38 (City of Sheffield) Signal Regiment
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The 38 Signal Regiment (Volunteers) is a regiment of the British Army's Royal Corps of Signals, part of the Army Reserve. The regiment's task is to "provide contingency communications throughout the whole of Northern England, from the Scottish Borders to the Northern Home Counties. In this role it provides direct support to 15th (North East) Brigade, the Preston-based 42nd (North West) Brigade and the Nottingham-based 49th (East) Brigade." The regiment forms part of 2 (National Communications) Signal Brigade.
38 Signal Regiment
The Regiment was formed as part of 13th Signal Group on 1 April 1967, from an amalgamation of three existing units; 46th (North Midland) Signal Regiment TA based in Derby, 64th Signal Regiment TA based in Sheffield and 337th Brigade Signal Squadron based in Nottingham. The headquarters of the new Regiment, together with Headquarters Squadron and 64th Signal Squadron, were initially established in an ad-hoc accommodation in Sheffield before being eventually re-housed in purpose built premises at Manor Top in 1980. HRH The Princess Royal, Colonel in Chief of the Royal Corps of Signals, visited the Regiment in the same year. Existing TA Centres in Nottingham and Derby were used to house 87th Signal Squadron and 46th Signal Squadron respectively; the latter squadron also included a detached troop in Leicester.
In 2009, the Regiment comprised four squadrons:
- Headquarters Squadron (at Sheffield)
- 46 (City of Derby) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) (at Derby)
- 64 (City of Sheffield) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) (at Sheffield and Nottingham)
- 93 (East Lancashire) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) (at Blackburn and Manchester)
However, as a result of a defence review in 2009, with effect from 1 April 2010, both 46 (City of Derby) Squadron and 93 (East Lancashire) Squadrons were disbanded, while 64 (City of Sheffield) Squadron gained an additional troop in Leeds.
In 2010, the Regiment gained the following Squadrons:
- 41 (Princess Louise of Kensington) Signal Squadron, based at Coulsdon with C Troop located at Kingston upon Thames.
- 1 (RBY) Signal Squadron, based Bletchley, Rugby and Banbury.
41 Signal Squadron
41 (Princess Louise's Kensington) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) can trace back its history over 199 years to 1798 when the Corps of the Kensington Volunteer Association was enrolled in answer to the threat from France. The squadron's motto Quid Nobis Ardui meaning "Nothing is too hard for us." In 1908 Her Royal Highness the Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll consented to the use of her name by the Regiment and thereafter became known as Princess Louise's Kensingtons.
World War I
During the First World War, the Kensingtons grew in size to three battalions, the 1st Battalion of the Kensingtons served in France, seeing action in Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Somme, Arras, Ypres and Cambrai, with 168th (2nd London) Brigade, 56th (1/1st London) Division. The 2nd Battalion served in the Middle East in the Palestine campaign, seeing action in Doiran, Gaza, Jerusalem and Sharon, as part of 179th (2/4th London) Brigade, part of 60th (2/2nd London) Division. The 3rd Battalion remained in the United Kingdom as a training unit.
World War II
During the Second World War, the Kensingtons became the first Territorial unit to guard the Tower of London, including the Ceremony of the Keys. It also changed its role from infantry to heavy support equipped with mortars, medium machine guns and Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns. The 1st Kensingtons served with the British Expeditionary Force in France, and later deployed to North Africa to be part of British First Army to prepare for the Sicilian campaign and later the Italian front, with the 78th Battleaxe Infantry Division. The 2nd Kensingtons served first in Iceland and were to see action from Normandy to Arnhem, with the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division.
In 1945 the Regiment became part of the Royal Corps of Signals with the Army Phantom Signal Regiment (Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment). The Regiment reformed as 41 (PLK) Signal Regiment TA in 1961 and became a trunk communications Signal Regiment with squadrons in Portsmouth, Coulsdon and Hammersmith.
After World War II
In 1967, with the reorganisation of the TA, 41 Signal Regiment became a squadron of 31 Signal Regiment. The Regiment is made up of three Radio Squadrons and a HQ Squadron. Each Radio Squadron is made up of a number of Radio detachments. A detachment consists of four soldiers and are Land Rover based, to provide high mobility, although there are some detachments that use 4 tonne vehicles. Detachments can be deployed as part of a squadron or independently to other locations. HQ Squadron provides all the support elements, such as fuel and equipment, which enable the Regiment to function as well as a small number of discrete radio detachments The Squadron still retains it links with the PLK and proudly wears the Kensington badges and buttons on its uniform.
The squadron was reassigned from 31 (City of London) Signal Regiment to 38 (City of Sheffield) Signal Regiment in 2010. In 2014, 41 Squadron, following its transfer to 71 Signal Regiment, was reduced to a Troop and merged with 47 Squadron, which was also reduced to a Troop, to form 31 (MX Yeo and PLK) Signal Squadron.
1 (RBY) Signal Squadron
|1 (Royal Buckinghamshire Yeomany) Signal Squadron|
Cap Badge of the Royal Signals Regiment
|Active||tbc - Present|
|Type||Royal Corps of Signals|
|Role||Support Regular Army|
|Part of||2 Signal Group
11 Signal Brigade
|Garrison/HQ||SHQ - Bletchley
899(RBY) Signal Troop - Bletchley
891(Warwickshire) Signal Troop - Rugby
805(QOOH) Signal Troop - Banbury
|Motto||Certa Cito (“Swift and Sure”)|
|Colors||Sky Blue, Navy and Green (Air, Sea and Land)|
|March||Quick - Begone Dull Care
Slow - HRH (Princess Royal)
|R. Signals Colonel in Chief||The Princess Royal|
|Officer Commanding||Major S. Osei-Agyemang|
|Squadron Sergeant Major||WO2 (SSM) M. Gott|
|Tactical Recognition Flash|
The Squadron consists of 4 troops:
- Squadron Headquarters - located at Bletchley.
- 899 (Royal Buckinghamshire Yeomanry) Signal Troop - located at Bletchley.
- 805 (Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars) Signal Troop - located at Banbury.
- 891 (Warwickshire) Signal Troop - located at Rugby.
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- "64 Signal Squadron". British Army Website. 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "41 (Princess Louise of Kensington) Signal Squadron". British Army Website. 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- Foxwell, Byrne (2013). "Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment". kensingtonbattalion3624.org.uk. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "1 Signal Squadron". British Army Website. 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "38 Signal Regiment". British Army Website.