Object of the Month

May 2018

This beautiful oil portrait of Lt-Col Sir G.M Fox, Inspector of Physical Training 1890-97.
Colonel Fox was a relentless innovator, devising many new training programmes and patenting the spring bayonet which allowed safer practice of bayonet training. He oversaw a radical restructuring of the Army School of Physical Training, ordering the building of the gym - now called Fox gym - which is still today the primary gym at the ASPT. He also ordered, at his own expense, the construction of the first athletics pitch.
The site of the ASPT was renamed Fox Lines in his honour in 1894

April 2018

The Wieler Trophy for best shot in the Corps. Originally presented by Brigadier L.F.E Wieler, Inspector of Physical Training 1944-48; this trophy was awarded between 1948-88.

March 2018

In 1948 the "Austerity Olympics" were held in London and were partly organised by the APTC. The Modern Pentathlon Fencing was held in Fox Gym at the Army School of Physical Training, whilst other events such as the Basketball competition were refereed and managed by APTC instructors.

This basketball was one of 50 used during the Games. Afterwards it was presented to the Corps in memento of their efforts.

February 2018

The bell used to mark change-over periods at the HQ Training School at St Pol, France in WW1. The School was in use until March 1918 when it got caught up in the German Spring Offensive. For the only time in the history of the Corps, the Staff at the School were drawn up into a fighting company (lowest rank, Corporal) to meet the threat, though they never saw action in the end.

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.