71 (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment
|71 (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment|
|Role||National Communications Support|
|Part of||2nd (National Communications) Signal Brigade|
|Garrison/HQ||RHQ - Bexleyheath, Kent|
|Lt Col Picton|
71 (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment (Volunteers) is a Territorial Army regiment in the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army. The regiment forms part of 2 (National Communications) Signal Brigade, providing military communications for national operations.
The Regiment was formed after the reorganisation of the Territorial Army in 1969; it retains its links to the past, through the Yeomanry squadrons under its command.
The role of the Regiment was to provide Home Defence communications for the South East of England. In 1992, as a result of Options for Change, 70 (Essex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron were moved to 38 Signal Regiment (V), and 71st (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment took under command 57 (County of Bristol) Signal Squadron (V). This unsatisfactory arrangement lasted until the TA restructuring of 1994 when 70 (Essex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron came back under command and 57 (County of Bristol) Signal Squadron (V) moved onto 39 (Skinners) Signal Regiment.
In 1995, 94 (Berkshire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron was given an independent role in support of the Combat Service Support Group (Germany). They then ceased to be part of the Regiment order of battle.
In 2010, 70 (Essex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron was merged with 68 (Inns of Court and City Yeomanry) Signal Squadron to form 68 (Inns of Court & City and Essex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron.
2013-14 saw the structure of the Regiment change, with the merger of 41st and 47th Signal Squadrons to form the new entity, 31st Signal Squadron (taking on both the titles of the previous units), whilst the Chelmsford Tp of 68th Signal Squadron was transferred to the incoming 36th Signal Squadron (Colchester).
The Regiment comprises the following sub units:
- 265 (Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)) Support Squadron [Bexleyheath]
- 31 (Middlesex Yeomanry and Princess Louise's Kensington ) Signal Squadron [Uxbridge/Coulsdon]
- 36 (Eastern) Signal Squadron [Colchester/Chelmsford]
- 68 (Inns of Court & City Yeomanry) Signal Squadron [City of London/Whipps Cross]
- 71 Y Sig Regt (V) - on British Army official website