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Royal Corps of Signals

Swift and Sure

The Royal Corps of Signals (Sometimes referred to incorrectly as The Royal Signal Corp) was and is a part of the British Army

In 1884, the Telegraph Battalion Royal Engineers was formed. Signalling was the responsibility of the Telegraph Battalion until 1908 when the Royal Engineer Signals Service was formed. As such it provided communications during World War One. It was about this time that the Despatch Rider came into use and wireless sets were introduced into service.

A Royal Warrant was signed by the Secretary of State for War, the Rt. Hon Winston S Churchill, on 28th June 1920. Six weeks later, His Majesty the King conferred the title 'Royal Corps of Signals'.

Throughout World War Two, members of the Corps served in every theatre of war. In the immediate post-war period, the Corps played a full and active part in numerous campaigns including: Palestine , Malaya and the Korean War. Until the end of the Cold War, the main body of the Corps was deployed with the British Army of the Rhine confronting the former Communist Bloc forces, providing the British Forces' contribution to NATO with its communications infrastructure.

Today's Corps now moves into the developing Information Warfare era of the future.

It strives to live up to its motto, Certa Cito, which freely translated means Swift and Sure.

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