Royal Logistic Corps
|Royal Logistic Corps|
|Active||5 April 1993 - present|
|Garrison/HQ||Dettingen House, Deepcut, Surrey|
Really Large Corps
Lion, Sword and Crown
|Colonel-in-chief||HRH The Princess Royal|
|Tactical recognition flash|
The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) provides logistic support functions to the British Army. It is the largest Corps in the Army. The RLC flag is dark blue with the Corps Badge emblazoned on the centre. It has a Corps of Drums and a "Marching" Band.
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The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed on Monday, 5 April 1993, by the union of five British Army corps:
- Royal Engineers Postal and Courier Service
- Royal Corps of Transport
- Royal Army Ordnance Corps
- Royal Pioneer Corps
- Army Catering Corps
The RLC is the only (Combat Service Support) Corps of the British Army with battle honours, derived from the usage of previous transport elements of the Royal Waggon Train, and their successors as cavalry. The battle honours are:
- The laurel and garter band is from the Royal Engineers
- The star is from the Royal Corps of Transport
- The shield in the centre is from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps
- The crossed axes are from the Royal Pioneer Corps
- The motto, "We Sustain", is from the Army Catering Corps
The inscription on the garter band "Honi soit qui mal y pense" can be translated as "Evil to him who evil thinks". It is often seen on the insignia of Regiments and Corps with 'Royal' in their title.
RLC units include:
- RHQ The RLC. located at the "Home of the Corps", Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut. Headed by Col RLC.
- Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search School (DEMSS) formerly the Army School of Ammunition until 2009.
- 15 Air Assault Close Support Squadron RLC (not mentioned in Army 2020). Attached to 13 Air Assault Support Regiment.
- ARRC Support Battalion (an All Arms unit with logistic squadrons making up the bulk of the battalion)
Notable minor units and joint units with a large RLC element include:
- 20 Logistic Support Squadron, London District
- 89 Postal and Courier Unit, (SHAPE)
- 105 Logistic Support Squadron, (BATUS)
- 132 Aviation Supply Squadron, part of 7 Battalion REME within 16 Air Assault Brigade
- Cyprus Service Support Unit, (British Forces Cyprus)
- Joint Helicopter Support Squadron, RAF Odiham, a combined RLC / RAF unit.
- 2 Logistic Support Regiment RLC , based at Gutersloh. Formally disbanded in July 2014.
- 8 Regiment - The Regiment formed in 1964 at Munster, Germany as 8 Transport Column, RASC at the height of the Cold War. Initially based in Nelson Barracks, it moved to Portsmouth Barracks and was disbanded in York Barracks on 27 March 2012. The regiment consisted of 3, 5, 13 and 27 Squadrons and in its time had attached pioneers from the RPC, and infantry from a resident Munster battalion as Force Protection. It worked closely with the American Custodial Detachment whose role was maintenance of nuclear warheads and weapons components. The regiment directly supported the Gunners (The Royal Regiment of Artillery), firstly 24, 39 and 50 Missile Regiments and later the Multi-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Regiments. This latter task was carried out in the UK from barracks at Catterick,1993-2008.
- 12 Logistic Support Regiment - Disbanded at Abingdon 12 December 2013.
- 19 Combat Service Support Battalion - a combined unit with a logistical squadron and an Equipment Support company. Disbanded N Ireland December 2012.
- 23 Pioneer Regiment - a specialist pioneer unit with artisans, defence and Force Protection elements. Disbanded at Bicester November 2014.
- 24 Regiment - disbanded in Germany, 30 January 2014. Part of 104th Logistic Support Brigade.
Drivers, Technicians, EOD all selected from the RLC.
- 44 Support Squadron, (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)
- Operational Headquarters Support Group
- 150 (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment (Volunteers)
- 151st (London) Transport Regiment
- 152 (North Irish) Transport Regiment
- 153 The Scottish Transport Regiment
- 155 (Wessex) Transport Regiment
- 156 (North-West) Transport Regiment
- Welsh Transport Regiment
- 158 Transport Regiment
- 159 Supply Regiment
- 160 Transport Regiment
- 162 Movement Control Regiment
- 165 Port & Maritime Regiment
- 166 Supply Regiment
- 167 Catering Support Regiment
- 383 Commando Petroleum Troop
The Corps Headquarters is at Dettingen House within Princess Royal Barracks in Deepcut near Camberley, Surrey. It is headed by a Colonel (Colonel RLC) as the professional head of the Corps. Col RLC is responsible for the Moral Component, regimental infrastructure and support and works to the Adjutant General Col RLC remains responsible for the Corps of Drums, which often parades with the RLC Band. (AG).
Master General of Logistics
There is also a ceremonial head (instituted in 2009), who heads the Corps and its wider family such as the Associations and Cadets, known as the Master General of Logistics (MGL). Holders of the post include:
The Sustainer is the magazine of the RLC Association. The Waggoner remains the Journal of the RASC/RCT Association The RAOC Gazette that of the RAOC Association and the Pioneer of the RPC Association The Review is an annual magazine of essays published by the Corps.
The RLC has six Victoria Cross holders; Five derive historically from establishments that eventually became the Royal Corps of Transport.
- Private Samuel Morley VC. Military Train. 15 April 1858.
- Private (Farrier) Michael Murphy VC (forfeited and re-listed). Military Train. 15 April 1858.
- Assistant Commissary James Langley Dalton VC. Commissariat & Transport Department. 22 January 1879.
- Second Lieutenant Alfred Cecil Herring VC. Army Service Corps. 23 March 1918.
- Private Richard George Masters VC. Army Service Corps. 9 April 1918.
- Major John Buckley (VC). Commissariat Department, Bengal Establishment. 11 May 1857.
The RLC has ten Albert Medal (lifesaving) holders from its former Corps. Two of the holders exchanged their Albert Medals for the George Cross in 1971.
- Lieutenant SA Rowlandson. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
- Captain B Stacker TM. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
- Staff Sergeant TM Walton. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
- Private A Anderson. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
- Private JT Lawrence. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
- Major LC Bearne DSO. Army Service Corps. 22 October 1916.
- Private AS Usher. Army Service Corps. 22 October 1916.
- Private A Johnson. Army Service Corps. 30 June 1918.
- Driver A Horne. Army Service Corps. 30 June 1918.
- Lieutenant G Rackham. Royal Army Service Corps. 27 October 1918. (Exchanged for GC)
- Private WC Cleall. Royal Army Service Corps. 11 August 1919. (Exchanged for GC)
The RLC has eleven holders of the George Cross, six from the RAOC, one from the Royal Pioneer Corps and one from the Royal Army Service Corps. Three GCs have been awarded to members of the RLC.
- Lieutenant William Eastman GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 24 December 1940.
- Captain Robert Jephson-Jones GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 24 December 1940.
- Corporal James Scully GC. Royal Pioneer Corps. 8 July 1941.
- Major Kenneth Biggs GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 11 October 1946.
- Staff Sergeant Sidney Rogerson GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 11 October 1946.
- Driver Joseph Hughes GC. Royal Army Service Corps. 26 June 1947.
- Major Stephen Styles GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 11 January 1972.
- Warrant Officer Class 1 Barry Johnson GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 6 November 1990.
- Captain Peter Norton GC. Royal Logistic Corps. 24 July 2005.
- Staff Sergeant Kim Spencer Hughes GC, Royal Logistic Corps 19 March 2010.
- Staff Sergeant Olaf Sean Schmid GC, Royal Logistic Corps 19 March 2010.
The RLC has one hundred and fifteen holders of the George Medal from all of its former Corps, including nineteen from the Royal Army Service Corps, sixty-seven from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, thirteen from the Royal Pioneer Corps, one from the Army Catering Corps and fifteen to the RLC including one first bar. The first George Medals awarded to the RAOC were to Lieutenant R Chalkley and Captain DAS Martin on 13 December 1940 for conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in Great Britain and Gibraltar respectively.
- Private L McGariggle GM Royal Pioneer Corps 27 July 1951.
- Private A Hilton GM Royal Army Ordnance Corps 20 April 1954.
- Lieutenant Colonel MH Mackenzie Orr GM Royal Army Ordnance Corps 18 March 1974.
- Warrant Officer Class 1 JRT Balding GM Royal Logistic Corps 12 October 1993, this was the first GM awarded to a member of the newly formed Royal Logistic Corps.
- Warrant Officer Class 1 NB Thomsen GM Royal Logistic Corps 1995.
- Warrant Officer Class 2 A Islam GM QGM Royal Logistic Corps 1997.
- Captain R Baker GM Royal Logistic Corps, 2000
- Captain J Priestly GM Royal Logistic Corps, 2000
- Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary John O'Donnell, Royal Logistic Corps. 15 December 2006. O'Donnell was later killed by an IED whilst serving in Afghanistan. He was later posthumously awarded a second GM in March 2009 for "repeated and sustained acts of immense bravery" for his actions in Afghanistan in two separate incidents in May and July 2008.
- Captain DM Shepherd GM Royal Logistic Corps, 19 March 2010. Killed in Afghanistan whilst clearing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) during his tour on Op HERRICK.
- Warrant Officer Class 2 Karl Ley GM Royal Logisitc Corps 24 September 2010.
- Staff Sergeant BG Linley GM Royal Logistic Corps 25 March 2011. Killed in Afghanistan whilst conducting Improvised Explosive Device Disposal tasks during his tour on Op HERRICK in 2010.
- Staff Sergeant JA Wadsworth CGC, Royal Logistic Corps. 7 March 2008
Members of the RLC have received 6 awards of the Military Cross since 1993, 2 for actions in Iraq, the remainder for actions in Afghanistan.
- Lance Corporal DG Dickson MC Royal Logistic Corps (The Scottish Transport Regiment) Volunteers, 23 March 2005.
- Captain SD Bratcher MC Royal Logistic Corps, 24 March 2006.
- Major ID Scattergood MBE MC Royal Logistic Corps, 25 July 2008.
- Staff Sergeant GD Wood MC Royal Logistic Corps, 24 September 2010.
- Captain SA Scott MC Royal Logistic Corps, 25 March 2011.
- Warrant Officer Class 2 JL Palmer MC Royal Logistic Corps, 30 September 2011.
The RLC has one hundred and fourteen holders of the Queen's Gallantry Medal, three from the Royal Corps of Transport, sixty seven from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps including one first bar and forty four to the RLC including two first bars.
- Driver WG Mountain QGM, Royal Corps of Transport, 7 October 1974
- Corporal P Fletcher QGM, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 7 October 1974
- Captain G O'Sullivan QGM, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 16 April 1984
- Warrant Officer Class 1 EL Bienkowski QGM, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 14 April 1987
- Warrant Officer Class 1 RJ McLelland QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 21 November 1994
- Warrant Officer Class 2 CRG Grant QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 11 September 2009 
- Captain WEJ Owers QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 19 March 2010
- Lance Corporal DJ Timmins QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 19 March 2010
- Captain JP Fidell QGM Royal Logistic Corps, 23 March 2012 - Capt Fidell has the honour of being the 100th award of the QGM to an Ammunition Technician/Ammunition Technical Officer IEDD Operator of the RAOC/RLC since the inception of the QGM in 1974.
- Bar to Queen's Gallantry Medal
- Warrant Officer Class 1 GR Ferguson QGM*, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 14 April 1986
- Captain EC Heakin QGM*, Royal Logistic Corps, 7 March 2008
- Captain VM Strafford QGM*, Royal Logistic Corps, 7 March 2008
As of 4 May 2012, The Royal Logistic Corps has lost 39 Corps members on operations to date:
- 9 in Northern Ireland.
- 10 in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.
- 5 in Iraq.
- 15 in Afghanistan.
Order of precedence
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- "The Royal Logistic Corps and Forming Corps". The Royal Logistic Corps Museum. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "RCL Regiments". British Army website (UK Ministry of Defence). Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Waggoners". 54 Engineer Support and Ambulance Squadron. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- "History and background of the Royal Pioneer Corps 4". Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- Heyman, p. 63
- "The Royal Logistic Corps Regimental Association". Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- The London Gazette: . 14 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 6 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 15 December 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
- "Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary 'Gaz' O'Donnell GM, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, killed in Afghanistan". MOD. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- Hughes, Chris (2009-03-06). "Posthumous award for bomb disposal expert Gary O'Donnell - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- "UK | Northern Ireland | Forkhill bomb expert is honoured". BBC News. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
- Heyman, Charles (2012). The British Army: A Pocket Guide, 2012-2013. Pen & Sword.
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