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Unit History: Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Royal Army Ordnance Corps The Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) was a corps of the British Army. It dealt only with the supply and maintenance of weaponry, munitions and other military equipment until 1965, when it took over most other supply functions, as well as the provision of staff clerks, from the Royal Army Service Corps.

The RAOC was organised into companies. Although they were not formally organised into a battalion, the RAOC units of a division were collected under a headquarters and a commander known as the Deputy Assistant Director of Ordnance Services (DADOS). Officers with the designations of Assistant Director of Ordnance Services (ADOS) and Deputy Director of Ordnance Services (DDOS) served at corps level and above. The Director of Ordnance Services (DOS), a Major-General, was the head of ordnance at the War Office in London. After World War II, RAOC companies were formally collected into battalions.

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"Alright David, Just thought I would put in what you missed out when you posted the report. Mr Fitzmaurice, who spent 22 years in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, had declared in court: "I am here on a matter of principle. The way old age pensioners are being treated is shameful." He said that rising fuel and food costs, along with council tax rises, were making life unbearable for many elderly people. Mr Fitzmaurice, who has high blood pressure, added: "I can afford to pay it but there are..."
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"I am looking for anyone who may have served with or know of my Grandad Charles Bernard Jackson. I know that he served with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. as a Private in 1941 & believe he was based in Lichfield. He would have been about 26 years old at this time. I am looking for anyone who may have any stories or photos to share. Thanks, Tabitha "
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"Hi to all and please help!! I work in Bexhill-on-Sea, E Sussex at a residential home( 26 Park rd) and have discovered original officer papers(2nd lieutenant 1942)(lieutenant 1947) for a Lionel Leonard Sydney Curtiss of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.Our project would desperately like to reunite these papers with Mr Curtiss or to his family. If anybody can help or has information then we would really like to hear from you. You can contact  the project direct. The project phone number is 01424..."
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"...of the 1940 operation. Among them was 90-year-old Sam Kershaw, who recalled sinking with exhaustion on to French sand before a boat ferried him across the English Channel. Mr Kershaw, from Goostrey in Cheshire, who was then a private in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, said: ’We were fighting in northern France when a German armoured column caught up with us and sprayed the whole unit with gunfire. ’We sheltered from the gunfire in a ditch and lost all our equipment. ’When we got away..."
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Active From: 1875 - 1965

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