Object of the Month


January 2018

The uniform and medals of Lt-Col James Betts DSO OBE. In 1907 Betts became the first Senior Non Commissioned Officer in the old Army Gymnastics Staff to be commissioned. To honour this occasion he was given the special title of "Master At Arms".


Today, the "Master At Arms" title is awarded to each member of the RAPTC who is commissioned from the ranks.


Betts held many senior positions within the AGS and Army Physical Training Staff, as well as being a champion fencer at the Royal Tournament. He retired in 1924 after 30 years service with the AGS/APTS.