Object of the Month

September 2018

A not so fancy object for September's OOTM, but something that has played an important role in the training carried out by the RAPTC for many years. Medicine balls are used for a variety of training exercises and this example was used on Op Granby during the 1990-91 Gulf War.

August 2018

Inter-company bayonet fighting shield, originally presented in 1914. Gifted to Captain Byrne by past and present members of B Company Artists Rifles on his retirement, 4 April 1928. Captain Byrne was a noted Royal Tournament bayonet fencing champion.

July 2018

A poignant OOTM for July, this collection from WO1 (SMI) D.R Pacy and his wife, Mrs F.E Pacy. Both were serving in the Far East in 1941, he in the APTC, she as a nurse when they were captured in the Japanese advance. They were both sent to prison camps and suffered 4 years of imprisonment, with SMI Pacy dying as a consequence shortly after the War.

June 2018

June's OOTM is this oil painting of the Middle East Physical and Recreational Training School, painted by WO2 (CSMI) J. Cottrell who was stationed there in 1944.The School played an important part in formulating the "Tough Tactics" training programme that provided amplified training for front-line troops in Africa and Italy in the final years of WW2.

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.

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