AUXILIARY MILITARY PIONEER CORPS with nothing to do

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    AUXILIARY MILITARY PIONEER CORPS.
    HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 cc584-5584
    §30. Mr. Hammersley
    asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that considerable numbers of members of the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps are in camp with nothing to do, while in other parts of the country civilians are being paid high wages to do pioneer work under the direction of Royal Engineers; and will he give instructions that all such unemployed units should now be engaged on essential defensive works?

    §Mr. Eden
    My hon. Friend is probably referring to members of the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps who, on return from the British Expeditionary Force, became separated from their units, and were put into various camps until reorganisation could be effected. The companies have now been re-formed and have all been allotted to duties in this country The majority are already at work.

    §Mr. Hammersley
    Does that mean that my right hon. Friend recognises the impropriety of a substantial number of the members of this Corps being idle when important defence works are urgently required?

    §Mr. Eden
    I do realise that, but there was an inevitable period of disorganisation after the return from Dunkirk. That period is now over, and these companies are now at work.





    AUXILIARY MILITARY PIONEER CORPS. (Hansard, 23 July 1940)
     
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    The priority was to put fighting units and RE units together first and get them back into coherent formations for redeployment to the south and east coast predominantly, although some were needed for the defence of Northern Ireland in case of a German landing in the Republic. 'Lines of communication' troops were back-burnered. A large number of AMPC and lines of communication troops came back in Operations Cycle and Aerial from W France 14 June onwards and it took until the end of the month to clear them from our local park, and that was done in a hurry as they wanted 3000 infantry conscripts in the tents. Other locations may not have been cleared so rapidly.
     
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