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The History Pages

These pages contain the history and background of the Pioneer Corps, books, honours and awards and
much, much more...

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    History Pages Index

  Research on these subjects - please read before emailing us

Labour Corps research
Public Records Office
Pioneer histories and wartime diarys
WW1 and WW2 Personnel Records
Unclaimed and replacement medals
Royal Logistic Corps and former Corps enquiries
Other useful sources of information


The Association newsletters are all available to be viewed online and contain a wealth of information! Two newsletters are published every year.

Articles for the newsletter are always welcome. Do not worry about spelling the like as we will amend this for you

Please do not enclose photographs within a word document as they are not of high enough quality for reproduction. Please send original photos, these will be returned within a few days.

  Books and Reference Material

References used and some good Pioneer related books I can recommend, featuring.

A War History of the Royal Pioneer Corps 1939-1945
Pioneer Corps and Royal Pioneer Corps Magazines
Royal Pioneers 1945-1993
Pioneer Battalions in the Great War
The Forgotten Tragedy
No Labour, No Battle: The Labour Corps in the First World War

and much more!

  History and Background of The Royal Pioneer Corps

History and background of the Royal Pioneer Corps.
This page contains some excellent old wartime

  D-Day - The Pioneer Story - incredible!

The Corps gained many awards for gallantry and in addition received American, French, Dutch, Greek, Belgian and Italian awards. Some 2,800 men of the Corps laid down their lives oversees. On 26th November 1946, his majesty George VI decreed that in recognition of its services the Corps should have the distinction "Royal" added to the title.

In February 1950 the Royal Pioneer Corps became part of the Regular Army. Since the end of World War 2, Royal Pioneer Corps officers and soldiers have played their part in all operations overseas. In the long and glorious history of the British Army no other Corps or Regiment has earned this single honour in so short a time.

  The Warrants

The Royal Warrants from George RI authorising the formation of the Auxiliary
Military Pioneer Corps, the changing of the name to the Pioneer Corps and the
distinction of having "ROYAL" in the name.

  Honours and Awards

The honours and awards that Pioneers earned, showing courage and devotion
to duty. Some very interesting stories here and a list of everyone who got a medal.


  Post War History and a large Logistic Corps

Post War History and the announcement
of future incorporation into a large Logistic Corps.



  Background of the Wartime Training Centres

Background of the Wartime training centres.

  The Lancastria

Many servicemen and many Pioneers lost their lives onboard the Lancastira when it was attacked and hit by bombs from German aircraft. The exact number of all troops on board may never be known, but almost certainly exceeded 6000; some estimates were as high as 9000. The ship sank rapidly and according to the estimate of the Captain, only around 2500 of those on board were saved.

Owing to the scale of the tragedy, Winston Churchill forbade publication of the news in the interests of public morale, and hence the story of the Lancastria has never been generally known, although it is Britain's worst maritime disaster. The Official Report of the Lancastria sinking has been suppressed under the Official Secrets Act until the year 2040.

  Compound 219

I bet you have never heard of Compound 219 !


  Kranji War Memorial

Kranji Cemetery & War Memorial for the British, ANZAC and Allied personnel killed during the Japanese Invasion and Occupation of Singapore, 1942 - 1945.

  1980 Description of the Royal Pioneer Corps

Interesting description of the Royal Pioneer Corps dating back to 1980.

If there is one word that sums up the role of the Royal Pioneer Corps today, it is versatility. The modern RPC is a far cry from the days when its personnel were the Army's labourers.

  Simpson Manor

The site where Simpson Barracks and Quebec Barracks used to stand. The older ones of you may remember the site being named Quebec Barracks.

The estate stands opposite the Northampton School for Girls on the Turnpike (B526) Northampton to Newport Pagnell Road.

  The Royal Logistic Corps Museum

The Royal Logistic Corps was formed on 5 April 1993, amalgamating the Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army Catering Corps and the Postal and Courier Service (Royal Engineers).

The Museum was built especially in 1995 to house the large collections amassed by the Trustees of the constituent Corps.


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