17 Squadron

From Rob Wood - 17 Sqn title was actually 17 RSME Transport Sqn, initially staffed by a mixture of RCT, WRAC & civilians with a few sappers. it then had a change around and the RCT troop moved out and a full sapper troop came in mixing with the WRAC and civis, closed down when Chattenden closed

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


I joined 17 (Jerboa)Sqn, the OC was Maj Macbaine and the SSM was WO2 Sewell, in 1957 as part of 22 Engr Regt, including 3 Sqn,23 Sqn & 6 Field Pk, at Chiesledon Camp near Swindon. In 1959 17 Sqn moved to Christmas Island for 6 Months, Near Hawaii, then it was disbanded. I was then posted to 23 Sqn, Chiesledon Camp closed and 22 Engr Regt(3 Sqn,23 Sqn & 6 Fd Pk) move to Tidworth Camp about 1961. Prior to 1957 17 Sqn returned to UK from N.Africa where some were extras in the film Ice Cold in Alex, starring John Mills.

I understand some of 17 Sqn who served in Christmas Island may qualify for a new Christmas Island Medal.

This Medal is awarded to some of those who served in Nicosia with 33 Indep Fe Sqn.