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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
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!
and Background of The Royal Pioneer Corps
History and background of the Royal
This page contains some excellent old wartime pictures.
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
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 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.
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.
of the Wartime Training Centres
Background of the Wartime training
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
The Official Report of the Lancastria sinking has
been suppressed under the Official Secrets Act until the year
I bet you have never heard of Compound
Kranji Cemetery & War Memorial
for the British, ANZAC and Allied personnel killed during
the Japanese Invasion and Occupation of Singapore, 1942 -
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.
The site where Simpson Barracks and
Quebec Barracks used to stand. The older ones of you may remember the site being named Quebec
The estate stands
opposite the Northampton School for Girls on the Turnpike
(B526) Northampton to Newport Pagnell Road.
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.