Money in the cap at HMS St Vincent pay parade

Members of HMS St Vincent receiving their wages.
Members of HMS St Vincent receiving their wages.
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Following on from my colleague Chris Owen’s photographs of the boys’ training establishment at HMS St Vincent, Gosport, here we see the boys collecting their wages at the pay parade.

It would appear that they had to line up, take off their caps and give their name and ship’s number.

The appropriate amount would then be placed in the cap and the lad would then fall-in with the other company members.

At all times the boys were inspected by instructors and there would be a high price to pay if they didn’t meet the required standards.