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History and Honours

The Royal Logistic Corps was formed on 5 April 1993 by joining together several existing corps to make the biggest UK Regiment with 16,000 men and women.

The Royal Logistic Corps Museum

The RLC Museum in Deepcut was established as the Regimental Museum for the newly formed Corps in 1993. The museum tells the story of logistical support to the British Army from the time of Oliver Cromwell to the present day.

History and tradition

Our founding corps have centuries of history and tradition, and we're proud to continue this into the future. Their skills and expertise are essential parts of the RLC.

Royal Corps of Transport - drivers, air dispatchers, port and maritime specialists, movement controllers, railwaymen and radio operators.

Royal Army Ordnance Corps - supply controllers and supply specialists, vehicle specialists, petroleum operators, ammunition technical and explosive ordnance disposal teams.

Royal Pioneer Corps - artisans and defence skilled soldiers.

Army Catering Corps - chefs and catering experts.

Also, the Royal Engineers (RE) supplied our postal and courier personnel, although the rest of the RE continues to function as a major part of the British Army.

Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross was instituted in 1856 by Her Majesty Queen Victoria, as a means of rewarding acts of valour and devotion to country in the face of the enemy.

The Victoria Cross was seen to be a means of rewarding an officer or man of the Army and Navy who might perform 'some signal (outstanding) act of valour or devotion to his country in the presence of the Enemy'.

The Royal Logistic Corps have been awarded the Victoria Cross on 5 occasions. Details on those members awarded can be found below.

James Langley Dalton

VC Dalton Acting Assistant Commissary General James Langley Dalton, Commissariat and Transport Corps. London Gazette 17/11/1879.

'For his conspicuous gallantry during the attack on Rorke's Drift post by the Zulus on the night of the 22nd January 1879, when he actively superintended the work of the defence, and was amongst the foremost of those who received the first attack at the corner of the hospital, where the deadliness of his fire did great execution, and the mad rush of the Zulus met with its first check, and where, by his cool courage, he saved the life of a man of the Army Hospital Corps, by shooting the Zulu who having seized the muzzle of the man's rifle, was in the act of assuaging him.

This officer, to whose energy much of the defence of the place was due, was severely wounded during the contest, but still continued to give the same example of cool courage.'

Alfred Cecil Herring

VC HerringSecond Lieutenant Alfred Cecil Herring, ASC Attached 6th (Service) Battalion Northamptonshire London Gazette 07/06/1918.

'For most conspicuous bravery, initiative and devotion to duty when, after severe fighting, the enemy gained a position on the south bank of the canal. His post was cut off from the troops on both flanks and surrounded.

Second Lieutenant Herring, however, immediately counter-attacked, and recaptured the position, together with twenty prisoners and six machine guns. During the night the post was continually attacked, but all attacks were beaten off.

This was largely due to the splendid heroism displayed by Second Lieutenant Herring, who continually visited his men and cheered them up. It was entirely due to the bravery and initiative of this officer that the enemy advance was held up for eleven hours at an exceedingly critical period.

His magnificent heroism, coupled with the skilful handling of his troops, were most important factors leading to success'

Richard George Masters

VC MastersPrivate Richard George Masters, Army Service Corps (Motor Transport), attached 141st Field Ambulance. London Gazette 08/05/1918.

'For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Owing to an enemy attack, communications were cut off and wounded could not be evacuated.

The road was reported impassable, but Private Masters volunteered to try to get through, and after the greatest difficulty succeeded, although he had to clear the road of all sorts of debris. He made journey after journey throughout the afternoon, over a road consistently shelled and swept by machinegun fire, and was on one occasion bombed by an aeroplane.

The greater part of the wounded cleared from this area were evacuated by Private Masters, as his was the only car that got through during this particular time.' His magnificent heroism, coupled with the skilful handling of his troops, were most important factors leading to success'.

Samuel Morley

VC MorleyPrivate Samuel Morley, Military Train. London Gazette 07/08/1860.

On 15th April 1858, Kooer Singh's Army were pursued by a squadron of the Military Train and some troops of the Horse Artillery at Azimgurh, India.

Lieutenant Hamilton, of the 3rd Sikh Cavalry, became unhorsed and was surrounded by the enemy, who cut and hacked at him as he lay on the ground.

Private Morley, seeing the Officers predicament, and despite the fact that his own horse had been shot from under him, immediately, with the aid of Farrier Murphy, cut down one of the Sepoys, and continued fighting over the Lieutenants body until assistance arrived.

This action saved Lieutenant Hamilton from being killed on the spot.

Michael Murphy

VC MurphyFarrier Michael Murphy, Military Train. London Gazette 27/05/1859.

'For daring gallantry on the 15th April 1858, when engaged in the pursuit of Koer Singh's Army from Azimghur, in having rescued Lieutenant Hamilton, Adjutant of the 3rd Sikh Cavalry, who was wounded, dismounted and surrounded by the enemy.

Farrier Murphy cut down several men, and, although himself severely wounded, he never left Lieutenant Hamilton's side until support arrived.'

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