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Royal Signals Heritage

History of the Corps

The first official agreement to form a separate Signal Corps was made in 1918, before the end of World War One. Due to various policy delays, the formation of the 'Corps' was delayed until 1920.

Signalling in the field

From the earliest times some form of signalling has been used by armies in the field.

The Royal Corps of Signals ancestry in the field of military communications is long and illustrious, the direct forebears being the Royal Engineers Signal Service.

Reliable communications and the swift accurate passage of important information has always been vital to the conduct of successful military operations.

The Corps continues to provide military commanders with their information requirement and ability to command and control their forces.

Telegraph Bn Royal Engrs

In 1884, the Telegraph Battalion Royal Engineers was formed and took part in the Nile Campaign, later playing a prominent role in the Ashanti Campaign.

The telegraph Battalion hacked a path for an overhead line from the Cape coast to Prahsu, covering 72 miles through jungle.
Members of the Battalion staggered out the jungle then confronted King Prempeh who so surprised by their action then offered the surrender of his Army.

Royal Signals Heritage

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