Royal Pioneer Corps
Royal Pioneer Corps
The origins of military works go back many centuries, but the pioneers - as an embodied organisation within the British military has its origins in 1762 when the original Royal Pioneer Corps was formed - only to be disbanded a short time later. This pattern became quite familiar with several reformations and disbandments over the years - predominantly due to military works being a purely wartime requirement.
A works service was formed in 1915 due to the need for manual labour troops - the labour battalions of line regiments forming the Combatant Labour Corps. The corps was (again) disbanded following the termination of hostilities, only to be reformed again prior to the outbreak of war in 1939 as the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps (a combatant infantry labor Corps) (Pioneer Corps from 1940).
The Corps received its Royal prefix in 1946 for Galant Service During WW2 thousands of pioneers landed on the beaches in the D Day landings working with the Royal Engineers under fire their bravery on the beaches was along with the Engineers outstanding and their losses were huge amongst the biggest for any unit on the allied side.
They wore a red and white lanyard because they took over the guns at Dunkirk when the Royal Artillery retreated the Royal Artillery now wear a White Lanyard for retreating because the Pioneer Corps won their Lanyard.
RPC continued to serving in an Infantry Role and trained at the Queens Depot from 1983 to 1993 undertaking the same training as the Royal Anglians The Queens and The RRF in the British Army until 1993.
When it was amalgamated with the Royal Corps of Transport (RCT), Army Catering Corps (ACC), Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) and the Postal Courier Service of the Royal Engineers (RE) to become the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC).
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Famous catchphrases associated with Pioneers:
If you want something doing ask a Pioneer
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