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How were soldiers paid?

I'm assuming cash pay packet whilst at home. Abroad I saw a pic (probably IWM) i now cant find of an exchange booth at a station or port, were they paid in sterling or currency of the country they were in. Were they paid in full or was it split in some way for family. I did see on a soldiers file once he had agreed to a sum to be deducted and sent to his wife....

 

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They were paid in the local currency.  Pay parades were often erratic, they should have been once a fortnight, but seldom were.  Getting pay to active service units was not always a priority.

George Coppard remembers always being hard up in France.

 

The Rates of Pay and a picture of a pay parade in the field are on the LLT

https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/soldiers/a-soldiers-life-1914-1918/british-army-rates-pay-1914/

 

A soldier could make an allotment of up to half his pay to, usually his wife, but if unmarried his mother or other dependent

https://collection.nam.ac.uk/detail.php?acc=2014-07-29-1

 

There are many threads on the topic on this forum

 

Ken

 

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1 hour ago, kenf48 said:

They were paid in the local currency.  Pay parades were often erratic, they should have been once a fortnight, but seldom were.  Getting pay to active service units was not always a priority.

George Coppard remembers always being hard up in France.

 

The Rates of Pay and a picture of a pay parade in the field are on the LLT

https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/soldiers/a-soldiers-life-1914-1918/british-army-rates-pay-1914/

 

A soldier could make an allotment of up to half his pay to, usually his wife, but if unmarried his mother or other dependent

https://collection.nam.ac.uk/detail.php?acc=2014-07-29-1

 

There are many threads on the topic on this forum

 

Ken

 

Thank you for that Ken I have George Coppards book I will reread it...I expect the picture I saw of a currency exchange booth was in this country...

 

Mick.

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I remember reading about one at Victoria railway station. Can't remember where I came across that bit of information at the moment

 

Russ

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56 minutes ago, Mick M said:

I expect the picture I saw of a currency exchange booth was in this country...

 

 

Actually I think the picture you refer to in your OP is in George's book!

 

Reference IWM Q 30515 It was Victoria Station

 

Can't find the original but this article has three images, it appears there was more than one booth at Victoria

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4791800/Photos-reveal-British-troops-enjoying-break-WWI.html

 

Ken

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, RussT said:

Yep, here's a famous one

 

 

Money Exchange.JPG

That's the one...looking at it again I suspect that is on British soil for returning troops to revert their pay back to sterling....

 

Thanks all yet again...great answers and part of my education.

Mick.

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