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grandfatherd | 19:16 Mon 06th Feb 2012 | Genealogy
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A friend was telling a number of people of is time in the army in 1947, the question of army pay came up our friend seem to think that a private soldier received 7/6d per week after stoppeges. This was queried by another person who declared that could be wrong as he recieved the same pay in1952 as a nationl service soldier. I would realy like to know the pay for a privte soldier in this last era, as I was a private soldier myself in1951 anyone out there any idea and if not where it would be possible to find out
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Basic pay for a private soldier was 28 shillings (£1.40) a week net in 1948. This compared poorly with the average weekly wage in 1951, which was eight pounds eight shillings and six pence. Those on a Short Service Commission would get extra pay. Pay for conscripts rose to 38 shillings in 1960. The average weekly wage for...
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Basic pay for a private soldier was 28 shillings (£1.40) a week net in 1948. This compared poorly with the average weekly wage in 1951, which was eight pounds eight shillings and six pence. Those on a Short Service Commission would get extra pay. Pay for conscripts rose to 38 shillings in 1960. The average weekly wage for men in 1961, however, was £15 10 shillings. Sometimes the low wages were reduced by deductions for lost or damaged kit and equipment. National Servicemen often had little money left for social activities beyond a visit to the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI)
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The pay rate probably allowed for accomodation and meals etc, just the way it did when I married a serving RAF JT in 1978, up until we moved into the married quarter he had a large deduction for living in the block.
I joined the army in March 1944 when I was 17yrs six months. I remember my pay was 14 shillings a week. Seven shillings of this was stopped to send home to my mother.

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