Cyprus

16 Squadron

There is an established 16 Sqn social site at http://16fldsqnre.com/  which seems very popular.  Once you've registered on here, why not pop over there and take a look at it?  Meanwhile, I've had this lot from Derek Stevenson;

POCKET HISTORY OF 16th FIELD SQUADRON 
The beginning The oldest squadron in the Corps today is lst Fortress Squadron, which was formed in 1772. Our squadron was, however, not far behind, being formed in 1825. 16th Survey Company of the Royal Sappers and Miners was formed under Royal Warrant dated the 20th October 1825, at Chatham. The Company remained at Chatham until April 1826, is which month it set sail for the West Indies. Unfortunately the Company vas Ship wrecked off Barbados, losing all its equipment. Later the same year, the Company arrived in Ireland and for the next five years were employed on the Survey of Ireland. The next 80 years were spent in a variety of stations engaged in surveying tasks, and detachments from the Company were employed on many boundary commissions end surveys all over the world. In 1906 the Company was reformed as 16th Fortress Company, being part of a Coast Battalion based on the Tyne, Tees, Humber and Mersey. It was employed on the construction of coastal defences of all these areas. In 1914 the name was changed to 16th Tyne Fortress Works Company and, in 1918 the company was split into four for draft-finding purposes to provide the basis of 594, 595. 596 and 597 TA Fortress Companies. In October 1919, however, 594 TA Fortress Company was renamed 16th Coast Battalion Company. In 1927, the Company was once more renamed as 16th Fortress Company and as such it remained until being absorbed in 1932 at Gosport as part of 4th Fortress Company, and 16th Company thus, temporarily, ceased to exist. 

Malta
This sad demise was, however, wisely not allowed for long and in Malta on the 1st September 1934 the Company came to life again as the 16th Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Company, with the task of manning 12 searchlight stations for the defence of the island. In 1935, the Company was renamed once again as 16th Fortress Company, although its role was not changed. With its varied experience as Royal Engineers, the Company found no difficulty in constructing its own emplacements as well as operating the searchlights. It also helped to construct the permanent defences of the island. In 1939 the Company incorporated a Maltese section and was capable of operating 24 searchlights although never were more than 19 brought into service. As soon as war was declared in 1939, the Italian Air force attacked Malta in strength, and from early 1941, the island was subjected to almost incessant air attacks by the German Luftwaffe who attempted to beat the population into submission. The record of 16th Fortress Company throughout this period was a proud one and its part in the successful defence of the island should never be forgotten. Among other decorations, the CSM was awarded the George Medal and a sapper the Military Medal. By October 1943, as the enemy retreated up the leg of Italy conditions had improved, and the Company was withdrawn from Malta. 

North West Europe 
In early 1944, the Company became the 16th Electrical and Mechanical Company Royal Engineers and, on the 6th June 1944, it embarked from England to arrive on the beaches of Normandy on D + 3. Tasks included lighting of the beaches and provision of electrical and water installations at hospitals and prisoner of war camps. As an L of C unit in 21st Army Group, the Company was employed over most of Normandy on servicing and maintenance work. 

The Far East 
In 1945 the Company embarked for the F, East and it finished the Second World War in India and later in South East Asia. In October 1946, however the Company was placed in suspended animation. 

Egypt 
On the 9th February, 1950, 16th Field Squadron was reformed as part of 35 Engineer Regiment, in Egypt. During the riots of October 1951 the Squadron was employed in constructing desert camps, construction of an ice-making plant at Fort Said, and on road maintenance. In early 1954, however the regiment moved on rotation to Cyprus and the Squadron followed in June. The massive task of sorting out the aftermath of the Suez operation was completed in Cyprus by the end of 1956 and so the Squadron was able to return with the rest of the Regiment to Ripon, to rejoin their families, in January 1957. 

Ripon
The Squadron now spent nearly a year in the UK, but in November 1957, it was moved, at six weeks notice with the rest of the Regiment, to Osnabruck. The Squadron remained as part of 35 Corps Engineer Regiment, at Osnabruck, for the next seven years until 1964. In 1963 a troop was sent to Skopje, in Jugoslavia, to build emergency hutting. 

2 Division Engineers
In 1964, the Squadron joined 2 Division Engineers when 35 Corps Engineer Regiment moved to Hameln. The Squadron was affiliated to 6 Infantry Brigade. In 1966, when 6 Infantry Brigade returned to the UK, by a staff officer error, 7 Field Squadron was ordered to return with it, and so 16 Field Squadron became affiliated to 12 Infantry Brigade at Osnabruck. 

23 Engineer Regiment
However, in April 1969, the organisation of Engineers in BAOR was radically reorganised, so that each Brigade was to be supported by an Engineer Regiment of two Field Squadrons, 16 Field Squadron was re-affiliated to 6 Infantry Brigade support, together with 7 Field Squadron. From late 1967 to mid 1969, the Squadron was the nucleus and administrative hub of the Engineer Task Force for the earthwork construction of a German civilian airport at Greven, near Munster, and was thus responsible for the largest earthmoving operation ever undertaken by the Corps. 

The Future
From April 1971, the Squadron will experience yet another change of affiliation, when, together with 37 Field Squadron, who will replace 7 Field Squadron as the other Field Squadron in 25 Engineer Regiment, we will be responsible for engineer support to 4 Guards Brigade at Munster. 

Summary
Thus it can be seen that 16 Field Squadron has behind it a varied history which represents almost every facet of the history of the Corps itself. Founded as a survey Company, it has such wide experience of so many different roles as to qualify it fully for anything that the future may hold. 16 Field Squadron faces the future with confidence. 
R B HILL Major RE Officer Commanding

18 Squadron

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

22 Squadron

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

The link to the main EOD website is http://www.royalengineersbombdisposal-eod.org.uk/rea_bd_branch.html

23 Squadron

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

30 Squadron

The original Dirty 30!

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

John Anderson runs a website for 30 Sqn with lots of photos, messages and all the interesting stuff on it, I'd recommend you go and visit.  http://sapper696.50megs.com/index.html

There is also another 30 Sqn site run by Roger Lakeman, which may be for members from the same time period or a different time period, you can find it at www.30fieldsquadron.org.uk

For the older cadre - this message was received March 2012 - My name is John Gardiner I run a small website dedicated to 30 Squadron 1960 to 1970 especially for those who served in Aden 1966/1977. The web address is www.aden30squadronre.5u.com.  Why not give it a click if it applies to you ?

33 Squadron

33 Field until 1959, then independent until 1967, then 33 Field until 1974, then 33 independent until 1992, then 33 field until 2007. Total 26 years independent, 31 years as Field. For reasons like this, I have avoided ALL names such as Amph, Cdo, Indep, Hugh, Pugh and Barney McGrue

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

From Clive Pledger - 

Hi Gordon.   33Fld squadron was my first posting after training.It was part of 37Eng Regt comprising 33sqn,10 sqn and 66 plant sqn and 325 engineer park. 33 had the honour of building long kesh internment camp in 1971 before I joined them also building the Bedrock Hilton sqn bar reckoned by many the best sqn bar ever..33 sqn went  back to NI in 1972 for op motorman and did 6 weeks at Ballykelly then 6 weeks in the maze(long kesh.)  33 sqn joined 37 eng reg in 1967 from Cyprus.  10 sqn moved to BOAR in 1973 as harrier support. and 33 became 33 ind fld sqn.They moved to NI permently in oct 1973 and I was posted to 66 plant sqn to run their signals.section.  Hope this helps.

 

Regards clive.

37 Squadron

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

There is a website run by some former 37 members, you can access it here http://www.37fieldsquadronre-oldboys.org

40 Squadron

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

42 Squadron

Message received from Derek Male October 16th 2011 - 

I have found that it is very hard to find any of the old Lads now, Some may have Emigrated like myself, some may have passed on, and some may be thinking that all this new technology  is way over their Heads, and would sooner just sit in the Armchair, I have been Lucky enough to find 3 People from that time 3 Sappers and a M.P. I may pass on your Address to the Sappers I know to see if they can get themselves Registered,  This is my History in the Corps, and the parts I could not put on the Site,

in 1952 I became  22806352 Sapper Male D. R. And was Told to report to   Malvern at 1 TRRE, I did my Induction there for 2 Weeks, then I Was Sent to Crickhowell, near Abergavenny, South Wales, and Joined 39 Corps Engineer Regiment, and was put in # 8 Party, for the 6 Weeks Basic Training, when that was Completed I was sent up to the North of Scotland at Elgin, and Joined # 8 TRRE, for the 10 Weeks  Field Engineer Training, when that was Finished, I was Sent out to the Suez Canal Zone, MELF 15 and Joined 35 Corps Engineer Regiment, and was Put in 8 Troop, 42 Field Squadron the Camp was named Minden Camp and was based at Fayid, after about 18 Months there, in 1954 when everyone had to come out of the Suez Canal Zone for political reasons, I moved with the Regiment to Cyprus, and we were Based at Polimedia Camp Limasol, From there all the Squadrons, 16 Sqn, 30 Sqn, 42 Sqn, and 18 Fld Park where all Deployed on Building Works, to Provide the New GHQ Middle East a new home from Moving from Egypt, In 42 Sqn, I was involved in Building a 22 Mile long Water pipeline from up in the Troodos Mountains down to the Site of the New GHQ,

This was built on Time in spite of the constant Harassment from the EOKA Terrorists, In 1955 I left for the UK and Was Demobed from Barton Stacy,  If you have a Look at my Profile on Forces Reunited, You will find my History and Photo's on there,

So I think I will give it a Go on your Site, as you suggest, and I'll see how I get on, Thanks for the Info,

                                     Cheers, REgards, Derek,  

 

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

47 Squadron

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

51 Squadron

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

 

The following brief history of 51 Sqn was submitted by Paul "Scouse" Wylde - thanks very much to him for this.  Can anyone fill in the next bit?

The Squadron was formed in 1965, filling its establishment and working up at Claro Barracks in Ripon in the latter half of that year. It was one of four Squadrons forming or converting to the Airfields role, to take over responsibilities of support to the RAF from the “Airfield Construction” Branch of the RAF.

At the end of January 1966 the bulk of the Squadron started on the 24+-hour journey to join the advance party in what was to be the largest Engineer Squadron on establishment for nearly 3 years. This started with a session of concentrated acclimatisation training which was to last until our arrival at Paya Lebar Airport Singapore.

The Squadron settled down to life on an RAF station, RAF Seletar to be precise, and started the take-over and work up to replace 5001 Squadron RAF. We inherited some strange equipment, exchanged some good for some rather dated and tried to keep some of the “spare” toolkits that the RAF had, to little or no avail. We also inherited some personnel from the RAF, mostly to the great benefit of the Squadron as it helped ease the process of familiarisation with RAF procedures. The Squadron was withdrawn from Singapore as part of the “withdrawal from East of Suez” plan in 1968.

Since October 1970 the Squadron has had a number of name and role changes and even returned to Ripon around 1977, the Squadron today I am sure is just as successful as its predecessors and hopefully the “Black Ant” lives on somewhere.

51 reformed in June 1968 at Waterbeach Barracks as part of 39 Engineer Regiment (Airfields). The Squadron stayed here till 1977, but then moved back to Claro Barracks, In Sunny Ripon again, were it was to undertake yet another change taking on the role of 51 Field Squadron (Construction) but still carried on its Airfield Damage Repair job at RAF Gutersloh, I am not sure what happened to the Squadron after 1981 because I was posted to 21 Engineer Regiment in Nienburg. I would hope that maybe someone could fill in the blanks from 1981 to whenever 51 Field Squadron were disbanded as I would be interested to find out

521 STRE

I would like to give you some info about 521STRE, this was a Welldrilling specialist team of which I was a member on a few postings, namely 12 months in Kenya, 6 in Libya and 6 in Anguilla. All courses being done at RSME Gillingham, under Sgt "Dodger" Green ( now deceased ) and Cpl Bill Thomas. Major Theobald was OC for quite a while, WO1 Joe Bastin also a long serving member of the non drilling side of operations. I have a lot of photo's which you may be interested in of the team in Kenya and Anguilla.
 
                                                                                             Best Wishes TaffC

This from Tom Gleeson -

Prior to 1964, welldrilling in the corps was , in the main , represented by a wellboring section located at CEP Long Marston and a training facility at the RSME .

 

In the spring of 1964, 521 Specialist Team RE (Wellboring) was established as an entity , at Long Marston . Soon after , it relocated to the Old Barracks in Maidstone. The team personnel were ;

                                                                                             

                                                                                              Lt `Russ` Theobald          E & MO

                                                                                          SSgt `Tom` Gleeson           C of W (M)

                                                                                            Sgt `Mick` Fisher               Welldriller

                                                                                       Cpl ` Dodger`Green               Welldriller

                                                                                    LCpl ` Scouse` Diable              Welldriller

                                                                                       LCpl ` Hargy` Hargreaves     Welder

                                                                                          Cpl ` Milly`   Millington         Stmn Tech

 

The first project undertaken by the team was to provide a series of wells along the proposed route of the ` Dhala Road `, linking the port of Aden with the township of Dhala on the Yemen border.

In July 1964, the team was joined by ten trainee welldrillers and two drivers.( the term wellboring was dropped in favour of welldrilling).The unit departed for Aden on the 6th August 1964. Leaving three of the trainee drillers in Aden, to form the nucleus of a welldrilling section within MELF Park Sqn, the remainder of the unit returned to the UK. in April 1965.

 

In the early seventies, the team relocated to Barton Stacey and in the mid eighties, moved to Chillwell , where it is now part of 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group.

62 Squadron

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

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9 Signal Regt

This unit was added because Bob Beer asked me to - I know nothing more than that unless someone emails me to give me the details.  REgards, Gordon

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Defence Infrastructure Organisation

I have nothing to put here as I don't even know what this unit did.  If you can tell me, I'll happily put it on here for interest.  REgards, Gordon

HQ Near East Land Forces

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HQ UNFICYP

This is a holding page for this unit until someone sends me something more interesting to put on here.  If you have any history or details, please email them to me in a format that I can just copy and paste it onto this page, so everyone can read it.  That means no swear words and no naughty pictures!  Thanks

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JSSU

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without sappers.co.uk getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

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MES (Wks) Cyprus

This is what I know of the squadron so far;

Basically we were in Dhekelia running a Desallination Plant, there was a Clerk of Works (M), WO2 Alan Gorzieka, 2 Cpl Fitters: Jim Valentine and Andy, a Cpl Fridge Mech: Salaman Butt and a Cpl Sparky: Me.

We worked with the local PSA, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, supplying distilled water for use by the garrison, we also had several borehole systems. There were 5 water storage tanks up by the old runway holding approx 250,000 gallons each. The local civilian water system would have constant shortages during the summer months, while the garrison would always be on our supply system so we always had water.
We were looked after by 62 Sqn.

Malcolm Steppens

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