Road Construction Companies of the Royal Engineers

This page is a long term work in progress. The Road Construction Companies are not well documented and I am adding details as I find them. The information shown here is accurate but inevitably incomplete.

Imperial War Museum photograph Q78809. British troops repairing roads in ruined Valenciennes, 3 November 1918.

302nd Road Construction Company RE

Left XXII Corps for Canadian Corps 17 November 1918

303rd Road Construction Company RE

Transferred from First to Fifth Army 1 July 1918
At Radinghem in XIX Corps area in December 1918

304th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 24 January 1917: 4 officers, 248 men, 12 horses
Moved to Acheux 8 February 1917

305th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 5 February 1917: 3 officers, 260 men, 12 horses
With XIX Corps located at grid location G.14.a.9.8 in early August 1917 then H.7.a.5.6 on 11 August
Moved to Acheux 8 February 1917

306th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 5 February 1917: 4 officers, 261 men, 12 horses
Moved to Aubigny 6 February 1917
The war diary of this company exists but only covers June 1917 when it reports working in the area of Acq, Haute Avesnes, Habarcq and Larisset areas, with a detachment working at St. Nicolas.
In December 1918 the company was split and working on salvage in two places in XIX Corps area: Rue de Lille in Ypres and at Bailleul

306th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 11 February 1917: 4 officers, 260 men, 10 horses

307th Road Construction Company RE

Left Le Havre 15 February 1917

308th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 5 February 1917: 4 officers, 261 men, 12 horses
Moved to Lestrem 12 February 1917
Transferred from First to Fifth Army 1 July 1918

309th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 5 February 1917: 4 officers, 261 men, 12 horses
Moved to Bouzincourt 8 February 1917

310th Road Construction Company RE

Left Le Havre 6 February 1917

311th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 15 February 1917: 4 officers, 240 men, 10 horses
Moved to Belair 18 February 1917

312th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 22 February 1917: 2 officers, 248 men. An additional officer, 10 men and 10 horses arrived two days later
Moved to Dernancourt 26 February 1917
With XIX Corps located at grid location H.7.a.7.6 in early August 1917 then G.14.a.9.8 on 11 August

314th Road Construction Company RE

Joined XXII Corps from Canadian Corps 25 October 1918

317th Road Construction Company RE

Moved from Fourth Army to Fifth Army by rail soon after January 1918, then being placed under XVIII Corps at Ham

319th Road Construction Company RE

Raised at Advanced Horse Transport Depot at Abbeville 14 April 1917
3 officers and 169 men left for Bailleul for duty with II ANZAC 23 May 1917
Detailed war diary exists covering whole period up to September 1918

RE Companies numbered between these Road Construction Companies were Quarrying units

330th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 13 March 1917: 5 men, 10 horses
Moved to Meaulte 22 March 1917
Left XXII Corps at Mont Noir for Fifth Army 18 March 1918

331st Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 2 June 1917: 3 officers, 256 men, 10 horses.

332nd Road Construction Company RE

Moved from Le Havre to Poperinghe 19 June 1917 and came under command of XIV Corps next day, working to orders given by the Assistant Director of Roads of Fifth Army

Moved from Fourth Army to Fifth Army by rail on 30 January 1918, then being placed under III Corps at Chauny

333rd Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 2 March 1917: 4 officers, 256 men, 10 horses. An additional 4 men arrived next day
Moved to Beaussart 6 March 1917

334th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 2 March 1917: 3 officers, 255 men, 10 horses. An additional 4 men arrived next day
Moved to Albert 7 March 1917

335th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 13 March 1917: 3 officers, 254 men, 10 horses
Moved to Bailleul 21 March 1917
Left XXII Corps at Abeele for XIX Corps 19 February 1918

336th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 17 March 1917: 3 officers, 254 men, 10 horses
Moved to Doullens 26 March 1917

337th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 27 March 1917: 3 officers, 260 men, 9 horses
Left Le Havre 5 April 1917
Transferred from XI Corps to III Corps in October 1918

338th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 4 April 1917: 3 officers, 256 men, 10 horses
Left Le Havre 8 April 1917
Transferred from XI Corps to III Corps in October 1918

339th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 14 April 1917: 1 officer, 56 men, 10 horses. Additional 2 officers and 196 men arrived next day
Moved to Steenwerck 17 April 1917
Left XXII Corps at Abeele for Third Army 23 February 1918

340th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 15 April 1917: 1 officer, 56 men, 10 horses. Additional 2 officers and 200 men arrived next day
Moved to Ouderdom 19 April 1917
Reported attached to 47th (London) Division July 1917
7 February 1918: left XXII Corps area for Fifth Army

341st Road Construction Company RE

Left Le Havre 24 April 1917
Left Canadian Corps to join XXII Corps at Ecoivres 31 August 1918

343rd Road Construction Company

With XIX Corps located at grid location H.8.c.5.9 in August 1917

344th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 13 May 1917: 2 officers, 256 men, 10 horses
Left Le Havre 15 May 1917
Moved from Fourth Army to Fifth Army by rail on 8 January 1918, then being split to locations at Ham and Aubigny

345th Road Construction Company RE

Arrived at Le Havre 25 May 1917: 3 officers, 258 men, 10 horses
Moved to Essars 27 May 1917
Left XXII Corps at Zuytpeene for First Army 9 May 1918
Transferred from First to Fifth Army 1 July 1918

Other information

Newspapers in January 1917 ran articles explaining that boys aged 17 could voluntarily enlist into the RCCs and after short training would be sent to France. On reaching 18 they would be returned home for training as infantry.

Sources

War diary of Le Havre Base
War diary of 306 RCC (National Archives WO95/4057)
War diary of 319 RCC (also WO95/4057)

Links

Corps of Royal Engineers