Royal Logistic Corps Explained
The Royal Logistic Corps is the British Army corps that provides the logistic support for the Army. It is the largest corps in the British Army.
The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed on Monday 5 April 1993, by the union of the following British Army corps:
The RLC comprises both Regular and Territorial Army units.
The RLC is the only (Combat Service Support Arm) Corps of the British Army with battle honours, derived from the usage of previous transport elements (Royal Waggon Train, etc) as heavy cavalry. The battle honours are:
The RLC has five Victoria Cross holders, these derive from the former Corps.
The RLC has ten Albert Medal 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.
- 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 nine holders of the George Cross. Eight from the former Corps and one to 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 Ordance 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.
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
- Staff Sergeant James Anthony Wadsworth CGC,Royal Logictics Corps. 7 March 2008
Queen's Gallantry Medal
- WO1 Eamon Conrad Heakin QGM, Royal Logistic Corps. 7 September 2004
- Captain Vincent Michael Strafford QGM, Royal Logistic Corps. 19 July 2007
Bar to Queen's Gallantry Medal
- Captain Eamon Conrad Heakin QGM*, Royal Logistic Corps. 7 March 2008
- Captain Vincent Michael Strafford QGM*, Royal Logistic Corps. 7 March 2008
- Ammunition Technician
- Driver/ Air Despatcher
- Driver/ Communications specialist
- Driver/ Port Operator
- Driver/ Radio Operator
- Logistic Specialist (Supply)
- Marine Engineer
- Movement Controller
- Petroleum Operator
- Postal and Courier Operator
- Rail Operator
- Seaman/ Navigator
- Systems Analyst
The Corps Headquarters is at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut.
The current Colonel-in-Chief (an honorary position) is HRH The Princess Royal. The Deputy Colonels-in-Chief are HRH The Duke of Gloucester and HRH The Duchess of Kent.
The corps' cap badge is an amalgamation of the forming corps' cap badges:
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.
The corps is nicknamed "The Loggies", or the "Really Large Corps", another term of endearment is "REME luggage carriers". The Corps forms approximately 17% of the British Army and is the army's single largest component. Royal Logistics Corps soldiers can belong to any one of 18 trade groups.
The corps has the alliances with the logistic units of Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka. It is affiliated with 4 Livery Companies of the City of London.
In the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens, the Royal Logistic Corps had the most athletes from the British Army competing in the Games. These were Private Musa Audu (Nigeria), Private Seidu Duah (Ghana), Lance Corporal Josephus Thomas (Sierra Leone) and Corporal Joselyn Thomas (Sierra Leone). Private Audu achieved success at the Olympics when he was part of 4 x 400m relay final that won the Bronze medal for Nigeria.
Notes and References
- Web site: Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary 'Gaz' O'Donnell GM, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, killed in Afghanistan. 2008-09-02. MOD.