10 Squadron

10 Field Squadron was raised in 1811 as the 5th Coy of 1st Bn at Woolwich, seeing service in Malta and Corfu. It was re-titled 10 Coy in 1819 serving in many places around the world including The Kaffir War of 1846, Crimea, China War 1858 and the Abyssinia Campaign in 1867. It was then re-designated a Railway Company in 1885 serving in the Boer War, Sudan and both World Wars. In 1956 the Sqn was sent to Singapore and again re-designated this time as a Port Squadron and disbanded in 1964.

In Nov 64 it was re-formed as 10 Field Squadron (Airfields) and moved to Aden/Gulf remaining there until 1969. Between 1969 and 1973 N. Ireland and British Honduras took up most of the squadrons manpower. From 1973 the unit returned to supporting the RAF in the Harrier Support role until it was disbanded in 1993 having been stationed in both Laarbruch and Gutersloh.

The Strategic Defence Review (SDR) recognised the request from the RAF for more Royal Engineer support during operations. It agreed to the formation of 2 further Engineer Field Squadrons to support the RAF. All RAF stations where requested to look at their real estate with the view to housing an Air Support Squadron. With the demise of 234 Fd Sqn (Air Sp) (V), Leeming had an area. 2 years of planning and 12 months construction sees 10 Field Squadron located at the south-west corner of the station.

As Royal Engineers we are expected to be a Soldiers first, secondly a Combat Engineers and finally a Tradesmen. Each member of the Squadron has a trade, the range of trades is diverse, from Driver to Draughtsman and from Storeman to Surveyor.

The Squadron will have an all up strength of 172 with the capability to move as an independent unit anywhere in the world in support of the RAF. Possible tasks on deployment could be:

  • Design and construction of living accommodation.
  • Runway repair.
  • Aircraft Accommodation.
  • Construction of Fuel farms.
  • Water Supply
  • Demolitions.
  • Mine clearance.

These are only a few of the varied capabilities of the unit.

Comments

Anyone remember going out to kenya to build a road into Uganda 68/69 i think. I worked on water supply and was the squadron projectionist showing the films.

Yes, I remember that jolly very well. I went out on the advance party over the Christmas period. I was on the water supply to begin with and handed it over when the main party arrived in the new year. I was an electrician and known as Clem. I wangled my way up to the works party at the head of road camp with Cpl Paddy Kearny and Paddy Mace the cook. We lost a good mate over Christmas, drowned in a boating accident on Christmas Eve. Do you remember that? I think his name was Allen Wilson. That was my last overseas jolly before civvy street. Should have stayed in.

Hi,I was on this job,It was New Years eve by the shore of Lake Baringo,spr wilson and a ssgt.along with our two dogs Brandy and Whiskey took a boat out on the lake.Apparently it got caught in fishing nets and capsized.The ssgt and dogs made it to the island,spr was not so lucky.We went out in the local snake farmers( The Leakies) boat searching but no luck.Capt.Mike McGarry was my boss at the time.I remember the pints of cold beer at the Nags Head in Nakuru and the Bata shop for the "desert wellies"Happy Days

I was on that job,basecamp at Baringo.Up country from there,I was a plant op on a catD6 dozer and Bk12 grader.Remember going on a safari to a nuns hospital post,a couple of dodge tippers and a landrover. In contact with Mick Molloy and Ken Warburton. Have some photo's which i will post later.

Have posted 10 Gulf Sharjah photos and some from 10 Sqn. Kenya road build 69-70.