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Corps of Royal Engineers








Corps of Royal Engineers

1717: Corps of Engineers (officers only)

1787: Corps of Royal Engineers

1856: Corps of Royal Engineers - absorbed Royal Sappers and Miners

1902: Mechanical Transport Section transferred to Army Service Corps

1905: Submarine and Torpedo work transferred to Royal Navy.

1907: Balloon Section formed

1912: RE Air Balloon separated to form Royal Flying Corps.

1920: RE Signal Service separated to form Royal Corps of Signals

1965: RE Transportation and Movement Control Service merged with Royal Army Service Corps to form Royal Corps of Transport.

1993: RE Postal and Courier Service united with Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army Catering Corps to form Royal Logistic Corps.

In the 1950's the following units were operating in Hong Kong.

24 Field Engineer Regiment RE.

56 Field Squadron RE.

54 Ind. Field Squadron RE.

With thanks to Bill Purcell for this information.


Royal Engineers Museum, Chatham



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