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William
Pay Parades...grrrrrrr
My first ever Pay Parade was at St George's Barracks, Sutton Coldfield in 1966. It's burnt into my memory! My life long friend Mike Phillips who joined with me was about 12 months my elder. Having gone through the usual Pay and Pay Book Correct palaver I found that my pay was only just over half of what Mike had been paid. I spoke to our Corporal who explained that I was on " Juniors " pay because I had not yet attained the age of 18. (I enlisted just after my 17th birthday). Clearly on joining I had been told about my reckonable service not starting until my 18th birthday, but that fact nor the different pay rates had registered in my then very naive mind! It rankled me then and does still to this day!
Geoff P

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