Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers

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Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)
Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers.png
Cap badge
Active 1539-
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army Reserve
Type Militia
Role Engineers
Size One regiment
Part of 160 (Wales) Brigade
  • RHQ - Monmouth
  • 100 Fd Sqn - Cwmbran, Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol
  • 225 Fd Sqn - Oldbury, Stoke-On-Trent
  • Jersey Fd Sqn - St Helier, Jersey
Motto Ich Dien (I Serve)
Ubique (Everywhere)
Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt (Where Duty and Glory Lead)
March Wings (Regimental March, Royal Engineers)
Royal Honorary Colonel HRH The Duke of Gloucester
Honorary Colonel Major-General Keith Harington Cima
Arm Badge Militia Flash

The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) (R MON RE(M)) is the most senior regiment in the British Army Reserve, having given continuous loyal service to the crown since 1539. It is part of the reserve forces, and is the only remaining Militia unit in the British Army. The R Mon RE(M) is the only unit to have two 'Royal' prefixes in its title.


Colours of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers
The Royal Monmouthshire Light Infantry in 1855 at Pembroke Dock.

The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers is not the oldest regiment in the British Army; this honour goes to the Honourable Artillery Company (from 1296 but chartered in 1537), although The Jersey Field Squadron (M) can trace its origins back to 1337.[1]

The regiment is also unusual in having the word Royal appear twice in its name. It gained the first "Royal" in 1804 when it was known as the Monmouth and Brecon Militia. The second was acquired in 1877 when the regiment transferred from an infantry unit into a Special Reserve section of the expanding Royal Engineers.[2]

On 1 April 1967 the existing regiment absorbed 43rd Wessex Division RE (TA), 48 South Midland Division RE (TA) and 53rd Welsh Division RE (TA).[3]

The Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) are at Monmouth Castle in Monmouth and its sub-units are in Cwmbran, Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Jersey.[4]

Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
Corps of Army Music
Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Honourable Artillery Company


  1. ^ T.F. Mills What is the Oldest/Senior Regiment in the British Army? (Archive of the page)
  2. ^ "The Regimental Archive of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)". Monmouth Castle. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Corps of Royal Engineers, Volunteer Regiments". Retrieved August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Royal Monmouthshire RE". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 

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