The Ancestry of the Royal Logistics Corps

Updated July 2001,  Received 7 Oct 2002.


Office of Ordnance


Board of Ordnance


Field Train Department formed from within the Board of Ordnance


Corps of Waggoner’s raised


Royal Wagon Train raised.


Corps of Waggoner’s and Royal Wagon Train disbanded.


Ambulance Corps raised for service in the Crimean War.


Ambulance Corps merged into the newly formed Land Transport Corps.


Board of Ordnance abolished


Land Transport Corps remodelled and redesignated The Military Train.


Military Stores Department (MSD) (officers)


Corps of Armourer-Sergeants formed separately from Field Train


Field Train disbanded


Military Store Staff Corps (MSSC) formed to support Military Stores Department (MSD) selected from Army Pensioners of the rank of Staff Sergeant and above, which later formed the Commissariat and Ordnance Control Department


Control Department formed from the Officers of the Military Train. Other- ranks reorganised as The Army Service Corps (ASC)


Ordnance Store Department (OSD) formed by split of Control Department


Ordnance Store Department renamed Ordnance Store Branch (OSB)


Army Service Corps (ASC) renamed as Commissariat and Transport Corps (CTC) Ordnance Store Branch (OSB) renamed as Ordnance Store Corps (OSC)


Commissariat and Transport Corps (CTC) renamed back to Army Service Corps (ASC)


Army Ordnance Department (AOD) (officers) & Army Ordnance Corps (AOC) (soldiers) formed by renaming the Military Store Department and the Ordnance Store Corps.  Inspectors of Ordnance Machinery and Ordnance Artificers transferred to Army Ordnance Corps (AOC) from the Royal Artillery (RA) becoming the Armourer and Armament Branch of the AOC.  Corps of Armourer-Sergeants also absorbed into Army Ordnance Corps


Women’s Legion formed owing to the shortage of Cooks in the New Armies raised during the Great War. The Legion was also employed in other capacities including a Motor Transport Section.

Labour Corps formed (mainly from the Labour Companies of the RE, ASC & AOC)


Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) formed, transferring the Catering, Clerical and General Service Sections from The Women’s Legion.


Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps renamed to Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps (QMAAC)

Army Ordnance Corps granted “Royal” status and renamed the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) on the amalgamation of the Army Ordnance Department and Army Ordnance Corps.  Army Service Corps granted “Royal” status and renamed the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC).


Women’s Legion demobilised.


Labour Corps disbanded


Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps disbanded.


RAOC responsibilities extended to include the supply, storage and repair of all load and personnel carrying vehicles, less those driven by the RASC.


(Women’s) Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) formed.


Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps (AMPC) are formed as a war emergency measure.


Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps renamed Pioneer Corps (PC)


Army Catering Corps (ACC) is formed (under the direct control of the RASC) to replace the regimental cooks system. Cooks of the ATS are attached to the new corps. Army Catering Corps soldiers served as “Attached Personnel ” to almost every Regiment and Corps of the British Army, in all theatres of War.


The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) formed primarily from the RAOC workshop organisation, plus the mechanical workshop companies of the RASC and Royal Engineers (RE) (less Plant Sections). At the same time the RAOC assumed responsibility for the supply and storage of those vehicles and spares that the RASC used. It was also decided that REME Workshops should be provided with RAOC Stores Sections.


Pioneer Corps granted “Royal” status and renamed The Royal Pioneer Corps (RPC).


Auxiliary Territorial Service granted “Royal” status and renamed as The Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) who serve as “Attached Personnel” with whichever Regiment or Corps their specialist trade is most relevant. They wore the collar badge of that unit on both their working and best uniforms.


Gurkha Army Service Corps (GASC) formed in Singapore, as an integral part of the Royal Army Service Corps.  (The McLeod Reorganisation)


The RAOC became the sole supply corps of the Army, assuming from the RASC & RE, the responsibility for supplying rations, petroleum, oils & lubricants, boat stores, locomotive spares, defence stores and the provision and training of military staff clerks. (This involved the transfer of 345 Officers and 2,500 soldiers from the RASC to the RAOC).

The Army Catering Corps is recognised as an independent corps.

Remainder of Royal Army Service Corps renamed to The Royal Corps of Transport (RCT) absorbing the Railway, Port Operating and Movement Control services of the Royal Engineers.

Gurkha Army Service Corps renamed The Gurkha Transport Regiment (GTR) and form an integral part of the of the Royal Corps of Transport, (Options for Change)


Staff Clarks of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps are transferred to the newly formed Adjutants Generals Corps (AGC) Along with The Royal Military Police (RMP) the Royal Army Pay Corps (RAPC), The Military Provost Staff Corps (MPSC), The Royal Army Educational Corps (RAEC) and The Army Legal Corps (ALC) plus those administrative members of the Women’s Royal Army Corps not attached to any other Regiment or Corps.

The Gurkha Transport Regiment is renamed to The Queens Own Gurkha Transport Regiment (QOGTR) Members of the Women’s Royal Army Corps are transferred and rebadged to the Regiment or Corps previously they were attached. The Women’s Royal Army Corps is effectively disbanded at this point


Remainder of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, the Royal Corps of Transport, Army Catering Corps & Royal Pioneer Corps plus the Postal and Courier Services of the Royal Engineers, along with former Women’s Royal Army Corps attached personal, Amalgamate to form The Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) to be the largest single corps, being 14% of the Regular Army. The Queens Own Gurkha Transport Regiment (Who continue to wear their own unique Cap badge) serve as an integral part of the Royal Logistics Corps The Staff Band of The Royal Logistics Corps formed by Bandsman of the Corps of Army Music (CAMus). They wear Royal Logistics Corps Insignia while attached to the Corps.


The Queens Own Gurkha Transport Regiment is again renamed to The Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR)

Note :     While the Women’s Royal Army Corps are not directly recognised as a ‘Forming Corps’ of the Royal Logistics Corps. I have included them in recognition of their valued service during both World Wars and beyond. Not only to the ’Predecessor Corps’ of the RLC, but to many other Regiments and Corps of the British Army.

Click here to see a copy of the commemorative First Day Cover for the inauguration of the Royal Logistic Corps