Royal Corps of Transport

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Royal Corps of Transport
Royal Corps of Transport regimental badge
Royal Corps of Transport regimental badge
Active 1965–1993
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Garrison/HQ Buller Barracks, Aldershot
Nickname The Waggoners
Motto Nil sine labore
("Nothing without labour")[1]
March Wait for the Wagon

The Royal Corps of Transport (RCT) was a British Army Corps established to manage all matters of transport of men and equipment in the Army. It was formed in 1965 and amalgamated into the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993. The depot was Buller Barracks in Aldershot.


The Royal Corps of Transport was formed in 1965 from the transport (land, water and air) elements of the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) and the movement control element of the Royal Engineers (RE).[2] In 1993, following the Options for Change review, the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed by the amalgamation of The Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army Catering Corps, and Postal and Courier elements of the Royal Engineers.[3]


Royal Corps of Transport landing craft, the RCL Arezzo

The Royal Corps of Transport consisted of a number of different specialist trades. These included:[4]

  • Parachutist
  • Air Despatcher
  • Driver/radio operator
  • Clerk
  • Driver Staff car
  • Driver (HGV 1, 2 and 3)
  • Driver Tank Transporter
  • Movement controller previously referred to as Traffic Operator
  • Port operator
  • Railwayman
  • Seaman
  • Marine engineer
  • Pilot - Hovercraft

RCT personnel served with:

  • Airborne Forces (63 Parachute Squadron RCT)[5]
  • Royal Marines (Commando Logistic Regiment)
  • Special Duties Teams in Northern Ireland
  • The RCT provided the first Service Support Officer to command 22 SAS (Brigadier Andrew Massey, CO 22 SAS 1984–87)[6]


  1. ^ "The Royal Logistic Corps and Forming Corps". The Royal Logistic Corps Museum. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Royal Army Service Corps & Royal Corps of Transport Association". Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "History and scope of the Regiment". Royal Army Service Corps & Royal Corps of Transport Association. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Royal Corps of Transport". ARRSEPedia. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "63 Parachute Squadron RCT". Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Arthur, Max (14 September 1998). "Obituary: Brigadier Andrew Massey". The Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 

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