Introduction

1. Music has long been a tradition of Armies down through the centuries. Regimental and Corps songs, marches, dining music and barrack room ballads have strong links with battles fought and won. Ritually, the victorious Regiment ‘adopted’ the music or folk songs (and frequently the spoils of the battle field and other paraphernalia) of the defeated as a reminder of The Deeds of That Battlefield Won. This music was frequently ‘reorganised’ to better recall the event and to fit the language and customs of the conquering force.

2. It was fashionable for the distinguished Regiments and Corps to commission great composers to write special Chamber Music, Songs and Marches for their exclusive use. On many occasions, Regiments and Corps have adapted contemporary compositions which espouse their traditions and ideals. The RAEME Slow March is one such early eighteenth century composition, adapted for use by RAEME as the Corps Slow March.

Authority

3. The RAEME Slow March was authorised by Army Office in 1992.

Aim

4. The aim of this instruction is to describe the RAEME Slow March, its origin and use.

Description

5. The RAEME Slow March is a special musical arrangement for military band of the contemporary composition ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’ by LT Russell King, an officer of the Australian Army Band Corps. The melody is at Annex A. The origin of the ‘Harmonious Blacksmith’ is described in Annex B.

6. The RAEME Slow March may be played on RAEME parades, particularly during the March Past in Slow Time, and with the approval of the Parade Commander on other occasions where a formed body of RAEME troops are parading as part of a composite parade. Units proposing to use the RAEME Slow March should liaise with the Music Director of the supporting Band to have it included in the programme of music. All Army Bands hold copies of the music.

7. The RAEME Slow March was officially played for the first time, by the Band of the Royal Military College Duntroon, during the Corps sponsored Commemorative United Drumhead Service, conducted at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra on 24th February 1992.

RAEMEsmallThe official description of the emblem is:

The vital repair and maintenance role for the Australian Army is provided by the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME).

The Duke of Edinburgh, the son of Prince Andrew of Greece was born in Corfu and educated in Britain. His Naval career began in 1939 when he entered the Royal naval College, Dartmouth, as a cadet. In January 1940 he went to sea as a midshipman, joining the battleship “Valiant” with the Mediterranean Fleet. In this ship he took part in the Sicily landings and was present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay.

On the eve of the marriage to Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 he was given the title of the Duke of Edinburgh by King George VI who also authorised his use of the prefix ‘His Royal Highness’. He retired from active service in 1951 and since the accession of Queen Elizabeth II has played an increasingly important part of the nation’s life.

On the 5th  March 1959 His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh accepted the appointment of Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Apart from the above he holds many other service appointments and is particularly interested in scientific and technological research and development, the encouragement of sport, the welfare of young people and the conservation of the environment.

The Corps of RAEME has had a short but glorious history. It was only officially established in 1942 when the repair facilities of the Ordnance Corps (AAOC) and the Service Corps (RASC) were combined to form the Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps (AEME).

The 1st of December 1942 is generally acknowledged as the Corps Birthday because this was the date of the Order declaring the creation of AEME. In 1948 the dedicated performance of the AEME tradesman during WW2 was recognised by His Majesty King George VI when he granted the Corps the title "The Royal Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers".

The Australian Army's Corps of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) provides maintenance support to the Australian Army. The Corps provides repair and recovery support for all equipment operated by the Army, including aircraft and watercraft.

In December 1981 approval was granted in principal for the Corps to be granted a banner and in November 1982 His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh agreed that the Banner be known as The Prince Philip Banner. The 'Prince Philip' Banner was presented to the Corps on 20 May 1986.

RAEME soldier is known as a 'Craftsman'. RAEME Craftsmen repair and maintain equipment as diverse as tanks, trucks and armoured personnel carriers, helicopters, radios, radars and computers, artillery guns up the students and missile systems. Among the wide range of trades available in the Corps are vehicle mechanics, electronics technicians, aircraft technicians and armament fitters.

For the purposes of identification in military radio parlance, RAEME personnel are referred to as 'Bluebells'. A RAEME Craftsman is affectionately known as a 'Crafty' - only because of the 'Oz' military trait of abbreviating everything, not because he is! (If that were the case,Crafties might be quite rightly known as Genies, as that would be an appropriate abbreviation of ingenious.