TA - 78 Engineer Regiment


78 (Fortress) Engineer Regiment (Volunteers)

Formed in April 1993 to provide a new support regiment for 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division.

Formation day parade held at Gibraltar Barracks, Minley(370 sappers out of 450 paraded) attended by the Chief Royal Engineer General Sir John Stibben, Major General John Barr, Brigadier Gael Ramsey and Brigadier Nigel Lacey.

Regiments CO was Lt.Col Neil Sutherland, RSM Keith Angus.


560 (Hampshire) HQ Squadron based at Blighmont TA Centre, Millbrook Road, Southampton. 
127 (Sussex Yeomanry) Field Squadron based at TA Centre, Dyke Road, Brighton. 
227 (Hampshire Yeomanry) Amphibious Engineer Squadron based at Seely House TA Centre, Shoe Lane, Aldershot with detachments at Southampton, formed in 1992. CO Major Mike Law.


Regiment was disbanded on 1st July 1999 at result of the Strategic Defence Review, (Options For Change).


Hope the above information is of some use to you.


Kind Regards

James Thompson


I remember when I first joined it was the 127 Sussex Yemonary Royal Artillary Regiment before it changed. I prefered The Artillary to Engineers. I was a Gunner and then became a sapper. The Gun weekend exercises on sailbury plain were brillant firing at yellow dummy tanks will never forget that loved it. I was a shell loader for the 105mm Gun using live amunition. As Engineers we went to Aldershot and other regular Army bases for training. I remember the early morning PT running in the squad. I have good memories of my TA days and experiences.

I was a sapper from 1995 onward and training to find ex service mates.