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.

Battle honours

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:

Operational honours

Victoria Cross

The RLC has five Victoria Cross holders, these derive from the former Corps.

Albert Medal

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.

George Cross

The RLC has nine holders of the George Cross. Eight from the former Corps and one to the RLC.

George Medal

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

Queen's Gallantry Medal

Bar to Queen's Gallantry Medal

Available trades


Regular Army

Territorial Army

General information


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.

Cap Badge

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.

Common Nicknames

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.

Noteable Acheivments

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.


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Notes and References

  1. 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.