TA - 106 Sqn

Previously this squadron was only listed as part of TA- 72 Engr, but I have now been told that it has formed part of 72, 73 and 75 Engr Regt at various times so I have created it separately.  If you have any info or history to tell me about, I'd really appreciate it.  REgards Gordon


I joined 106in1973.we were part of 75 Ret.RE(v)with reg.HQ in Failsworth Manchester. in 1982we changed role and came under the command of 72 Ret RE (v)with their HQ in Gateshead. If you are interested I can expand on this info .

GeorgieBoy I hope you don't mind me jumping-in?
I'm Mick Thornton I joined 106 in Apr.1978 (1 Tp) before sodding off to CVHQ returning to 106 (2Tp) in 1984, by then 72. I served variously until 1999 (inc.272 @ Bradford) until 1999.
Your thoughts, Insights, etc, would be interesting if you would care to share (especially perhaps some memories of Clive Morley, Andy (Pitprop), Les Preston & many others)
Regards Mick

Found this site.we need more of 106 on here.

Hi Mick, you will remember me as Steve Smith, Sqn Clerk Smifff (3F's)how are you doing old son? I saw you a few years after getting out of the nick in Sheffield but have had little to do with Sheff since. I now work most of my time with the RBL and do a lot of work with Veterans. Got over my meltdown which sent me away and now a proud veteran working for others. Get in touch Mick, would be good to catch up. Cheers. 07742 950664

I served in 106 between 2003-2008 we were part of 73 Engineer Regiment (Air Support) RE(V). Our headquarters was in Nottingham the regiment comprised of roughly 500 soldiers with a small staff of regular army soldiers and civilians. I later transfered to a local infantry regiment following the foot steps of an incredibly good mentor and staff sergeant who taught me many a good thing about civilian and army life when i was just a young naive sapper. Sadly for me it was a terrible mistake as i didnt take to well to the infantry and left not long after. I have some great memories and served with some fantastic people while at 106 i wish id never left.

I joined 106 in 1978 (then 75-CO Benham-Crosswell, RSM John Lucas), with 2 years service before transferring to 130 Sqn.(CVHQ)I returned to 106, then 72 where it stayed for some 8yrs? By the time I was introduced into the Mess we were 73 (Nottingham), around 1987. Leaving once again in about 1991 & rejoining (by request) in Bradford (still 106) in 1993. Until I 'retired' in 1999 we were still in 73. it's been a long time since then with 73 Engr.Regt now disbanded & 106 back with 72!!
Are all sappers Ubique (pushed & shoved everywhere?-YES!) and are we still Mushrooms? Regards Mick.

I joined 2 troop 106 Sqn RE based at Somme Barracks 1970 ish in the last year of 6th form. The OC was Major Bailey, SM Gabriel, his son was in my troop. Dennis ? the troop corporal. S sgt Simmonite was a great character. other names, brother in law Brian Hobson, Mick Foster, Roe brothers, Clive Andy and Les MGTMick has mentioned above.
Recruit training at Chickerell Camp Wyke Regis in Weymouth. Weekend training at Proteus? Camp Ollerton laying practice mines in Sherwood forest, Beckingham Ranges,Strensall Camp York and a few others I cant remember. Annual Camp at Hamlyn, Wyemouth, Scotland Culltebraggen camp ?
Medway and some others. Marching from the barracks to Barkers Pool For the Remembrance Day parade was always an honour.
I moved to Essex in 1975 so had to leave 106 Sqn. happy memories.

I'm still serving proudly in 106 we had a recruiting tent for sheffield armed forces day and was talking to the daughter of major bailey!amazing.also chatted with am old boy that was wearing the French legion of honour medal.what an honour to even meet this great man.

I joined the R E in1954 Basic Training ln aldershot then moved to Invicta camp Maidstone Kent 25 fld pk squadron as a driver went to C yprus oct 1955 with my Leyland hippo and d 4 bulldozer on the back arrived in Cyprus nov 5 George Harrison and lofty crossland from Barnsley west Yorkshire we shared the same tent at C b s camp Nicosia we sailed on HMS aircraft theus until March 156 sailed to Egypt on HMS Devonshire picked troops up and then sailed Liverpool and then by train to Invicta camp then i was a driving instructor until aug 1956 and was discharged

Anyone who would like to do something to commemorate the end of the Battle of the Somme at Somme Barracks please let me know. Somme Bks was built by Sappers and 49Div went on to serve at the Somme hence the name. I was privileged enough to meet some of them in the 80's. It now houses some infantry bods but it will always be a Sappers home. Give me a shout if anyone interested. steve@musicsmith.co.uk

I joined 3 Troop in Dewsbury in 1975. CO was Capt Bob Pickles, 2IC was Lt Pete Jones. Sergeant Roy Siddle, Cpl Bob Ingham. We had some great personalities, just some of those whose names spring to mind include Graham Bean, Derek Lancaster-Holmes, Simon Turner, Phil (PIJ) Hilton, Tpr Eddie Teale, Mick Hodgeson, Steve Roberts, Ian Woodcock, The Fargy Brothers, Tony Laycock.
Somebody decided I had enough qualifications to be an officer candidate (sadly lacking in ability!) so I was transferred to 1 Troop at SHQ Somme Barracks, Sheffield. Lt Ron Cooke was OC but for the life of me I can't remember our sergeants name.
Major Nick ??? was OC and Q Bather ran the office. When 2 Troop relocated from Rotherham (I think) to Sheffield Vin Costello became SSM.
Lt-Col Benham-Cresswell was the Regiment commander.

In 1977 I finally had to choose between taking up a position at S.H.A.P.E. or continuing on my commissioning course. I took the opportunity to work in Belgium.

Sorry for the random thoughts but felt I had to get something down!