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RLC Horse-Drawn Heritage Collection

Driving the Past

The Royal Logistic Corps Horse-Drawn Heritage is a voluntary group of service personnel and civilian horse men and women, who are dedicated to maintaining and preserving as many as possible of the horse-drawn transport types used by the British military.

Horse Transport in the 1914-18 War

When the British Army went to war in August 1914, it was entirely reliant on horsepower. Motor vehicles were still a novelty, expensive, not always reliable, and yet unproven. Although the War Office had commissioned many trials of motor lorries, motor cars and even tracked vehicles, very few had been accepted into service. At a time when many of the civilian haulage contractors and Omnibus companies were mechanizing, the fastest that the Army could move, once off the boat or train, was at the speed of a horse.

Military tradition and the tactical mindset still considered the man on horseback to be the best antidote to the man on foot and at the outset of war the cavalry and mounted infantry still had the greatest capability, until they met machine guns and barbed wire. Motor vehicles were heavy and confined to good roads. The Army needed good cross-country capability and only animal transport could provide that. Change was coming fast but not soon enough to give the Army any other option. Almost everything that moved on wheels was horse-drawn.

RLC Horse-Drawn Heritage has a number of WW1 vehicles in its collection, most of which are displayed with or without horse power throughout the year around the country. Details of our vehicles can be found on our website www.rlcheritage.co.uk

The collection also includes two Holland & Holland coaches. The Sir Reginald Kerr Park Drag was built in 1875 and obtained for the Corps in 1939 by Lt Col Kerr of the RASC.

The RLC Regimental Coach…….

Both of these vehicles are regularly maintained and displayed and entered in country shows around the country.

Friends of the Museum

Friends & Volunteers are vital to the success of the Museum. Their enthusiasm, dedication are invaluable.

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Medal Collection

In addition to the Museum’s collection from 2021 we will be displaying the RASC / RCT collection.

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Opening Times

Weekdays
Tue – Fri 9am – 4pm.

Weekends
Open the first Saturday of every month 12am-4pm.

Address

The Royal Logistic Corps Museum
The Princess Royal Barracks
Deepcut, Surrey, GU16 6RW
Telephone: 01252 833371

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Free Parking

The Museum has extensive free parking for cars, motorbikes and bicycles.

Accessibility

We have good disabled access, an accessible toilet and free parking. Feel free to contact us ahead of your visit to discuss your individual needs.

 

RLC Shop

Tel: 01252 833484
Email: shop@rlcmueum.com
Website: www.rlcmuseumshop.co.uk

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RLC Museum Social

The Royal Logistic Corps

On Wednesday 14 October, The RLC Individual and Team Orienteering Championships took place on Mytchett Training Area. 115 competitors from 27 units took on a score event in which individuals had one hour to reach as many of the 24 checkpoints as possible. The four team members who score the highest points count towards the team result, where teams tie on points, the team with the fastest time to score those points wins.

Congratulations to all who were involved and well done to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood who were the champion male team, 162 Regiment RLC who were the champion female team and Army Drivers Northern Ireland (152 Regiment RLC) the champion Reserve team.

Lieutenant Huw Stradling was the overall winner, closely followed by Major Richard Barrett in second and Captain Terry Furlong took third place. Major Sophie Spenser-Small was the female winner with Lieutenant Colonel S Braine and Colonel Lucy Giles hot on her heels.

For more information about getting involved in orienteering, contact your respective sports officer or visit baoc.info
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