THE ROYAL PIONEER CORPS ASSOCIATION
Pioneer Rgt Royal Logistic Corps
St David’s Barracks
charity number 1024036
SUPPORT ! 23 Pioneer Rgt
" It was the removal of beach obstacles, the building of
ammo, food and supply dumps and construction that the
majority of the 6,000 Pioneers, who landed on D-Day, were
engaged. Much of the work was carried out under artillery
and small-arms fire with the ever present risk of touching
off a land-mine… "
Association members should be finding the latest issue of The Pioneer dropping through their letterboxes... with this Newsletter you will, as usual, receive tickets for the Derby Draw (unless you have already indicated that you are unable to sell them). It would be appreciated if you would give this your fullest support. Our two Draws per year help to keep the Association going.
Also included is the booking form for this years Reunion Weekend.
I look forward to seeing you all there!
Please keep your letters coming in and I hope you enjoy reading the many great stories inside this issue !
Pioneer Reunion Weekend 2013
23 Pioneer News
168 Pioneer News
Corps of Drums Reformed
Frank Shepleys War Service
Steve Blenman's African Adventure
Kraxel - the full story still classified by MI6 today
Pioneer Diaries Part I
Press Cuttings from 1941
Blast From the Past
RPC Association Shop
Letters to the Editor
Pioneer Services Section
Last Post - May they rest in peace
Pioneer Services Section
It is now nearly twenty years since our Corps converged with the other Forming Corps' to form the Royal Logistic Corps, it is pleasing therefore to report that the Association is standing the test of time and still going strong. So far this year we have recruited over eighty new members, some who served during World War 2, many from the National Service days of the Fifties and a great number from the Sixties and Seventies who for one reason or another failed to join when they were serving.
Over 21,000 have joined the RPCA since its formation. When you make contact with ex Corps members or ex RLC Pioneers ask if they receive the newsletters - tell them it is FREE! If they do not please send me their address. If you would like to join the RPCA, drop me an email and I will send you details on how to join. Our reunions are open to all Pioneers and we look forward to seeing you all.
Welcome to the Royal Pioneer Corps Association website...
Patrons HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO Vice Patrons
General Sir John Stibbon KCB OBE
General G W Field CB OBE President
Bridadier H J Hickman CBE Chairman of Council
Colonel A Barnes TD JP Controller
Mr N Brown Esq
Royal Pioneer Corps disbanded in 1993 when it was amalgamated
with 4 other Corps to form the Royal Logistic Corps,
the Royal Pioneer Association still runs and does valuable
work with the financial help of the Army Benevolent
Fund. It's main work is the relief of "need, hardship
and distress" of ex-Pioneers, their wives, widows
The Corps has quietly got on with business
in hand, sometimes with recognition, often with none
at all. A price was paid and you will find the graves
of Pioneers in most War Cemetaries overseas - they paid
heavily. Our overseas Pioneers must never be forgotten;
they too gave their lives and served loyally. The Association
will provide the focal point for the Royal Pioneer Corps
affairs both socially and supportively. It will need
your involvement and encouragement.
The Association publishes two
newsletters a year. These newsletters
are published on this website. Under the umbrella of
the Association there are also a number of organisations
- details of their activities are also to be included. In the main these are:
39/93 Club Dinners
Warrant Officers and Senior
NCO's Pioneer Reunion Club
Northampton Branch of the
Royal Pioneer Corps Association
read the forums section
for more info
on how to use
The strength of the
Corps in May 1945
was probably one
of the largest in the Army and included
from other parts of
It was responsible
for a civilian labour
force of 1,074,000
and a prisoner of
war force of
Companies went ashore on D-Day in Normandy
6th June 1944.
By D-Day plus 79 there were 231 Companies.
Over 68,000 men.
in every theatre of
war paid tribute to
the work of the
which they freely admitted that the
war could not
have been won.
Over 2,800 British personnel of the
Corps laid down
their lives overseas,
. suffered more
. than 26,000