|STAFF QUARTERMASTER SERGEANT
ARMY SERVICE CORPS & ARMY PAY CORPS
Robert Williamson was born April 1857 in Pontypool, Wales. His profession prior to joining the Army was Clerk. He entered the
Army Service Corps 18 April ’78 at 21 years of age. He was a short man, only 5’ 3” height (& was to remain that height for his
entire career) with blue eyes. A fresh complexion & light brown hair. He was entered as a supply clerk & his number was 1970.
Williamson must have been quite intelligent & more than competent in his duties as his promotion was very quick for the Victorian
Army. He was promoted to Lance Cpl on 19 Mar ’80, Second Cpl on 2 Jun, Cpl on 21 July ’81 & Sergeant on 1 July ’82. He had
only been in the A.S.C. for 4 years, 220 days when he made Sergeant.
On 24 Nov he was transferred to the Staff of the Army as a Sergeant Military Staff Clerk.
On 15 Nov ’84 he was transferred to the newly formed Corps of Military Staff Clerks.
All of his service up to 24 Feb ’85 was in the UK. On 25 Feb he was embarked for service in the Egypt/Soudan campaign of 1884-
He served in the Soudan, earning the Egypt medal & Suakin ’85 clasp , & was promoted to Colour Serg’t whilst in the Soudan, on
1 July ’85. Williamson was to remain in the Soudan until returning home on 13 Jun ’88. This was to be his only active service during
After returning home he was promoted to Quarter Master Serg’t on 1 July ’88.
He had to this point in his career been in the Army 10 yrs, 2 months.
He re engaged on 13 Aug ’88 “to complete a term of 21 years”.
Williamson transferred to the Army Pay Corps on 1 April ’93 & was promoted to Staff Quarter Master Serg’t on 30 Aug. His
Regimental number was 111.
Following taken from a website:
In 1878, the Army Pay Department (APD) was established comprising officers from the Control Department and Regimental
Paymasters. Pay departments were established at each of the 69 Brigade Depots and in 1893, the military clerks who assisted the
officers were formed into the Army Pay Corps (APC). Although under different names the APD and APC formed one branch of the
In 1881 all Quartermaster Sergeants (Staff Sergeants 1st Class) were to wear a 4 bar chevron point upwards below the elbow, for
some additional badges were worn above the chevrons depending on the Corps. The appointment of Staff Quartermaster Sergeant
could be that held by the Senior NCO in charge of the Pay Office. The Staff Quartermaster Sergeant wore a Crown above his 4
Williamson completed 18 years service in 1896 & was awarded his Army LS medal. His medal was published in Army Order 173 of
On 22 Apl ’98 he was “permitted to remain in the service beyond 21 years”
He received £60.10.6 deferred pay on 18 April ’99, on completion of his 21st year of service.
Williamson was finally released from the Army on 22 Aug ’01, completing 23 yrs, 127 days service with the colours.
His conduct during his entire career had been assessed as Exemplary & he rec’d the maximum of 5 Good Conduct badges & pay.
He would have actually only worn two of the GCB’s as he had made Serg’t in July ’82 but he would have rec’d credit & additional
pay for the remaining badges as he was awarded them:
1st GCB 18 Apl ’80 1 d/day additional pay
2nd GCB 18 Apl ’82 2 d/day additional pay
3rd GCB 18 Apl ’90 3 d/day additional pay
4th GCB 18 Apl ’94 4 d/day additional pay
5th GCB 18 Apl ’99 5 d/day additional pay
Robert Williamson married Edith Julia on 1 April '83 in Southampton.
In the 1891 census he is shown as 34 yrs of age, Edith is 32, they have one daughter Edith Julia, age 11; & one son George
Hayes, age 7. They were living at 25 Holden St, Battersea London.
Robert Williamson would have been too old for service in WWI, but he no doubt followed the vents with interest. He died 1930