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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.

Corps Formation

A Royal Warrant was signed by the Secretary of State for War, the Rt. Hon Winston S Churchill, who gave the Sovereign's approval for the formation of a 'Corps of Signals' on 28th June 1920.

Six weeks later, His Majesty the King conferred the title 'Royal Corps of Signals'.

The Despatch Rider came into prominence and 'wireless sets' were introduced into service.


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