33 (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment

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33rd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment
Mercury
Cap Badge of 33rd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment
Active 1967–2009
Country United Kingdom
Branch Territorial Army
Type Royal Corps of Signals
Role Support regular army
(ARRC) support
Size Four Squadrons
Part of 12 Signal Group
42nd (North West) Brigade
Garrison/HQ HQ Squadron (55 Squadron) – Huyton
59 Squadron – Liverpool
42 Squadron – Manchester
80 Squadron – Runcorn
Motto Certa Cito (“Swift and Sure”)
Colors Sky Blue, Navy and Green (Air, Sea and Land)
Mascot Mercury (“Jimmy”)
Insignia
Tactical Recognition Flash Royal Signals TRF.svg

The 33rd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment was a British Territorial Army regiment of the Royal Corps of Signals.

History[edit]

The regiment was originally a TAVR II (Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve) unit created due to defence cuts, being formed on 1 April 1967 at Huyton, near Liverpool and consisting of four squadrons:

  • HQ Squadron
  • 42 (East Lancashire) Signal Squadron – successor to the 42nd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment
  • 59 (West Lancashire) Signal Squadron – successor to the 59th Signal Regiment
  • 80 (Cheshire) Signal Squadron – successor to the 80th Signal Regiment

In 1973, 80 Squadron became 80 (Cheshire Yeomanry) Squadron, in honour of the Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester's) from which the squadron descended. In 1969, the TAVR was re-designated as the Territorial Army.

In 1999, during the reforms implemented due to the Strategic Defence Review, the squadron subtitles, with the exception of 80 Squadron, were changed. They became:

  • 55 (Merseyside) HQ Squadron
  • 42 (City of Manchester) Signal Squadron
  • 59 (City of Liverpool) Signal Squadron

Present[edit]

The regiment's squadrons were all based in the North-West of England: 42 Signal Squadron was based in Manchester; 55 Signal Squadron was based in Huyton; 59 Signal Squadron was based in Aintree; and 80 Signal Squadron was based in Runcorn. The regiment provided support to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, and was part of 12 Signal Group.

The regiment provided soldiers on operations around the world supporting the regular army.

Such places include:

Afghanistan

Balkans

Cyprus

Iraq

Disbandment[edit]

As a result of the strategic review of reserves it was announced on 28 April 2009 that the regiment was to be disbanded[1]

Miscellaneous[edit]

The regiment was caught up in a financial scandal in July 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Review Recommends Future For Reserves". "[i]A number of posts within TA signals units were formed to operate equipment that has now become obsolete. These posts will now be removed and include Headquarters 12 Signals Group and 33, 34 and 35 Signals Regiments. It makes sense to reallocate resources from these posts to higher defence priorities. This decision has not been taken lightly and we are very aware of the exceptional contribution made by the Royal Signals within the TA." 

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