TA - 72 Engineer Regt (Volunteers)

72 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers) is currently supporting 21 Engineer Regiment, providing the opportunity for challenging and rewarding operational deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

72 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Engineer Regiment (Volunteers) reformed in 2006 as a Close Support Royal Engineer Territorial Army Regiment.

The Regiment is formed into 2 Squadrons; 103 Field Squadron (Volunteers) based in Newcastle and Sunderland, 106 Field Squadron (Volunteers) based in Sheffield and Bradford.

Close Support Engineers provide specialist engineer capability to front line troops including such tasks as Demolitions, Bridging, Construction, Water Supply, Field Engineering and Counter Mobility.

Prior to that it was -

72 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Engineer Regiment (Volunteers)

Formed 1 April 1967 at Gateshead from 50 Northumbrian Division RE (TA).

HQ Squadron at Gateshead. 
103 (1st Newcastle) Field Squadron at Newcastle. 
105 (Durham) Plant Squadron at Gateshead. 
118 (Tees) Field Squadron at Middlesbrough. 
129 (East Riding) Field Squadron at Hull.

1975: 105 Squadron made independent. 
1977: 129 Field Squadron transferred to 73 Engineer Regiment (V). 
Replaced by 106 Field Squadron at Sheffield from 75 Engineer Regiment (V).

1992: 106 Field Squadron transferred to 73 Engineer Regiment (V)
1993: HQ Squadron numbered 233 HQ Squadron.

1 July 1999: Regiment disbanded and reduced to 72 Field Squadron 71 Engineer Regiment. 


For those who use this site who may remember my father Ken I just wanted to advise that he died on 19 November peacefully in Calgary, Alberta. He was always very proud to be a Sapper, having left only because he emigrated to Rhodesia. He lived a large life, always in leadership roles, always serving others as a CEO and consultant to steel companies around the world. I have fond memories from early childhood of the squadron. Best wishes, Judy