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The origins of military works go back many centuries, but the pioneers - as an embodied organisation within the British military has its origins in 1762 when the original Royal Pioneer Corps was formed - only to be disbanded a short time later. This pattern became quite familiar with several reformations and disbandments over the years - predominantly due to military works being a purely wartime requirement.

A works service was formed in 1915 due to the need for manual labour troops - the labour battalions of line regiments forming the Labour Corps. The corps was (again) disbanded following the termination of hostilities, only to be reformed again prior to the outbreak of war in 1939 as the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps (Pioneer Corps from 1940).

The corps received its royal prefix in 1946 and was placed on the Regular Army establishment in 1950. The RPC continued to serve the British Army until 1993, when it was amalgamated with the Royal Corps of Transport (RCT), Army Catering Corps (ACC), Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) and the Postal Courier Service of the Royal Engineers (RE) to become the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC).

Pioneers are always seen in groups of three. This is strange, but when you think about it, logical and simple. The reason is baceause one can read, one can write and the other just likes to hang around with intellectuals.

Famous catchphrases associated with Pioneers:

"Sweating like a Pioneer at a spelling test".