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John Daines: Reminiscence
The Glyn Mills payroll paid people by Credit Transfer rather than by cheque**. This was at the start of each bank branch having a sort code, as well as folk having account numbers. We produced a payslip and a credit transfer. There was a tape that contained “the Bank File” and that started to be used for more payrolls – “the standard payroll” that became an early package, requiring only “minor” tailoring for each customer.
They paid military officers (all army, half RAF or half army, all RAF I think and the input data was referred to as ”casualties”. I seem to remember that the casualties were punched and verified twice and two tapes were input for comparison.
Glynn Mills had their offices at Osterley Park (wartime evacuation) and I remember that on one weekend I had to deliver the results to Osterley. It was when the Hammersmith flyover was being built so it involved a lot of in-and-out under the works on the A4.
Editors Note: Also see John Lewis, Chapter 19, 229-242 in Caminer et al, LEO: The incredible Story of the World’s First Business Computer.
** we used to print cheques for Bermondsey Borough Council and each one of the supplied bank cheques printed on continuous stationery had to be accounted for.Date : 2020
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