a brief pause, in which
all ranks revelled in the pleasant living conditions' greenery and good food, jeering at the
Meerut " Qua hai's " who were all grumbling
at conditions which we, officers and O.R.s
alike, regarded as superb after what we had been
used to. It made us all feel very tough!
However, with the Brigadier in charge, peace
could not be expected to last long and in a
week or two all officers were hard at it studying
the problems likely to be met and touring India
on various duties and recces. In particular
maps of Assam, Eastern Bengal and Burma
were studied and the strange names ~hich we
were shortly to treat with the familiarity of
inhabitants, were memorised. The writer was
sent on two interesting trips, as the first job
allotted was to act as Liaison with the Burma
Civil boys. This led to a trip to Simla, an
eyrie which seemed out of touch with all
r~ality, where an air raid siren sounded at noon
every day because presumably P.A.D.G.H.Q.(I)
had to install a siren and no other use could be
imagined for it. Another journey was made to
Calcutta to contact the Civil Affairs Officers
immediately concerned with Burma. This trip
took place in the middle of the 1943 Bengal
famine and was distressing, to say the least.
However, one good thing resulted from this
particular journey, and that was an Honorary
Membership of the Bengal Club, which was a
great boon later on when passing through
Calcutta
. . from the forward areas. In addition ,
a VISIt was paid to Allahabad where the
Accountant General (Burma) maintained a
Clearing House for C.A.S.(B) Imprest Accounts. All this proved very useful later on.
At this stage of the game everything was still
very much in the air and the Brigadier was the
only S.E.A.C. officer in Delhi, which put
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as they might require.
Mter considerable
discussion it was decided that Allahabad,
which had certain disadvantages from a climatic
and health point of view, as well as distance
from Delhi and Meerut, was as good a spot
as could be hoped for, bearing in mind that
there was no chance of obtaining accommodation in Delhi or Calcutta and that, time being
the essence of the contract, we could not wait
for accommodation to be built where we wanted
it. Q. (quartering) G.H.Q.(I) were able to
offer appropriate barrack space at Allahabad
and the necessary recce's were made on behalf
of the C.P. and Officer-in-Charge C.C.H.
The writer was duly warned (hat he was to
be posted as Force Paymaster Fourteenth
Army, that he was to plan his organisation
forthwith and obtain the Brigadier's approval
and was to select his officers but that no
guarantee could be given that he would have
those he wanted posted to him. Previous
training and experience now proved their
worth. The writer had served in Command
Offices since joining on the outbreak of war
and at home this had been in South-Eastern
Army where District Offices were invented
and tried out, while the few months in Paic
had given him a fair knowledge of the salient
features of the Indian system and the pitfalls
to be avoided. I t was laid down as a matter
of policy that " bumph" would be cut to a
minimum, no debit vouchers were allowed to
be raised, all stores or supplies bought from
store were only to be issued on a prepayment
basis and that Paymasters should get as close
to forward troops as was practicable. In the
light of this general directive, the geographical
situation and the Order of Battle of Fourteenth
Army and its L. of C. Areas under Command,
the problem was tackled.
A glance at a map of India and Burma will
give some idea of the problems but a few
details may be of assistance. The Army Area
may roughly be described as that East of the
Brahmaputra. There is no bridge over the
Brahmaputra throughout its length and at
Gauhati where passengers on the railway are
ferried across, the river is about a mile wide
and is inhabited by porpoises. I've seen 'em!
There is one railway which runs from Chittagong, a small port on the Bay of Bengal to
Ledo on the North-East frontier of Assam via
Comilla, Sylhet and Manipur Road, which was
railhead for the Imphal front. Passengers and
' stores moving by the railway from Calcutta
have to cross the river by ferry and the railway

changes from broad to narrow gauge. There is


one road from Chittagong via Comilla
Agartala, Sylhet, Shillong, Gauhati, near which
it joins the Assam Trunk Road to Dibrugark
and ~he Ledo with a branch to Manipur Road,
Kohlma and Imphal. Except in Assam proper
the roads were not macadamised and had in
fact been largely built and were all maintained
by the Sappers. The road from Manipur
Road to Tiddim and Tamu on the Burma
Frontier were marvellous feats of engineering
and carried a tremendous volume of traffic over
the hills. In addition there was a road from
Chittagong southward to Arakan. Taking into
account that rolling stock was short and all in
need of repair and that the roads were such that
to try and average any speed at all merely broke
up transport and subjected personnel to unbearable physical strain, it was quite a problem.
Distances are immense. A few may be roughly
set out-Delhi to Calcutta, 1,000 miles;
Calcutta to Imphal, 1,000 miles; Calcutta to
Colombo (where S.A.C.S.E.A. were located at
a later stage), 1,300 miles. Leaving out Burma
the area is about the size of pre-war Poland and
is more or less malarial. Cholera is endemic
and as was discovered later scrub typhus is
encountered in many parts of the jungle. In
addition it is very hot and damp. Kanglatombi
on the southern edge of the Shillong Hills has
the distinction of being the wettest known place
in the world, with an annual rainfall of over
400 inches.
No detailed Order of Battle of Fourteenth
Army was available and in fact none was
produced for some months. However, the
major formations at the time were as follows.
Their stations are shown in brackets and these,
except for the Corps, remained constant, and
each H.Q., together with Divisions, had an
Indian Field Cashier on its establishment:
4 Corps (Imphal), 15 India Corps
(Arakan), 202 Area (Gauhati) with subAreas, 251 (Shillong), 252 (Dibrugark),
253 (Manipur Road), 256 (Imphal), 257
(Silchar) under Command and 404 Area
(Chittagong) with sub-Areas 451 (Chittagong) and later 452 (Arakan) under
Command.
Mter considerable discussion and heart burning
the following proposals were approved by the
Brigadier: one Advanced Base Pay Office
(known in S.E.A.C. as Staff Paymaster to avoid
confusion with Advanced Base Post Offices)
to be attached to Force Paymaster at H.Q.
Army; one Staff Paymaster to be attached to
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Paymasters and Imprest accounts to the C.C.H.


at Allahabad. This necessitated the issue of a
complete new set of Imprest numbers covering
some thousands of Imprest holders. The next
job to be done was to draft a directive for the
guidance of Staff Paymasters. The salient
points made were : (1) Payment of bills from Imprest accounts
was to be reduced to ' a minimum: only by
prompt payment could this end be attained and
due to difficulties of communication no hard
and fast rule could be laid down.
All
(2) Debit vouchers were forbidden.
stores issued on payment were to be on a
prepayment basis.
(3) All hospitals were to be given lavish cash
services to ensure that no wounded should have
cause to complain that they had had no
opportunity to draw cash.
(4) All Fd. Cashiers operating within Staff
Paymasters respective areas were to be inspected and their cash checked as often as
convenient but at least once a month.
(5) The utmost assistance and advice
regarding Pay and Accounting matters was to
be given to all units.
(6) Strict observance of anti-malarial precautions.
As H.Q.s formed up near Calcutta the
opportunity was taken to contact the higher
officials of the Indian Tea Association, the
Manager of the Reserve Bank of India,
Calcutta, on whom we would be dependent for
currency, and also the Accountant General,
Bengal, who is responsible for the Treasuries
situated at all larger towns in Bengal. From
these Treasuries and from those under the
Comptroller, Assam, the actual cash was to
be drawn by Staff Paymasters. It is perhaps
convenient here to describe the banking system
in India. Banks as we know them are only
situated in major centres and in the Army Area
this meant that there were only three branches
of the Imperial Bank of India, at Chittagong,
Shillong and Dibrugark. Treasuries, staffed
by Babu's, are however widely spread and are
situated in all centres of any size, either as a
Treasury or a sub-Treasury. These work under
strict rules and are supervised locally by
District Magistrates. Authority had to be given
to the Force Paymasters to draw or auth?rise
the withdrawal by others of any sums reqmred.
Miraculously the authority reache~ all
Treasuries in time and was never quened by
any of them. Under the Indian system all and
sundry are granted power, known as " assign-

H.Q. 202 Area to cover that H.Q. and 251, 252


and 253 sub-Areas; one Staff Paymaster to be
att~ched to H.Q. 404 Area to cover the cash
requirements of 15 Indian Corps lying to the
s9uth of Chittagong, and one Staff Paymaster
to be stationed in Imphal to cover 4 Corps and
256 sub-Area. So long as H.Q. Army remained
at Comilla ina static role the Staff Paymaster
there was made responsible for 257 sub-Area
and that part of 404 Area to the north of
Chittagong. This plan was adhered to so long
as R.A.P.C. responsibility for cash and pay
services lasted and, with the addition later of
detachments at Dibrugark and Silchar, the
posting of an Area Cash Office to the Arakan to
assist in staging currency to 15 Corps, and
also an Area Cash Office to Manipur Road for
a short time to deal with the build up prior to
the final advance, it worked remarkably
smoothly. It will be seen that the system of
dispersal on the lines of District Offices at
home was adopted. Each Staff Paymaster
submitted an Imprest account to the C.C.H.
Mter a hectic send off the Force Paymaster
with three of the Staff Paymasters in tow,
joined H.Q. Fourteenth Army on 10 October,
1943, and found conditions very difficult.
Eastern Army was in process of splitting up
and the two H.Q.s were still mixed up. However, in a few days the split was complete and
everyone began to get down to their respective
jobs. As soon as approval for our plan had been
obtained from "A" Branch appropriate letters
were dispatched to the H.Q.s concerned and
the Staff Paymasters departed with their
personnel and office equipment. No adequate
warning could be given of their arrival, no
one knew what they" were going to do and they
themselves only had a vague idea of how they
were going to do it, while accommodation was
at a very high premium. One grave disadvantage was that our transport had not
arrived, it followed later but even then it took
some months before we all got satisfactory
trucks and drivers by making love to Ord. and
Reforsec. respectively. Despite these handicaps,
within a short time, they were all carrying out
their duties successfully and obtaining cooperation from all concerned. "Pay" was on
the map.
After making the necessary contacts at H.Q.
the first job tackled was to draft appropriate
orders for publication in the first issue of
A.O.s announcing the switch over from the
Indian Pay system to the British and ordering
the submission of bills for payment to Staff
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ments," by the Field Controller of Military
Accounts, to draw from Treasuries, and this we
wished to stop so far as possible. In the end
Assignments were reduced to those granted to
the Staff Paymasters and a number of Indian
Tea Association officials.
The latter were
responsible for the provision of civil labour
personnel for work on roads and airstrips and
had their own accounting system audited by
Chartered Accountants, and then embodied in
the C.C.H.'s general state. It was convenient
therefore for these officials to draw their own
cash rather than from Fd. Cashiers. All other
Imprest holders drew cash from the nearest
Fd. Cashier and Fd. Cashiers drew cash from
Staff Paymasters.
The Treasury Officials were always a source
of much exasperated amusement. One Staff
Paymaster complained that the IT:onthly statement of drawings made by him from a certain
Treasury did not agree with his account and
in fact did not add up. The Treasury Officer
apologised by saying, " Oh, Sahib, there are
too many zeros." At another time it was
considered urgent to increase cash holdings at
Gologhat to save the Area Cash Office at
Manipur Road the exhausting journey to
Jorhat . The Treasury officer at Gologhat
reported that his strongroom had been damaged
by earthquake and that he could not conveniently hold more than he was already doing.
!t was not u?til th~ Force Paymaster 33 Corps
mspected thlS partlcular Treasury that it was
discovered that the earthquake complained of
happened about ten years previously and not,
as had been believed, in November 1943, when
there had been a severe 'quake in the district.
By then it was too late. Treasuries were very
dilatory in their methods and by concentrating
withdrawals from them in the hands of Staff
Paymasters enormous amounts of time were
saved to Fd. Cashiers and other Imprest
holders. Besides it made the Treasury Official's
job much simpler as he had one officer to deal
with instead of dozens. Just to add to the fun
T:easuries observe all holidays, European,
Hmdu and Moslem, which results in their
being closed for most of September besides all
Sundays and on numerous other days.
So long as possible all cash was drawn from
Treasuries. Indian Rupee currency was used
and it remained a civil responsibility to maintain
the supply. Each month an estimate of requirements . was dispatched to S.P. (Cash) in Delhi
who, ill turn, warned the Reserve Bank of
India of our estimated requirements and likely

This. worked smoothly


place of drawing.
though Imphal presented a problem when it
was cut off, except by air, by the enemy.
However there was no breakdown and as
practically all payments were made in cash
and about 10 crores of rupees per month were
used, this spoke well for all concerned. For
the uninitiated Rs. 1,00.000 is known in India
as a lakh of rupees which at 1/6 'to the rupee
equals 7,500. A crore is 100lakhs which, to
save readers any mental arithmetic is
Rs. 1,00,00.000, so 10 crores is Rs. 10,00,00.000
worth 7,500,000. The printer has not made
a slip with his commas. A little study will show
why amounts are expressed in India as shown
above, if it is remembered that the lakh is the
unit.
The preliminary work having been completed, the next major job to be undertaken in
trying to arrange a smooth switch over from
the Indian to the British system of accounting,
was to sell Works Services (War) to the
Sappers. The utmost co-operation was received.
As a general directive had been
received from the Brigadier and as at the time
the Force Paymaster was acting as Financial
Adviser, no one having been posted by the War
Office to the appointment due to lack of bodies,
the job of re-writing Works Services (War)
" modified for India" was undertaken. This
was duly completed and printed as " Fourteenth Army vVorks Services (War)" by the
C.E. In the front fly leaf was printed ; T

"Officers are expected to interpret the following ,


reasonably and intelligently, with due regard to the
interests of the service, bearing in mind that no attempt
h as been made to provide for n ecessary and self-eviden t
exceptions. "
KINGS REGs ., iii, 3.

and at the end . . .


"Which of you, intending to build a tower sitteth
not down first, and counteth the cost, whether h e have
sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid
the foundation, and is not able to fini sh it, all that
behold it begin to mock him , saying, ' This man began
to build and was not able to finish .' "
L UKE 14, 28-30.

This directive proved of the utmost assistance


to Staff Paymasters in their endeavours to
guide the Sappers into the straight and narrow
regarding submission of bills and also to
c.s R.E. and other Sapper officers in laying
down clearly and distinctly their financial
The main
powers and responsibilities.
difficulty in persuading the Sappers to submit
bills to Staff Paymasters was their complete
inability . to grasp that provided bills were
correctly submitted payment could be made
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within 48 hours. This was of the utmost
importance as most of the contractors employed
were small men without much capital when
they started anyway, and prompt payment was
essential to enable them to pay their labour
and obtain their materials. However, steady
progress was made in this direction. The
contractors were amusing people to deal with
and we soon learnt that " Security Deposits"
were regarded by them as the Staff Paymasters'
personal rake off, which no doubt the contractors believed was shared with their staff and
possibly with the Force Paymaster. When
asked to accept repayment on the completion
of the contract there was often incredulous
gratitude or a strange reluctance to accept it !
Any time over from all this was spent in
dealing with H.Q. files, dispatching weekly
" Sitreps" to the D.P.I.C., and generally
dealing with the problems of co-ordinating
Staff Paymasters' activities in such widely
scattered locations. It became evident at an
early date that two officers and four O.R.s was
an inadequate establishment as soon as Staff
Paymasters began to function as was' ordered.
This difficulty was overcome by attaching at
least one extra officer and two O.R.s to each
office.
In the meantime H.Q. Army was
warned that at an early date their H.Q. would
move from Barrackpore, near Calcutta, to
Comilla in Eastern Bengal, so this added burden
was laid on our shoulders. This move took
place during the first week in December 1943
and we settled down in our new surroundings.
The hours of work put in by all of the Staff
was prodigious. The H.Q. had been set up
on an Establishment based on that of Eighth
Army despite the fact that we had under
command the whole of the L. of C. with a
ration strength in all of about 1,000,000 men
(the biggest British Army as opposed to an
Expeditionary Force ever maintained in the
Field). At one time, besides the L. of C. there
were the equivalent of four Corps under
Command. Quite a job for an S.P.I. as Force
Paymaster!
By the end of December 1943 it was obvious
that, despite numerous headaches, real progress
was being made and an opportunity was taken
to visit the Staff Paymasters at Chittagong and
Imphal who were found to be in good heart and
tackling their various problems with enthusiasm. The change of scene and air after
the hard work and worry of the previous few
months was a great help.
A little later plans for the second L.R.P.G.

operation by General Wingate's Chindits


began to take shape and advance parties
arrived. A Fd. Cashier accompanied the Force
and through him arrangements were made
for the transfer of Imprest numbers and provision of cash for delivery by air drop. In
addition silver rupees, which had been withdrawn from circulation in 1942 and were no
longer legal tender in India, had to be laid on
as numbers of tribes in the Burmese interior
recognised no other currency. The Japanese
shot any villager found in possession of new
Rupee notes as it was obvious from whom they
had been obtained. These difficulties were all
overcome and instructions for the safeguarding
of cash to be delivered by air drop were drafted
and issued by Army. Only one loss of any size
resulted from this method of supply and in this
particular case the orders regarding safe
keeping prior to dispatch had not been strictly
complied with. There had been two or three
abortive sorties owing to adverse weather and
the container in which the cash was packed
was apparently not adequately guarded between
sorties.
Cash was dropped with the mail
attached to a parachute with special streamers
and was handled on the same lines as ciphers
from a security angle. It was felt that units
would be so anxious to get their mail that they
would search widely for this particular container. It may be asked why troops on air
supply should need cash but it has to be
remembered that in many cases they were
fighting under such conditions for months on
end and had to employ villagers for the
construction of light airstrips, for the evacuation
of wounded and other jobs, while authority
was given for the purchase of local produce
such as vegetables, eggs, etc., to supplement
the rather monotonous rations inevitably to be
expected when supplied by airdrop. Also the
Indian soldier likes to draw his pay regularly
even if he cannot spend it. Cash was demanded
in exactly the same way as other stores by
signalled Q.Q. the Imprest number being
quoted in the signal. There were muddles and
difficulties from time to time and later on an
officer had to be sent to Haka to visit the H.Q.
of the Lushai Brigade to straighten out their
accounts for them but by and large the unorthodox methods used worked smoothly. The
Lushai Bde. was on air drop supply from
June 1944 to January 1945 engaged in heavy
fighting and long marches in dense jungle and
the final smooth clearance of their accounts was
a matter of some congratulation.
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The war began to get moving 4nd our
organisation came in for a thorough testing.
Two divisions in the Arakan were heavily
attacked by the Japanese and one, 7 Indian
Division, was completely surrounded. This
was our first real test of air supply. It will be
remembered that the J ap was heavily defeated
after prolonged and hard fighting.
The
Fd. Cashiers with this Division (there were
two, as the Division was operating in two
columns down two valleys with little if any
lateral communications) lost the cash deposited
in the Quarter Guard which was overrun in
the first attack and subsequently heavily
mortared by us. An inspection afterwards
showed that all contents had been shelled to
pieces and burnt. A new headache came up
in that it was considered important that troops
on air supply should be enabled to buy canteen
stores. This involved unit representatives from
Rear Parties drawing the stores from the
Canteen Store Departments' depots, submitting the bills to Staff Paymasters for payment and handing the stores to S. and T. for
dispatch by air drop . . The cost was charged
to the Imprest holder of the unit concerned,
who was responsible for collecting the cost
from the final recipients of the goods and giving
up the proceeds in his Account. To begin with
there were various muddles as the system had
to be evolved after the troops were out of
touch by normal means of communication.
However, special bill forms were printed,
Formation H.Q. were fully instructed in the
drill to be followed, orders were issued to all
concerned, and in the later stages it worked
very well, losses being extraordinarily small in
the circumstances. Standard packs of stores
were made, details circulated to formations and
demands for these packs were included in
Q.Q.s as for other stores, Imprest numbers
being quoted. One formation which was for
five months on airdrop supply, was interviewed
when they were withdrawn and had nothing
but praise for the arrangements made. Just as
the fighting in the Arakan began to die down
the D.P.I.C. came on tour and it was possible
to arrange for him to go down as far as Bawli
South to see the conditions under which
cashiers had to work and to inspect the Staff
Paymasters at Army H.Q., at Chittagong and
the Area Cash office in the Arakan near Cox's
Bazaar.
This was a most interesting and
enjoyable journey only marred by a tremendous
storm, typical of pre-Monsoon weather, which
built up as the 'plane landed at Feni en route

for Comilla and Calcutta. The hut in which


the D.P.I.C. sheltered was blown down and
he had to be lent some dry ~lothes. Force
Paymaster made the rest of the journey by
road, the strip at Comilla being u/s.
It was necessary in a great number of instances to provide rations for the enormous
numbers of civilian labourers employed from
time to time in the area on road maintenance,
airstrip construction, etc. particularly in view
of the rice shortage following the recent famine.
This was a major headache and as no orders
giving general guidance had ever been issued
on the subject, a conference including Q.,
R.E., S. and T. and Pay was called on Pay's
instigation. This conference resulted in the
publication of a Special Army Order -which
was reprinted by S. and T. and widely distributed to all Supply Depots and Sapper
Units. This order was of great assistance to all
concerned and the collection of sums due to
the Public. Broadly it laid down that only in
Areas defined by H.Q . Army should rations be
issued to civilians, that if such rations were
issued, pay of directly employed labour should
. be adjusted to meet the cost of the ration, while
cost of rations issued to contractors for the
benefit of labour employed by them should
be charged against the contractor, Debit
vouchers being raised at the time of issue. All
rations were to be issued before a European
officer and ration scales were laid down. The
extra work involved to the Services was
accepted in good part by them as the definite
orders removed all possibility of misunderstandings and although difficulties arose from
time to time these were usually due to noncompliance with the order. This matter was a
real headache at all times but the Order as
issued did bring the situation under control
and was probably the best that could be done
in the very peculiar circumstances. Everyone
expressed themselves as satisfied, which was
gratifying to the Force Paymaster, who had
many a qualm both before and after the issue
of the Order by Q. Branch.
In March the long awaited J ap attack on
Imphal and Kohima opened. From a Pay
point of view there was little to be done. The
Treasury at Imphal had been well stocked with
cash as the enemy build up . became evident
and this step was justified as during the whole
of the" siege" there was always plenty of cash
available to help in the maintenance of morale
among the Manipuris' employed by the Army
and also it was never necessary to call upon the
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~.

'*

Air for any lift when every pound was required


for ammunition and rations. 33 Indian Corps
were moved into the Area to assist in the relief
of Kohima and to assist in the destruction of
the three J ap divisions committed in their allout effort. The Force Paymaster 33 Corps and
his Cashier, who came with the Advance Party,
accompanied their H.Q. and were of the
greatest assistance in laying on Cash Services
for the incoming Divisions and in arranging for
the switch over of Imprest numbers. The whole
move worked very smoothly from a Pay point
of view, largely due to their efforts. Later
Force Paymaster 33 Corps came to H.Q. Army
to relieve the Force Paymaster Army while he
had 16 days much needed leave. In due course
Imphal was relieved, the J ap was heavily
defeated and of his three divisions only one
survived as a fighting formation. One of the
Divisional Cashiers operating with a division
which was for a time surrounded on the Tiddim-Imphal Road, was ordered to destroy his cash.
About 51 lakhs of rupees were involved and as
destruction was made in due form refund was
obtained in due course by S.P. (Cash) from
the Reserve Bank of India.
There were
numerous small losses of cash by units due to
enemy action, theft or other causes, and it was
always difficult to obtain prompt action in
holding Courts of Inquiry, taking disciplinary
action and/or action to apply for write off
despite the clear orders issued on the subject
and the fact that the Booklet issued by S.E.A.C.
covering Financial Instructions in all its aspects
w'as in the hands of every Imprest holder. By
liaison with the C.C.H. and "A" Branch
however, cases were brought to notice of
formations and in due course this trouble was
largely overcome.
.
In August when the Monsoon was over and
roads again became passable, a tour of inspection
was made covering the Staff Paymaster at
Gauhati, his detachment at Dibrugark and the
Area Cash Office at Manipur Road. The
Com'd. 253 sub-Area asked that the Force
Paymaster visit him at his H.Q. at Kohima
which was being made habitable again after
the heavy fighting which had taken place there.
The total trip was 1,700 miles made in 10 days
in a jeep which, considering the roads was not
bad going. Included in the trip was a visit to
the Ledo, the American rail head for their
columns which had recently captured Myitkhina
where 36 Division (an all British Regular
Division) was concentrating prior to moving
in to continue the thrust southwards towards

Mandalay roughly parallel to the Irrawaddy


and to the East thereof. Satisfactory arrangements were made for cash supplies for them
and for the posting of a Cashier to the British
Advanced Base Ledo who would act as the
Divisions' Admin. Base.
Incoming and outgoing units and formations
to and from India Command were always a
nuisance from our point of view as in each
case Imprest numbers had to be changed. The
East and West African Divisions were simple
to arrange as they had E. and W.A.P.C.
Cashiers and they understood the form and
arranged the change over with their own
H .Q.s. Units could only be caught up with by
Fd. Cashiers insisting on their application
for new Imprest numbers so soon as they tried
to draw cash. So much movement was made
by air that no other really satisfactory means ?f
interception could be arranged. However, m
due course, Fd. Cashiers began to understand
their duties in this connection and this trouble
became less. Elaborate arran.gements had to be
made for the reception of the various Chindit
Columns as they were withdrawn from Burma.
All the men had to be re-issued with A.B.s 64
etc. and the silver and other currency unexpended by Column Commanders had to be
collected. The Special Force Cashiers were of
great assistance in this connection and included
in their haul were a number of gold bangles,
chains and sovereign belts which had been
taken in by Columns and not expended.
(To be continued)

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"'O'f)i~P.~ESS CH1L)~N.

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B.A.P.O. MEERUT

165 FIELD CASH OFFICE (H)

By " OLD MEERUTONIAN"

HE mention of Draft R.y'G.G.A. in the


notes from B.A.P.O., Meerut, published
in the Autumn edition of the Journal,
has prompted me to write a few lines about that
other draft-the" Pioneers," who started the
B.A.P.O., Meerut, and who brought the
accounts home again. . Draft R.Y.F.Y.H.
assembled in London, a heterogeneous collection of personnel from every pay office in
England, under the firm and fatherly hand of
Sgt.-Major" Shiner" Wright. By the time a
very much dirtier Draft assembled outside
Meerut Station to be marched over to the
Cantonment, the welding process had begun
and the Draft began to feel more like a body and
less like a rabble. Once the office work started
we hadn't time to feel anything for a long time:
I have vivid recollections of Colonel Bates' first
lecture on Indian Pay Accounting-as he glibly
rolled on about "IRLAS" and Peace Pay
Lists, it was amusing to see the baffled expressions all round him.
However, the office did get going, and after
the initial grind, we did get some time to
organise sport and other recreational activities
including a Male Voice Choir, in which
Colonel Bates led the tenors very enthusiastically.
From the beginning, the Corps football team
trounced all corners most scientifically- a few
games of cricket produced some very good
players, although lack of a ground hampered us
to some extent, and a bridge club was starteda venture which was later to grow into an
Office Bridge League.
The cinema facilities then, as now, were
limited to four cinemas, but the Garrison
cinema now in existence, with its tip-up seats
and air-conditioning, was then: only a dream
of the future. Everyone present during the early
months of the Pay Office will remember the
famous night when the Old Garrison Cinema
burnt down, and the heroic efforts of Lieut.
Cheek, the fire officer, and the fire brigade, to
save t~e projection machines. Oddly enough,
the wnter slept through this exciting happening,
though I have a dim recollection of someone
dashing into the bungalow, appealing for
volunteers for a bucket chain, and being
forcibly ejected and told not to bother the
bungalow with such trifles. However, out of

evil comes good, and the present building is


certainly a .vast improvement on the old one.
The arnval of Ry.G.G.A., some eight
months after the plOneers, was certainly
welcomed, as they lightened the very heavy
bu~den of work considerably. Both Drafts had
an mtensely self-sufficient feeling for themselves
at first, and it was not long before challenges
were thrown out and accepted at football
hockey, cricket, etc.; whether it was tha~
R.Y.F.Y.H. were more acclimatised it is an
undisputed fact that they were the ~inners all
along the line, and after a series of challenges
of this kind, Ry'G.G.A. had to cry second
best.
Before long, of course, this rivalry
gradually declined, although the argument
usually arose, if a few friends gathered toge~er, as to which was the Champion Draft.
I thmk all who were at the Office on 5th April,
1945, when RY.F.Y.H. marched out on their
way home, will admit that the backbone of the
office had left, and I know for a fact that many
of the .R:Y.G.G.A.s staunchest supporters
would wIllmgly have swopped loyalties if they
c~uld ~ave left with us. I had many good
f~Iends m both Drafts, and if any of them would
lIke to contact two of the pioneers please write
to S/Sgt. H. Swinton or S/Sgt. A. Stinson,
c/o 51 Battalion, RA.P.C. Devizes, Wilt~hirf~ .
O.C.A. NOTES-(continued from page 346)

Civil Resettlement.
The Civil Resettlement Organisation, which
was established in . May 1945 to meet the
resettlement needs of returning British
Prisoners of War, is now planning to extend
similar facilities to Regular Soldiers leaving the
services in the future.
British Legion-Assistance Towards House
Purchase.
The British Legion have decided to assist
ex-Servicemen who desire to purchase a Small
Dwelling House in which to live, thus aiding
their resettlement.
The assistance in approved cases, will take
the form of a loan (free of interest) of the
difference between the purchase price and the
advance made by either a Building Society or
Local Authority plus the applicant's contribution, repayable by easy instalments.

368

stand on its own feet alone-all " pay teams "


at reception camps had been dispersed-and
face the " onslaught" of the repatriates returning from leave for sorting, grading and posting
or medical discharge.
Talks on pay and kindred subjects were given
to all repatriates, who were posted to units in
45 Division, as far north as Hartford Bridge
(near Newcastle) and as far south as Sompting
(near Worthing, Sussex). This entailed a
tremendous amount of travelling, and mental
strain on all members of the unit, as the pay
talks varied in duration from i-hour to 1i
hours per talk. Approximately five to six talks
were given daily, illustrated by examples
written and explained on a blackboard. Innumerable queries and problems were raised
by repatriates, but it is the proud boast of the
unit that" 165 were never beaten."
Dozens of cases of a complicated and personal
nature were taken up with Regimental Paymasters by the unit, on behalf of repatriates,
who were fully appreciative of all that was done
for them, and sang the Corps' praises lustily!
In one case, the Unit was instrumental in
rectifying a repatriate's account, to the extent
of 156.
To illustrate how the Unit's visits were
appreciated, there is an occasion on record,at
a certain unit in Sussex, where the Arnhem
airborne" repats." were encamped, when they
had apparently "jibbed" against the Unit
instructors, and were driving the poor C.O.
to distraction. On the Field Cashier's arrival,
however, the" rebels "-numbering about 500
-returned to camp, to besiege him with
questions of all kinds. He then marshalled
them into a vast semi-circle in front of him, set
up the blackboard, and then " held Court" to
a very attentive and interested audience, seated
on the ground in the open air. This astounded
the C.O who inquired the qualifications of a
Field Cashier, who could quieten rebellious
" Red Devils" at will.
In the peak period in September, 1945, 500
talks were given, and Capt. Davey himself
travelled 11,300 miles in nine weeks. His two
temporary colleagues (Lieuts. 1. Davies and
R. C. Bracewell) were also kept very busy at
that time-and the normal day's work was from
8 a.m. until midnight (Saturdays and Sundays
inc1uded)-with brief respites for hurried meals
between.

HIS unit was formed in July, 1944, and


was permanently attached to 45 Division.
Its early days were spent in the North
of England-the Newcastle and Darlington
areas when it formed an integral part of the
Divi;ion, which was engaged on the Sorting
and Grading of the " misfits" in the Army.
In February, 1945, H.Q. 45 Division moved
south from Darlington to Leatherhead, Surrey,
and with it came 165 F.C.O. It was shortly
after this time, in March/April, 1945, that the
unit was given its first big mission, when 45
Division was entrusted by War Office with
the reception of repatriated ex-prisoners of war.
Fortunately, the majority of the "spade
work" in organising the pay system to be
adopted at the reception camps in the U.K.
had already been carried out by Capt. A. J.
Davey, RA.P.C., who was the "pioneer"
in the special P.O.W. duties, and had been
operating at reception camps No. 90 (Vache)
and No. 91 (Hodgmoor) since October, 1944.
However, the flow of repatriates began to
increase rapidly, in April, 1945, and War
Office (F.9) entrusted Capt. Davey and Capt.
J. R Williams, RA.P.C. (then O.c., 165
F.C.O.), with the onerous task of organising the
" pay teams" at the thirty (30) U.K. Reception
Camps, and ensuring that the respective camp
paymasters were fully serviced, with cash,
special P.O.W. stationery, and "bodies"the latter, i.e. RA.P.C. personnel, were very
difficult to procure in those far-off" troubled"
days.
.
There were approximately 100 RA.P.C.
officers and 300 R.A.P.C. other ranks assigned
to special duty at the reception camps, which
were located throughout Buckinghamshire and
Sussex.
During the ensuing nine to ten weeks until
the middle of June, 1945, Capts. Davey and
Williams distributed almost 2! millions
sterling, which was paid over to the 150,000
repatriates who passed through the U.K.
reception camps.
On the conclusion of the reception phase, at
the end of June 1945, Capt. Williams was posted
to the Eastern Command Pay Duties School,
and Capt. Davey was posted from H.Q. 136
Infantry Brigade to become O.C. 165 Field
Cash Office.
.
It was from this time onwards, when the
unit began its real" life-work," as it had to

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However, fortunately for all concerned the
phase ended in October, 1945, and in the 'next
month, the Unit moved to Blandford Dorset
(with H.Q. 45 Division)-its fourth ~d final
move in its 15 months' existence. Its role here
~as similar to that played in its early days, and
mvaluable assistance was given to all Unit and
Company Commanders of 45 Division-close
liaison being maintained with the Command
Paymaster, Southern Command, and all Regimental Paymasters.

All good things must come to an end


however, and 165 Field Cash Office (H)
disbanded at Blandford, Dorset, on 30th April,
1946, when the O.C.-Capt. A. J. Davey-was
posted to No. 5 M.D.U., Guildford, for release
from the service.
. Thus the R.A.P.C. played an important and
hlghly successful part in the Prisoner of War
Phase, and its good name and reputation were
nobly upheld by the members of 165 Field
Cash Office (H).
A.J.D.

NORTH AFRICA BOUND

T
. ...:.

HE descent from various Pay Offices, in


August 1942, to the Depot, then in the
school in Titchborn Street, London, was
sudden for nearly all of us. Still rather surprised that the hoped-for summons had at last
bee~ issued, we reported to the long-suffering
Major (then Captam) Walthew, who with his
efficient team, soon had us neatly 'docketed.
Equipping took a little time-we did not know
at that stage that we had time on our hands.
\Ve. were ~vided into three companies, and
the ~nendly nvalry of Nos. 1 and 2 companies
pa.rtlcularly led to some stout marching in
mlXed weather. No. 3 company was, as it were,
horsed-they had Box Humbers and other
vehicles-but Nos. 1 and 2 compani s were
"foot-sloggers," and they slogged. In and
out, round and round Hyde Park, Regents
Park, Kensington Gardens, until we felt that
we had worn grooves in the roads in the parks.
Range work, field Viork and other forms of
training . were kept going without rest, and
many "WIll remember, perhaps painfUlly, the,
to some, epic marches to and from Hendon
three days running in the rain-about 48 miles
all on main roads and in traffic. A few-a ve~
few-of the older hands (or should I say older
feet ?) had to compromise with a ride back ....
Time passed, and after 2t months everyone
was as fit and trained as they possibly could be
in that time. Although we must have been a
tri~ on many occasions to our good friend
~VIaJ?r
althew, he took our idiosyncrasies
m hls stnde, and remained imperturbable and
unshakeable. Then, hey-ho! we were off I
There had been considerable speculation as
to where we were bound for, but the security
had been perfect, and to that moment we hadn't
a clue. On the day we left the news broke that
the Allied forces had landed in North Africa

that day. We were still not sure-after all,


there might be another landing somewhere else.
At that stage it did not matter. We were on our
way and that buoyancy of spirit which is inseparable" from such an occasion made everything of greater interest than usual. The
advance party of the Cash services had quietly
slipped away some days before our advance
party. We moved off, collecting many wooden
boxes en route. To digress for a moment-I
have had drinks in some strange places, bu t
the drink I had that evening will always remain
in my memory, not because of what it wasa large pink gin-but because of where it was
taken; deep below the heart of London in a
veritable treasure-house. It was a kindly
thought of" Th( old lady. : ." to wish us luck.
We tumbled from our trucks at a London
terminus, and unloaded our boxes on to the
platform, where we stood or sat from 7 p.m.
until 1 a.m. next morning. If the passers-by
had known what was in those innocent wooden
boxes, we might have had a worrying time.
As it was, we were just some more soldiers
standing or sitting on unit baggage. Dawn
saw us at a west coast port, where we embarked,
only to languish in the dock for days. We
made one false start, but after what seemed an
interminable delay we sailed, and were not a
little surprised to find ourselves next morning
in the Clyde,. joining the convoy. In the early
light of a November morning the Clyde was a
grand sight, with over a dozen large ships at
anchor, and many smaller ones either anchored
or busily plying to and fro. There was little
delay here and the convoy slipped out, and as
the land faded in the distance we felt we were
really off. Deep into the Atlantic and back
to slip through the Straits of Gibraltar at
night, with the lights of Tangier and Algeciras

W.

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twinkling to starboard and port-a strange sight
after three years black-out. Then we were
given maps, pamphlets (which later proved to
be wrong in several material particulars) and
had talks on various subjects from experts.
Apart from one-or was it two ?-depth
charges which rattled the plates :md sent ?ur
escorts racing up and down the hnes of shIps,
and caused more than one mental thought as to
the efficacy of a life-jacket, there were no signs
of anything untoward, and we put into Algiers,
in glorious sunshine, on the morning of
22nd November, 1942. The first sight of
Algiers from the sea was delightful. We
couldn't smell it from where we were! The
convoy was now smaller, as several ships had
" dropped off" for Oran, but the rest of the
convoy anchored in three lines, as if on parade.
Looking around, there was little evideI}ce of
war-we might have been on a cruise. It was
comforting, but it didn't last long. The docks
couldn't take us quickly-not surprising-and
it wasn't long before " Action stations" were
sounded, and we had to go below while the
gun-crews stood by. For the next 48 hours we
were intermittently subjected to attack from
the air. There was a lot of noise, some shuddering thumps underwater, and when we were
allowed on deck again we were rather surprised
to find all the ships still there. There was,
however, one casualty, the Scythia, which was
hit in the forward hold by an aerial torpedo
overnight, and was down by the head. Our
ship, the Orontes seemed to have suffered no
damage. The Scythia didn't sink, but mail for
the assault troops was lost, and parachute gear
for a parachute battalion was ruined. And so,
eventually, we got ashore to contact the Area
Cash Office near the waterfront. Having
reported to the Brigadier, we went off to inspect
our probable office-a Casino, at Pointe
Pescade, a few miles west of Algiers. It was
large enough, but was like a stable. It was being
used by French refugees who were living in
great squalor and filth. With one eye on the
calendar-we had 14 days before the main
party arrived-quick and strong action was
indicated. Persuasion having failed to achieve
possession in a reasonable time, we sent for
lorries and bundled out the refugees to a
nearby village, where we had already found
accommodation for them. Then the extent of
the dirt showed-bugs everywhere, filthy
straw palliasses, French Army beds, filth,
unbelievable filth everywhere. It had to be
cleaned, and it was cleaned. The small advance

party attacked the dirt with everything that


could be begged or borrowed, from cold water to
blow-lamps.
Paraffin helped, but the expectation of life of
an Algerian bug must be high. The office was
" working" in a few days, in a part that had
been scoured first. The A.C.P. acted as
receptionist, telephone operator, post-clerk and
general factotum, while the rest of the party
continued cleaning up. When the main party
arrived the office was ready, and we had been
transacting slight business for days. The
men slept on the tiled floor of the ballroom, and
the officers were quartered in villas nearby ;
and so, No. 2 Command Pay Office started.
Some of the main party had an early thrill,
as their ship was torpedoed off Oran. They had
to jump for it, and escaped minus their belongings. A few others were not so fortunate.
The Casino was built on the cliff, and there
was a very good bathing-beach alongside. It
"Wasn't long before a stage was erected in the
ballroom, aIld concerts and sing-songs were
arranged. There were at least two wellremembered parties at the Pavilion Bleu, when
the local inhabitants were entertained- they
had shown much hospitality to us. The
speeches in French were not the least entertaining items at those parties. We had some inter, sting visitors, and from time to time, raids.
Off-shore, and opposite the Casino were two
rocks shaped like ships, and now and again

LATE

N~JWS

Information has just been received in regard


to the attack by Jewish Terrorists on the Syrian
Orphanage in Jerusalem on 12th March.
I t appears that the attackers blew a gap in a
12-foot wall surrounding the Orphanage and
then rushed through with a sack of explosives
which t hey placed inside the entrance to one
of the buildings in which 70 N.C.O.s and men
were sleeping.
The building blew up some seconds later.
No. 14959412 Pte. France was killed, nine
badly injured and fifteen slightly injured in
this outrage.
The guard at the main gate was at the same
time attacked by automatic fire.
The results might have been much more
serious if it had not been for the fact that the
attackers were forced to abandon two sacks of
explosives, each weighing 60 lb., by the action
of one of our men getting his sten gun into
action.
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enemy aircraft would try to sink them. Only
once was a direct hit: scored, which showered the
Casino with lumps of rock. Otherwise, the
attacks were generally on Algiers, and the
" fire~orks" over the harbour were pretty to
watch-~ e were far enough away to admire
the Bofors barrage. As soon as we were able
to obtain them, ,ye erected tents in the grounds
and had bedboards for everyone, in and out
of the CasinD. Inter-company events were
continued, with keen cOI!lpetition. At the
" horse-racing" events in the Casino, the
favourites went by weight, and the backers were
usually right. The officers arranged one or two
dances in their mess, which was a one-time
cafe-restaurant, and there was the 0ccasion

on which two junior officers were detailed to


act as escorts to the departing lady guestsan unnecessary detail as it proved, as every lady
guest was personally escorted. There v.as a
strange lack of complaint about the lorries
being overcrowded.
Little has been said about work; there was
plenty, but no one wants to hear about that
now.
With the end of the North Mrican campaign
the staff of the office started to change, as some
went on to join the Eighth Army for the
Sicilian campaign, later, many familiar faces
turned IIp in Italy-but that is another story.
S.O.1.

IN PRAISE OF P.M.As.
. ~.

By S. W. PARKINSON
T was February, 1946, the time of the
knew nothing about the work of the Corps,
Great Disintegration. Age and Service
and in 1946 he knew enough to be hopelessly
Group 25 had departed, leaving gaps in the
confused. The only thing he could remember
District Pay Office that made it look as weary
was the assertion of his first section officer that:
and chaotic as nearby Hamburg.
" The Pay Corps deals with problems which
Group 26 promised to be a coup de grace.
would never arise if there were no Pay Corps."
Most of the military clerks had a can't-catchFrom time to time he made feeble attempts
me-now recklessness and looked deliriously
to transfer from the Corps, but-dead loss
happy. Those who did not were Regulars.
though he was~the Corps kept a jealous hold
Sgt. Greenfield sighed as he watched the
on him. Once, after nagging to join the
German clerks surge in. He was Group 26, but
Pioneers, he found himself at a \V.O.S.B. and
sometimes he longed for the tented camp and
the home-truths he learned chastened and
the white dust of Bayeux with the enemy only
saddened him into an acceptance of .things as
a few kilometres away at Caen. True, a subthey were. Stripes sprouted on his arms and
stantial and stubborn part of the British Army
he excused his unworthiness by comparing
stood between him and the Germans, but there
himself to some of his superiors.
had been a sense of achievement that was now
The humdrum of a home office gave way to
lacking.
the short excitement of a Channel crossing.
He thought of the long journey to Brussels
As long as he continued ::0 move, Sgt. Greenand of the Belgian girls who asked only to be
field was content, but during the last m~nths in
enslaved by their liberators. He remembered
a German backwater he felt a great sympathy
Amsterdam and the memory was so vivid he
for Tennyson's Ulysses.
began to smell the 40 canals that thread through
the city
That brought him back to' earth. He
realised Frau Moller was smoking a German
cigarette. Somehow he had to teach Frau
Moller about P.M.A.s because she would do
his work when he left.
It must be admitted Sgt. Greenfield had no
confidence in his ability to teach anybody
anything about P.M.A.s. He never understood why he was in the R.A.P.C. unless his
training as a journalist and blindness in one
WAR
eye had something to do with it. In 1940 he

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Sgt. Greenfield was not to be drawn. "If
I say too much you will only be confused," he
said. "The main thing is not to worry
because 'in time you will get the idea, or else
the system will change."
" As a matter of fact," he added in a burst of
confidence, " I don't know everything about
them myself, but very few people do, so it's
just a matter of out-bluffing the other fellow."
"When do I use them?" persisted Frau
Moller, timidly trying to boil the matter down
to a few understandable facts.
" Whenever the need arises," Sgt. Greenfield answered impatiently. "Now go away
and think about it."
He sat back and stared out of the window at
the representatives of the Master Race who
shambled and hobbled past, their faces pinched
and blue, their shoulders hunched against the
cold. Some looked listlessly at the Union Jack
that billowed arrogantly from a flagstaff outside
Booking Section. Others kept their heads
down, not from shame but in the hope of
finding cigarette ends. Across the road frosted
windows showed the houses had no heating.
Sgt. Greenfield never expected his Army
career to end like this. There should be bands,
cheering crowds, an'd a triumphal progress. He
ought to slap the colonel on the back, kick the
S.8.M. in the stomach, and tear up all the files
and registers. Instead he had to pass his work
to a faded Frau and creep away without disturbing the routine of the office.
A stifled sobbing interrupted his gloom.
Frau Moller was staring wildly at the P.M.A.
register. She had a handkerchief clutched to
her mouth and her body shook.
" Frau Moller," said Sgt. Greenfield severely,
"you must not take those P.M.A.s too
seriously."
"You British are all alike," Frau Moller
replied. "You do not know what it is to
suffer."
" Suffer! " Sgt. Greenfield exclaimed. "Do
you realise we have ,been putting up with
P.M.A.s for years? Those little bits of paper
go wherever the Union Jack flies.
You
shouldn't worry ! Just send them off and in all
probability they will never come back. So
long as you keep them moving everyone will be
happy, because with thousands in circulation
you justify a large establishment of Regular
soldiers. "
" It's not that at all," wailed Frau Moller.
" We have been betrayed again . How could
England win the war fairly with a system
like this ? "

" What are P.M.A.s ?" asked Frau Moller


with a bright expectancy that told Sgt.
Greenfield she had no confidence in her ability
to understand.
" They are a b - - nuisance," he replied,
" but they have nothing to do with the paymasters' advances you learn about if you go to
the officers' mess."
Frau Moller roared with laughter. She had
no idea what Greenfield meant, but she could
tell by his melancholy air that he was being
funny.
"You take your P.M.A.," Greenfield continued, "and you write 'Local' in the top
left-hand corner of the front."
" Why? " asked Frau Moller.
" If you did not, you would have to write
, War Office '," replied Greenfield sagely. "It
never goes to the War Office, of course, but
it means somethipg to somebody."
Major Debenham burst into the room and
.ooked accusingly at Sgt. Greenfield. "Who
is that woman in the corridor? " he demanded.
"Is there a woman in the corridor?"
countered Sgt. Greenfield.
" Of course there is," said the Major explosively. "Go and look."
Sgt. Greenfield went into the corridor just
in time to see an unknown pair of ankles
disappear through a door marked" Damen."
" It's one of the girls from Imprest Wing,
sir," he announced brazenly.
" Nobody knows what goes on in this place
half the time," grumbled Major Debenham.
" A fellow in a boiler suit comes into my room
every day and feels at my hot water pipes. He
could shoot me or stick a knife in my back."
Sgt. Greenfield resisted the temptation of
uncharitable thoughts, and turned once more
to Frau Moller.
" Another thing about a P.M.A.," he said,
" is that on both sides it refers you to particulars shown on reverse, so that if you are
not careful you will go on turning it over and
over until Doomsday. That is not the intention at all. On one side it is a demand
P.M.A. and on the other a credit. When an
outgoing demand P.M.A. comes back giving
credit you must fill in the contra credit cage,
and when you send a credit P.M.A. out you
must fill in the contra charge cage. You do the
same, of course, when you receive a demand
P.M.A. from another office, and a credit P.M.A.
from another office is precisely the same as an
outgoing demand P.M.A. returned accepted."
Frau Moller's bright expectancy became a
glassy stare. "Please?" she asked pathetically.

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BERMUDA
By ' Mrs. J. DE F. MURRELL
of buggy wheels. The old Bermudian sayir g
" WhY do today what can be done tomorrow"
is being lost i'1 this mad craze for speed.
The war has not affected We flowers-the
plolific red, pink and white Oleandus which
line the roadways, ribbon off the fields and
win~ their way along bays and inlets making a
kaleIdoscope of colour against the spalkling
blues and greens of the ttansparent water.
There are still the famous Bermuda lily fields
the saucer-like Hibiscus, with their single and
double blooms in vivid reds, the soft pinks and
yel.lo~, flowering sages, the gorgeous red of the
.pomcla~a tree, the handsome magnolia with
~ts exotic blooms, and the Frangi-panni "",ith
Its flowers of delicious fragrance. Bouganvillea,
purple and red, are everywhere while in
December the poinsettias make Christmas very
gay and festive with their lovely scarlet blooms.
The diminutive Diesel-driven trains still
ramble over twenty-two odd colourful miles
from Somerset to St. Georges, making the
fo:ty-two <;tation stops in two hours and twenty
n:mutes.
Small cars, carriages, carts and
bIcy~les fill ' the narrow hilly roads; all the
relaxmg (or strenuous) attractions listed in any
summer holiday brochure are on tap the year
roun~. . Most of Bermuda's high spots are
functlOmng, Somerset's Cavello Grill, the
famo.us Coral Beach in Paget, moonlight
dancmg at the Inverurie, and golf on the MidOcean golf course.
At the Government
Aquarium you can don diving helmets and
prowl around the bottom of Harrington Sound.
At Bailey's Bay you sign the Swizzle Inn Guest
Book and try the drink for which the inn was
named, its manufacture is as secret as the atom
bomb, but its effect is similar! You can order
Maryland chicken or a sizzling steak at the
White Horse Tavern in St. Georges, one-time
capital of Bermuda, and still old world, quaint
and peaceful.
A never-to-be-forgotten visit can still be
made to the wonderful sea gardens in glassbottomed boats, where the water is so clear
that you can watch the brilliantly coloured
tropical fish darting in and out amongst the
coral reefs. There are also the Crystal Caves
showing stalactites and stalagmites of unbelievable beauty.
J

Hamilton , Bermuda,jrom Paget

HE ~ry " Land Sighted" blought us all


eXCItedly to. the boat rails, across the
.
cl~ar turquOIse blue sea lay our de stin atIon-Bermuda. As the outline of the island
became. clearer, white, cream, pink, blue and
green distempered houses were distinct against
- the dark green of the inevitable cedar tree.
, .Past. the RO:fal Naval Dockyard we stf amed
WIth ItS untidy cranes and business-like
buildings, on into the Great .Sound, a wonderful
stretch of water with many fascinating islands
scattered everywhere.
Hamilton, the capital, is a modern citv and
very clean. The sh) ps <Ire a delight t~ the
war-W01n English, where pler-tiful food,
wocllen coats, cashmere sweaters doeskin
linen,. French perfume, finest English china and
Amencan made cotton goods, can be obtained
without limitation.
The Bermudians are very hospitable, evelywhtre one is gfeeted with" you must come and
see us soon" and they are always so pleased
to h( ar of DfWS from home.
As .it did everywhere; war has left its imprint.
War-Importt-d American engineers built huge
Naval and Air installations ,~hi . e a war-time
law pelmitted the use of motolised vehicles for
the first time. The place an'd clean air were
shattered. by cversize trucks and to support
them whIte cOlal roads "",ere macadamized.
The car has come to stay-a very controversial
subject, now that thty are arriving in their
hundreds. The general feeling is that the
atmosphere of the island will be spoilt and to
the visitor this is a very sad outlook. The dust
and noise .of cars cannot compare with the
sedate clip clop of horses' hooves and rumble

374

RE-UNION DINNER
B.N.A.F.jC.M.F. PAYMASTERS
A Re-union Dinner was held at Pimm's
Restaurant, Bishopsgate, on Saturday, 4th January. Lieut.-Colonel O. P. J. Rooney, O.B.E.,
was in the chair and other serving officers who
attended were:
Lieut.-Colonel G. B. A.
Brayden, Lieut.-Colonel H. W. T. Marde~,
M.B.E., Major R. Vallintine, M.B.E., Captam
J. Gould and Captain E. Brading.
Just under 50 tickets were sold but there
were some disappointments at the last moment
owing to ill-health, etc. It is proposed to hold
further dinners from time to time and all those
who are interested and who have not registered
their names should send their addresses and
details to R. B. T. CASTLE, ESQ., 5 CHANCERY
LANE, LONDON, W.C.2.

The climate of the island is most equable.


The temperature averages about 80 degrees in
the summer and seldom falls below 65 degr~es
in the winter. There is generally a coolIng
breeze. July, August and September are rather
humid months, perspiration being the order .of
the day! The winter brings many torrential
rain storms, however, these are always most
welcome as the island is totally dependent on
rain for its fresh water. The rain is collected
off roofs and specially prepared catchments and
carried in pipes to large tanks placed under or
near the houses. The roofs of the coral sandstone houses are always whitewashed twice a
year to keep them clean and thus ensure a pure
water supply.
'
.'
.
The only industry of the Island IS the tounst
trade. Among the famous personalities who
have visited the island this year are President
Truman, the Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden, Sir
Cedric Hardwicke, Irving Berlin and many
well-known film stars. There is no income tax,
but all goods imported are subject to customs
duty. Food, an essential, is very expensive,
and this hits the lower incomes.
,
The garrison is stationed on Prospect Hill,
where the usual drab barracks are brightened
with flowering trees and shrubs and green
verges. The Army quarters are very comfo.rtable some of them boasting the old Bermudian
ston~ fireplaces and old tray ceilings, the floors
are made of the delightful honey-coloured cedar
wood. Each quarcer has its own garden and
'nearly all have tucked away in some odd corner
a small banana patch, much to the delight of
the kiddies.
The finest view in Bermuda is seen from the
Officers' Mess-a view of the Great Sound
with its many little islands and the stately
Cathedral dominating the foreground. .
.
When our term of office is completed It WIll
be with heavy hearts we sail for the last time
through the picturesque Great Sound and leave
this island paradise.
An island haven, cradled by the sea
Puts forth anodyne that you may reap ;
There you will find a sweet serenity
To charm the mind and lull dull care to sleep.
Bermuda, with its verdant sunlight shores
Invites your soul to shake off mundane chores.

FORTHCOMING RE-UNIONS
SATURDAY, 26th APRIL.-C.R.O.C.C.H.S.
Re-union Dinner and Dance, London.
SATURDAY, 10th MAY.-R.P. Kidderminster
Male Voice Choir Re-union. Star and Garter
Hotel, Wolverhampton.
SATURDAY, 10th MAY.-" Thirty-Two"
Dinner Club, at Rougemont Hotel, Exeter.
See Exeter notes.

'WRNT
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Reading has mo.ved rather nearer ho.me. We extend


o.ur greetings and go.o.d wishes to. them.
By dint o.f so.me frantic telepho.ning, a certain
amo.unt o.f by play with a hat, so.me pieces o.f paper
and the junio.r member o.f o.ur staff we managed to.
get the Co.mmand Kno.cko.ut S o.ccer Co.mpetitio.n
into. be ing. So. far the weather and the fact that these
chaps who. play will persistently sco.re an equal
' number o.f go.als have co.mbined to. nullify o.ur
administrative effo.rts. Ho.wever, we are pressing o.n
and intend to. get the thing finalised even if so.me o.f
the preliminaries are played o.n skates.
That, apart fro.m so.me unprintable co.mments o.n
the weather co.ncludes o.ur sto.ry fo.r this issue.

In co.nclusio.n, we extend o.ur best wishes to. the


Co.rps wherever they may be and ho.pe that the lights
will so.o.n be o.n again fo.r all o.f us at ho.me.

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SOUTHERN COMMAND
We have in this issue to. extend o.ur very best
wishes fo.r a speedy reco.very to. Lieut.-Co.lo.nel
Barratt who., at the time o.f submissio.n o.f these no.tes,
is o.n the sick list. We ho.pe very much that he will
so.o.n be abo.ut again. Our departures and arrivals
have been few. L jCpl. Parkinso.n left us having
achieved his bo.wler" and Pte. Ho.o.per fro.m
District Pay Office, Salisbury Plain District, jo.ined
us in replacement. Pte. O'Neill who. arrived fro.m

NoTes
Command Pay Offices
EASTERN COMMAND
There are, o.nce again, changes to. reco.rd in the
Office Staff. Sgt. Do.dd o.n his departure to. S.E.A.C.
(No.. 22 C.P.O. Rango.o.n) takes with him o.ur best
wishes and, at the mo.ment, a few feelings o.f envy.
We feel that to. be statio.ned where fro.st, fuel cuts
and fo.o.d 9ueues do. no.t, enter the scheme o.f things,
has certam co.mpensatlOns.
His successo.r, Sgt.
Westwater, recently returned fro.m a to.ur o.f duty in
M.E.F. and ~. M. ~., we understand feels very
stro.ngly o.n thiS subject. By the time this issue
appears S /Sgt. Merry will have returned to. civilian
life o.n the expiratio.n o.f seven years' Co.lo.ur Service.
All tho.se who. remember him at 33rd Battalio.n and
~s , Vis~ting ~ay~aster's assistant in East Anglia: will
Jo.m WIth .us In sincere wishes fo.r his future pro.sperity
and happmess.
An o.uting, arranged by o.ur Headquarters Club
and a~tended by the co.mplete Office Staff, to. th~
PalladIUm fo.llo.wed by dinner at Verrey's Restaurant
in Regent Street, was a great success and we ho.pe
to. stage a repeat perfo.rmance in the no.t to.o. far
distant future.
Since the publicatio.n o.f the Winter editio.n No..l
Co.mmand Scho.o.l o.f Instructio.n has been disbanded
fo.llo.wing the fo.rmatio.~ o.f the RA.P.C. Trainin~
Centre at Aldersho.t whIch has abso.rbed the duties o.f
the vario.us Co.mmand Scho.o.ls previo.usly in being.
Th~ Scho.o.l staff, under the able leadership o.f
MaJo.r F. McDermo.tt, had fo.rmed themselves into.
a very happy little family and it was with many
regrets that they went their vario.us ways o.n
1st January.

NORTHERN COMMAND
On 9th December, 1946, this o.ffice mo.ved fro.m
its flo.o.d pro.o.f lo.catio.n in Marlbo.ro.ugh Villas to.
St. Geo.rge's Field Hutments situated o.n the banks
?f, the river,S Ouse ~nd Fo.ss, at the po.int where they
Jo.m. Co.stmg SectIOn have been in these hutments
fo.r ~ few years and are quite used to. the water lapping
ag~lnst the o.ffice do.o.r. Wading to. wo.rk, scro.unging
a lift o.n a truck o.r even manning the bo.ats is no.thing
new to. them, but we o.f Pay Branch await with so.me
apprehensio.n the thaw that is bo.und to. co.me so.me
time o.r o.ther with the co.nsequent flo.o.ding o.f this
area.
?Jo.th RA.C. and RE.M .E. Pay Offices have left
, thiS C,o.mmand fo.r Knightsbridge and Devizes
respectively. Bo.th Units were extremely po.pular in
the wo.rld o.f spo.rt, and the Co.mmand in general was
so.rry to. see them go..

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Ex-Yo.rkists will regret to. hear o.f the death o.f Mr.
:' Paddy" Cro.nin o.n 12th February after a sho.rt
Illness. He had served with us as Messenger since
193~, e~cept fo.r a sho.rt perio.d during which he saw
service m the Ro.yal Artillery, fro.m 1941 until being
invalided in 1943.
Our heartiest co.ngratulatio.ns to. Cpls. G. E.
Do.bso.n, N. Freeman, G . E. Pearso.n and T. Finch
o.f the Co.sting Sectio.n o.n pro.mo.tio.n to. that rank.
We have said farewell to. Cpl. G. E. Pearso.n who.
has left us fo.r civilian life, and welco.me Pte. A.
Summers and Pte. K. S . Lynn o.n jo.ining the Co.sting
Sectio.n fro.m the Co. sting Scho..ol and Western
Co.mmand respectively.

SCOTTISH COMMAND
In co.mmo.n with all statio.ns at ho.me, we here in
Edinburgh are experiencing severe weather and semidarkness, but we are still carrying o.n thanks to. a
few lumps o.f co.al and a co.uple o.f o.il lamps.
Since o.ur last no.tes we have bade go.o.d-bye to.
Lieut.-Co.lo.nel L. 1. F . Barto.n who. has departed
to. Cyprus; to. S.S.M. W. A. Smith to. "Civvy
Street," where he is no.w perhaps "Co.sting" the
Civil Service, tho.ugh we do.ubt whether he 'll find
time in o.ffice ho.urs fo.r wo.o.dwo.rk classes; also. to.
S jSgt. Harmer who. left fo.r Glasgo.w and has since
been earmarked fo.r o.verseas. We wish go.o.d luck to.
all o.f them and feel sure their memo.ries o.f this
statio.n-if no.t o.f us-will be happy o.nes. In their
places we have co.rdially welco.med Lieut.-Co.lo.nel
H. A . A. Ho.well, M.B.E., who.se stay we ho.pe will be
lo.ng and co.ngenial and S .S .M. H, W. Rapple who.se
arrival co.incided with a Rugger Internatio.nal which
he firmly believes was specially arranged by F.9 and,
therefo.re, his first ~mpressio.n is that o.f co.mplete
satisfactio.n. The jo.ining o.f S /Sgt. F. J . Tho.mas
co.nsequent o.n the clo.sing o.f the lo.cal Co.mmand
Scho.o.l has made us all truly grateful fo.r tho.se
esteemed autho.rities who. are vested with the po.wers
o.f the axe and sho.uld we be in difficulties again we
trust they will do. likewise.
We o.ffer o.ur hearty co.ngratulatio.ns to. Captain
T . H. Alderso.n o.n being granted a Sho.rt Service
Regular Co.mmissio.n; to. Pte. Williams o.n his
elevatio.n to. the o.nero.us appo.intment o.f L /Cpl., and
to. S /Sgt. Tho.mas who. has no.w been pro.mo.ted to.
father "-yea verily do.th fo.rtune
besto.w her
favo.urs o.n us in diverse Wi!YS.
Our o.therwise ro.se-strewn path is marred by the
serio.us illness o.f o.ur co.lleague, Mr. Inkster, and we
feel all who. have met him will jo.in us in wishing him
a speedy reco.very.

Dist,.ict Pay Offices


EAST ANGLIAN DISTRICT (13 DETACHMENT)

variety sho.w and dance and was vo.ted an unqualified


success by everybo.dy. The vario.us co.mmittees, the
producer and the artistes are to. be co.ngratulated o.n
an excellent effo.rt and must, undo.ubtedly, have
wo.rked very hard to. o.btain this result. We to.o.k
great pleasure in welco.ming quite a number o.f exmembers o.f the o.ffice and the DId familiar faces
co.njured up many pleasant memo.ries.
, We have had the usual spate o.f arrivals and
departures. We are very pleased to. welco.me Lieut.
N. B. Eyres fro.m Fo.o.ts Cray, S /Sgts. Freddy Pring
and "Chalky" White fro.m Lo.ndo.n District and
M.E.L.F. respectively and Sgt. F. Bristo.w fro.m
Lago.s. We were so.rry to. say go.o.d-bye to. S jSgt.
To.m Hawkins po.sted to. 23 Detachment, Pte. Reg
Marriso.n to. 40 Battalio.n, S jSgt. Bo.b Jo.nes, Sgt.
Fred Friedner and L /Cpl. Vic Pryer po.sted to. "Civvy
Street." Of the ladies we have lo.st Cpls. No.rah
Davies and Ivy Chadwick and Pte. Jo.yce Murphy o.n
release. Our very best wishes go. with them.
C.F.B.

A number o.f mo.mento.us events have o.ccurred in


this o.ffice since the last publicatio.n o.f the J o.urnal.
Firstly, Lieut.-Co.lo.nel H. H. Co.ttier handed o.ver
the reins to. Lieut.-Co.lo.nel J. W. Brennan o.n pro.ceeding to. Co.lchester as Staff Paymaster. Ho.wever,
we see him quite frequently o.n his perio.dic visits here.
All to.o. so.o.n we were to. bid farewell to. Lieut.-Co.lo.nel
Brennan, who. left us fo.r Knightsbridge and we send
o.ur very best wishes to. him. We extend a hearty
welco.me to. his relief, Lieut.-Co.lo.nel H. P. Lambert.
Next in o.rder o.f impo.rtance was o.ur mo.ve fro.m
Co.o.mbe Lo.dge to. return to. the o.riginal site o.f the
Pay Office in Warley Barracks-familiar to. tho.se who.
were in the o.ffice prio.r to. its mo.ve in 1939. Sho.rtly
after o.ur mo.ve we were jo.ined by o.ur co.lleagues fro.m
the Regimental Pay Office, Ilfraco.mbe, who. had the
unenviable experience o.f mo.ving all the way from
Ilfraco.mbe during the Great Freeze-up." We
extend to. them o.ur very heartiest welco.me and ho.pe
that their stay here will be very happy no.twithstanding the inauspicio.us beginning. This amalgamatio.n
has, o.f co.urse, resulted in the renewal o.f many an
Did friendship. We are lo.o.king fo.rward to. enjo.ying
numero.us co.mbined activities in the , near future
o.nce we get o.rganised and pro.viding we all manage
to. survive the present abo.minable weather.
The great event in o.ur recent so.cial activities was
the Christmas do." which co.nsisted o.f a dinner,

HIGHLAND DISTRICT (63 DETACHMENT)


Life up here in Inverness, by the River Ness banks,
can be very pleasant indeed! No.t many o.ffices can
bo.ast o.f the picturesque Highland scenery that lies
all aro.und us-at this time sno.w-capped.
Unfo.rtunately, rumo.urs abo.und that so.o.n we will be
fo.und in Perth-but mo.st are relieved that we will
still be so.me distance fro.m the Bo.rder !
Lieut.-Co.lo.nel A. H. Jo.nes has arrived fro.m
M.E.L.F. to. take o.ver the o.ffice fro.m Lieut.-Co.lo.nel
C. O'Leary who. has been po.sted to. Leeds. Other
arrivals include Lieuts. Craddo.ck, Ptes. Mackie and
Parso.ns fro.m Edinburgh and a number o.f A.T.S.
fro.m the Training Centre. Sgt. SheiIa Steward has
been released.
We o.ffer o.ur co.ngratulatio.ns to. Captain Skeetes
and Lieuts. Craddo.ck and Deakin o.n the grant o.f a
S.S. Co.mmissio.n and to. Captain Steele and S jSgt.
McTaggart o.n the award o.f a G.O.C.s Certificate.
The scarcity o.f news is regretted, but during the
co.ld spells we all tend to. hibernate aro.und o.ur co.ke
sto.ves-if there's any co.ke !

LONDON DISTRICT (8 DETACHMENT)


It is with bo.th feet well into. the New Year that we
no.w repo.rt o.n o.ur activities o.f the last three mo.nths,
and extend a welco.me to. Captain (Jigger) Lee, and
Captain Lo.max (who. has since left us), S jSgt.
SaveaII, Sgt. Bennett, Cpl. Gaddarn, and Ptes. Fo.ster

Staff, East Anglian District Pay Office,


January, 1947.
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THE ROYAL ARMY PAY CORPS JOURNAL


and Silverstone. The following have left us for other
spheres: Sgt. Turner to Aldershot on a Costing
Course, Cpl. Thomason to O.C.T.U. and Pte.
Mascor~, who has been granted an Engineering
CadetshIp at Dudley College. Lieut. Mathews, Ptes.
Smith and Cater are shortly to leave us for the East
and our best wishes go with them.
At Christmas the P.R.1. dug deep into the coffers
a~d produced a first-class repast of seasonable fare
wIthout t.h~ aid of " Points" or what have you and
we were Jomed by the C.P., Brigadier Bednall. The
W.O.s and Sergts. were impressed into service and
many were the good-natured calls of " waiter! " and
" garcon."
The Sports and Social Club organised a Christmas
Party for the children complete with Father
Christmas, played by Mr. Raglan, ably assisted by
Sgt. Turner who was the" Funny Man." A conju!er a?d. ve~triloquist held the children spellbound
wIth hIS IllUSIOns and the time-honoured Punch and
Judy. Each child left with a present and a bag of
sweets and all spoke highly of their new" aunties,"
a handful of our A.T.S . who volunteered to act as
" mothers" for the occasion.
Our New Year's dance, held at Acton Town Hall,
was a great success due to the efforts of the Club
Committee. In spite of the fact that most of us live
a considerable distance from Central London and
found it difficult to return home, the attendance of
members was very good.
. The cold w~ather finds us in high spirits, irrespectIve of burst pIpes, flooded offices and electricity cuts
and everyone seems to be accepting the situation
philosophically.

return to civilian life.


We have also lost Mr.
Crompton (T.C.C.l.) and Ptes. Allinson and Clarke
A.T.S., to North Midland District. Our good wishe~
go with them.
At the same time, we extend a welcome to Lieut.
Browne and Lieut. Macklin from the RP. Office,
RA.O.C., Leeds, Ptes. Elsey and Greene, Mr.
Preston, Miss Barnes, Miss Craddock, Mrs. Owen
and Mrs. Pugh, and hope their stay in this office will
be a pleasant one.
Our deepest sympathy is e}{tended to Sgt. Woods
on the loss of his wife soon after his arrival here from
No. 2 M.D.U., York.

SOUTH WESTERN DISTRICT (23 DET.)


pue to a slight misunderstanding our Autumn and
Wmter notes unfortunately missed the proverbial
boat. In actual fact, our former scribe, Tommy Avis,
was due for release about the time the notes were
due for dispatch and no doubt in his eagerness to
" take felt" he overlooked the matter. The Winter
notes were dispatched too late for publication.
However, with of course the permission of the editor
we will add a little extra this quarter to cover ou;
lapse in the past.
.
Since summer, much has happened to us. In
July, much to the regret of the staff, we had to move
from our country home at Hestercombe and join the
District Headquarters at Sherford Camp. However,
the move was in part compensated by the fact that
the town is just outside the camp instead of a fourmile walk away.
In August we bade farewell to Lieut.-Colonel Buck,
our" chief" since the New Year. Colonel Buck has
now moved from the " receiver" to the "issuer"
end of the Corps Tree, and we feel that with his
departure we have a true friend in that "inner
sanctum," F .9. To fill the gap in our ranks we
welcomed Lieut.-Colonel T. H. Sweeny, fresh from
his travels throughout the Orient. To readers of the
Journal Colonel Sweeny needs no introduction, his
enlightening articles making him one of our most
popular contributors.
Since his arrival in Taunton, Colonel Sweeny has
among other things, inaugurated a form of "love
and understand thy neighbour" campaign (whereby
he hopes to tear down the mantle of suspicion which
so often-in the minds of the rest of the armyenshrouds the " Pay people ") by means of informal
meetings with unit pay staffs eitl;J.er at this office, or
by the dispatch of the office" missionaries" to far-off
parts of the district, the "missionaries" led personally, of course, by the Colonel in his "Livingstonian " role. Altogether the experiment is a great
success.
Other gaps in our ranks were caused by the
departure of Lieuts. Murray and Spary (D.P.O.
London District and No. 3 Formation College
respectively) and Captain Coverly, Sgts. Townsend
Barrett, David, Fowler, Green, King, Ping, Cpl.
Chambers, Ptes. Williams and Bareham to release.
From the A.T.S. ranks we have said good-bye to
S/Sgt. Miller, Sgt. Foulds, L /Cpls. Sellar and Pugsley
and Ptes. Barnes, Berry and Bowden. With them all
go our good wishes for the future.
Of course the traffic has not been all one way. To
fill some of the gaps we have welcomed Captain
Goulder, Lieuts. Walker and Marchent Williams
(from Bournemouth, and D.P.O. Leeds respectively),
S.Q.M.S. Bill Scott and S /Sgt. Jack Brewer from

MID-WEST DISTRICT (26 DETACHMENT)


Our days appear to be numbered and we expect
to become part of the Regimental Pay Office,
Shrewsbury, when that organisation can find a corner
for us. Meanwhile we struggle to keep our heads
above water, to see what we are doing and to keep
warm.
Lieut. Wootton leaves us shortly for Palestine
which he expects to find a warm spot.
An Office Dinner was held at Morris's Cafe on
17th December, which was attended by everyone
who was not on leave. After an excellent meal we
amused ourselves with dancing, a concert and games.
Before the event there was a rumour that we intended
to close down at 8-30 p.m., and that there was no
beer. We went to bed about 11 p .m. and there was
still some beer left but we had enjoyed ourselves.
On 28th January we held a dance at the Lion
Ballroom for which we booked a good band and had
a very pleasant evening. We want to repeat the
performance if and when it thaws and we can get
some light to cheer us up. .

NORTHERN IRELAND DISTRICT


See Belfast.

NORTHUMBRIAN DISTRICT (61 DET.)

Late~t notes from the eternal snows-at least they

seem like that. However, by the time these notes


appear in print it will have stopped snowing-we
hope!
We bid a regretful farewell to Lieut. C. J. Carter
and four valuable A.T.S. clerks, Cpl. Saunders,
Ptes. Bruce, Chiverton and Thompson, on their

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Nairo bi, Sgt. Arthur Dumper and Sgt. Charley Teale
(West Africa), Sgt. Hawkins (East Anglia), Cpls.
Moran and Goodridge (Salisbury), L/ Cpl. Stephenson (Aldershot) and Sgt. Leicester (Whitchurch) ..
Having, in recent months, had what we conSIder
a fair share of releases w e now look forward to a
comparatively quiet period in that respect.
In the sports line we have dabbled in everything
with a fair measure of su ccess considering our limited
manpower resources. Having already raised a cricket
and football team we are now being schooled in the
perils of hockey by Colonel Sweeny, and, judging by
our practice efforts so far "perils" is the correct
word. Just to make absolu tely certain that we don't
get too lazy, fifteen minutes P.T. each day under the
whip of Pte. Frank Hughes keeps us up to scratch.

It is surprising how many of the staff are" waiting


for phone calls" around 12-30 each day. The P.T.
has since been stopped but two hours' Military
Training proves an adequate substitute.
S /Sgt. C. Hann and L/Cpl. P. Reynolds have also
left us, the first for Singapore and the second for
C.M.F.
In January we extended a hearty welcome to
Captain Barrass and his party who had come from
R .P. Ilfracombe to join us bringing with them the
accounts of the Royal Berkshire Regt.
And so we move on, quietly confident (as our
S.S.M. Jock Cameron expresses it) that, come what
may 23 Detachment together with our fellow workers
in Exeter, wiU keep the" flag flying" to advantage
in the West Country.

Regimental Pay Offices


Meeting has been held and various committees
BELFAST (3 DETACHMENT)
selected, so it is hoped that further triumphs will
Since the notes of No. 3 Detachment appeared in
shortly be recorded.
the last issue of the Journal, the office has been
Social Club.-The Children's Christmas Party,
, , promoted" to higher status and we are pleas~d to
mentioned in the last issl!1e, was a great success, and
enter into the esteemed company of our bIgger
all the children were delighted to meet Santa Claus
"brothers." This event occurred with the transfer
in person (Captain Cowper was persuaded to perform
of the accounts of the Irish Regiments from Regiand right well he impersonated that genial old
mental Pay Office, Edinburgh, on 1st February, 1947,
Christmas gentleman) .
and the strength of the Unit has now risen accordA vote of thanks is due to all who participated in
ingly to over 100 personnel.
The move of documents and personnel was carried
making this party a memorable one for the children,
out in a most satisfactory manner and the new part
and especially to two of our civilian staff, Miss
of the office settled down and commenced "proFerguson and Miss Reid, for their provision of
duction " within a few days, although the military
decorations which were very tastefully constructed.
personnel-needless to say-did not relish the fact
The theatre and supper evening was also a success
that accommodation consisted of barrack rooms
and again our vote of thanks is due to the efforts of
instead of civilian billets. However," they'll get
the committee.
~I:lsed to it," and I am sure that as things become
In view of the large increase in staff, a new com' more settled and improvements are made, they will
mittee has now been elected and some bright evenings
find that the communal life breeds a comradeship
in the near future are eagerly anticipated by all.
far greater than that which usually abounds in a
Finally, the severe weather and fuel shortage hafo
Unit" billeted out."
not made life too pleasant in this district as far as
Personnel.-It is impossible to give all the names
comfort is concerned, but it is very pleasing to think
of personnel who are now stationed here, but the
that sunshine may soon invade the Emerald Isle and
new officers and N.C.O.s are as follows: Captains
our new staff will then discover that there are many
Clark and Hemstock; Lieuts. Martin, Egan,
worse stations than Northern Ireland.
McAuley and Norrie;
Sec.-Lieut. Eckersley;
" HAGGIS."
S.Q.M.S. Deeble, S /Sgt. McGregor, Sgts. Keene,
Jewell, Dowie, Moores and Toothill.
The only departure to date has been that of Sgt.
White who was posted to the C .M.F. at the
beginning of February.
Sport.-After the first week of administration, etc.
had passed, the thoughts of all military personnel
naturally turned to after-duty sport and recreation.
Our small stock of sports' gear and lack of facilities
was not very adequate, but the Command Welfare
Officer was contacted and to our great delight
supplied us with two full football outfits and many
indoor games within two days! The football kit was
immediately put to use and on 15th February we
fielded a team against the local RC.M.P. and-I am
happy to record-won by four goals to two.
An "ancient" member of this District has informed me that this is the first time an RA.P.C. team
has been fielded and has won a game in Northern
Ireland during the last six years, but on the general
VI!UroAS' WIDE "Tb Tf-Cf NfW 'b."",1) R.P.O.C,4NTE"R8uRY, IQu.l
display of the team it certainly won't be the last!
(SKIS ES5ENTIA,L.).
Other games have not yet commenced but a Sports
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BRADFORD (41 BATTALION)
Hockey.-S.Q .M.S. Taylor has been most unSee Knightsbridge.
fortunate, as after being chosen to play in the
. . CANTERBURY (29 COMPANY)
Northern Command Trials, these were cancelled
owing to the inclement weather.
ThIs IS the first occasion on which notes for the
Journal have appeared under this heading.
It is hoped to form a Battalion Hockey side in the
near future.
The move of the office from Knightsbridge took
place early in January, and we had barely settled
Entertainm'ents.-A number of parties have been
In to our new surroundings before the great freeze-up
held, the chief ones being'Vthe Children's Christmas
began. That was six weeks ago and we hope one
Party on 14th December, Battalion Grand Christmas
day, w hen the thaw sets in that we shall be able to
Party o~ 18t,h De<;:ember, Release/Aftermath P arty
take st?ck of the Kentish countryside and perhaps
and IndIa Wmg DInner. The Children 's Christmas
apprecIate the amenities of this station which is new
Party was a very great success and over 200 children
to the Corps. We hope to be able to give you more
received a gift from Father Christmas. This duty
details in the next issue.
was ably undertaken by S.Q.M.S.Lander who made
DEVIZES (R.E.M.E.) (51 BATTALION)
a very successful Santa Claus. Our thanks are due
The most outstanding event we have to report is
to the willing band of helpers who under the direction
the move of the office from Leeds to Devizes on
of Major Grant transformed the top floor of Public
22nd January, 1947. The week prior to the move
B,enefit Building into a veritable Fairyland. Many
was a very feverish one with the packing and loading
nIghts were spent in the preparation but it was all
of the containers.
When we left Leeds a large
vel:"Y worth:while when it was seen how ,much the
number of the civilian population turned out at the
chIldren enjoyed the Party. Special mention must be
~tation to bid us "good-bye." We arrived at Devizes
m~de ,of Sgt. Duckworth (A.T.S.) and Lieut.
In the very early hours of 23rd January and it would
GIichnst who were responsible for the provision of
seem that our new station is much nearer to the
a large number of toys made by the office staff. On
Arctic Circle than the anticipated Sunny South of
thi~ occasion we were very pleased to have the C.P.,
England.
BrigadIer N. Forde, with us .
On 16th .January Lieut.-Colonel H . O. Browning,
The Grand Christmas Party was held on 18th DecM.<; ., Major C. T. Brend, Major G. W. Penn,
en: ber on two floor~ of Public Benefit Building, one
a
!v1 )or F. W. Grant and Captain C. H. Share were bemg used for WhIst enthusiasts and the other for
InvIted to a Civic Luncheon by the Lord Mayor of
dancing and cabaret show. There were 24 tables of
Leeds .. The Lord Mayor, Sir George Martin, paid
whist and the prizes were presented to the winners
~reat tnbute to the 51 Battalion who, during its stay
by Mrs. H. O. Browning. A first-class dance band
In Leeds, set a very high standard of conduct and
was in attendance.
bearing. He ~as quite s~re that Leeds City was very
During the interval a small floor show was given
sorry ~he UnIt was leaVIng as relations between the
by m~mbers of the Battalion Concert Party ably led
BattalIon and the civil population had been very
by LIeut. Pearson, who obliged with songs and
happy. He thanked the Commanding Officer on
participated in a duet with Pte. Heath (A.T.S.),
behalf of Leeds for the great assistance which had
other artistes being Cpl. Coates and Pte. Ludgate
always been given so willingly and offered sincere
(A.T.S.). Captain J. Bearpark was the accompanist
good wishes that the Unit would be as happy in its
and did his job very well.
new station as it had been in Leeds.
T~e India Wing Dinner held at " Spinks " was a
Major G. W. Penn , Captain C. W . Fowler and a
partIcularly pleasant evening and Lieut. Pearson and
large number of civilians have been posted to the
his merry band of workers did a good job of work.
R.A.O.C. Office and we offer our good wishes to
Since moving to Devizes, entertainments have been
them in their new office .
somewhat handicapped owing to the extremely cold
During the past three months only a few of the
weather and the serious fuel situation. A Games
staff have left us. Amongst those who have returned
Eve~ing was held in the N.A.A.F.I. , music being
to civil life are Lieut. H. M. Rose, S .Q.M.S. Kruger,
prOVIded by Sgt. Harris on the piano and by a radioSgt. Betts and Sgt. Fisher. A few have gone to see
gram lent for the evening. Lieut. Archibald, Sgt.
the world including Sgts. Biddle, Davies, Jackson
Brill-Edwards and Miss Jones organised the games
and Williams.
very well, and we look forward to further evenings of
We offer our congratulations to Captain A. R.
this nature.
Argent and Lieut. L. S. Bruce who have been granted
Forthcoming arrangements include a dance in the
Short Service Commissions and also to Lieut.
N.A.A.F.I. and a visit of Caryll Douglas and his
Collins who is leaving us to serve with the Polish
Variety Artistes from Bath in the Garrison Theatre
Resettlement Corps .
on 26th February.
Congratulations also to S.Q .M.S.s Adams and I'
Officers' Club.-There has been a great deal of
La,nder, Pte. J . Blair and Sgt. M. Woods, A.T.S., on
activity on the social side of the Club since the last
beIng awarded G.O.c.s Certificates of Good Service.
report. The Christmas Snooker Handicap proved to
Association Football.-Since November nine
be very interesting and the final was held on
matches have been played, of which five were won
13th December. Some brilliant snooker was played,
and fo';!r lost. The Battalion was beaten by the
particularly by Major Brend in the first frame when
YorkshIre Amateurs in the Third Round of the
he nearly won after being very much behind,. The
Leed~ ~nd ~istrict Senior Cup.
A very happy
second frame was also very good and Mr. Hall is
assocIatIon WIth the Leeds and District Football
warmly congratulated on his fine display in winning
League came to an end with the move of the office.
the handicap.
This commenced in 1942 and there have been many
The Officers' Annual ' Dinner was held on
exchanges of appreciation between the League and
10th January and we were honoured in having
the Unit.
a:nongst ou r guests the Colonel Commandant,

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Officers' 'Annual Dinner, 51 Battalion R.A.P.C., January 1947


Major F. W. Grant, Brigadier B. L. Burgess,O.B.E., Brigadier N. Forde, Lieut-Colonel
H. O. Browning, M.C., Major-General Sir Guy Riley, K.B.E.,C.B. and Major C. T. Brend
sketch of Release Group Central, performed by
Major-General Sir Guy Riley, K .B.E., C .B., the
Major Grant and Pte. Blair.
D.P.I.C., Brigadier B. L. Burgess, O.B .E., and the
A large proportion of our past members lived at
c.P., Brigadier N. Forde. Approximately 18 guests,
too great a distance, and were too busy ,keeping the
former officers of the Battalion were present and we
.wheels of industry turning to come along, but we had
were very pleased to see them all once again. A
some die-hards who spent two days travelling to meet
tribute was paid by the Colonel Commandan t to the
happy spirit that had always prevailed in the
old acquaintances.
There was Govett from Taunton, Jack Rose from
R.E.M.E. Pay Office and he hoped that it would
London, Franklin from Sunderland, Henry Watt
always continue.
from York, Ackroyd from Bradford, RiJey, Paget
On 13th January a Farewell Luncheon was given
and Gomersall from, Halifax, and dozens more from
in the Club at which some prominent Leeds citizens
local townships. It was grand to see all the old
were present, notably the Town Clerk, Mr. O. A.
faces again. The general opinion was that, the spirit
Radley, and the Chief Constable, Mr. F. Swaby.
of comradeship is so lacking in most civilian
The Club was closed on 17th January and everything packed up for Devizes where we have formed a
enterprises.
I t was a most successful evening, and now that we
proper Officers' Mess, and when we are more settled
are stationed in the South we hope to have a repeat
we hope to see many of our ex-members.
performance of some description to give you
W.O.s and Sgts' Club.-The last notes concluded
Southerners a chance, so watch out for circulars after
in mentioning our ambitious Christmas Draw ' for
past and present members of the Club. The Enterour next Mess Meeting.
tainment and General Committee absolutely transImmediately after the Christmas Holidays, we
dismantled our Club and a,r e now a fully fledged
formed the club room and bar with decorations .
By careful handling of supplies we were able to offer ' _ W .O .s and Sgts. Mess with extremely g00d facilities
bottles of whisky, gin, sherry, etc., and through the
for entertainment.
To bolster our waning strength, we have forkind assistance of our Second-in-Command, we even
tunately been joined by 107 Detachment (S.S.M.
had six large birds which had been alive and kicking
Pepper & Co.) who are manfully struggling with all
that very morning. There were other prizes too
the accounts unloaded by other offices. In fact, they
numerous to mention . Needless to say , the draw
were the pioneers in this Camp, together with our
itself was the main item on the programme, and our
small advance party, and we are already a happy
thanks are offered to Mrs . Browning for presenting
the prizes. We had neither space nor time to permit
famil y .
A hearty welcome will be extended to all exof much music or dancing, but everyone enjoyed the
members of the old Club who pass this way , and to
pianoforte recital of Miss Collinson, who, although
any W.O .s and Sgts. of the Corps whose duty lies
so young, has enlivened one of Carol Levis' programmes. The party was also entertained by the
in this direction.

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. Concert Party.-Captain Bearpark, our Officer:;n-Charge Concert Part y, has high hopes of being
. ble to produce sufficient talent for our entertainment
m the future.
General.-I! is ear!y yet to give a true impression
of our new statlOn .as It has been, like the rest of the
country, very much in the grip of severe and bitterly
cold weather. Once this cold snap has passed and we
are able to really .explore De~izes and district, readers
of the Jo~rnal wtll be acquamted with a pen picture.
Mea!1 whtle , best wishes to all old friends from
Devlzes.
DROITWICH. (4~ BATTALION)
Our notes for the Spnng Issue open with a welcome
to. our new C.O., Lieut.-Colonel E. C. Brewer
Lleut.-Co~onel H. W.
Marden, M .B.', having left
the BattalIon for duties at Home Counties District
Office.
Arriv~ls an~ Departures.-Other postings since
the last I~sue mclude Lieut. Locke from S.E.A.C.,
Sgt. Coll~er from Greece, Sgt. Gilvier from Hong
Kong, .Lleut. Cond~n to Old ham (RE.), Lieut.
Edwards ~? <?en. List (S.S. Commission), Lieut.
Sealey to CIVVY Street" and S /Sgt. Townsend to
Overseas.
The ~xcitement (if any) of the transfer of RA .
(SearchlIght) accounts has now subsided and personnel who were transferred with these accounts
have ~ow se.tt~e.d down in " Salt Lake City."
Social. actiVIties are very restricted .and apart from
an occaslOnal dance there is little to report.

:r.

EDINBURGH (31 BATTALION)


~s usual I must open with news of posting of
semor office~s. Colonel F. Spilsbury left us to go on
leave and did n?t return. We all wish him a speedy
recoyery from his malady and a successful regrading.
HIs place has been taken by Colonel R H. Sayers
O.B.E., M .C., from" Cavrac."
,
By the time these ~otes appear in print Lieut.Colonel E. F. Cox Will have started his "retiring
leave." We shall all be very sorry to see him go
for his calm efficiency and ready sympathy have bee~
~ towe~ of stre~gth ~o us in these dark days. It is
lffip~sslble to Imag1O~ him si!ting .around doing
nothmg, so once agam we Wish him success in
whate.ver sphere of activity he enters.
Major S. H. Walker has joined us on the closing
of the Scottish Command Pay School and a strange
look comes into his eyes as he murmurs" G.S.C.
Transfers" .
Two of the Short Service Co~missions are already
under . order~ for overseas, LIeut. Burbridge and
Captam Cruikshank.
.Captains Hemstock and Clark shepherded the
Insh Accounts to their new home at Belfast at the
end of January .
Hockey, Soccer and Rugger have all been cancelled
by th~ ~eather but if only this arctic spell breaks
soon, It IS. hope~ to play off some of the postponed
matches, mcludmg the office international "Scotland v . England," and a match w ith the 'Glasgow
office.
Sgt. Kee~e (who has now gone to Belfast) and
L /Cpl. DavI~ Corbett represented the Corps in the
recent Scottish Command Trial Game (Soccer) at
Perth.
Lieut. King, who appears to have unbounded
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Ice ~kating.
Teams have been entered for the
Sco~tlsh Amateur Basketball Association and the
skat~ng devotees have had plenty of practice in

get~mg ~o t~e offi.c e recently. Unfortunately there is


no IC~ nn~ m Ed1Oburgh, although there might have
been If thIs frosty weather had been on a little earlier
when the N.F.S. had to flood the Printing Works to
counteract a spot of fire-raising in Wing 0
therefore our skaters have to travel to Falkirk. ne,
VIe ~ust leave this fair island of Hawkhill Avenue ,
whilst 1.0 the distance we can hear the chanting of
the natlves" Pay Corps i~ Edinburgh, isn't it a shame!
The EducatlOn people want their present
hame ! "
"EL TAWIL "
EXETER (32 COMPANY)
.
~he Christmas ~umber of the Corps Journal
arnved together With some very Christmas-like
weather, and, although the arrival of the Journal was
w.elcomed by all as an excellent number, the weather
dId not meet with the same approval, and we all look
forward to warmer days, when we shall be able to
forget about fuel shortage and electricity cuts.
Depar~res.-Recently we have been sorry to lose
the servIces of our Second-in-Command, Major
0 .. D. Garrett, M.C ., who has retired. We have also
saId g~od-bye with regret to Captain F. W . Thomsett
and Lleuts. W. R Kelland and R Dade, who have
been released.
Arrivals.-We welcome Major C . B. Ferguson
from overseas , and also Lieuts. H. Makin, J. D. Perry
and H. V. Taylor from RP. Bournemouth and
Lieut. E. H. H. Jones from O.C.T.U .
'
Soccer.-After an encouraging start to the season
we have . ~nfortuna~~ly been dogged by bad luck.
Rel~ase, mJury and old debbil Flu" have all taken
their toll. Enthusiasm runs high, however, and we
have managed to field a team each week which if not
exactly the strongest possible, has always been' a fine
example of,good clean play and sportsmanship .
Officers.. Mess.-Unmarried officers, and those
~host: familIes are not with them at Exeter, moved
1Oto c~mp on the 1st January, and what had previously
been Just a bar where we had the" odd spot" has
now become a home to 10 officers.
We started off very much from scratch, but we are
slowly but surely making improvements which will,
we hope, make the mess really comfortable.
Sergeants' Mess.-Billiards, snooker and darts'
tournaments have been played in the mess , at which
Sgt. Probert showed his skill. He won the snooker
and da.rts' finals (f~om Sgts. Cobley and Dumper
respectively) and IS now to decide, with Sgt.
Spry-Phare, as to who is to win the billiards'
tournament.
A Mess dance, held on 13th December, was not as
su~cessftll ~s had been hoped, a thick fog (and it was
thIck) keep10g many away. Those who felt their way
to the camp, however, agreed that the evening had
been very enjoyable.
Our Christmas Draw was attended by a good
number of" hopefuls," but again the weather did its
best to spoil the function, this time with a fall of
snow (the first of the season).
We have recently welcomed Sgts. Franklin (a
former member of the mess) and Weston from overseas . .Their stay, however, has not b~en of long
duratlOn, Sgt. Weston being temporarily detached on
a course at Whitchurch and Sgt. Franklin being due
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Table Tennis.-Once again the sound of the
celluloid sphere is heard at Sidcup. The Battalion
are again represented in the Woolwich and District
League (Division 3) and have this year branched
out, with a team of A.T.S. in the Ladies' division of
the same league. We have been unfortunate in losing
the services of most of our last season's players,
through release and service in other areas, but to
compensate for this, have several players showing
promise of upholding the honour 6f the Battalion.
Cup entries consist of two teams for "The Morris
Green" Challenge Cup (Men) and one team for the
" Mrs. Rowland Jones " Challenge Shield (Women)
and it is to be hoped that these will eventually repose
amongst the trophies held by the Battalion at the
end of the season. We have open dates for friendly
matches with any other Battalion or Company of the
R.A.P.C. in the London area from March onwards,
and any requests for friendly matches addressed to
the Battalion Sports Officer (Major Bostock Wheeler)
will be received with pleasure.
Football.-At the opening of the season, due to
postings away and demobs, it was doubtful whether
a side could be raised to maintain the previous season's
excellent record, but as a few of the old players
remained, it was decided to attempt to build round
them. The early results were not very promising
until the Oldham Office Sta-ff' was transferred to
Foot's Cray. Among its military personnel were
players worthy of a place in any good side, and
gaining confidence by their arrival, a challenge was
accepted from the Grenadier Guards. A match was
duly played on 21st November, and we ran out
winners by 9 goals to nil.
This convinced the Guards that the RA.P.C. can
accomplish outdoor athletic feats as well as indoor
mathematical problems. Good progress was then
made, our team being to date second in the league
table which we won last year and we are also due to
play in the semi-final of the cup of which we are last
year's holders.
Frank Vanstone, our scoring forward who played
twice for the London District side, has returned to
his native Devon and started training with the
Plymouth Argyle Club; all who knew Frank will
wish him well in his civilian career, he was always
at home with the ball, and his kick will be remembered
by many of our opposing goalkeepers.
Of the old brigade Jimmy Dash remains, his
encouragement and skill has been a contributing
factor to the success of the lesser experienced
members of the team.
Members of the Oldham side will recall White,
centre half, Donnelly, their former captain and
outside right, and Stratton at outside left, all three
players are good for goals and a credit to any team.
They have assisted in moulding the present team
into a very formidable one.
Sergeants' Mess.-We are still functioning and
despite the many losses suffered since our last notes
we have spent numerous enjoyable evenings in the
mess. We recall with pleasure the visit of 33 Battalion W.O.s and Sgts. on 18th October, and our
return journey of 8th November. It is to be hoped
that these were the forerunners of many similar
exchange visits. Will P.M.C.s note that we are really
anxious to meet you, so drop us a line. If the Unit
is too small to have a mess, get a party together or
drop in individually. Let us know beforehand whenever possible, of course.

Other departures are Sgt. Cobley (overseas) , Sgt.


Kirkham (released), Sgt. H. J. Hughes (costing
course) and S /Sgts. Wright and Harris temporary
duty at Witley (Surrey). C.Q.M.S. Sallows is also
due for release in the very near future.
Entertainments.-Up to date, our only entertainments have been Unit Quizzes and a weekly visit
from the Army Kinema Unit. The Quiz competitions
still keep their popularity, and we take our hats off
to the Kinema Unit, who have always turned up on
time, in spite of snow-blocked and ice-bound roads,
which seemed to have halted all other traffic.
An Amateur Dramatic Society is being reborn
and members have started production of a play
which it is hoped will be staged early in April.
Lieut. E . H. H . J ones has taken over duty as
Entertainment Officer, and it is hoped that his past
experience in this field will provide more indoor
shows then we have had recently.
" Thirty-two" Dinner Club.-In the report of
the first annual re-union Dinner in the Spring 1946
Magazine, it was stated that it was hoped to hold
the second re-union on Saturday, 8th March, 1947.
Unfortunately, owing to catering difficulties, this
will not be possible, but the Dinner will be held at
the Rougemont Hotel, Exeter, on Saturday, 10th May,
1947. Membership is now 300 and everyone should
have received a circular letter by this time giving
preliminary details, but if any member has not been
notified, he should communicate with the Hon.
Secretary, Mr. H. J . Pascho, Cranborne Chambers,
The Square, Bournemouth (Tel. 5677) who will be
very pleased to forward a copy of the letter. For the
benefit of prospective new members, it is repeated
that the sole qualification is that the applicant shall
have been on the military strength of No. 32 Detachment or No . 32 Company at Exeter, at some time
between 1939 and 1947.
Sorry Malta, but we feel that we must draw
attention to the opening paragraph of the report in
the Summer 1946 issue, of the re-union dinner held
on 10th May, 1946. Our first dinner, attended by 120,
was held on 2nd February, 1946! Can we claim that
ours was the first re-union dinner open to all ranks,
to be held after the end of the war ?
A.T.S. Notes.-After a very short stay with us,
we were sorry to have to bid farewell so soon to
Junior Commander Nagle and Sub. Hilton.
Their places have been taken by Junior Commander S . M . Pereira and Sub. M . Simpson, to
whom we extend a most hearty welcome.
D.H.S.
FOOT'S CRAY (34 BATTALION)
We offer an apology for " missing the bus " with
our notes for the Winter issue. The writer being on
Renleave fondly imagined that the job was tied up
but alas for the plans of mice and men, etc. At the
time of writing these notes the surrounding country side is covered deeply in beautiful snow. This is
a grand alibi for our habitual" never earlies " almost
as good as the well-known fog service put on by the
Southern when a mist is rep.orted in the vicinity of
Portsmouth.
It is hard to realise that so much water has flown
since our last notes; we have said good-bye to our
Asst. R .P., Lieut. Colonel Kite, and have welcomed
his successor Lieut.-Colonel Treglown, both have
our very good wishes.

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On Christmas E ve the customary invitation was
extended to the officers of the Battalion and the mess
was tastefully decorated for the occasion. A series of
coloured drawings by our pal, Sid Russ, attracted
much favourable comment and certainly added gaiety
to the decorations.
On 28th December a party was held at w hich about
40 children of mess members were present with their
parents. The entertainment consisted of a conjurorcum-ventriloquist, a splendid feast with lashings of
ice cream, cream trifles, cakes, etc. Subsequently,
while the parents were putting away a cup of tea
and cake or so, the children were busy roaring out
their welcome to Father Christmas (our ow n Alan
Power).
A 15-foot high Christmas Tree was denuded of
gifts by Father Christmas. Each child rec,eived a gift
previously purchased by their respective parents.
All members, single and married, gave up two
week s' sweet ration so that each child on leaving
could be given a grand bag of sweets, etc. Thanks
are due to the hardworking committee (S /Sgts.
Lamb, Harris and Sgt. Hall) for making our first
children's party a memorable event.
New Year's Eve saw a gathering at the bar of
many ex-Foot's Cray Worthies being greeted by their
old friends. We noticed Lieuts. Frank Morgan and
Jim Putt on leave from overseas, S.S.M. Bill Johnson
home from overseas tour, S.S.M. Cliff Holding on
leave pending posting and S.Q.M.S. Len Mears also
on leave from overseas. Joe Lowder, Jim Puddeplatt
and many others were also present.
We missed our Singing Bartender," CpI. Dave
Crawley, now demobbed, whose lively entertaining
improved so many of our functions in the past.
Cheerio, Dave, and good luck.

GLASGOW (35 COMPANY)


Spring is on the way, or at least we hope so. While
these notes are being penned, the proverbial Scots'
Winter has us in its icy grasp, and between depressing weather, a programme of work for the
Spring months enough to make the bravest falter,
plus a move of office in the offing, we feel this Spring
is likely to be a memorable one.
Arrivals.-Since our last notes w e have welcomed
Captains R. G. O. Melville and H. W. Gunn,
Lieuts. C. E . MitchelJ, C. U. M. Norrie, Sec.-Lieuts.
D. Anderson and F. G. Thomson. S.S.M. P. G.
Napier, S.Q.M.S. C. P . Storey, S /Sgt. E . A. Adams,
Sgts. J. Beresford (back from" Release "), G. F. W.
James, R. K. Campbell, E. R. Harmer, and drafts
from the Preston, London, Radcliffe, Kidderminster
offices and an intake from the R.A.P.C. Training
Centre. The lists are too big to mention all by name,
but it is hoped one and all enjoy their tour in Bonny
Scotland.
Departures.-Still they go . There never seems
to be an end to good-byes. Lieuts. A. C. Warnock ,
J. Findlay, S /Sgt. G . Cruichshank, Sgts. C. Murphy,
A . Mills, Cpls. G. Borthwick, A . Pittendrich, L /Cpls.
Cowan, McCafferty and Weston, Ptes. Hunter,
Blain, Brodie, McLachlan, McLeod, Morrison ,
Fulton and Martin have left us for the joys of
Civvy Street. Good luck.
Lieuts. T. McArthur, C . E. Mitchell and P .
WooIIey, have left for warmer (we hope) climes.
S /Sgt. A. Fuller is "under orders," as are also
Sgts. Harmer and Beresford . Sgt. C. W. Gray has
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v,',ith the Polish Resettlement Corps, Sgt. H.


McArdle has gone to the Lowland District Office
and S.S.M. W. H. AlIen to Nottingham. S.Q.M.S.
J. H. McLinden and Pte. J. Butler have been
discharged.
Captain B. H. Clark has also left to enjoy the
delights of Northern Ireland, and now Lieut.
C. V. M. Norrie joins him.
Our good wishes go with all who have left us.
We have also regretfully said farewell to the
following members of the A.T.S. It is strange now
to look back and think we once had nearly 500. Our
numbers now are less than 90.
Sgts. Schollie, R yan, McIlroy, Cpls. Bernardini,
Buckley, Leech and Ptes. Thomson, Atcheson and
Brand.
Honours.-S.Q.M.S. E . Owen and S /Sgt. A.
Fuller were awarded Certificates for Good Service
in the recent honours list. For" Taffy's " sake it is
to be hoped his is not made of rice p aper.
Promotions.-Ptes. J . S. Hope, J. Dorrian, E. E.
Pointeer, Broughton, Christie, McIntyre and J .
Hanratty have been promoted to the first step on the
road to the Field-Marshal's baton, L /Cpl. G .
Ricketts has taken the second step and Cpl. J . H.
Girvan and L /Sgt. Hutchison have been promoted
Sergeants.
'
Marriages.-Ptes. D. Liddy and D. Ritchie have
taken unto themselves wives. All best wishes for the
future go to them .
Births.-L/Cpl. Senior, Ptes. P. Gallagher and
C. McConaghy have each added a son to their family
trees. Good wishes also go to these new arrivals. It's
time we had some girls though !
Sport-Badminton Club.-A Badminton Club
has recently been organised and is now in full swing.
Everyone is keen and great enthusiasm exists among
the players. Two matches have been arranged for the
near future and we hope to report our success in the
next issue.
Sgt. McNellan was picked to travel to Wimbledon
for the trials and matches for the Ladies' InterService Badminton Tournament-and was chosen as
reserve for the A .T.S. side. Good show, considering
the competition was so keen, and a feather in the cap
for our club.
FootbalI.-Recently India Wing challenged Y orkhill to a game of football which took place on
lst February at Maryhill Barracks on a hard ground,
with the temperature about 12 degrees below. The
half-time score was 2-1 for Y orkhilI.
Major
Robertson was there to urge on the Yorkhill gang,
and Major Dove even came armed with oranges, but
it was to no avail as India went down beaten 7-1 by
ten men .
Some consolation may be given them as the
" Ref" came from Y orkhilI. I t was brought to the
notice of the teams after the match that CpI. Mutch
had never refereed an ything more than a game of
marbles.
Unfortunately the weather h as been too bad for
further games, but we are eagerly looking forward to
Spring when there is to be an inter-office game, and
a battle with the local" Red-caps ."
Social Functions.-Wing "A" had a grand gettogether on 6th February, under the " eagle eye" of
Cp!. Mutch . Over 40 members of the Wing and
friends had high tea in the Berkeley Restaurant and
afterwards attended the first house of the Empire to
hear Billy Cotton and his Band.
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A most enjoyable evening was had by all. Mter
the Empire the party split up and as far as rumours
o there had been a "guid nicht." A few went
to~e but the remainder resorted to a spot of
" Jigging" ~n the "Locarno ." beca~se It was
Bargain evenmg and an p'>-ber~o~:an was m th~ pa~;
On 19th February Wmg A went to a . hop
in the Berkeley where a most enjoyable evenmg was
spent by everyone .
.
Further entertainments are . bemg ar,r anged by
India Wing and Transfers, which are bemg eagerly
watched by the" Jive" fans,
,
Bridge Club.-The Bridge Club cont,m ues to
function successfully, but has now moved Its venue
from Yorkhill to St. Andrew 's Hall for Its weekly

KIDDERMINSTER (37 BATTALION)


According to rumours of the past, we sho.uld by
now have left Kidderminster, but ll:t the tlm,e of
writing, we are still here, altho.ugh It ,see~s likely
that our period of residence I~ neanng ItS end.
However, it remains to be seen Just where we shall
settle-and when.
, ..
Recently, we have seen the departure to cI~ lhan
life of Lieut. W. A. Giles, S.Q.M.S. Harry C~Iddle
and S /Sgt. Alec Budden (the two last mentIOned
being the first war enlisted Regulars to leave the
Battalion). We wish them every success.
Sport.-The Football team has played a few
friendly matches, but with n? s.uccess. W,e played
our opposite numbers at Droltwlch three tlIDeS,. but
they were too good for us, defeating us each time;
two matches played by Officers and Sergeants v.
Other Ranks were won by the Juniors. We he,ar that
one of our old players, "Mac" Mulcahy, IS now
playing for Love!l's Athletic in ,the 'YVt;~sh Leagu~;
We can show one bright spot m thiS bla~kout
of sport, which is provided by the Table, Tenms team,
who are first in the local league, which has some
formidable opposition. Nine matches (:>ut of el~ven
played have been won, our success bemg due m a
great measure to Cp!. Webster, who has won 55
games out of 55, and also to Major Stephens. w ho has
won 46 out of 50. The former has been picked for
Worcestershire against Birmingham o~ 5th ~arc~,
and should give a good account of hlffiself m t~IS
match . The team suffered a loss w hen Cp!. Jenkms
was demobbed, but L /Cp!. McCarthy! L /Cp!.
Utting, Lieut, Pollock and our tonson~l artist,
Pte. Knight, are keeping the good w:or~ gomg. We
have just heard that Major Stephen~ IS ,m the quarter
finals of the Kidderminster and Dlstnct Knock-out
Tournament.
,
,
The Snooker news is not so cheermg, a~ the
Sergeants' Mess (First Division, Kiddermmster
League) has continued on the downward path, and
the score now stands at 16 matches lost , out . of. 16
played. S /Sgt. Benson has done his ~est m. w~mg
4 games; the others who are keepmg thiS va~lant
record going are S.S.M. Lawson, S /Sgt. KnIght,
S /Sgt, New ton, S .Q.M .S . Leyton, S /Sgt. Goodhew
and Sgt. Morrey.
..,
'
The other ranks are followmg m theIr seruors
footsteps, being wooden spoonists o~ the Second
Division of the Snooker League. T~elr star players
are L /Cpl. McCarthy and Pte. H~Wltt. ,
Older members of the Corps wIil be mter~~te~ t~
hear that the " doyen" of local Bowls, Mr. BIll
Powell has carried off a cherished local trophy, the
" Davi~s "Cup, Rugger enthusiasts wi}l be glad to
know that Major Stephens has been playmg regularly
for the Kidderminster First Fifteen.
,
.
The Hockey team has ceased to functIOn entirely
after four very successful years, but pleasant mf7ories are still cheris~ed by ,one ,?r two ~~o are e t,
including your sportmg scnbe, Monty. B
r
Male Voice Choir Re-union.-The ,atta IOn
Male Voice Choir could seldom have been m better
form than it was on the evening of 18th January,
when a very successful re-union was held at the Star
and Garter Hotel, Wolverhampton.
In spite of the restrictions due to the general
shortage prevailing just now, the managem~nt ~f t~e
hotel allowed us enough to put t:verybody m a JOVial
frame of mind. Not that the dnnk was necessary to

pI~~. may

well be that these will be the last notes


penned from the Regimental Pay Office, Glasg~w.
Hamilton Barracks, actually an old Pay ,Office Site,
is now being prepared for the re,c eptlOn of the
Lowland Regiments Accounts, and WIll probably also
accommodate the Highland Regiments Accounts !or
a time, pending a permanent home elsewhere bemg
found for them,
In consequence of these impending !Doves, etc.,
there will, no doubt, be many changes m ~ersonnel
in the near future, and it is hoped to pubhsh ,these
in a future issue of the Journal as many wIll be
interested in the subsequent dispersal of the staff of
the Glasgow office.

HOLLINWOOD (44 BATTALION)


The frequent rumours that for 15 month,S kept
the personnel of this office in a state of anlIDated
suspense, have now materialised.
.
Those who have been on duty at Black Lane MIll
since July, 1940, had been in the habit of consoling
themselves with the statement that, wherever we
went it could not be worse.
.
O~r temporary move to Hollinwood at a !lIDe of
a fuel crisis electricity cuts and really arctic conditions has' had the effect of curing such undue
optimi~m, and the general feelin,g now is one ~f
sympathy with Captain Bruce Balrns,fath~,r and hiS
plaintive " If you k~ows of a better oleo .
There is little of Importance to repor~ smce the
issue of the Christmas Notes as the major part of
one's time has been spent in " ops-shiftem."
Captain T. Aylin has left us on posting to PrestonCaptain E. W. Cbe has been released, and both
carry our good wishes.
On 20th December the Sergeants' Mess had a real
bumper Christmas Social, and on 31s~ December
the Officers' Mess held a dinner and SOCIal. All :",ho
were present voted the functions "the best mght
yet ."
,
It may interest many of our fnends who are
regular subscribers to the Journal, to k!l0w that
though disbanded, our famous broadc~stmg Male
Voice Choir are still banded together m bonds, of
comradeship and have already held three re-unIOn
dinners in Manchester and London. Though now
residing in various parts of the country, the members
turn up at almost full strength even, if they do lose a
lot of their strength before the evenmg closes.
And lastly, rumour has it that we are on the move
again, and this time . . . . (hush !)

ILFRACOMBE (36 COMPANY)


This office ceased to exist from 7th February, 1947.

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create a good atmosphere; ample evidence was
available that the grand spirit of comradeship, which
existed when the choir was part and parcel of the
Battalion, is by no means dead. The turn-out was
very good, considering how far some of our members
have travelled since their release from the service.
Among those present were Harold Briggs, Bill
Spencer, Dennis Slade, Archie Smallman, Colin
Postings, Laurence Bennett, George Newton, Bill
Vaughan, Wilf Hickman , Harry Knight, Cecil
Longstaffe, Jim Hill and Howard Lambert. Several
others who were unable to come had sent letters of
good wishes for the success of the event, among them
being Charlie Green, who, we were all very sorry to
learn, has been seriously ill. Our best wishes go out
to Charlie for a speedy and complete recovery.
A piano having been thoughtfully catered for in
the arrangements, most of the evening was, of course,
occupied in singing as many of the choir's pieces as
could be called to mind. These led to reminiscences
of the numerous functions at which the choir had
performed in the past, and so the time was spent.
A few stalwarts, on leaving Wolverhampton, proceeded to Kidderminster and carried on there, and
it was generally agreed that a good time had been had
by all.
For those who were unable to attend, another
opportunity will be available for them to join the fun
at the Star and Garter Hotel, Wolverhampton, on
Saturday, 10th May. Make a note of it, lads-we
shall be very pleased to see you.

approach of warmer days but the first notes from the


" new" Knightsbridge Office begin on a not-toocheerful note. Scarcely had we arrived here from
Bradford than we suffered the loss of Colonel R. H.
Sayers, O.B.E., M.C., whose leadership we had
enjoyed for more than three years.
A tireless
participator in all our social activities and a tower of
strength during the abnormal stresses of the release
period his posting to Edinburgh was a setback that
we hadn't bargained for. The keen interest taken by
Mrs. Sayers in the welfare of families and A .T .S.
will be remembered with much pleasure by many,
and to both of them we extend our thanks for the
services of past years and our best wishes for continued happiness in their new surroundings.
To Lieut.-Colonel J. W. Brennan we extend a
hearty welcome to " Cav. and R.A.C." Already he
has won the loyal support of all ranks and carries
our best wishes for many happy days amongst us.
It is with pleasure that we congratulate Major T.
Blackett on the award of the M.B.E .,' in the New
Year's Honours List. Known by all past and present
members of the office since the rosy pre-war days in
Canterbury the award will be a source of satisfaction
both to those who have now left the service and those
of us who are privileged to continue to serve with
him. Incidentally, we offer our congratulations to
him and to " Pat" on the recent birth of a granddaughter.
After more than five years in the" Frozen North"
at Bradford the news that we were coming to
Knightsbridge was hailed with almost universal
approval, but the elements have conspired to make
our arrival in the Metropolis as uncomfortable as
possible. Bitterly cold weather since our arrival
and the initial difficulty of finding suitable billets
within reasonable distance of the office made many
thoughts turn wistfully to comfortable "digs" in

KNIGHTSBRIDGE (29 COMPANY)


See Canterbury.
KNIGHTSBRIDGE (41 BATTALION)
It is a cheering thought that the preparation of
Office Notes for the Spring issue must herald the

" The Flight of the Forty-first" from Bradford

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Yorkshire where prolonged . s~ays h~d made us tr~ly


" one of the family." The mltlal discomforts havm.g
now been largely overcome howeve~ everyone IS
" 'ng to settle down and are, findmg" for themb egm m
selves the advantages of Lond?n s amemtles.
The Officers' and Sergeants Messes have not y~t
ot "into their stride" to the extent of their
;ctivities in Bradford a~d the very I~ature of London
rE
'th the comparatively long dIstances of travel
Ie
from billets makes it unlikely that they can
to a
. y the "everynight" support of the more
ever enJo
.
h
Id
.
statIOn.
'ently situated premises at t e 0
convenl
. 1 l'f
f h
ffi
at
In fact the communal ~ocla , I e 0 t e 0 ce
Bradford is scarcely practicable m our new surrou~d
ings and one must have a tinge of regret on ~ookmg
back to our activities in the past five years-Wmg and
Section Shows in the Peckover Stree~ Theatre,
culminating every year in !he pro~uctlOn of the
Annual Pantomime by Captam G. ,Mills, M .C.-the
frequent periodical dances org~m~ed by. an e.verwilling band of workers begmnm~ WIth Lieut.
Dredge of 1941 days and latterly c~r,ned on by Sub.
E Basketer, A.T.S.
Perhaps It s. beca~se our
d~parture from Bradford severs a Imk w~th such
happy days that in our new surroundmg~ we
remember anew all the old comrades-Lleut:Colonel C. C. Blackwell, Major C. Endacott, ~aptam
G. Jeger, S jSgt. "Dick" Dyer, Sgt. Enc Key,
LjCpl. Eric Jones, L jCpl. Roy Hannah, and a
hundred and one others who mad~ up a grand team
and a happy family.
Since our arrival here we h~ve been gla~ to
welcome old friends including Major Tunstall, Lieut.
Jacobs, Lieut. Cross, Lieut. Gunner, S jSgts. Dyer,
Eade Burness and Wilson, S jSgt. Rhodes (A.T.S.),
Sgt Wright (nee Lawrence) and Sgt. Tamblin (nee
Rat~liffe)-all returned to civil life but none the less
as much members of " the gang" as ever. Amo?gst
friends still serving we have been glad to see Lleli: t .
" Ted " Richards from Middle East and S~t. Aust~
from F.9. We hope that more of our .fnends Will
look us up should they be in or passmg through
London.
. ' 1 t
Things haven't been too easy. s~n~e our arnva a
Knightsbridge. Power cuts mmlffilsed as much as
possible by hurricane lamps and , good humour, the
practical impossibility of workmg . D .C . ~drema
Machines from A.C. Mains, s';!ch thmgs don t te~d
towards smooth efficiency yet m the gloom can stIli
be heard the old Release Wing battle-cry, " .Bash on,
regardless ! "
In conclusion, mention must be made o~ our
many civilian friends to whom our move to Kmghtsbridge has meant the severing of a long and pleasant
partnership. Those who have g;onc: to ~anterbury
or Devizes-those whose domestic t~es. dlctat.e d that
they should terminate their aSSOCiatIOn With the
Corps and remain in Bradfor.d -to all of the!fi we
send our good wishes and Will long carry With us
pleasant memories of difficult days s~a~ed toget~er.
To those civilian members who have Jomed us smce
our arrival in London we extend our welcome. and
hope to enjoy with them the same comradeship as
we shared with their predecessors.

;7d

LEEDS (R.E.M.E.) (~1 BATTALION)


See Devlzes.

LEEDS (R.A.O.C.) (38 BA:rTA~IO~


Since the last notes of the domgs m thiS office
were compiled, the R.E.M.E. Pay Office have left
us for their camp in Devizes and as that office and
this were originally one, we have. lost m.any old
friends on their going. We should .lIke to Wish them
all the very best in their new 10~atlOn.
Our Commanding Officer, .Lleut.-Colonel H . .P.
Park, has left us for West Af~lca. He ~as bee.n With
us since his return from Smgap<?re ,m 19.42, and
during his sojourn has been ever active m the mterests
of efficiency and welfare o~ the .staff. We deeply
regret his departure and Wish him w~ll. ,We are,
however, very pleased to welcome m. hiS ste~d,
Lieut.-Colonel H. H. Morrell and hope hiS stay WIth
us will be very happy.
Departures.-We have made our farewells to
Major Stanford (to 51 Battalion after so short a stay),
Captain Hoptrough (to Depot), S.S.M. Tappenden
(to C.P.O., Western Co~and), S.S.M. Reed (to
47 Company), Lieut. Ostlme (to overseas shortly),
Second Sub. Scott (A.T.S.) to Glasgow (after her
marriage) and many other familiar faces to Release
etc.
hIt
Arrivals.-We extend a
e~rty we come
0
Major O'Leary (ex-D.P.), Major P~nn (ex 51
Battalion) and S .S .M. Beddow (ex-\yhltchurch and
West Africa), and to all our ~ew fne~ds from the
R .E.M.E. office, and hope their stay Will be happy.
Football.-Despite the loss of many. of our O.R.s
to 51 Battalion, the team is st.ill playmg very well
and the results by no means disgrace u,s.
.
Entertainments.-The Dance (mentlOned m the
last issue) was voted such a huge success that popular
demand has forced us to arrange a repeat performance
in March.
.
b
Officers' Club.-Functions m the club have ~en
held as usual and a dinner was held at which
Lieut.-Colonel Park made his .farewell.
G.O.C.s Certificates of Ment have recently b~en
awarded to Captain H. C. J. Clarke, S.S.M. Dernck,
S jSgt. Woodward and Cpl. D~nby, all of whom
receive our heartie's t congratulatIOns.
LONDON (R.A.S.C.) (33 BATTALION)
Two years ago we said good-bye. to Col.onel H. H.
Morrell on his departure ~or !ndla, feehn~ no one
could ever quite replace him m our affectIOns.
But we were wrong !
A year passed, and. we had a second equally
regretful parting from hiS successor, C.olon~l O. P. J.
R ooney, 0 .B. .E" who in turn relInqUIshed
11
. the
command to make way for Colo~el Morre a~am.
The page again turned, when, m January thiS year,
we lost Colonel Morrell to Leeds, an~ the command
came once more into Colonel Rooney s safe ha~ds.
Seldom before can allegiance have been SWitched
in such quick succession; but surely n.o Pay O~ce
has ever before had such good fortune m successIve
commanding officers.
. 1
.
As we write, our move to Crookham IS oommg
lar e and after the fleshpots of t~e CI.ty and
M:~lebon~, there will be much bel~-tlghtenmg and
other spartan preparation.s for carryu-:,g on the good
work at " Much Binders m the .Mud ..
For months now we have ph!losop~lcally s~e~ed
the striking-off strength of one chenshed bUlldmg
outpost after another-firs,t Broadgate H~use,
followed by the one-time considered far-flung Chfton

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Street, and finally Classic (Belsen) House. All these

blo~s were successively regarded as the most

unkmdest cut of all; but we somehow ironed out


our troubles ru:d came through smiling.
So we awa~t the exodus, with keen militarists
s~cretly. brushmg up their street-fighting and suchlike, bemg ~arned on good authority that before we
c~n ~arch m there will have to be a large-scale
eJect~on of squatters who-poor souls-are at present
keepmg th~ place warm for us-and themselves.
ThIs war~mg process may possibly have involved
the reductIOn of an odd hut or two into handy wood
fu.el, but .we are assured plenty of accommodation
stIll remams.
In any case, we are all pretty well inured to rigours
of one sor~ and an?ther, and shall expect quickly to
be settled m, workmg hard and playing hard. In the
latte~ ~espect we have . certainly suffered many
re~tnctIO.ns on the recreatIOnal side during our long
SOjourn I~ London. Indoor entertainment has not
be.en lackmg; there has been an abundance of good
thm.gs-marvellous revues, brilliant pantomimes
straIght 1?lays, concerts by distinguished visitors, t~
say. nothmg of th~ ?ft-recurring Wing dances and
socIals, each outshmmg the last in friendliness and
cheer. And we shall not soon forget our Swing Choir
now more or less demobbed but still going strong
elsewhere, and our Dance Band, recently reconstructed, and out to show their paces. But in the
matter of outdoor activities, it has been a different
tale. B0ID:b~d city sites are all very fine for Commando traI~mg, b~t they don't make good football
grounds, cncket pItches, running tracks or tennis
courts. We shall be much better placed for organised
sport at Crookham.
Recent arrivals at Mary lebone include Major A. L.
Bane, M.<;., from the Gold Coast, now going strong
after havmg undergone a serious eye operation.
The depart~res are. numerous and saddening-of
the~e we mentIOn Major A. N. Evers to retirement
Major A. M .. Burrows to Singapore, Captain Erni~
l.\-~orten to MIddle E.ast, Captain B. A. L. Morris to
C.IVVY Street, Captam H. P~att (Q.M.), returning to
hIS first love,. the ~oyal RegIment, and Lieut. W. H.
Gould resummg hIS researches in the world of higher
finance. Good luck to them all I
Special congratulations are extended to Captain
T. H .. Pearce on his transfer to F.9a.
As former
BattalIon corresp~ndent for this Journal and in many
others ways he WIll be greatly missed. We hope his
clever cartoons (" Tomp ") will continue to enliven
these pages.
A re.c ent temporary casualty has been that of our
Techmcal Officer, C:aptain A. V. Phillips, who
u~derw.ent an operatIOn for appendicitis. We all
wIsh hIm complete recovery and speedy return to
duty.
The impending migration has necessarily involved
the loss of many old friends on the civilian sidesome of them have been with us since 1939, and have
done grand work.
We wish al~ luck to them in their new jobs; may
they .be sustame~ and fortified by the old spirit of
!,Iastm!5s and Fmsbury and rapidly regain their
gradmgs." .
O~r especial congratulations go with Mr. C. J.
~evme, C.S.O., w~o was posted to War Office (C.B)
m)anuary aft~r bemg with us since December, 1943.
HIS cheery I~Ish exuberance and abounding energy
helped many m the darker days, and we are very sorry

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to lose him. We heartily welcome his successor M


AD" A .. Young, C.S.O., from Headquarters Lo'ndorn'
Istnct.
'
N T~ere was get:era.l regret at the disbandment of
o . . ~ond0t: DIstnct Group A.T.S., after its Ion g
aSSOCIatIOn WIth 33 Battalion RAP C
Th
Id
"L"
d"M"
. ' ....
eo
"an"
C?mpanIes, now designated " F "
and
G
respec~Iv~ly, have been absorbed into
No. 1 London DIstnct Group and it is gratifyin
to know that they are to continue to serve under th e .g
form~r Commanding Officer, Chief Command :;
EL" 0 LeaI):', ~ho has assumed command of No 1
ondon DIstnct Group.
.
~est con?.rat~!ations are extended to C.S.M. O. E.
SmIt~, of . F . Company, on completion of eight
years serVIce WIth the A.T.S.
Sergeants' Mess.-Life in the mess goes on as
usual. and the . New Year started off well with a
co~bmed Chnstmas and New Year "Smoker"
whIch was held on 3rd January at 129 Maryleb
Road.
one
A large number of mess members and their friends
offie along and a goodly sprinkling of our Senior
cers were. present including our Second-inCommand, LIeut.-Colonel]. L. Oliver. We had
hoped that our new Commanding Officer, Colonel
~. ~. J. Rooney, O .B.E., would have been present to
e mtroduced to the mess but unfortunately a prior
engagement prevented this .
A numbe~ of our members have recentlv been sent
?cn leave"pnor to posting overseas including S /Sgt.
Duke Fraser, Sgts. Ray Legg and Ray Lawless
S / Sgt. F.reddy Hancock and Sgt. Bridger. One of
our wartIme W.O:s from the Hastings and Finsbury
days, W.O.I! Cynl Burslem, has just been demobbed
and W .O .II Charlie Lunn has been posted to the
Shrev. sbury office.
Further entertain~ent is being held in abeyance
for .the present, owmg to the work situation the
NatIOnal Emergency and the impending move' but
Friday nights still see impromptu "dos" in' one
form or another.
. ~o.otbal1.~Since the last notes under this heading,
It IS mterestmg to report that the Battalion team has
made b.ett~r progress. Their position in the Willesden
and .DIstnct League is now in the upper half and
prOVIded we are enabled to complete our arranged
pr~gramme, the final position should be a very
satIsfactory one.
Vari?us members of the team-which is usually
very dIfferent each week, have acted as Captain e g
Pte. Blogg, Sgt. Griffiths (demobbed), Cpl. Bre~~e;
and Sgt. Rolfe, our present Captain. Full use has
been made of the excellent ground at the C.P. and
E .C. compound at Hounslow Heath, where tea and
hot water arrangements have been much appreciated.
Our Sports and Football Secretary, Lieut. W. H.
l"!"up.n , attends to all the wants of the Battalion and
vIsItmg teams and supporters, often assisted by
Mrs. Nunn.
~wo of the most exciting games played were
a~amst the H?usehold Cavalry, in the London Distnct Inter-Umt Cup, second round. The first game
at . Hounslow ended in a draw and the replay at
Wmdsor was only lost by the Battalion team after
a hard fight. The physical fitness of the King's
Bodygu~rd on a frozen playing surface was mainly
re~ponsIble. No doubt when we get to Crookham,
WIth regular P.T. and more opportunities to see a
ball and to practice, the Battalion team will be as
sl:lccessful as formerly, carrying all before it.

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NOTTINGHAM (A. A.) (39 BATTALION)
We have recovered from the excitement of the
move to Nottingham and are now pleasantly engaged
in a round game-" Guessing our new location."
To date Oswaldtwistle is the only place that has not
been mentioned.
Life in Nottingham proceeds evenly enough but
it is regretted that it was not possible to please the
" Leicester contingent" who wished to be accommodated in Igloos during the recent arctic weather.
Captain "John" Beavon, who incidentally was
among the original Warley party, and Captain
H. V. W. Woodman have now left us for Warley and
overseas respectively. We wish both the very best of
good luc. . Our best wishes are also extended to
S/Sgt. Powell, Sgt. Sadgrove, Sgt. Black and L/Sgt.
Smart recently released and to Sgt. Binks posted
overseas, and we welcome Cpl. Moore from India.
'l 'he tOllowing list ot pre-l\1S\1 Kegular vtt1cers,
Other Ranks and civilians now with us, may be of
interest: Lieut.-Colonel R. S. Ellicott, Majors F. V.
Mundy, M.B.E., C. Barnes, D .C.M ., and Major
A. K. Hunt, Captain W. G. White, Lieuts. R. Smith,
R. H. Bateman, R. E. James and A. H. Cashman.
S.S.M.s Morley and Brindle, S.Q.M.S.s Olivo,
Davies and A. Dawson, Sgts. H. Dawson and
Lineham, Cpl. Sturley.
Messrs. C. A. Thorpe,
E. S. Baisden, H. V. Mannifield, G. Chappell,
H. Wheeler, W. Spanner, W. H. Blake, H. E.
Harradence, J. C. Ellis and A. V. Alexander.

The afternoon commenced with games for the


kiddies under the direction of S/Sgt. Suppree. This
was followed by musical items played by a guest
artiste and then came the highlight of the entertainment-a pantomime-cc Red Riding Hood," arranged
by Sgt. Jump.
To complete the party tea was laid on in the
Canteen and' Father Christmas (Major Grigg) arrived
to distribute his presents.
Tombola is still run every Monday night in the
Canteen but I don't hear of any results to compare
with Littlewoods.
The Football teams are still in good heart although
not as strong as when I last reported on them. At
the present moment "A" team have gained 15 points
out of a possible 22 in the Y.M.C.A. League and are
in second position. They have, however, said goodbye to the Cup. It must be said in their favour that
injuries have caused many trials and tribulations
amongst the selection committee. The" B " team
have the honour of being bottom team in the league
but they are still in the Cup. All are to be admired
for their spirit and good clean football against heavy
opposition.

RADCLIFFE (44 BATTALION)


See Hollinwood.

WHITCHURCH (40 BATTALION)


At the time of writing, one hears on all sides" It can't last much longer," said with varying degrees
of desperation according to the chilled state of the
speaker. All we can hope is that when this appears in
print this Winter will just be a faded memory.
But despite the wintry conditions, events at
Whitchurch continue to march at a steady pace. The
departure to Aldershot of R.A.P.C. accounts has left
a large gap in our midst, which will shortly be
enlarged by the removal of Rifle Brigade and
K.R.R.C. accounts.
Personalities who have been released include
Captain H. W. Archibald, Lieut. H. Beck who
returns to his native Malta, and Sec.-Sub. J.
Eatherton.
We have recently welcomed Major
F . M. Laws, M.B.E., from B.A.O.R. and Captains
Teasdale and Booth from the not so distant station
of Reading.
Due to the extension of Christmas leave, our New
Year's Dance organised by Sec.-Subs. J. D. Dykes
and J. Eatherton was put off until 31st January.
The postponement d . d not, however, affect the spirit
of the event. The energies of Major A. E. Chenery
as P.R.I., in providing refreshments despite obstacles
such as B.U.s, was well appreciated.
The Dramatic Society under the unftagging enthusiasm of J/Cdr. J. O. Davey both as producer and
actress, gave us the comedy" George and Margaret "
and the thriller " Rope" before Christmas. Both
she and all members of the cast-particularly those
who appeared in a dramatic production for the first
time-are to be congratulated on excellent performances. We are looking forward to :-ecing more fresh
faces on the stage when Frank Harvey's "Saloon
Bar" is presented in April. We were again honoured
by the presence of our c.P., Brigadier F. C. Williams,
C.B.E., M.C., and Mrs. Williams, and other distinguished guests.
'
The Variety Department enlivenet.: one wintry
evening with a non-stop show, " You asked for IT,"

PRESTON (43 COMPANY)


Since my last notes appeared in the Journal we
have been very busy transferring the Indian accounts
on to lYlachme Accountmg, ana the aispatch of
moribund documents prior to 31st July, 1946, to the
new office at Devizes. Naturally work in Empire
Buildings has decreased somewhat and the place is
no longer the hive of industry of previous months.
During the past quarter, Lieut. A. B. Price has
left us for S.E.A.L.F. and Sgt. Fleet to C.M.F., and
we wish them bon voyage. Incidentally, Lieut. Price
was married during embarkation leave to' ex-A.T.S.
Audrey Clark, of N.E. Wing, and we extend our
hearty greetings for their future happiness .
Amongst the personnel from Home and Overseas
to join this office are Lieuts. Barling, Groom, R.H.,
Sec.-Lieut. Parkinson, S /Sgts. Bramall, McIlwraith,
Cocker-Todd, Sgts. Cunningham, Flynn and Cpls.
Baxendale and Crank. To each and all we hope they
enjoy their new station.
Cpl. Davenport, of Detachment Pay, and Cpls.
Gregson and Black have left us on Release and from
the civilian side we have lost the services of Mr.
H. T. Wright (ex-S.S.M.) who successfully passed
the Civil Service Entrance Examination and has
elected to take employment in the Ministrv of
Pensions.
.
Mr. Oldfield has rejoined the Colours on a short
service engagement and Mrs. Appleby (nee Joan
Sconce) is leaving to carry out her domestic duties.
A number of our civilian clerks are being transferred
to Officer-in-Charge Records in the near future.
Mr. Lakeland of Kelease Wing, who had recently
become a Preston Town Councillor, had a severe
heart attack from which he died.
The Children's Christmas Party on 20th December, 1946, organised by Mrs. Nickson and a small
committee, was a huge success and our thanks are
due to them for such a nice party.

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a,bly produced by L jCpl. Alden and well supported
by an all-male cast.
The Battalion's Football team are proving themselves capable of upholding the high reputa~ion
which last season's team, most of whom have retLrned
to civilian life, gained. We were eliminated from
one Cup-tie by an Infantry Training Battalion
being beaten 3-2. In another Cup m atch we dre~
with 45 Battalion, the replay of which is postpol1ed
until weather permits. In local league matches we
can say without undue optimism that we should
come out very near top of the league.
Table Tennis during the last quarter has been
followed by enthusiasts with a fair amount of skill
and much vigour. The Inter-Wing Competition
resulted in a win for the now departed R.A.P.C.
Wing, followed up by N.E. Wing. The Ladder
Competition, after a lot of good play, exciting and
unexpected victories and defeats was won by Pte.
Ford in December, and, Pte. Home just pipped Pte.
Erlichman in January. Just by way of goodwill the
latter turning the tables now leads from his doughty
opponent.
The Snooker Competition has now reached its
third round, and on the whole has produced some
very good and interesting games. It is hoped that the
semi-finals and finals will be reached during March
at which ,o ur C.O., Lieut.-Colonel Warr, M.B.E .,
has promIsed to attend and present cups to the
winner and runner-up.
And so we look forward to a warmer report next
quarter.
We extend greetings and continued good
luck to those who have left us for Civvy Street.
YORK (47 COMPANY)
During the past quarter the social life of the office
has been brightened considerably by numerous
Wing parties around Christmas and the New Year.
Given an initial fillip by a grant from P.RI.
committees were rapidly formed, schemes devised
to " raise the wind" and a keen search for suitable
venues followed . After further hectic searches to find
enough near-beer and spirits for the thirsty, organisation of the various functions commenced in
earnest. Most of these functions consisted of a
Christmas dinner, followed by dancing, and other
entertainment, with plenty of drinks all round. One
or two Wings prefaced their dinners by a visit to the
local variety theatre, which had a very good programme showing during that particular week.
All these parties were afterwards voted unqualified
successes. That held by Central Group, however,
was spoiled by the unavoidable absence of our e.O.,
Lieut.-Colonel G. B. A. Brayden, whose place was
admirably filled by Major C. Pearce. Release Wing's
party programme included a "Quiz" with some
carefully thought-out "forfeits," the execution of
which gave the spectators a considerable amount of
entertainment.

In the absence, due to lack of accommodation


of a mess (Officers, W.O,s and Sergeants or Othe;
Ranks') other forms of entertainment or social life
within the Company are more or less in abeyance
but we look forward to that indefinite date on which
we may resume with a full programme.
Further to my report in the last issue that S.S.M.
" Taffy " Price was being posted to Kidderminster
it must be mentioned here that his successor i~
S.S.M. J. F. Reed, who came to us from No. 38
Battalion Leeds (RA.O.C. Office). S.S.M. Reed was
for 3! years a P,O.W. in Japanese hands at (1 think)
Hong Kong.
During the first month of the new year we heard
with dismay that Lieut.-Colonel Brayden was being
posted overseas, but were gratified to learn, only a
matter of hours later, that his posting had been
cancelled.
The Release programme continues relentlessly,
removing old friends month by month, but the writer
has met several ex-members of the Company in and
around York, notably Percy Mason, Henry Watt
George Pearson, " Johnny " Gambles, Dick Chivers
and Bill Gardner, who all wish to be remembered to
old friends still serving, through the medium of these
columns.
.
Many rumours have circulated in the past few
weeks regarding the possibility of a move of the whole
office to either Darlington or l''IIottmgham, or even
perhaps a " split" involving a move of half the staff
to each town, but the rumours have not materialised
as yet. As Asquith said, " We shall have to wait and
see."
The inclemency of the recent weather, electricity
cuts and fuel shortage have made their effect here,
but in all probability to a lesser extent than at offices
such as Witley, Aldershot or Whitchurch, where the
military staff are accommodated in camp. We look
forward, after a severe winter, to a bright summer,
and hope that the sun shines the whole clock-round
on which ever day summer may happen to fall this
year.
The advent of Whitchurch' s " growing babies,"
(to quote their representative writing in the last
edition) the R.A.P.C . Experimental Pay Accounting
System, and the" P.A.Y.E." System are awaited
with a mixture of anticipation and apprehensionthe former in the minds of those who foresee less
work, and the latter in the minds of the rest. No
doubt, though, when these two systems are aired in
our office, they will be taken in their stride, as was
the new Pay Code in May and June of last year.
The latest move has involved the posting of
S.S.M. B. C. Horton to 106 Detachment at the Polish
Resettlement Corps Pay Office at Witley, Surrey, and
the arrival of S.S.M. Wykes as his relief. We wish
them both the best of luck in their new appointments.
" EBORACUM."

Miscellaneous Offices
DEPOT RA.P.C.
At the time of writing the Depot is still functioning
at its old abode, but the edict has gone forth and by
the time these notes are being read we shall be in
Aldershot, open and eager for business as usual.
For a change, there have been several changes

of permanent staff since the last publication. Captain


C. S. Cantwell and SjSgt. J. B. Pender have departed
to "Civvy Street" and we wish them "Good
Luck"; Lieut. F. A. Downie is at the time of
writing on the last few days of his embarkation leave
and the sands of time are running out for one or two

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Front row, seated, left to right: S.S.M. J. Fletcher, Captain C. S. Cantwell, Major F. S. Walthew, M.B.E.
Lieut. F. A. Downie, Sgt. W. Savage.
L jCpl. K. Plaskett, LjCpl. A. Alsford, Cpl. J. C. Johnson, Sgt. R. N.
Centre row, left to right:
Baker, Cpl. J. Dash, LjCpl. C. H. Morris, LjCpl. C. Moreton.
Pt~s. R Leigh, R. Jones: E. R. Garrett, B. Fraschetti, K. Reeves.
Back row, left to right:
more":"-details will be given later for if names were
mentioned now, we wouldn't have anything to write
about next time. The following have joined the
Permanent Staff in replacement: Captain H.
Hoptrough from Leeds (R.E.M.E.); Lieut. W. D. L
Teare from F.9c and Cpl. F. Shedd from Knightsbridge (P.O.S.B.) and are heartily welcomed ..
In view of the departures and the move, It was
decided to commemorate the occasion by a Depot
photograph which, with the permission of the Editor
is reproduced here.
The following members of the staff wh<? were on
leave, sick or absent on duty are not mcluded:
S/Sgt. J. B. Pender, Ptes. W. C. Reeves, G. Green
D. B. Bailey and A. Sexton.
CENTRAL CLEARING HOUSE, SALISBURY
Once again we at C .C.H. preface our remarks with
the well-deserved salutation: "Hearty congratulations to the Editor and his staff on the excellent
Winter issue of the Journal." I intend devoting most
of our allotted space in this issue to the letter received
from the Hon. Secretary of C.RO.C.C.H.S., therefore brevity in all other matters is necessary.
Releases and Departures.-Since the last issue
we have been fortunate in not losing any of our staff
to Civvy Street. Departures are as follows: Pte.
Hooper now attached to Pay Br-anch H.Q., Southern
Command; Pte. Howes to Depot on 19th February
for overseas.
Arrivals.-The atmosphere of Barnards Cross
was recently impregnated with a delightful " breath

of sea-breeze" from our former "seat of glory"


among the hills of North Devon. A small contingent
of RP. Ilfracombe arrived on 8th January to perform
the functions 0f a Regimental Pay Office for O.B.L.1.
accounts. We were delighted to welcome among
others Captain P. E. Morris (Officer-in-Command)
--one of our old associates-Lieut. Norris, Subaltern
Merrill and their staff of 31. As I pen these notes
arrange'ments are well in hand for a Unit Dance on
28th Februarv ' and we hope to show-in no small
measure-oui 'pleasure in having them with us at
Barnards Cross. Circumstances, re hire of hall, etc.,
have prevented us from holding this function earlier,
but our welcome and good wishes are no less sincere.
We trust their stay with us will be both long and
enjoyable.
"
Weather! !-I regret to say it's also very cold in
Salisbury at the time of writing. Brevity has it, so
no comments on electricity cuts, etc. !
Routine.-Imprest Wing with its Ships' accounts,
Miscellaneous Claims, and F.C.L., is stilI functioning,
and we in " Indian Income Tax " are in the throes
of authorising payments of all Post War Credits
accured under the Indian Income Tax Code for 1942
to 1946. I need hardly say we are inundat~d with
letters from laddies now released, querymg the
amounts paid, etc.
C.R.O.C.C.H.S.-The Grand Re-union Dinner
and Dance will be held in London on Saturday,
26th April, 1947 (Cup-Final. day at Wembley)~ All
information may be obtamed from the Hon.
Secretary, who has requested publication of the

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follo wing letter addressed to all ex-C C H staff If
you are
f hI
' "
.
th' 1 tt one od t. e 0 d gang, I invite you to peruse
1]1 ~ er, an If you are not already a memberwe ,Just get crackmg at once.
AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL EX-C.C.H. STAFF
from
THE HON. SECRETARY OF THE "C.R.O.C.C.H S "
(pronounced "CROCKS")
.
44 LEITH MANSIONS
GRANTULL Y ROAD

Dea.r ex-C.C.H.-ite,
LONDON, W.9
It you have watched this column since the
of post-war publication of the Journal you maCyo~encemendt
a constant reference to
.. ' .
e notIce
title of C.R.O.C.C.H.S a{} orgahlsatIon bearmg tJ:le. i.ntriguing
the mysteries of C R' 0 CYCUH aSve ahlread y been IllltIated into
furth er
hi I
. . . . . . . t en you need read no
of th ; t . S ettebr is intended solely for the enlightenment
ose ex-mem ers of C C H t
h
h
fll
.:"
0
w om t e initials
CR 0 C CH S
e~ig;,..~. . . . . S I
remam Just a weird and meaningless
Weird they may be-tho h th' ,
'.
, , Central Registry of C C H U~taff ,~I: Interpreta~lOn IS simply
For, although its found~ti~n is th e s~ bl~\~~t~mgless-never.
s
nd addresses of past and present c.c.If. staff C~O

(!/C!irs

ma;n~t~veloPdd Into advlgor~us a.sso.ciation holding f~r ~a~h ~f 'it;

that

ers a

ee~ an

specJaI sIgnificance.

I t is the symbol of

distan~d~~sa~1 s:~~~!;q~9 SP~d whi.ch w.as born in those

strength today.
,eXIsts III even greater
And tjUs is the fundamental aim of the C R 0 C C
rant spirit of
It endeavours to achi~v~ thi:s ong een the p ers.onification.
correspondence betwe
II goal by the facIlItatIOn of
meetings between old ~~~do eagues, by enc:our.a gement of
concerning all ex-C C H f. ~~ by ~he dissemmatlOn of news
mai~tenance in civilia'n lli~ of fr;ena~hip~f~~~dendtIy~ bYA ~e
servIce.
unng "',!lIlY
To this end the activities of the C R 0 C C H S
'

~~~s:J~ilJ;;~owhi~he~ctH t~at

~o~~d~r;Jp

~;;li~~~i~n, t!e~~ri~dirall~fnJe~se i~~~~~~, a~ ~~~bea:~~

itj
'of
.
members, its attractive and symb~li~ C ROe C~~d Btod all
and ItS . Grand R e-union Dinner and Danc~ ~n. 26th' 4.pr1 t9f7'

:~d a~la:!~~1:~eto~hi~ho~:v!n~I!~~~Ub~~~ t~t; g10d-dfelbl~wshiP


C.C.H. personnel.
ISP aye
etween
lOf:pcrfurther
,proof of its populariTy is needed than the
cent. Increase m membership dur'
th

e
There are at pres( nt 225 members; an d the~~~s u f ast Ydi r .
!Dany an, ex-member of the C,C.H. staff who b n ou te y,
mformatJOn regarding our association w'ould hav~t for ~ack of
membersh ip and enjoyed the title ~f "Old C aPk~~led for
moons ago!
roc
many
To any such uninform ed, prospective m ember I should b
8~~ Jolorward" on, application, full particu'Iars of th:
G~a;d ' Re-u' nl: on' Dor,ganlsatlOdn Dand complete details of our
Inner an
ance.
rel~::~~,,;;~;eA:n;~ohi:~~:h~:!y Service does not mean
JOIN THE "CROCKS"-AND RETAIN YOUR YOUTH I
.
Sincerely yours,
'

ceJI

(Slg '1 ?d)

HAROLD

r.

W,~RREN,

Hon. Secretary.

Final Note.-Greetings to all Crocchs ever _

~here-at home and abroad, and to all our colleagu~s


ill and out of the Corps, we say" Best of Luck."
" SAHIB."

CENTRAL MORmUND ACCOUNTS - OFFICE


(107 DETACHMENT)
~
Fo~ ~ brand new concern we have managed in a
surpnsmgly short space of time to get very much on
the map, an? our advent has no doubt given cause
for great relI~f to our fellow sufferers in the ood
old hardworkmg Regimental Pay Offices.
g
d ' We fiJst set up shop just outside Devizes in the
Isn:a l ays. of late November last year when with
contmual ram and an occasional fall of snow to ch
u~lln.' wJ started to build the immense library whi:h'
Wlihill De course, hold some 3,000,000 accounts
e
etachment at this time_was lamentably

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small, consisting of Major H. W. Durlacher MC


O.C.
Detachment
and
Second I'n C '
",
C
. Kin'
- - ommand
B aptaill
gston, both from Regimental Pay Offi '
e
1 ournemouth, S.S.M. Pepper just off disembarka/ ,
eave ex-Burma and S /Sgt. (Archie) Lock f IOn
D.P.O., South Western District.
rom
If ever th,ere was a rock bottom to start a job from
we f<;>und It, as before we could even dream '
shelvmg the first account in the library we had of
take over a vast camp, normally holding 3 OOO 'b d ' to
complete with stores, and also to build th'e ext 0 I,es,
steel rac kin g, piece
'
b y piece,
.
enSlVe
necessary to hold
th
accounts.
e
. A word of praise .at this stage to S/Sgt. Lock
h IS excellent efforts ill the Q M II'ne Th
or
.
'"
ere are not
many questlOns to which "Archie" doesn't k
the answer !
now
99 Assistance was soon forthcoming in the form of
--. members of ~he RP.C. and a gang of German
frIhsoners, and WIth Captain Kingston as instructor
at er and slave driver all I'n one " m
,;
b 'Id'
,
eccano
ID lmg classes o~ a great scale were soon set up in
our arge gymnaSIa.
lOur peaceful pursuits. were not destined to last for
ong as orders had been Issued for various Pay Offices
to get on the move, and we were soon flooded with a
deluge .of accoun~s .froIl? all sides. It was apparently
a conSIdered opmlOn ill some quarters that these
accounts woul? sort and file themselves, and in
wonder we waIted for the miracle to happen but
alas!. we
,
t's
d found that ' even so-called" dead" accoun
;,equlre at least a ,!Ittl~ clerical labour and ability to
lay them to rest, as It were! Incidentally for the
benefit of tho~e who have other ideas on the 'subject,
the word MOribund means" in a dying condition "_
my. e~rnest hope is that I may be as lively as the
majOrity of the accounts we are receiving when it
comes t<;> my t~rn to hand my cards in !
Late m December we saw the office beginning to
ta~e shap,e, than~~ to the ingenuity of Captain
Km~ston ill orgamsmg the German prisoners into an
effiCIent gang of workmen prepared to tackle any job
that came to hat;ld. With the arrival of Captain Grant
from RP. Whltchurch, and Lieuts. Barcham and
DOflne~ from RP:~ Ilfracombe and Bradford
resl?ectIvely, and milItary and civilian clerks from
variOUS offices too numerous to mention by name we
were at last ,a~le to get organised.
'
Opportl!llltles for sport and social life have so far
bee~ ,neglIg. ble ~ut with the arrival of 51 Battalion
to . Jom us m exIle we are hoping to right matters
before our next notes are due to go to press.

R.A.P.C TRAINING CENTRE

LIfe at the ~raining ~entre, now firml y established


at Alder~hot, IS full of mterest and enthusiasm. We
are hopl~g, to t~ke over more accommodation and
other buIldmgs m the near future and thus have all
the. t;le,cessary space readily available for our many
actIVItIes.
To date we have the RA.P.C. Pay Office the
O.~ . T.U. , t~e. MacJ:ine Operators' School: the
Primary Trammg Wmg, the Costing School, the
Other Arms Pay Duties School and the Depot here
at A~dershot, all of which are blended under one
headmg to make an interesting and important Corps
Centre.
Much, has been done and much has yet to be
accomplIshed but we ,hope soon to be finally settled
and forge ahead WIth our Amateur Dramatics,

THE ROYAL ARMY PAY CORPS JOURNAL


-------------------------------------Dances, Sport, Music, etc. The officers in charge of
these various sections would be very pleased to
exchange ideas and suggestions with their counterparts in other Units .
Many persons h ave already passed through this
Centre on various courses and we hope to have more
in the future . In concluding this first article we
extend our sincere good wishes to our many friends .

MANCHESTER (15 BATTALION)


In the midst of the recent cold spell, during which
many an impromptu P.T. Class and " round the
houses" sprint was organised, a sudden hardiness
was observed amongst certain members of the office.
Coats, mufflers and gloves were discarded. Powder
puffs were applied and combs were used to straighten
tangled coiffures.
The reason-a visit from the
Press Department of the War Office, complete with
camera man. Many photographs were t aken, and it
is to be hoped that the Editor will allow us space in
future issues to publish the most interesting of these,
so that the efforts of those who braved the cold will
not go unrewarded.
The Arctic conditions here made postings to
warmer climes very popular. One of our oldest
inhabitants, Major H. Watson, is now on his way to
the Middle E ast. He has been with A.P.O., M anchester since its formation in 1940, and he carries
with him all our good w ishes for the future.
The large number of postings both in and out
make it impracticable to mention each individual by
name, but to those w ho have left us for civil life
and for other offices we say, thanks for what you
have done, and to those who have joined us,
" Welcome, we know you will enjoy your stay with
us."

Entertainrnents.-Activities during December


and January h ave been confined to Battalion D ances
held at Levenshulme Palais de D ance (the scene of
our first Dance and no doubt remembered by many
now departed) . Both were voted huge successes by
all present. A vote of thanks must be accorded to
Captain R Underwood and his h ard-working committee for organising these functions.
The venue for our next affair is to be the Tudor
Ballroom, Belle Vue, which has been reserved for
26th February, w hen it is hoped that the spirit of
personnel who once appeared in Fancy Dress there,
will again be revived in our younger personnel who
are to tread the light fantastic at one of England's
better-known playgrounds for the first time. In view
of the hard work put in by the committee a good time
is promised for all.
The opening of the canteen for games on Monday
and Wednesday nights has proved beneficial to the
few who attend, but I am sure that others have not
yet heard of our popular Canteen Manageress
Specials or else the attendance would be greaterbut who prepared the Washing-up Roster? Well
done, Miss Newby.
In future it is hoped that our motto for entertainment will be " Work Hard, Play H ard," and a lot of
pleasant memories will remain for all.
Football.-The Battalion Football team has not
done quite so well in the last few matches, and we
were unfortunate in losing the services of Lieut.
Rapson , through illness, and Pte. Joyson, who had
the bad luck to break a leg in the North West
District Cup game, also L /Cpl. Bruce, who suffered
a similar injury in the following game. We hope
they will soon be fit .

We hold sixth position in the Lancashire and


Cheshire League Table having played 15, lost 7, and
drawn 2 matches.
In the Rhodes Cup Competition, we beat Monton
in the preliminary round, then lost to Rusholme in
the First Round after a good game in which we had
most of the play, but could not find the goal.
In the North West District Cup we met Manchester Garrison in the First Round and after drawing
the first game were very unlucky to lose the replay.
Thanks ar e due in no small measure to S /Sgt.
Jones for his work as Secretary.
Hockey.-Since the last issue of these notes, we
have been most unfortunate with the weather, and in
consequence numerous games have had to be
cancelled. However, we have fielded a team whenever
the opportunity h as occurred, and have gained a
reasonable amount of success.
We are playing our first opponents in the Western
Command Inter-Unit Knock-Out Competition in
the very near future, and we hope to be able to
report favourably of our performance in the next
publication.
Of the 13 matches played to date, we have only
lost 2. Of the remainder 2 were drawn and we
emerged victors of the other 9.

H.Q. BASjPRC/ECO PAY BRANCH


There will not be many who are aware of the
significance of the imposing array of initials above"
so for the benefit of the uninitiated we tell you 'that
these stand for Headquarters of the British Advisory
Staff to the Polish Resettlement Corps in Eastern
Command.
We have our own small office in a dank dark
Copse situated midway between Beaconsfield and
Amersham in " leafy Bucks. " w hich we opened in
October last.
Major Finlinson (our Staff Paymaster) arrived
here then with Sgt. Freston, who has since left us
for warmer climes and we have since added to our
staff Captain Leppard and Sgt. Finlayson from
Oldham and Sgt. Prout who has exchanged the
delights of Nairobi for the grim conditions of
Hodgemoor Camp.
Our chief duties here consist of " putting over ..
the British Army Pay system to the Third Polish
Carpathian Division which has been brought home
from Italy with a view to Resettling the personnel
in civil life either by repatriation to Poland , emigration to other countries abroad, or absorption into
industry in this country.
All members of our small staff live out of Camp
as the Polish diet in mess (Officers and Other Ranks
alike) has to be eaten to be believed!
Breakfast consists of bread and margarine with an
infinitesimally small piece of cheese (alternating
occasionally with fish paste) and a cup of tea. Other
meals are equally unsatisfying.
Another interesting innovation is the attendance at
the Officers' Mess of the wives and children of the
Polish officers who take all their meals there.
Of course our main difficulty is in connection with
languages-very few of the Poles speak English and
needless to say we have a very limited knowledge of
Polish so that our job of teaching them the provisions
of Financial Instructions is no sinecure!
However, we struggle manfully on and feel that
the RA.P .C staff here are doing a worthwhile job
teaching our Allies what they are entitled !o and
endeavouring to prevent their getting what they are
not entitled to.
" POLSKI. "

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Commands Abroad
H.Q., WEST AFRICA COMMAND
To those of you who are interested in the affairs
of " Pay" Branch, H.Q., W.A.C., I must apologise
h aving been too late to get into the Winter r.ews.
During the last six months many changes have
taken place, the first being the movement of H.Q.,
W.A.C. , from the College at Achimota to " Giffard
Camp" (late " American Camp ") in August, 1946.
We have now said farewell to the Ch.P. & F.A.
Colonel W. Vero, who returned to U .K . on completion of his tour in West Africa, his relief being
Colonel H. P. Park (late RP., RA.O .C ., Leeds)
who arrived early in February. Others who have left
us recently are Major J. W. Howa rd who welcomed
as his relief Major L. Cook (late A.P.O ., Manchester).
Another lucky departure from here was S.S.M.
Newman who reached U.K. in time for Christmas.
The last remaining old staff W.O.I! Legg, S /Sgt.
Hodkinson and Sgt. Burgess are now dreaming of
" boats " and will very shortly sail for home.
New arrivals are S.S.M. Robinson who has flown
out to take up the duties of Chief Clerk, and S/ Sgt.
Miller, an old Coaster, who has been transferred
from C.P.O., Nigeria.
I think that about brings all the news up to date
tro~ "Pay" Branch H .Q., W.A.C., so to all our
1riends and comrades, cheerio.
" COASTIE."
ACCRA, GOLD COAST
Since the last issue of the R.A.P.C. Journal, there
have been many changes in the personnel of this
office.
During November and December 1946, Captain
]. K. Harris, S,S.M. Pridmore, L/Cpls. Clyde, P. H.
Green and P. Green left for the U.K.; we saw
their departure with mixed feelings, for it is with
trepidation that we who stay behind think of midwinter in U.K. with its attendant fuel, food and
transport problems . .
In November last, Lieut. J. A. Gill ceased to
function as Field Cashier, Takoradi, and took up
duties in this office, whilst Lieut. C. F. Clark was
transferred to Lagos just before Christmas.
The start of the New Year saw the final closure of
' Pay Wing, Demob. Centre, Takoradi, arid the
arrival of the O.C. , Captain G . F. Kirkup, S/ Sgt . .
J. M. Cox and L/Cpl. D. Smith at this office.
Sporting activities, cricket, golf, tennis, seabathing and surf-riding still continue. SjSgt. F . L.
Bebbington was chosen to play for Gold Coast Area
Cricket XI against Gold Coast Association XI and
H.Q" W,A.C. XI, in two-day cricket matches.
We of this office are now looking forward to the
time when our work will be done and we can say
good-bye to the shores of West Africa.
SIERRA LEONE
A hearty welcome is extended to our new C.P.,
Major W. C. I. PulIin (late Leeds RA.O.C.) and
we hope his tour will be enjoyable. His prowess as
a hockey player has preceded him so we are looking
forward to a greatly strengthened team.
Hockey is popular out here and although there is
no league, this does not detract from the keenness
of the games.

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Numerous members of the staff find enjoyment in


playing table tennis and other indoor sports. On
24th January, Tower Hill Garrison Sergeants' Mess
won the final of the Sierra Leone Indoor Sports'
Competition against the Tower Hill Corporals' Mess.
Amongst those representing the Sergeants' Mess were
our Chief Clerk, S.Q.M.S. Johnnie Bell, and S/Sgt.
Denny Mesch, who both won their snooker matches
by a mere margin of 40 points each. S/Sgt. Mesch
won his table tennis match outright in two straight
games, whereas S/Sgt. Shine lost to L /Cpl.
Richardson, who was representing the Corporals'
team. Richardson also won his darts match against
the Sergeants. Earlier in the competition our C.P.,
Major Le Vey, represented "A" Officers' Mess at
snooker; and Captain Parrott and Lieut. Swabey
each played table tennis for the same mess .
In conclusion we send best wishes to the Journal
and all its readers both at home and abroad.
"AHOTBE."
BRITISH ARMY OF THE RHINE
H.Q. (B.A.O.R.)
Families.-Since last our notes appeared we have
welcomed Lieut.-Colonel J. C. L. Thomas from
18 D.P.O. and S/Sgt. B. U. Hogwood from G.H.Q.,
Second Echelon. Lieut.-Colonel Thomas has since
been joined by his family while subsequent arrivals
have completed the family circle so far as the officers
are concerned. The family of S/Sgt. Hogwood are
only waiting to step on the boat. In addition to those
mentioned we now have with us the families of
Major L. F. Frisby, Major T. G. A. Williams,
Captain L. W. Cook, Captain H. W. Reynolds and
Captain R Tasker. A Dinner Party, kindly given by
the D .P.I.C. and his daughter, Miss D . Golding,
afforded the opportunity of a renewal of friendships
formed in m lmy other stations both home and
overseas.
Awards.-The New Years' Honours List gave us
infinite pleasure in the realisation of an M .B.E.,
justly due to Major L. F. Frisby.
Marriages.-S.S.M. A. F. Brooks whilst on leave
towards the end of last year wrote to us and asked
for a few odd Army Forms to be sent on to him.
Thus we were to realise that our Chief Clerk had
been quietly married to Miss W. J . A. Tidbury,
formerly of the A.T.S., and of the staff of this
headquarters. Our heartiest congratulations to them
both and we look forward to seeing Mrs. Brooks
return here to occupy the quarters now being prepared for her.
Departures.-Major C. W. Langham departed
for I Corps District early in the New Year. S/Sgt.
Ashton left on transfer to the Reserve and was full
of praise prior to his departure, of the month's
course he had taken at the College of the Rhine
Army. We wish him well.
General Notes.-Congratulations to 19 D.P.<?
on their "Quiz" Team, winners four times 10
succession over the British Forces Network. Congratulations also to Sgt. D . Curtis of I Corps District
on being the male element in the pair which won the
Mixed Douhles Table Tennis Championship of
B.A.O.R .

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18 D.P.O. (B.A.O.R.)
the publication in the Corps Journal of the
1OC~es from this office, we have moved ~rom
last no h 'd where we were happily esconced, to
Ludens e~hich is the capital !ow~ of th,e old
D~tm,ol tty of Lippe and which IS situated m, ~he
P~1O~IPc:f Ibeautiful country. At the, tim,e of wntmg
mlds
a steady
however WI'th the thermometer reglstenng
"
d
1 ~ t 20 degrees of frost, interest m the COuntrySI e
;) 0
ane and one's thoughts turn to .the 0I?en
tends ;0 w
~ England We are fortunate m havmg
fires 0 efl~~~t~fficers' cl~b in the town which !llakes
an exc . al diversion from mess life, an~ m !he
an
nearocfcaslOn
uture, we hear , a similar institution IS bemg
d f r W 0 s and Sergeants.
openffice~s' Mess.-Since the last notes, Lie~t.1 J C L Thomas has left for Pay Services .
o oneRh: e . A~y and has been succeeded by
H:Q. C
IS C Rogers from C.P. British Forces
~Ieut.- 0 onMo~e 'recent arrivals in the mess are
IMn ~ranNce. Caterham Lieuts. Sherlock, Sturgesls,
aJor.
. '
M D Smith and Mau e
Fowler, Crawte, Glrv an , t' p' B Stump from
from 19 D.P.O. an d L leu.
.
.
G,H.Q., Second Echelon.
S'

c?

""" f l/6GESTIONS WE~


I"'/" /)",y

, III(IGOI'f'IN'

Lieuts Hartley; Swailes, Orledge and Chambers


and ~ieut .. D.,,~a~l,?a;l~i~h!;
have left' for Release C
ferred to the RA.E.: . aptam
a
I ft s for Hamburg Dlstnct.
eMu. L. G. Hinchcliffe has also left. and ou~ conrat~Ja~ions are extended to him on hiS selectIOn to
~II ne of the first vacancies allotted to the Corps at
the Staff College-we wish him every success: bl
The mess. ha~ rece~~ly mov1J ttJ::f~~ewh~~~ fo~
accommodatIOn m the De~o er.
' C G
We
the timhe being. weth:r~e!~at~~re~I~\:~bie
take
hope owever, m
I'
. endy
'h b 'ld'
in its entirety.
t IS emm
over t e UI mg
d indeed we are most
f~!~~a~~rtoth:bt~~?s~:h a:Xcellent premises in this

to

ov~~o:~~~lt~fMarried Families ha caused Mmse


he
~~~h~~n!~d ~r~~gS:u~~~e ~~:t~~yoffi:: s~:ff m:;

remember them as Pfriorhto ~r:tsrn:~:;eMrM~r~~~


was a member 0 t e
...
Hornblow.
.
CO'
ected shortly.
Mrs. Rogers, Wife of <;mr . ., IS expM D Smith
Congratulations to Lieut. and Mrs.
. .

00

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------------------~~~~~~--------on the birth of their daughter, Brenda Jean, on


7th January.
W.O.s and Sergeants' Mess.-After the Lord
Mayor's sh~)\.v . . . " What we really mean t~ say is
that followmg the rIotous revels of Christmas and
~ew. Year, the mess has once more reverted to the
ldylh~ calm of a truly rural country" pub." It has
not hltherto been recorded in the Journal that the
mess really is housed in a former German cafe-hotel
blessed with the grandiloquent name of "Caf~
Krug Zum Gruenen Kranze." According to mess
members who have acquired a "good working
~owledge " of the German tongue through contact
WIt~ the l?cal population (little old ladies who do
~heIr washmg, etc.) this may be translated freely as
, The Jug on the Green Garland." The cafe was
taken over lock, stock, but, unfortunately not barrel.
However, we generally manage to find enough of the
nece~sary , whe,n demob. parties and other quiet
evenmg dI:versIOns come along.
The mam event recently has been the arrival of
the families. The list of mess members who are now
happily .reunit~d w~th their wives-and in many
cases, WIth theIr chIldren too'---is quite impressive
S.S.M. Fowler; S.Q.M.S. Alexander and S.Q.M.S.
Hansen ; S /S.gts. Best~ Jessop, Williams and Wright ;
Sgt~. Fountam, Harnson and Mitchell; not forgettmg our ever-cheerful mess caterer, Sgt. "Nobby"
Clarke, of the Recce Corps.
The migration into married quarters has reduced
the number of dining members to a mere handful
and there will be further reductions shortly by th~
departure, not only of "demobbees," but also of
more than onetime-expired man.
The presence of many of the wives and children
gav~ a new and most welcome homely touch to the
C~nstm~s and N ew Year festivities.
A special
chIldren s party was held on 29th December, which
was complete with a giant illuminated Christmas
tree, liberally hung with presents.
.We have said farewell to S /Sgts. Clarke and
Rlchards, now" retired to the Reserve" after seven
and nine years' service respectively with the Colours'
and to Sgts. Batters, Dennis and Morell, who hav~
all reverted to their substantive (and we hope
substantial) civilian status.
'
,
New arrivals have included S/Sgt. Edwards
(51 F.B.P.O., Berlin); S /Sgt. Gunnel (19 D.P.O.
and 52 F.B.P.O., Hook of Holland); S /Sgt. Wright
(19 D.P.O.); and Sgt. Shipley (52 F.B.P.O.).
. Congratulations are extended to Sgt. Batters on
hIS recent award of a Commander-in-Chief's
Certificate for Good Service-a well deserved award
Men's Mess.-It was with regret that we moved
from Ludenscheid, where many happy hours had
been spent, to Detmold. Twenty trucks laboured
along the Reichsautobahn on a very hot, sunny day,
and about seven miles off the main road we sighted
the town of Detmold.
In the town itself, are two canteen-clubs one
organi~ed by N.A.A.F.I. and the other b; the
SalvatIOn Army. The N.A.A.F.I. had an additional
department run by the W.V.S. which incorporates
a Radio and Gramophone Room where many of
us spend nights on end listening to our favourite
mUSIC, classic or jazz, or to the B.B.C. for news of
home.
Further to the Clubs, there is also the
" Casino" Theatre, which is still administered by
the R .A.F. and where really first-class shows are
produced.

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Speaking of shows, I should give due attention t


two shows which this Unit has put on the last half~
ye~r. In October, a large room in the office Was
stnpped of office equipment during the afternoon
and the place was transformed into a fairy cave b'
6 o'clock when a "Nicky-Noo" Night Club
Y
held., J?ue t~anks mus,t be given to RP. Whitchu~:h
for ~Ivmg bIrth to thIS type of evening under th'
partIcular name, and it is very fortunate for 18 D P OS
that three of their strength were posted to us d~r;n .
June. At Christmas, very much the same peo l~
sta~ed a re:vue called "WOT's Cooking?" fhe
scnpt of whIch ~as entirely written by members of
the ~ast. In p~rtlcular t~e sho~ included a burlesque
verSIOn of Cmderella, . m whIch Cpls. Lewis and
~ayston, late of Readmg and Whitchurch respectIvely, 'played very natural parts in the roles of the
ugly sIsters.
Sport.-Although reduced in numbers we manage
to run a Soccer and Hockey team. The Soccer
team have played again,st 153 Rail~ay Operating
Company RE.~ RA.F. SIgnals, 23 Mlhtary Hospital,
110 and .112 FIeld Squadrons RE. Excellent games
were enjoyed although only on one occasion did
success come our way.
The Hockey team have only been able to arrange
a few g~mes with local Units, but they have proved
veD:' enjoyable. Owing to the state of the grounds
durmg the past two months very little activity has
been possible.
Efforts are being made for the allocation of a shoot
and when this is obtained it is expected that quite ~
number of the Unit will take advantage and as we
are situated in the centre of what was ~egarded as
some of the best game country in Germany excellent
sport should be had.
'
To close, I should like to say, on behalf of all of
us here, how much the Journal is appreciated. It
~roves to be w?rk of humour, news, and is' partIcularly apprecIated as a medium through which
all the separate Units of the Corps are drawn
together. To the Editor and his staff, we would say,
thank you for your past efforts and" Here's to the
next Time."
,
N.C.
19 D.P.O. (B.A.O.R.)
The severity of the weather during the winter
months has limited our activities to some extent for
hibernation ~ould appear to be the only satisfac'tory
way ~f spe~dmg the cold season in North Germany.
Desplte thIS, however, we have continued to live in
a fair amount of comfort.
The traditional festivities were all honoured at
Chr.istmas, an~ everyone contrived to enjoy the
festIve season Immensely. Each mess entertained
the others in turn, and many were the sore heads
that follow~d! A very jolly Christmas Party was
held, to whIch some hundred or so German children
were entertained to tea. An excellent conjuring show
followed, and even Santa Claus made his ceremonial
appearance. Credit must be given to Lieut. N.
Gilbert for arranging the party, and to the A.T.S.
and other ranks for their support and generosity in
contributing their sweets and chocolates, etc.
A number of very enjoyable Unit dances have
been held during the dark days with practically all
personnel attending.
In addition, two first-class
variety shows by local entertainers have been staged.
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that the Hotel Johannesburg (scene of so many wild
nights !) has been evacuated and the O.R.s now live
in the" White House."
The Unit Football team started the season rather
weakly but, under the leadership of Lieut. D. Girvan,
!'oon established themselves as a powerful combination and rapidly rose in league position.
Unfortunately, however, the pressure of release and
postings cut short the activities of the team in the
middle of the season, and we are now without a
regular eleven. One match must be singled out for
special mention-the game between the Sergeants
and O.R.s played on Christmas Eve, ' the Sergeants
being defeated by a narrow margin.
Temperatures have been so low during the winter
months that no other sport has been possible, with
the exception of game shooting. Here Lieut. H.
Shilcock has proved to be something of an expert,
and many a juicy venison steak and succulent
pheasant has been enjoyed by the Unit as a result
of his prowess.
The Unit" Quiz" team, captained by S /Sgt. Bob
Buchanan, were invited to , appear on the British
Forces Radio Network programme and have
acquitted themselves with such distinction that they
are the reigning radio champions at the time of
writing this, having withstood the challenges of two
other Units. The questions are not on "Pay"
matters!
It is with regret that we have had to say " goodbye" to our A.T.S .. after their long association with '
the Corps on the continent. They have all rendered
excellent service, and we have enjoyed their company
immensely. Re-organisation of A.T.S . in B.A.O.R
has decreed that they must all leave us and, whilst
we are sorry to see them go, we wish them all good
luck in their new jobs.
Sgt. Grierson has been awarded the G.O.C.s
Certificate for Good Service.
Our congratulations are offered to Lieut. C.
Holmes and Cpl. J ackson on the birth of a son.
We have been pleased to welcome the families of
Lieut.-Colonel Groves-Raines, Lieut: E. Hartly, and
S.Q.M.S. Curtis to the station.
S /Sgt. Harrison and Ptes. Cocks and Cunningham
have left for Release, taking with them our best
wishes. Majors Laws, Jenkins, Caterham, Captain
Doodson, Lieuts. Crawte, Girvan and Macey, and
Sgts. Lester and Chesterton have all left us on
posting while in their place we welcome Majors Hazel
and Villiers, Lieut. Morgan, S.Q.M.S . Anderson and
Sgt. King.
To all ex-members of the Unit we, at 19 D.P.O.,
send our best wishes .
9 D.P.O. (B.A.O.R.)
Best wishes for the New Year to all Corps
members, wherever they may be.
The past quarter has been one of still further
depression as regards staff, the casualties having been
almost too numerous to mention.
Captain S. Roads and Captain A. H. Woods have
now been re-patriated to the Homeland and are now
sitting pretty (we hope) in Edinburgh and Manchester respectively. Lieut. Brinded has recently
left us on release, and our good wishes go with him.
. S.S.M. W ykes proved himself to be an old soldier
m every sense of the word when he succeeded in
getting himself posted back to the Depot. He did
not, however, leave behind any instructions on " How
to DO it."

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Sgt. "Sandy" Powell maintained his traditional


luck and has been posted to the winter sports centre
in Austria. , We hope he has not broken his neck at
ski-ing or bob-sleighing, as he is an undoubted asset
to any mess.
We are now allowed to wear civilian clothes off
duty but this concession does not yet appear to have
been generally used, no doubt due to the shortage of
civvies. Clothes rationing in Belgium is now abolished, but their cost remains prohibitive.
A number of families have now arrived, including
those of Major J. Kelso, M.B.E., Captain V. Holt,
Captain D. C. Quin and Lieut. ]. Rea. Sgt. Benny
Morris has had his family over for a two months' visit.
Others have been over on private visits, so that
Christmas festivities took on something of a peacetime atmosphere, the festive season being celebrated
in the traditional manner. On this aspect, your
correspondent must perforce rely on verbal reports,
as he himself was lucky enough to spend Christmas
and Hogmanay in "starving" Britain, and can
therefore give no eye witness account of the feasthe was too busy with his own.
" UTOPIA."

61 F.B.P.O., COPENHAGEN
This quiet little office in the not-so-quiet capital
city of Denmark plods peacefully on its way, untroubled, to a large extent, by the frequent upheavals
which seem to be part and parcel of the life df larger
offices. As the Journal has not contained any previous
reference to this Unit, a few details might interest
its readers. The office has a staff of five; Major
C. R C. Allaway in command, Lieut. Leo Macey
as Cashier, S /Sgt. J. Mills as Chief Clerk and Sgt.
Maurice Lester as Assistant Chief Clerk and chuckerout. Business transacted in the office is mainly
exchanges of currency, payment of families of D anes
in the British Army, and replying to all sorts of
weird queries, mostly in Danish. The office is a
suite of three rooms in a large block of offices in the
centre of Copenhagen, overlooking the Town Hall
Square.
For the benefit of those readers who regard
Copenhagen as the mecca of all pleasures, I must
hasten to disillusion them; Copenhagen is feeling
the effects of a post-war peace almost as much as
England, and reminds me of a gay lady who is
feeling the effects of the night before! The tram
services were cut a couple of weeks ago, and now
finish at midnight instead of running all night. Food
is plentiful in the cafes though rather expensive, and
drinks are even more expensive, a single Danish
whisky costing 6/-. At the moment, the island on
which Copenhagen is situated is entirely ice-bound
and has been for the past month. The weather is
beautiful, but deadly cold, and for the past two
months it has been too cold to snow. However, the
food situation has not yet been affected, and we still
manage to have two eggs and two rashers of bacon
for breakfast every morning, while the inevitable
pork always appears at lunch-time. Organised sport
is non-existent, but the office staff have joined local
clubs and are holding up their ends, Lieut. Macey
at badminton, S /Sgt. Mills at squash, and Sgt. Lester
at table tennis. Both the latter are due for" bowlerhatting" in the near future, and would like to say
"good-bye and good luck" to all their friends in
the Corps.

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22 COMMAND PAY OFFICE, BURMA
A further list of RA.P.C. staff is given below:
First and foremost, Sgt. "Taffy" Wargent, who
likes Bunna so much that he has deferred his
PYTHON! Captains W. B. Wilton, M.C. (transferred from the RE.), A. T. Grogan (back from leave
in Australia; Lieut. L. E. W. Jeffery; Sgts. Don
Bradley, Charlie Ashman and Allan Twiss; two
" Geoffs" (Cpls. Haynes and Wilson), also Cpls.
Fairbanks, Thornton and Jakes; Ptes. Samuels,
Milliken, C. Turner, Sandland, Docherty and
" Dougie " Douglas. We recently welcomed Lieut.
Wilkinson from Foot's Cray. S /Sgt." Ben" Beebe,
recently ex-L.1.A.P ., is soon due from THE boat
A favourite phrase here is "Roll on Exeter!"
or " . . . when we get to Exeter . . . " Apparently
the Exeter Office was the one furthest from the former
stations of a group of S.E.A.C. Sergeants-so they
all " decided" on Exeter as their place of re-union,
and the phrase has stuck.
We know our Post-War Pay Code, and most Units
in Bunna have received instruction thereon from
this office-but they are screaming for 1483s. We
are expecting our share of Officers' Accounts (and
Staff, we hope !) from Meerut in the near future.
Part of our previous contribution now reads like
a Digest Article on some earthly paradise-our
appreciation should have been tempered with the
necessary indication that most of the amenities are in
practice much less commendable than they appear
in print.
.
Christmas was spent merrily, with fare of almost
pre-war standard-oodles of poultry, plum pudd and
drinks, fruit and nuts, etc., in gaily decorated
messes. Christian choirs and bands-Burmese and
Indian-came to visit us; some sang the old carols
in perfect harmony and in English, but the BANDSsome of them were reminiscent of a sustained
bombing in full-blast fairground! On Christmas
afternoon, the sergeants had a Rag-fancy dresses,
chariot races, eccentric drills, their own version of
Fire-Drill, Gymnastics and what not-to the great
amusement of the two hundred or so native spectators
who foregathered round the chaung bridge by our
Unit lines. We asked rickshaw wallahs if they would
like rides in their own rickshaws, and if they agreed
they were feted with much impromptu ceremony
along our 30-yard "pitch." Native buses and other
vehicles pulled up to watch, and the occupants
waved and shouted their Christmas greetings. It was
good, clean, wholesome fun for all. Officers and
Sergeants waited on the others at their Christmas
Dinner and joined in their post prandial merriment.
Boxing Day was like Sunday in a cemetery-you
can't over-eat or over-exercise in these 'ere tropics
without paying the penalty . The ' advent of the New
Year brought another spate of joyous celebration,
and New Year's Day was a holiday.
At this time of year the climate is like the elusive
ideal English Holiday weather-cool from evening
to mid-morning, and warm to hot for the rest of the
day. But it won't be long now before our shadows
shorten to meagre puddles between our feet.
CEYLON (69 DETACHMENT)
As foretold in our previous notes, many changes
have occurred, first and foremost being that epic
safari from Edinburgh Crescent to McCallum Road,
on the 5th December when, braving the monsoon,
our staff safely transported tables and other essential

office equipment to our new residen<:e at the rear of


the Fort Railway Station. Here, in idyllic surround_
ings, the peacefulness of which is only shattered
every ot~er minute by hooters, whistles, and shunting
locomotIves, the lads have settled down to their daily
tasks.
Other changes have been occasioned by the
departure of many of the old stalwarts, S/Sgt.
O'Doherty left for U.K. on Python, and has now
been located at RP. Glasgow. In a concerted rush
S/Sgt. K. Revis (Python), Sgt. Bob Field (Release)
and Sgt. Joe Flynn (Reversion to H.E.) returned to
their respe~tive wives, oblivious of the food rationing,
beer and CIgarette shortage thereby entailed. (Here's
hoping that Mrs. Flynn's health is now much
improved.)
On obtaining L.I.A.P., in itself a notable achievement, Major Lees invested Major Shand-Tully with
the role of RP., he in his turn similarly invested a
newcomer as C.P., namely, Lieut.-Colonel J. P. N.
Whitty. With Major Lees went Lieut. "Dicky"
White, whose Release deprives this office of a noteworthy figure on the fields of sport.
With the post ing of Captain Gilmore to Hong
Kong, the departure of Pte. McGuire on L.1.A.P.,
Lieut. Hill and Pte. Kay on Python, and the release
of S /Sgt. K. Apperly and L /Cpls. G. V. Smith and
N. Laws, it will be seen that the next paragraph must
consist of replacements.
The Duchess of Bedford brought Lieut. P. D.
Arrowsmith (ex,RP. Nottingham), Lieut. G. Driffield
(Bradford) , .Pte. Coward (Keading) and Pte. Nutt
(Whitchurch) to these shores.
Our next intake from the decks of the Lancashire
consisted of Lieuts. S . Gray and G . Russell (both of
Radcliffe), S /Sgt. Cross (York), Sgt. Spafford
(Manchester), Ptes. Miles (Droitwich) and Courtnage
(Leicester) .
A further swelling of our ranks was occasioned by
the arrival of six .more lads from Singapore, namely,
L /Cpl. Alford, Ptes. Kaye, McEwan, Wilson, Hoyle
and Presto
With these recent arrivals we can quite confidently
turn to the field of sport under the guidance of
Lieut. P. D. Arrowsmith who continues the good
work of Lieut. Hill in both cricket and soccer. Our
latest soccer achievement is in the defeat of the
RA.S.C. Holding Unit by 5 goals to 3.
Yachting a la Jacobs must be noted as a Unit
sporting event, as at one time or another most of us
have fallen for Sgt. Jacob 's press-gang method of
forming a crew! But it speaks volumes for the
versatility of the RA.P.C. when I say that yachts
manned by the Corps are invariably in the lead in
races held by the Royal Colombo Yacht Club.
In the course of the next few months both S /Sgt.
H. Bracey and Sgt. Bob Turner optimistically
anticipate leaving this island paradise, U .K.-bound
on Python.
CYPRUS
A considerable amount of rain and bleak weather
quietened the closing months of 1946 in Cyprus
and severely curtailed sporting activities.
Much bard work on the part of S /Sgt. H. E. PI~e
in organising Island soccer matches for the ThIrd
Division team on tour from Palestine was frustrated
as the principal fixtl,lre was rained off at Nicosia
Stadium after 50 Qlllll,ltes' play .
However, a change of weather for the better

favoured us for ChristI?a~ and the en~rgetic e~orts


of Captain C. R Wllkmson and hIS commIttee
produced a jolly good season~l programme.
Christmas Eve opened WIth a Staff Party, the
Sergeants' Mess being used as t~e Bar ar:d Buffet
.and the adjoining hut of Clearmg S~ctIOn.' d~ly
cleared, and delightfully decorated WIth h~htmg
effects by Lieut. A. Batch was transformed mto a
,
,,
dance room with lounge.
On Christmas morning the marned fam Ihes were
at home to those who felt like trekking up the long
hill to the quarters, after which the whole Detachment and fam ilies adjourned to the Camp for
Christmas Dinner to which we also welcomed S/Sgt.
Gibson and Sgt. Foster on leave from the troubled
Holv Land.
" .
Fortunately, Christmas fare IS unratIOned m
Cyprus and the staff prov~ded a first-rate menu
which carried on untIl late m the afternoon.
After dinner the families proceeded to the Officers'
Club where an excellent Christmas Party complete
with a visit from Father Christmas was kmdly
provided by the Club for the ch~ldre!l of all r.a nks.
Feverish activity under the dIrectIOn of LIeut. A .
Batch and Pte. Harvey pervaded the camp during the
afternoon of Saturday, 18th January, until 20 sets of
skis, waxed and fitted, were ready, and early next
morning a start was made fO.r . Troo<;los wher~ a
splendid time was had by all, skI-mg or Just learnu:g,
the whole general . activity being interspersed WIth
free for all snowball fights.
During a lull the" N.A.A.F.I. Open" call went
up and Mrs. Sowerby and Mrs. ~lIor (nee Peggy
Hodgson, who will be remembered m the A.T.S . at
Preston Office), valiantly dispensed t~a from .the
back of the truck amongst a pile of skis and stIcks
'mder conditions made worse by the danger of
whizzing snowballs threatening to knock the kettles
off-the primus stove.
The New Year brought more changes of staff and
we bade good-bye and bon v oyage to our e.0., Major
L. Pateman and his famil y who left for U.K. and
welcomed in his place Major L. 1. F. Barton who was
with this office in the early days of the war.
.
We also said good-bye to Major Wailer, Officer-mCharge Records , on his departure for Egypt to
take up an appointment with 0. 2. E, and welcomed III
11is place lVli:1Jor :::itriat.
Pte. Pipkin, after a spell in the Conv~lescent Camp
following a nervous breakdown, left. m Ja!l~ary on
L.I.A.P. , while Pte. Freemantle IS waltmg for
February draft and Sgt. Dale is hoping to go soon.
S.S.M. T. Sowerby flew to Palestine on Sunday ,
26th January, and was admitted t~ hospital, and as
the writer of these notes, is lookmg forward to a
speedy recovery and return to C ypru~.
Incidentally, future Cyprus notes WIll be from a
different pen as Python will be due before the next
notes so I would like to thank all those who h ave
inter~sted themselves in the Journal in Cyprus during
the tin>e I have carried out the work of office reporter
and trust they will continue the~r suppo~t, and ?o a
little more by coming forward WIth promIsed artIcles
and photographs for publication .
T.S.

Command Pay Office, and the Exchange Cashiers,


continue to keep cheerful and happy.
It is worth recording that during the past three
months there has been no change of location and no
further devaluation of the French franc!
Lieut.-Colonel R W. K. Randall, O.B.E. , and
Major H. ]. G. Moody continue a~ C.P .. and A/C.I!.
respectively, whilst on the techn.lcal Side Captam
L. J. R Caveille remains Office~-m-Charge Group,
and Captain Folley and Captam Clements try to
polish their Polish.
There have been several additions to our staff
since the last notes . The establishment has been
brightened by the arrival of S.Q.M:S: Blatch of
Radcliffe who is delighted to find that It IS not nearly
so" dry ~ ' over here. We welcome also Lieut. G. R.
Fearnley, late of RP. RE.~.E . , ~eeds, who has
exchanged the joy of the Postmg Wmg for those of
French bills and contracts.
Then on 8th January, exactly seven years after he
left this country in 1940, S.S.:tyI.
V ..Poulton
arrived from Nottingham. He IS dlsappomted. to
discover that there are no opportunities !or theat.ncal
activities here, such as he was able to mdulge m at
his late office.
.
Greetings.-Greetings from Sgts. Scopple and
Briggs to all old members C?f the" Crazy Crays.: '
Marriage.-CongratulatIOns to Sgt. K. Bnggs
who joined the ranks of the newly weds on
15th January.
Departures.-Amongst those who have no further
interest in G.R.O .s or Part I Orders, are Sgts. Horn,
Roberts Rush and Harper, and S /Sgt. Willis. The
latter w~s presented with an outsize in medal~ before
his departure, by the Permanent Serg~ants M.e~s,
but due to the shortage of leather he received .a utl~Ity
cardboard model. Before these notes appear m prmt,
t he Order of the Bowler Hat will have been conferred
also on Sgts. Grubb, McCarthy and Copesta.~e. _
After a false alarm, S.S. IVi. Weal re h as .OC !'Ually
departed . We wish him every success I? his new
sphere of service, but are sorry to lose. hIm, ~ter a
long and pleasant stay with the office. HIS contme!ltal
tour included service in France, Holland, BelgIUm
and Germany.
Football.-We have had a fair measure of success
in the world of football. The C .P.O. team won the
short" SUfl1ffier League" with the following rec?rd :
played 7, won 7, for 32, against ll-points 14.
Against the local French teams we played f?ur
friendly matches, which were regarded. as bemg
almost as important as Wembley InternatIOnals. As
we won 6-1, 1-0, 8-0, and 7-0, we cannot be accused
of lowering the prestige of the Home Country.
The departure on demob. of Sgt. Alf Harper,
coupled with the extended leaves of Sgts. Lord and
Hoath has weakened the team in recent weeks, and
at present we have won 3 m atches, losing 1 and
drawing the other.
59 Fwd. Base Pay Office.-S.Q.M:S. F.
Widdowson left on demob. in January, and hiS place
has been taken by S.Q.M.S . J. Robinson. TJ:e latter
has already been joined by his wife ~t hi~ duty
station and it is anticipated that Mrs .. Lelb,e wIll also
have arrived before these notes are m pnnt.
Sgt. Watson is also due !or an early dem?? , a~d
it is understood that there IS a very long waltmg list
of individuals eager to fill the vacancy.
Although the staff of the Pay Office is too small
to form an independent team, the personnel are all

J.

COMMAND PAY OFFICE, FRANCE


Greetings once again from across the Channel!
The much bombed town of Calais holds little in the
way of tourists attractions, but the staff of the

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k.e~n spor!smen and take every opportunity of partlcIpat~ng m sports, etc., organised by H.Q. B.A.S.(F)
at Pans.
87 Area Cash Office.-There is still no news
from the Toulon outpost, where it is not known
whether Captain Dawes and his henchmen are too
busy, or too overcome by the languid air of the
Sunny South, to worry about such things as Journal
notes.
GIBRALTAR
At the time of writing these notes all our friends
at home are held in an icy grip whilst we are using
mackintoshes and waterproofs against heavy but
none the less essential rainfall. However, all our
sympathy to those at home.
November saw the return of Captain A. R Elliot
from leave accompanied by his wife and daughter,
and the same ShIP brought also the wife of Sgt.
Barnard with the son and heir.
December brought the usual spate of parties,
dances and celebrations and Christmas Day witnessed
the members of the W.O.s and Sergeants' Mess
performiI1g "Nippy" in the traditional custom of
the Service.
On Boxing Day the Officers' and Sergeants' Mess
combined to play the juniors at hockey and after a
keen struggle finished with honours even at 6-6.
In early January the children of the Detachment
were entertained to a party given by Mrs. A. R
Elliot, and judging from the table afterwards a good
time was had by all !
The officers were guests of His Excellency the
Governor, Lieutenant-General Sir T. Ralph
Eastwood, K.C.B., D .S.O., M.C., at a farewell
sherry party on the conclusion of his term of office.
Babies are in the news-S/Sgt. Elliott and Sgt.
Crabtree both received our congratulations on
becoming fathers to bouncing boys.
Welcome was given to S.Q.M.S. H. Adams
(Radcliffe), and Ptes. K. A. Booth (Edinburgh) and
H. F. Worthington (Finsbury).
Unfortunately, S.Q.M.S. Adams stepped off the
ship into "trouble" and he did not see his new
duty station for several days. He is now fit and back
to du y and waiting patiently on the Married Quarters
Waiting List.
On the miniature range a very close match took
place ag8inst the RA.S .C. in which we were just
pipped at the post the scores being RA.S.C. 210
RA.P.C. 205.
Our joint football team with the C.RM.P., which
plays in the second division, achieved their first
victory recently and have now moved up from the
bottom of the table. The football may not be good
but the "never say die" spirit is there. At least
we know that they are in law abiding company.
On billiards, I will say little, my good friend
,. Hopleaf" will enlighten you, but I don't suppose
he will tell you that S.S.M. "Nobby" Clarke was
mentioned on the Gibraltar Radio for scoring the
highest break of the week !
N.A.D.M.
Sergeants' Mess.-Rumours were that, consequent on the annual Administrative Inspection
by the Brigadier-in-Charge Administration, the
mess was closing and we were to amalgamate with
the Garrison mess.
Our viewpoint has been
appreciated, however, and the mess continues to
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dining mess. We are, therefore, down to the bare


RA.P.C. members and the families.
We have extended a hearty welcome to S.Q.M.s.
H. Adams who arrived on the Rock on 25th January
Although few in number, the mess has entered ~
team of six in the Garrison W.O.s and Sergeants'
Mess Billiards League. To date, we have played 6
won I, drawn 3, and lost 2-not too bad and we ar~
not holding the bottom position.
A good social evening held on 14th February Was
e~joyed by all-a farewell" do " for the 1st Battalion
LIverpool Scottish who are leaving this Command in
the very near future. The C.O. and officers attended
and quite a sprinkling of the various services.
'
These notes have been attempted whilst still
suffering from the aftermath, so exchuses and
adiosh.-Hic !
" HOPLEAF."
INDIA COMMAND
Once again it is time to write a few notes for
inclusion in the Journal which, despite the delay in
reaching us, is being read by a large number of the
Unit.
Life goes on day after day with very little to upset
the even tenor, despite the spate of rumours regarding
the move of the office from Meerut.
FootbaII.-The first thing to record is the fact
that my hopes of the" General's Cup" being added
to our collection were not fulfilled. We found the
2nd Battalion K.O.RR to be a determined team who
set a pace which was at all times very hot. We ran
out the losers of the game by 3 goals to 1. Naturally
we were disappointed, after all to lose a game was
in itself quite an event.
~
This was our last cup match and other games have
been with Units in the vicinity. The 1st Battalion
King's Regiment, Duke of Wellington Regiment and
the 208 Field Regiment RA., among others have
visited us and many " battles" have been fought on
our ground. We have also visited Delhi to play the
Royal Corps of Signals and Royal Air Force teams.
Arrivals.-We extend a hearty welcome to the
families of the following officers and Other Ranks
who have recently arrived and hope that their stay
will be very enjoyable: Lieut.-Colonel Rees, Majors
Halter, Pittham, Williams, Captains Price, Whitley,
Lieuts. Dodds, Goodwin; Hood, Howell, Rackstraw,
S/Sgts. Paton, White and Sgt. Bray. We also extend
our welcome to the draft of Other Ranks from
Nairobi.
Departures.-Our best wishes go with all officers
and Other Ranks who have left us for Release and
Python, etc.
JAMAICA (71 DETACHMENT)
Hello again from this Island Paradise. Having
got over the strain of Christmas and N ew Year
Festivities your correspondent has settled down into
harness again, and now brings you some of the
highlights of the Christmas Season.
As mentioned in the last notes we were busy
preparing for the Area Commander's annual inspection on IIth November, and now we are pleased
to say that everything went off well and we gained
an excellent report. The Garrison Sergeants' Mess,
in which we boast six members, started off the
Christmas Season with a Grand Ball, on 21st
December, which turned out a huge success. On
Christmas morning the officers of various Units were
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followed the time-honoured event of serving


Christmas dinner to the ju~ior ranks. The. members
of the Garrison Sergeants Mess had theIr Annual
Dinner on the Friday after Chr~s~as, to which the
wives of married members were InVIted. After a very
good dinner everybody wandered around autographing each other's menu card. Then followed a
social commencing with that old favourite "HousyHousy" then various games which caused a lot of
fun. The mess comedians contributed t?eir share
which rounded off a very enjoyable evenIng. New
Year's Eve was celebrated by a dance in the mess
which, although a much smaller affair than the
Christmas Ball, turned out very successfully.
Recently the West Indies Squadron of the Ro~al
Navy paid a visit to Jamaica and several SOCIal
functions were "laid on" for the crews of the
various ships. An All Ranks' Dance was held at the
Union Jack Club, which has several members of the
office as active members, to which ratings of the
Navy were invited. The C.P.O.s and P.O.s of the
squadron were invited to the Garrison Sergeants'
Mess for a social and " Smoker" and proceeded to
live up to the oc as ion in true Navy style. Thus
No. 71 Detachment did its part in making the Navy's
short stay a happy one.
We take this opportunity of saying farewell and
good luck to Sgt. " Tiny" Lakey who has recently
left us for U.K. on "Python." The Garrison has
lost a well-known figure in our Sports' Correspondent
ofthe "North Caribbean Star." "Tiny" could always
be relied on for the latest football and cricket results
from England and his league tables were the height
of perfection. Once more we say all the best to you
Sgt. Lakey on your posting in England. At th<: s!lme
time we welcome Pte. Rees who has recently JOIned
us from the U.K., and trust his stay will be a happy
one.
On this note of welcome and good-bye, No. 71
Detachment bids you farewell until the next issue of
the Journal, when we will be with you again with
some more news from this fair Isle of the Caribbean.
, "GIFF."

This party was memorable to us as a Unit siJ;lce


reliefs for Sgts. Williams, Gowlett, Viard and Clasmg
reached Okayama that day in the persons of Sgts.
Menzies, Tolfree and Smith. Naturally the effect
on those to be relieved was good.
To see Lieut.-Colonel Thomas as a "learner
surgeon," Major Coll!ns in Japanese. costum.e,
Captain and M.r s. Barmcoat. a~ an Amen~an she~lff
and his wife, LIeut. Pretty gIvmg a good lffipress~on
of Charlie Chaplin and others .in outfits .sug~estmg
" semi-release" was very effectIve. ConSIderIng. the
short warning it was possible to give the new arnvals
they were respon<;ible for some very good fancy
dresses, the most outstanding of which was Sgt.
Smith as an Indian.
In addition there was, of course, the "Honey
Waggon" man who called himself" So Desuka"
and others rtpresenting Japanese labourers ~ho at
one stage of the evening insisted on partaking of
their meal of rice in the centre of the dance floor.
The last waltz was at 12 midnight after everyone
had stamped themselves to a standstill with a sup~r
palais glide but whisper has been heard of a certam
number who " heard the cock crow" whilst still out
of bed.
.
The great earthquake of 21st December IS no
longer" news." Suffice to say that apart from a g~:lOd
shaking for a few minutes none .of the rep.r<:se~tatIves
of " chujitsu to shin'yo " sustamed. any mJunes ~nd
there was no sign in the Bank buildmg that anythmg
untoward had occurred.
.
The passing of 1946 was observed out here m
much the same way as back in Blighty with the usual
New Year's Eve parties and dances. Our own local
radio station presented a " New Year nocturne " ~nd
many of the exiles raised their glasses of (A~str~han)
champagne at midnight and wished all theIr fnends
"yoi shogatsu." T~ere. were no peals of bells or
sounds of merrymakIng In the streets but for background effect the sound of a radio party could be
heard by tuning to radio Osaka.
Shogatsu-Big Year-the Japanese New Year,
1st and 3rd January, is an occasion for general
festivity. On the eve of the New Year the doorways
of the houses can be seen decorated with w~<:athes
of rice straw leaves and oranges as a propitiatory
gesture to th: gods for prosperity in.the com~g year,
and during the New Year's celebratIons traditIOn has
it that new clothes should be worn.

JAPAN
The end of this quarter has come with its many
improvements to our Bank premises.
.
The main faults in the roof have been repaired
and the existing gaps in door and window frames
filled in.
.
The cubicles of the Staff Paymaster, Second-inCommand and Officer-in-Command Imprest have
been enclosed and supplied with glass for windows
and doors whilst, best of all these days, we have a
fireplace-and a good one. We also have four others
awaiting installation but these are "in suspense"
awaiting supplies of metal for the chimneys.
Generally we are as comfortable as possible and
with the administration of hot tea three times a day,
life is very much better than in many parts of this
area.
Sgt. Purves left at the end of November for U.K.
and release. On the same boat S /Sgt. McKillop
left for Singapore, having been relieved by S /Sgt.
Robertson.
On 16th December we gave a fancy dress party,
at which we were favoured by the company of the
G.O.C. who, in keeping with the spirit of the thing,
appeared suitably" disguised." It :v~s voted a great
success and was certainly more ongInal than many
parties that have taken place.

MALTA, G.C. (72 DETAC~.~)


.
The Christmas and New Year festIVItIes havmg
faded into the past, together with the broken
resolutions and hangovers, the staff of t?e Co~mand
Pay Office are again beginnir:tg to regaIn theIr usual
verve and vigour ; although m our r~s appear o.ne
or two gaps the memory of wh<;>m ;;IlI ~on~, be With
us. To mention but two-Major Spike Taylor
and S/Sgt. Cyril Harris,~l.d stagers,. ve~, ne.arly but
not quite relics of the BlItz and SIege ~Intage
have returned to U.K. on Python-we Wish them
well in their new offices.
Those of us remaining are looking forward to the
warmer weather and the resumption of bathing, as
the winters on the George Cross Island are particularlv cheerless.
However, we in Malta are not so ba~ly off as -:ve
like to think we are. Food is plentiful, of ~~de
variety and scarcely rationed. Cigarettes and spmts,
although costly compared with other Mediterranean
Stations, are in large supply (and great demand !).

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Civilian clothing is unrationed, and many pieces of
co Natty Gent's suiting" can be seen worn by
members of the Detachment during the evenings and
on Sundays.
As the Detachment strength has diminished to a
mere tithe of its former glory, our efforts in the field
of sports as an independent Unit have ceased. We
now join with the staff of H.Q. Malta Command and
the results cannot be termed unsuccessful.
These, and t~e Camera Club, the RA.P.C. Swing
Club-run by Jive Fan S/Sgt. Ron West, Education
Courses, and attempts to learn Maltese seem to fill
in most of our spare time and it is surprising how
quickly the days pass and how soon our members
appear to disappear on L.I.A.P. or release after
arrival here.
In conclusion we send our hearty greetings to all
ot.h er detachments, etc. of the Corps and special
wishes to all who have served at one time or another
with the old and original" Fighting 72nd."
" MELITENSIUS."
G.H.Q. MIDDLE EAST LAND FORCES
Greetings from the sandy wastes of Fayid.
Before I go into more detail about our new station
I must mention briefly our activities mainly social'
during the past few m o n t h s . '
,
. The. Chri.stmas. festivities commenced early when,
m conjUnctIOn with other RA.P.C. Units in Cairo
a very successful party was given on 18th Decembe;
for the children, their parents and any other members
of the C~rps who cared to come. A grand spread
was prOVided by N.A.A.FI., after which the perfo.r mance o~ the cc Gully-gully" man was enjoyed
alike by chIldren and adults. Santa CIa us, in the
pers~m of Major Elam, distributed presents from the
Chnstmas tree and the party wound up with the
presentation of flowers to Mrs. Hackett by the
charming little daughter of S/Sgt. Escott.
On 23rd December the officers of this branch
entertained the staff. The highlights of the evening
were the witty speech by S.S.M. Hitchcock and the
equally humorous reply by Brigadier Hackett.
For the first time in years offices closed down for
two. and a half days and all were able to enjoy the
holIday. Supplies of both solid and liquid refreshment were available on a liberal scale and our last
Christmas in Cairo was one to be remeinbered.
A farewell party was given to Brigadier and Mrs.
R W. Hackett, Colonel and Mrs. R. C. D. Askin
and to Cairo by senior officers and their wives on
Saturday, 1st February, 1947, at the Turf Club.
Organised by Lieut.-Colonel Haggard, a delightful
evening enlivened by some pretty speeches was
thoroughly enjoyed by all.
'
Memorable days were the 3rd and 4th February
when Pay B ranch was packed into trucks and transported here. A family village complete with shopping
centre is being bu ilt for married officers and other
ranks, and although at present it is somewhat
primitive the future outlook seems to be not unpleasant. Unmarried personnel are in tented camps
and .t he offices ~ Nissen huts. Much work is being
put mto the laymg out of gardens and the provision
of sport~ facilities, ~d there is every prospect that
FaYld. wl.ll develoJ? ~to a good station. The Camp
Area IS situated wlthm about three miles of the shore
of the qreat Bitter Lake, where there IS every
OppOrtunity for swimming and sailing.

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. T~e next few months will see considerable changes


m thiS office, S.S.M. cc Tich " Hitchcock leaves us
en route for home before the end of February
~ajor Bertie Godwin and I are both due for Pytho~
m ~arch.
Our D.P.-in-C. is tour expired and
awaltmg th.e arrival of his relief whilst Captain A. J.
Doherty Will depart in May.
I will close with my adieux to the readers of these
G.H.Q. notes and with apologies for my many
failings as a journalist.
E.J.B.
13 B.C.P.O., ATHENS
This being the first contribution from Greece
greetings ~re sent to all " Payites " past and present
and espeCially to those who have served with the
Corps in Greece.
Life is quite pleasant here and the work is none too
arduous. The office is situated in the main building
of t.he B . nk of Greece and was a haven of refuge
durmg the troubles in 1944. It has amenities such
as hot showers of which we are able to avail ourselves.
The present staff is 55 military and 40 civilians who
are keen and willing workers and have contributed
a great deal to the efficient running of the office. We
have successfully survived three devaluations of the
Drachmae and it is hoped there will not be another
as they certainly do increase our work and worries.
Faces here are constantly changing due to release
and Python.
At present the C.P. and A/C.P.
(Lieut.-Colonel L. J. A. Laver and Major L. A.
Leggett) are looking rather worried as the reduction
of Python to three years means the loss of all the old
stalwarts. Still it is presumed that the cc powers that
be " will hear our cry from the wilderness . Christmas
was celebrated in the usual manner and J should
imagine that many a publican at home would have
been glad to have had only half of the drinks that
were consumed in the various messes. The usual
tradition of serving the men's dinner was performed
by the officers and senior N.C.O.s and one youngster
who had not seen this done before was noticed
having a double portion of everything just to have
an officer run a bout for him. He was seen about
5 p.m. with a sickly grin on his face asking, cc Was it
worth the privilege?"
Personalia.-Pre-war members of the Corps at
present serving in Greece are Captain A. H.
O'Connor, Captain J . K. Black, Lieut. G. F. Finch,
Lieut. J. J. Mannion, S.S.M. R W. Knight,
S.Q.M.S. L. T. Evans and S /Sgt. L. Banyard. Our
congratulations go to S.Q.M.S. (Scotty) Milne who,
at the age of 54, has just been accepted for a further
four years on a Short Service Engagement. It was
rumoured that he required the gratuity to wipe off
a debit balance.
Congratulations also to Pte.
Robotham who surprised all the old soldiers of the
4th and 13th Infantry Divisions by winning the All
Greece Individual Rifle Championship. A really
fine performance and a credit to the Corps in general.
Sport.-At present this is more or less confined
to soccer and in spite of only having about 14 players
to choose from, we are managing to keep the Corps
record in sport fairly high. Our record to date in
the league is: won 7, drawn 4, lost 3. The captain
and star of the side is L/Cpl. L. D. R Black, who is
also one of the mainstays of the Athens Area Representative side. Cpl. A. F. Mason is also holding his
place in this team. A hockey team was started early
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obtain fixtures.
At this game S.S.M. Knight,
S/Sgt. D. Grose and L/Cpl. Read have played for
the Athens Representative side. The support given
to our teams is very gratifying to the players. The
C.P. is seen at all matches and is our chief critic. Due
to the various messes being so far apart we are not
able to get together as much as we would like, but
when we do a really good night is had by all ranks.
A triangular Table Tennis Tournament was held
recently and the result was Officers 9, W.O.s and
Sergeants 9, Junior Ranks 6. This was a surprise
to the youngsters as they had anticipated winning
the competition easily. In order to decide the result
Lieut. H. Humphrey and the Sgt.-Major fought out
a hard battle which was watched with bated breath
by the spectators. This was the finest game of the
evening and after many long rallies Lieut.Humphrey's
superior back hand won the day. The members of
the Sergeants' Mess were afterwards heard muttering,
"W it till we get him on our own table." The
Other Ranks are also putting in lots of practice to be
in readiness for the next tournament.
cc YASSOU FROM ATHENS."
JERUSALEM (90 BATTALION)
Since the last issue of the Corps J oumal, the state
of unrest in Palestine has not diminished, but despite
the many cc Stands To," Curfews, and the inconvenience to which we are frequently put, the
Unit still exists, and thanks to the efforts of many we
can boast sporting and social activities of which we
are justifiably proud.
During December, and just in time for Christmas,
S.S.M. Clark and S/Sgt. Amold were fortunate
enough to receive their families, but in the main the
process of re-union of personnel with their families
is not proceeding anything like so fast as we would
wish.
Sports.-Individual honours in the Sporting
Activities of Jerusalem-to quote the cc Mideast
Mail "-must go to our Commanding Officer~
Colonel C. Holmes, M.C., who rode his horse
" Soldier" to victory both in the cc Open Handy
Hunter" and the cc Club Closed Jumping" events
of the Jerusalem United Services Riding Club Horse
Show at Jerusalem Sports Club Ground, and came
away with two trophies, including a magnificent Cup
presented by the G.O.C. Palestine. Picture below
shows Colonel Holmes taking one of the Jumps at
this Meeting.

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FootbaIl.-The Battalion XI has fared extremely


well in the Jerusalem League, having gone undefeated
up to the eighth game of the season, when we were
rather unluckily defeated by one goal to nothing in
an extremely fast and exciting game against the only
other unbeaten team in the league-13 Company
RE. The mainstay of an excellent team, imbued with
grand team spirit, has been Sgt. cc Joe" Laird, and
it was not until he left us on Compassionate Posting
that we really realised just how much we had relied
on him. To cc Joe" we extend every good wish for
the future.
S.S.M. King (Goal) and Sgt. McDougall (Right
Back) of the Battalion team, have been ever-present
representatives of the Army in Palestine XI, which,
so far this season, in encounters against the Palestine
Police, the R.A.F. and the Y.M.C.A. Select XI, have
come off best. Two other members of the teamPtes. Mathers and Paice-have also played for a
Jerusalem League Selected XI.
In addition to players, the Unit is well represented
from the Referee's point of view by Lieut. Hornby,
S.Q.M.S. Nelson and S /Sgt. Futcher-Smith, whilst
other members, including S.S.M. Haigh, S.S.M.
Hirt and Sgt. Edmondson, have recently passed
referees' courses with a view to collecting 5/- each
at least once per week. The Executive side of the
game is capably handled by Lieut. Tozer and Sgt.
Edmondson, who are Chairman and Secretary
respectively of both the Command and Area Referees
Association ; the former also represents the Area on
the Command Football Committee.
Cricket.-Under the capable captaincy of S/Sgt.
Brigden, the Battalion Cricket XI had a very successful season, and finished up on the winning side in
all but two of the games played. The batting was
more collective than individual, although we did
occasionally have a cc fifty" in the score book, and
for the remainder of the runs we successfully relied
on cc ten's," cc fifteen's" and cc twenties" off the
remainder of the batsmen. The bowling was, on
most occasions, shared by our two stalwarts, Sgts.
Jack Nye and Joe Laird, who more often than not
needed no help from relief bowlers.
Our main
change bowler was S.S.M. Clark (since retired to
Married Quarters), who managed to get into the
cc wood-yard"
with his curly ones, except at
Nathanya, an occasion which "Nobby" no doubt
would probably rather forget.
Tennis.-Our one tennis court has had its full
quota of games and even throughout the hottest
spells, tennis was undoubtedly the most popular of
the summer games. A series of matches between the
Officers and Other Rartks were organised, but despite
the fact that the former included such outstanding
players as Major cc Tiny" Boggis and Lieut. Hornby,
the balance was in favour of the Other Rartks, who
were always in such excellent form. Play as a rule
reached quite a good standard, and it was encouraging
to see keen youngsters coming along. A tournament
was held during July and August and a very good
entry was received. Some excellent matches were
watched by the cc fans. "
The season, however,
ended rather abruptly-no racquets, no balls-but
we are hoping for supplies in time for next year.
Athletics.-The Athletic team has had a successful
season. Competing in the 31 Infantry Brigade Sports
held at the Y.M.C.A. Stadium, Jerusalem, on
6th September, a good performance was put up by
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~ess life, but a determined attempt is being made to
10crease mess activities in all messes in the area. A
Farewell Party was held in November for S .Q.M S
Jimmy L!!ighton, who has now proceeded ho~e:
Opportumty was also taken on this occasion to bid
farewell to our other guest of the evening, Major
Cork, who in a very illuminating speech gave some
excellent advice to our younger members of the mess.

to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light


Infantry. Events in which first places were secured
were the 100 yards; 220 yards and the 120 yards'
Hurdles. It is gratifying to report that six of our
athletes were selected to represent the Brigade in the
Army Athletic Meeting at Sarafand on 14th September, 1946, although there we met with little success,
having to be satisfied with being only placed in the
finals of the sprints.
Congratulations must be
extended to our outstanding athletes-Ptes. Fowkes
Conlon, Horten and Camis (ex-R.P. Meerut Office)
-for their fine performance throughout the season.
A ~rand finale to the season was the Battalion Sports
which was held at the Y.M.C.A. Stadium on
5th 9ctober, and after a clo~ely contested meeting,
Post1Og Group finally won with a narrow margin of
o~y two points. At the conclusion of the meeting,
pnzes were presented by the Commanding Officer,
Colonel C. Holmes, M.C.
Swimming.-During the year we have had many
pleasant bathing trips to Bat Yam and El Jura where
bathing, surf-riding and sun-bathing were th~ order
of the day. The Annual Swimming Gala was held
at the Y.M.C.A. Baths on 6th November, and after
a very close finish Clearing Wing managed to beut
5 C.P.O. (Base) by 29 points to 23 points. A Water
Polo match between Clearing Wing and the rest
concluded the Gala, and ended with a win for the
former. Prizes were presented by Brigadier R. W.
Hackett, who we were fortunate in having with us on
that occasion.
Officers' ~ess.-We have seen many changes in
the mess dur10g the past few months owing to
Release, Python and L.I.A.P. Among those who have
gone are Major Tommy Cork, who left us in November for a well-earned Home Posting, and Major Ryan
who is on his way home to Johannesburg via U.K.
Major Marriott has also left on being posted to
Cyrenaica '(48 F.B.P.O.).
Several members have
recently returned from L.I.A.P. including Major
Partridge, who has resumed h is duties as A/C.P.
and Lie~ts. Thomson, Dennett, Bedford and Dear:.
(now posted to Cyprus). May we extend our congratulations to the latter on his marriage whilst on
!--.I.A.P. and also to Major Boggis on his marriage
m Jerusalem on 2nd December, 1946. During the
past few months we have held several successful
dances in the mess.
The building lends itself
admirably to such functions, and the dances have
become so popular that we are constantly asked by
our friends of neighbouring messes for more. We
have now bid adieu to our friends the 1 Battalion
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who were in
mess with us for eight months, and while our good
wishes go with them we extend a welcome to the
Royal Irish Fusiliers, who joined us in time for
Christmas.
Sergeants' Mess.-Activities have been limited
during the past three months due to the present
~est in the country. On Christmas Eve a midnight
VISit was arranged to Bethlehem; on Christmas Day
the Annual Officers and Warrant Officers (4) versus
Sergeants (3) Football Match took place, followed by
a smoker in the evening ; on Boxing Day the Annual
Mess dinner with another smoker in the evening was
held. It may interest old members to know that of
the 87 ~ho were present at the 1945 dinner only five
were still left to be present this year! The habit of
"Moaning Minnie" wailing early in the evening
with the inevitable " Stand To," puts a damper on

W.B.
O.O.A., M.E.L.F.
This issue of the Journal brings our first report
from our new abode at Fayid (situated in the Suez
Canal zone) and it is hoped to give ex-members of
O.O.A. ~ and others who may be interested, a
rough Idea of our, present surroundings, with a
few remarks regard10g the actual move of the office
from Alexandria. Of course we realise only too well
tha t by the time this" copy" reaches the press the
moves of the various offices to the Canal zone wiil
be somewhat stale news but at the same .ime we
are able to boast of being the " Pioneer Pay Corps
Unit" of F ayid.
The Unit, complete with office furniture and
machinery (n?t forgetting binders and pending pads)
left Alexandna on Monday, 6th January, the" equipment" etc. travelling by road guarded by 20 men,
the remainder of the Unit experiencing yet another
trip on the Egyptian railway. The lorries rolled into
Fayid late Tuesday afternoon after an interesting,
and we are glad to say uneventful, trip. True to
Army standards we found our office quarters infested
with workmen who were still putting the last" dabs
of paint" here and there, but in spite of the many
little difficulties encountered we were proudly
displaying a " Business as Usual" notice at 08.00
hours, Thursday, 9th January.
As one would
naturally expect we felt very proud of our achievement, this pride being carried even higher during a
recent visit by the C.P. when the Unit was complimented on the speed and efficiency of the move.
It WaS a general feeling throughout the Unit that
we should be pretty miserable at Fayid, especially
after spending the past twelve months in a camp '
that was actually on the shores of the Mediterranean
and, but for the Barrack-like surroundings, bore a
marked resemblance to a " Butlin's Holiday Camp" ;
but fortunately, in our case, all good things have not
come to end ; it is still possible to enjoy a few hours
bathing and surming on the beach ' of the Great
Bitter Lake, which is only a few hundred yards down
the road. We have, however, learned from the
experience of being one of the first Units to move
into the new camp areas of the Canal zone that a
Military Garrison in its early stages of completion
can be rather a dull place. No longer can we " pop
down" into Alex. for a gay evening out and the
compensation for this loss is not very substantial as
it consists only of A.K.C. cinemas, Army Welfare
and N.A.A.F.I.s (complete with the proverbial tea).
Nevertheless, by the end of March when all the other
R.A.P.C. Units will have joined us together with
others it is generally believed that the Canal zone
will be a very popular Army O"erseas Station
The hardest hit members of the staff have been
the married men who have their families out here
and who, owing to service conditions, have had to
leave their wives and children in Alexandria. They
are, however, in the very near future moving into a
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from satisfactory, will enable them to visit their


families on one or two occasions ea~h week: ~a~ried
quarters are being erected ~~ FaYld but It IS lik~ly
to be some time before famlhes are able to move 1o.
Ex-members of O .O.A. will be pleased to hear
that in spite of our move, we have managed to
retain the services of Sidi Gabe~ (War?en) who
continues to rule. the labourers WIth an Iron hand
which, confidentially, is believed to be envied by
many a Section Officer.
Other notable points of interest are-Major
G. J. G . Cave (late of Manchester and Cairo)
assumed command of the Unit on the posting of
Major E. Pease to Home Establis~ent on co"!passionate grounds. Recent promotions are Capta10
Horrocks to Major, Lieut. Hendy to Captain (now
in Group) and Sgt. Weller to S/Sgt. We have said
farewell to Lieut. Langdon and Sgt. Smith (Cashiers)
who have returned to U.K. on release. Latest arrival
from U.K. is Lieut. T. McArthur (late R.P. Glasgow).
Recent intakes of O.R.s included seven ex-Nairobi
men followed closely by two " palefaces" from U.K.
" Old Timers" of the Corps will, no doubt, be
interested to know that the following "Time
honoured" regulars are at present with this UnitLieut. J. Hanson who was with R.P. Glasgow,
A.P.O. Manchester following a previous Overseas
Tour; Lieut. T. McArthur, who appears to have
served anywhere and everywhere, his latest U.K.
stations being Radcliffe, Oldham and Glasgow;
S.S.M. J. Pettie, late of A.P.O. Manchester.
Hockey.-Although during the past season we
had not a great number of victories to our credit, we
managed to maintain our good record. In achieving
this we must give full credit to Major Cave (captain),
Lieut. Prier, S/Sgt. Weller and Sgt. Arnold.
Major Cave and Lil.!ut. Prier have represented the
Army Alex. District (and in the words of O.O.A.
"assured victory for the Army side ").
For the Rustam Cup matches in Alexandria we
were combined with a Signals Unit and, up to the
time of leaving for Fayid, we were still in the running.
Unfortunately, we had to leave the fate of the team .
in the hands of the Signals and withdraw from the
competition. We are, however, looking forward to
future matches here in Fayid and feel ,quite confident of success. '
.
Football.-In spite of the smallness of our staff
we have been able to field a very strong eleven. Out
of nine games played at Bewsher Park, Mustapha
Barracks, Alexandria, we were defeated only once.
Of all the games the most outstanding were two
played against the C.R.M.P., both games ending in
a draw I-I. The crowd was the largest, apart from
representative games, ever seen at Bewsher Park,
and it can be said that they were treated to 70 minutes
of football at its best.
Cpl. Thirlwell, L/Cpl. Lewsley, Pte. McConalogue
and Pte. Maguire were selected for representative
Lieut. Root, our Sports'
games quite regularly.
Officer, and S/Sgt. Weller who is the Hon. Secretary,
and was until recently Chairman and Team Manager
of the United Services Team, Alexandria, and a
member of the Army Selection Committee, have
both done excellent work in all branches of our
sports' organisation, and we hope that they will
remain with us to carry on the good work.
. It is hoped that our run of success will continue
10 Fayid and that we shall be able to keep up the
good name' that we surely earned in Alex.

SOUTH AFRICA
The approaching visit of the Royal Family is
almost the only topic of local interest. Preparati?ns
are going ahead in all the larger c~ntres of the Um~n
and there is no doubt that our K10g and Queen Will
be given a right royal we!come .b~t judg~g by the
long list of Garden Parties, CIVIC f~c.tions, etc.,
which they are scheduled to attend , It IS doubtful
indeed whether the tour will be considered by
Their Majesties as the holiday it is meant to be.
Great preparations are being made in our three
British territories: (Basutoland, Bechuanaland and
Swaziland) and massed gatherings of at least 50,000
natives are expected in each territory.
These natives are extremely loyal subjects (some
35 000 served with the British Army in the Middle
E;st) and to all the visit of the" Great White King"
represents all that can be attained in life. These
purely native gatherings will probably be the most
impressive of the whole tour. Some measure of the
enthusiasm of the natives can be judged from the
fact that attendance at the gatherings will entail
journeys over mountainous country of up. to 15.0
miles and almost the only transport avatlable is
" Shanks pony." There are no railways at all and
almost no roads.
As far as is known at present, we Imperials in
Durban are not taking part in any official functionsthere are so few of us here now that we almost don't
count and certainly could not muster much of a
parade.
Arrivals.-A welcome is extended to S/Sgt. S. W.
Ashton and family who arrived from Lomba. We
hope they will enjoy their stay here but as they are
due home in March (Service expired), they will only
be with us for a short time.
Departures.-S /Sgt. H. N. H. Smith, L/Cpl.
E. Thornton, Cpl. S . K. Adams and Pte. D. A.
Harding. To all we wish " Happy Days" in their
new offices in U.K.
Promotions.-Cpl. E. Aston to Sergeant and
Pte. R. S. Green to L /Corporal. Congratulations to
both.
L.I.A.P.-For the first time in the history of
South Africa an R.A.P.C. man has succeeded in
getting L.I.A.P. Congratulations to Cpl. R. . Burn
in having his n ame drawn from the hat as the pIOneer
of a new era. We shall want a lot of work out of
him when he gets back here.
Enlistments.-Pte. M. H. Fisher has enlisted on
a Regular engagement and has been promoted to
Corporal. Congratulations, and we hope he will not
have cause to regret his decision.
"TOTSIENS"
TRINIDAD (79 DETACHMENT)
Since our notes for the Christmas issue were
written there has been little to report in the movements of R.A.P.C. personnel.
There have been no arrivals and only one departure-Sgt. Baines, who left us for the U.K. on
compassionate grounds. Here's wishing him luck
in his new station.
The festive season has come and gone. It is
difficult to associate Christmas with a temperature
in the region of the 90's. Nevertheless, turkeys,
puddings, puts, crackers and the many things which
are dear to the hearts of all British people at this
time were available (at a price!) and the drink
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We face 1947 with the possibility of further
reductions in our already shrinking Garrison, and
it would be interesting to know what our fate will
be in the next twelve months.
Our very popular "chief," Major John Alien,
was married to Miss J. T. Gordon Smith on 2nd November, 1946, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the
ceremony was performed by the Bishop of Trinidad.
Officers of Headquarters, South Caribbean Area and
Trinidad Garrison, formed a Guard-of-Honour, and
the reception at the Queen's Park Hotel which
followed, was attended by over 200 guests. It was a
grand wedding, in fact, the event of the year.
Congrats. to Cpl. (Tony) Valbonesi on his promotion to that rank-a very nice Christmas box I
There is little to report on the sports front. This
is a small Detachment, with comparatively few U.K.
Troops. However, the R.A.P.C. are usually well
represented in any combined teams which play in
the Garrison.
As regards entertainments, members of the 79
Detachment figured prominently in the recent
production of "George and Margaret," the first
effort of the "Gymnasium Players," a company
formed by Sgt. Terry Traylen.
This show was a great success. S jSgt. Harold
Harrison and Sgt. Traylen took part and the show
was produced by the latter who will be remembered
by all old members of the C.P.O., Cairo, for his play
and revue production in Egypt.
Pte. George Hicks was outstanding as Stage
Manager and Sgt. Jock Hamilton was in his element
as N.C.O.-in-Charge Bar. A new production is
planned for the last week in March.
May we take this rather belated opportunity of
congratulating all those responsible for the rebirth
of our Journal. It is so interesting to read accounts
from members spread over the four corners of the
globe--the writer has served abroad in Constantinople, Malta, Egypt, Hong Kong and West
Africa and has a rough idea what foreign service was
like in the palmy days of peace--and it is interesting
to form a comparison with the many war-time
stations which have been opened.
In closing, may we extend greetings to all exTrinidadians and also to any old friends.
I t may be of interest to note that the following
pre-1939 Corps members are serving here: Major
J. G. Allen, M .B.E., Captain E. O . Band, Lieut.
E. A. Wilso~ and S.S.M. C. J. A. Day.
"OLD STAGER"

How refreshing is the tingle ! Water straight from ice-cold tap


Is so healthy; tones the muscles :
Puts one really" on the map."
(How I wish someone would " sock" you
Good and hard, you silly sap I)
Healthy too are winter breezes
Blowing through the Dining Hall.
Concrete floor (for easy washing)
Bothers not our feet at all.
(For the love of Mike let's gather
Near the stove, so I can thaw I)
Oh I the joy of life in Barracks,
And the cheerful, friendly huts.
How we gaily skid to duty
In the icy frozen ruts.
(If you talk such utter rubbish,
You will really drive me " nuts.")
See the staff there, working gladly,
Wearing gloves and overcoats.
They are warm, and oh I so happy,
Fortified with Quaker Oats.
(Half of them are in the" Sick-Bay " Frost bite, chills and sore throats.)
Yards of string festoon the ceiling,
Anchoring electric light
To the place where it is wanted,
So that it shall be " just right."
(Yes ; and see the cold " hot water
Pipes" put up at ceiling height.)
When the working day is over,
To our rooms we hasten back.
There a blazing fire will cheer us,
For of coal there is no lack.
(Why, you mutt, there is no fire-wood,
And the box is full of " slack.")
Well at least there will be comfort
When we seek our cosy bed :
Four warm blankets, nice hot bottle,
Reading lamp just by our head.
(You will wake to find it frozen
Solid, like a lump of lead.)

PAY CORPS PLEASANTRIES


(Winter 'sPort)
Oh I to be in Canterbury,
Fast in Winter's icy grip.
See the lovely, drifting snowflakes;
Crisp air, with a healthy nip.
(Curse the air, and blast the snowflakes;
They give me the (censored) " pip" I)

When the thaw sets in it's lovely


Slopping round in frozen slush:
Makes you glad for army footwear:
Gives your cheeks a rosy flush.
(Have you never heard of chilblains,
Brighter than a maiden's blush ?)
So you don't enjoy the Barracks?
Why, I really can't conceive;
Spring is just around the corner ;
Surely that you will believe?
(You can keep your-- "Spartan" Barracks._
I'm just off on ten days' leave.)
-L. A. L. HARRISON, February 1947.

With what keenness we awaken,


Trying hard to be the first
To be washed and dressed and shaven:
Nice hot tea to quench our thirst.
(Don't you know the pipes are frozen,
And the blasted boiler burst ?)

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