Associated Units
All of the Following Units were
closely associated with 36 Regiment RA

As 36 and 37 Regiment's were so very closely related in Role, Equipment,
 Batteries and Personnel,I have decided to dedicate a page on this Web site to this fine Regiment.

Dedicated to all who served in:
63rd Heavy Anti- Aircraft Regiment
37th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
37th Guided Weapon Regiment (Anti-Aircraft)
37th Heavy Air Defence Regiment

History of 37th Regiment
Royal Artillery


First formed as 36 Brigade RFA
Comprising of 15 Battery in Meerut, 48 Battery in Barrackpore and
71 Battery in Mooltan, India
15 Battery in Fyzabad, 48 Battery in Lucknow and
71 Battery in Bareilly, India
15 Battery in Waterford, 48 Battery in Fethard and
71 Battery in Clogheen, Ireland
Regiment in Kildare
Regiment in Dundalk
Regiment in Athlone
Regiment in Sheffield
Regiment in Ewshott
1914 - 1918
Service on the Western Front
Regiment in Ireland

Nov 1922

Redesignated 26 Brigade RFA
Comprising of 116, 117, 118 and 141 Battery. Stationed in Jubbulpore, India
June 1924
Retitled 26th Field Brigade Royal Artillery
Regiment in Bulford
Regiment in Larkhill
Feb 1937
Regiment in Bulford
Oct 1938
Became 26th Anti-Tank Regiment
Comprising of 15, 40, 48 and
71 Batteries
Regiment in Malta
Sept 1940
Became 13th Coast Regiment
Feb 1941
Became 17th Defence Regiment
June 1941
Became 26th Defence Regiment
Sept 1943
Became 26th Medium Regiment
Home Forces
15 Bty became A Troop 40 Med Bty
48 Bty became 48/71 Med Bty
Nov 1943
Middle East Forces
North Africa
Jan 1944
9th Army
Apr 1944
Middle East Forces
North Africa
June 1944

8th Army
The Regiment was granted to use of the "Syrena" Badge, which is the badge of 2 Polish Corps. The Regiment fought under Polish Orders at the
Battle of Monte Cassino and in the
Adriatic Campaign.


March 1946
Became 26th Field Regiment
15 & 48 Btys restored
Became 37th Field Regiment
15 & 48 Btys became 10 & 111 Btys
25 Pdr Gun
Retitled 37th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
RHQ and Btys converted to HAA Units
Comprising 10, 111 and 171
(The Broken Wheel) Batteries
3.7" Gun
37 Regiment stationed at Tonfanau Camp,
Tywyn, North Wales
Anti-Aircraft Command
3.7" Gun

63rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment

Regiment moves to Horseshoe Barracks, Shoeburyness
Comprising of
   91Bty (Prev 156 HAA Bty)
194 Bty (Prev 193 HAA Bty)
220 Bty (Prev 256 HAA Bty)
2.6. 1955
Amalgamation of 63 and 37 Regiments

91 Bty to 72 LAA Regt,
194 & 220 Btys into Suspended Animation
91 Bty into Suspended Animation
in March 1958
72 LAA Regt disbands
March 1958
Aug 1955
37th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
3.7" Gun
Sept 1956
The Regiment moves to Malta during the
Suez crisis
Troopship Empire Ken
St Patricks Barracks
Late 1956
Regiment moves into Tigne Barracks
10 Battery at Mellieha Bay Camp
10 Battery at Paradise Bay, 111 Battery at Tigne
and 171 Battery at Spinola
Sept 1959
Regiment moves to UK and renamed

Blandford, Dorset
Re-titled 37th Guided Weapon (AA) Regiment
10 and 111 GW Btys
Oct 1959
171 Battery placed into Suspended Animation
Nov 1959
Equipped with Thunderbird 1 Missiles
Regiment moves to Piddlehinton Camp, Dorset
Thunderbird 1
111 Battery in Aden for 6 months
Falaise Camp
Re-titled 37th Heavy Air Defence Regiment
Llanion Barracks
Pembroke Dock
Feb 1967
Regiment at Shoeburyness
Commanding Officer
Lt Col J A Gallie
Amalgamated with
36 Heavy Air Defence Regiment at Shoeburyness
Feb 1969
36 Regiment Dine out Lt Col Gallie
New CO Lt Col A J A Brett

In 1948 63rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment came to Horseshoe Barracks, Shoeburyness and
remained there under that title until 1955. In August of that year the Regiment was renamed
37th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment. In September 1956 37th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
moved to Malta during the Suez crisis. A small rear party remained at Shoeburyness.

Please Click this Link to the excellent Britains Small Wars
Web site to find out about the Suez Crisis

Jack Knight

Jack served with 91 Battery, 63 HAA Regiment. He has sent me this
amusing Monologue he first heard in 1952 at Tonfanau Firing Camp.

Sam's Christmas Pudding

It was Christmas day in the trenches, in Spain in the Peninsular War, and
Sam Small was cleaning his Musket, was a thing never heard of before.
They'd had an inspection that morning, and Sam had got into disgrace,
for when 'Sir' inspected his Musket a Sparrow flew out in his face.
The Sergeant reported the matter to Lt Barrington-Smythe then and there.
He said 'How very disgusting, the Duke must be told of this here'.
The Duke was amazed when he heard it, he said 'I'm astonished I am, but
I must make the most drastic example, there'll be no Christmas Pudding for Sam.

Sam was shocked when he heard of his sentance, he stood rooted to the
 spot, he did'nt think it was all that serious, he thought he'd only be shot.
So Sam sat cleaning his Musket, polishing barrel and butt, the pudding
 his Mother had sent him, lay on the ground in the mud at his foot.
Now the Centre that Sam's lot were holding, was a place called San Baradoz,
and the Spaniards had put up a bastion, and oh what a bastion it was.
They bombarded all Christmas morning, with grapeshot, cannister and ball,
but the face of the bastion defied them, they made no impression at all.

They started again after dinner, pounding as hard as they could, the Duke
brought his own private cannon, but that did'nt do a pennorth of good. The Duke
said 'Sam-Sam, lay down that Musket and help me to lay this gun true', Sam said
 'Not blinking likely, you ask favours from them you've given puddings to'.
The Duke looked at Sam in admonishment 'Don't be like that Sam' said he,
Us Generals have got to be ruthless, it hurt me more than thee.

Sam sniffed at the words the Duke uttered, and looked at the Duke's
private gun, 'We'll have put in Two charges, we'll never bust bastion with one'.
So Sam tipped the ball from the barrel, he took out the wadding and all, then he filled
 the barrel full of powder, stooped down and replaced the ball. Then he took careful aim
at the bastion and shouted 'Righto Duke let her fly', the Cannon shot back
on her trunions, and blew the bastion sky high.

The Duke he was elated, he jumped up and down with glee, he said 'Sam for
this gallant action, you can warm up your pudding for tea'.Sam looked all around for
 his pudding, but nowhere could it be found, the place where he thought he had left it,
the Cannon Ball lay on the ground.Sam saw in a flash what had happended, by an
unprecedented mishap, the pudding his Mother had sent him, had blown
 Baradoz off the map.

And that's why to this very moment, Artillery Officers were a badge that looks
 like a grenade, but it's really a replica, of the Pudding that Sam's mother made.

Check out Jack's New Website about his
National Service Life and Times

For Crown and Country

John (Jock) Bisset

John (Jock) Bisset was stationed with 10 (Assaye) Battery, 37 Regiment in Malta
1956/59.My thanks to John for sending the following photo's in, if you recognise yourself,
please contact me. John would also like to make contact with any of the following old
comrades from his time with the Regiment.

Lance Barber, Tony Morgan, Jack Ashworth, Alan Thrussell, Bill Baker, Danny Cousins,
Paddy Carroll, Ray Stevenson, Tony Parmentier, Johnny Hilton, John Sweet and Jock Muir.

Mike Kendrick

Mike Kendrick was stationed with 111 (Dragon) Battery, 37 Regiment in Malta 1958/59.

Ray Jones

Ray Jones served with 111 (Dragon) Battery 1956/58.
Ray was stationed in Tonfanau Camp and in Malta. If anyone knows Ray please contact me.

Dennis Flaherty

Dennis served with 171 (Broken) Wheel Battery between April 1957
and April 1964. He served in Malta and the UK. He trained as a Signaller and finished
his service as a L/Bdr. If you remember Dennis and would like to make contact,
please contact myself or send Dennis an E-Mail via the E-Mail Contact Page.

37 Regiment's Thunderbirds on exercise, November 1960
Thanks to George Stacey for the photo.

Walter Smith
My thanks to Walter for the following account of his time in
37 Regt RA  March 1958 until September 1963

I joined the Regt in Malta March 1958 and was posted to 10 Assaye Bty which was up the
 end of the island now called  paradise Bay. There was also 111 Dragon Bty stationed at
Tigne and 171 (I think that is the No) stationed at Spinola.

In 1958 10 Bty moved to Tigne Barracks 171 stayed where it was, later 171 was disbanded
 or at least it did not return to the UK I think it was is a long time ago…Malta was
a very good posting lots to do and no real problems. A couple of times we had to do IS duties when
Dom Mintoff fired up the Maltese but it was nothing …..silly road blocks that our 6 wheelers
 and Matadors sent flying.

Some time in 1959 45 Commando decided to go to North Africa on a scheme and as
 all people in 45 were Commandos they drew from 37 drivers ,cooks ,etc. I went as a driver
 it was good……. on board HMS Striker an LCT  and away to Omns beach.. Benghazi and Tripoli.
I was glad not to be a Commando as they seem to run everywhere.

At about Sept 1959 we sailed for the UK on the TT Devonshire, Leaving the London Fusiliers
as the Garrison Regt. The Royal Regt of Artillery had been Garrison Regt since time immemorial
so it was with much pomp and ceremony we handed over, there was lots of aggro between the
London Fusiliers and the Commandos as to who were top dogs on the Island we kept out of it.
 Worth noting here that 37 was sent to Malta at the time of the Suez crisis code name Magic,
it was stamped on all the MFO boxes.

On return to the UK we were at Blandford in Dorset where we handed in our 3.7 HAA guns…
we were going to be GW in the meantime we had nothing in the way of equipment so they doubled
the guard and did a few more things to keep us occupied like running a Cadre course  which
I went on and became a L/Bdr. They then mixed us all up and I was posted to 111 Dragon Bty RA
 at the time I was not pleased but later came to love this fine old Bty.

In due course we received our Missiles, English Electric Thunderbird with all that goes
with them, we learn to use them………….Then 37 Regt RA goes to Piddlehinton 5 miles from
Dorchester Dorset now we are at home this is our camp we that is I…. live in married quarters at
Marabout Barracks (sub standard) at 18 shillings a week. Cant be bad….Next that happens is some of us
 are sent all over England and Scotland with said Missile on a sort of recruiting drive. By now you may
 have seen that if it was going  good or bad I was there. This is true. We were testing Multi fuel vehicles
that is can run on diesel or petrol can you imagine the POL point fill it with petrol …….
IT'S A diesel is it ? oh well fill it with petrol anyway…Panic…funny but my job in life is the repair of
cars etc I have never come across this idea but it did work very well.

Then Some of Dragon Bty me as well of course are sent to the outer Hebrides to support the firing
Regts from Germany both English and American………the range in Benbecula was for Corporal
ground to ground missiles.

Now we move to my last 6 months, 111 Bty was sent to Aden for 6 months terrible place. Our missiles
were set up and every 2 hours their temps were taken…. never less than 85 f and that is in the middle
of the night. There were over 8000 troops in Aden at that time and they all came to see the Thunderbird
Missile. We were stationed with the Royal Scots Greys a tank Regt way out at Falaise camp. The
Commandos ran up to see our missiles everyone else coming by truck…that is a fact. I must add here
that having seen and met these “boot necks” they are without doubt the best soldiers you will ever see.
We later found out that this missile system was to be sold to an Arab state and they wanted to know what
effect the heat would have on them.

I returned to UK Sept 3 and was demobbed 16 Dec 1963
My last address in the Regt…
23533206 Bdr Smith WA
HQ Troop
37 GW Regt RA
Piddlehinton Camp
Piddlehinton nr Dorchester

111  (Dragon)  Battery in Aden 1963
Thanks to Walter Smith for this photo.

Press Release Dated 2nd June 1963
Aden: Hot Weather Trials for Thunderbird Missile

In the hot, arid desert near Little Aden, a complete
Thunderbird Rocket unit has been installed with it's full crew and
civilian technicians. During the next months it will be closely observed
to see the effects of intense heat and humidity on the entire unit.

These heat trials are being conducted by one of the first
British Army Artillery Regiments to be trained in the tactical
use of these ground to air missiles. Later, tests will be made
on the soldiers who will work on shifts throughout the day
and night in the Radar cabins.

Tests are being made every two hours to check the effect
the heat-always about 100 degrees F-on the missiles, the electrical
components, and the explosives, three tons of high explosives are being
left in the sun to see how they stand up to the conditions.

The British made Thunderbird is a surface to air missile designed to
help protect fighting troops from high altitude attacking aircraft.
The 4,000lb solid fuelled missile has
a Radar homing system to shoot down aircraft.

Aden 1963: 18 year old Gunner Bernard Currie from
Edinburgh operating the Radar from the BCP.

Aden 1963

Falaise Camp, 1963

John (Bill) Coady

My thanks to John for the following:
Keith, Many thanks for your mail about your future Re-Union, I was reading with interest the part
of the Web site relating to 37 Regt being stationed at St Pats, this is correct, but though a former
member of that Regt as you know I was not aware in those crisis days that brought us to Malta that
part of the Regt was left behind at Shoeburyness, 37 Regt left St Pats after Xmas 1956 and moved
into Tigne after the departure for the UK of your own Regt 36.H.A.A to Shoeburyness I believe!

 I for one was quite happy to have stayed there only for an individual named Nasser!
I know this is not appertaining to 36 Regt but since they (37) amalgamated into 36 it is still
a part of the history of the regts, When 37 Regt left Horseshoe Barracks they did so in the early
hours of the morning around 2:30 to 3am if my memory serves me right, on a troop train non-stop
from Shoebury Station to Southampton, where we boarded a very well known Troopship the
Empire Ken which had seen better days at least twenty years before then, as no doubt many
Squaddies will vouch for, she broke down at least twice on the way out there, so much so she had
to call at Oran, for water I believe, we arrived eventually in Grand Harbour in Sept
(the date escapes me now).

Empire Ken

We dis-embarked and proceeded to a place called Qrendi which was
a disused wartime airstrip, the runway was turned into a tented camp into which we moved ,
the tents were already erected as I recall, but we had to draw a Palliasse and fill it with straw,
which was used until we got collapsible Campbeds to sleep on,halve the Regt succumbing to
the old "Maltese Dog" anyway we moved eventually into St Pats but not before we got
flooded out and had to dig drains around each tent, happy days!

 A Guards Battalion shared the same Runway as us,which one I dont know. One Battery of
37Regt were at Mellieha Bay Camp, I believe it was Elephant Battery or certainly Assaye,
as Broken Wheel were at Tigne with one of the latter Batts. I left for demob in Jan '58 I'm not
sure when 37Regt returned to the UK , perhaps you could throw some light on this for me.
It only remains for me to stop rambling on and wish you all the best, keep up the good
work on your excellent site.
Kindest Regards,
J. Bill. Coady.

John Bill Coady
I am sad to report the passing of John. He was
a great supporter of this website and sent much information and photos to me. May I extend my sympathy to all members of his family.

37 HAA Regiment, 111 (Dragon) Battery March Past at Tigne Barracks in 1958.
My thanks to Leslie Pickering for this photo.

Leslie Pickering is trying to find the names of the above
Squad members from  37 HAA Regiment, Malta,
Dragon Battery 1958-59.Leslie is back row left.

Attention! - Stand by your Beds

Charlie (Jock) Stewart

Having a Break, Charlie top right

37 Regiment Football Team in either Malta or Aden?
Charlie is Centre back row

Mark Stewart is trying to find out information about his late father Charlie. He served for
 a total of 25 years, many in 37 Regiment RA. He played Football for the Regiment and
played against 42 Regiment in the RA Cup Final 1964/65 at Barker Barracks, Paderborn.
Charlie served as a National Servicman and in Korea, Aden, Malta, Shoeburyness and Dortmund.

If you do remember him then please contact Mark by E-Mail on the link below.

457 Heavy Air Defence Regiment (TA)
Royal Artillery

457 Heavy Air Defence Regiment were a Territorial Regiment that were affiliated to
37 Heavy Air Defence Regiment. The Regiment has the distinction of firing the very last
Thunderbird 1 Missiles at Ty Croes, Angelsey.

The Regiment was based at Portsmouth and was disbanded in April 1967.

I am grateful to ex Troop Commander Godfrey Doyle for this brief history of the Regiment.

A brief history of
457 (Wessex) Heavy Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery (Territorial Army)
Hampshire Carabiniers Yeomanry 1860 - 1967

On 5th May 1860, with the approval of the Lord Lieutenant of the County, a Corps of Artillery Volunteers
(Garrison) was formed in Bishop Street, Portsea, with the object of defending the Royal Dockyard
 against foreign invasion. Known as the 2nd. Hampshire Artillery Volunteers it recruited over
two hundred volunteers in its first year.

During the second half of the nineteenth century the Corps was armed with a number of weapons,
varying from the 32 pounder firing round shot to the 11inch muzzleloader,

The Headquarters used by the Regiment until its demise in 1967 was opened in St Paul's Road Portsmouth
in 1898 by General Sir George Willis when the Corps comprised of eight companies at the Headquarters
and additional companies in Cosham, which is just to the north of Portsea Island and Gosport on the
other side of Portsmouth Harbour, where batteries were maintained until 1967.

On the outbreak of the South African War the Corps - then known as the
2nd. Hants Garrison Artillery - recruited to a strength of 1,100 men.

1908 saw the formation of the Territorial Army and the Corps became the 1 st. Wessex Brigade
RFA (T), with Batteries in Portsmouth and Gosport.

On the outbreak of the First World War the brigade was mobilised and left England for India in
 October 1914.  The Brigade - now the 215 th. Brigade RFA - went into action against the Turks for the
first time on 11th December 1916.  For the remainder of the campaign the brigade was continually in action,
gaining forty-five awards for gallantry.

Reconstituted in 1922 as the 54 th (Wessex) Field Brigade RA the Regiment changed its role in 1932 to
Heavy Anti Aircraft and became 57 th. (Wessex) HAA Regiment RA (TA).

Following its Annual Practice Camp in 1939, the Regiment was embodied and served in the air
defence of Portsmouth. On 10th March 1941, the Regiment was actively engaged in defending the
Naval Dockyard against air attacks over several nights.  In one four-hour engagement 1,421 rounds were fired.  
Following the destruction of a command post fire control was exercised from a trestle table illuminated by a
hurricane lamp using graphic range tables and measuring the fuses with a length of string.

Later in 1941 when it was sent overseas and fought with the Vlll th Army through the Desert and Italian
Campaigns gaining forty-three awards for gallantry.

In 1947 the Regiment was again reconstituted as 457 (Wessex) HAA Regiment RA (TA).

On the disbandment of Anti-Aircraft Command in 1955, 428 HAA Regiment RA (TA) The Princess Beatrice
Isle of Wight Rifles, whose Honorary Colonel was Admiral of the Fleet the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, amalgamated
with 457 Regiment and became P Battery with Q Battery in Cosham and R Battery in Gosport while the Headquarters
 remained at St Paul's Road. There was also a troop in Southampton in the Drill Hall now occupied by 457 Battery.

On 30th April the Regiment celebrated its Centenary with a Regimental Parade in Portsmouth at
which Lord Mountbatten took the salute.

The advances in the delivery of an Air Defence capability were demonstrated on this parade by the participation of
two Thunderbird missiles from the then School of Anti Aircraft Artillery at Manorbier.

The Regiment was now preparing to change from guns to Thunderbird Mark 1 and was reconstituted as
457 (Wessex) Heavy Air Defence Regiment RA (TA) in 1962.  P Battery on the Isle of Wight became
Headquarters Battery and R Battery was re-titled P Battery and with Q Battery in Cosham became the two
firing batteries. The Regiment formed part of the new 33 Artillery Brigade that included one other Territorial Army
Thunderbird Regiment and a 40/70 Regiment based in London.

Besides this change of role the Regiment also incorporated the title Hampshire Carabiniers Yeomanry.  
This regiment was in suspended animation. This title is also incorporated into the title of 457 Battery.

This gave the Regiment the longest title in the army as set out in the heading of this summary.  The Headquarters
 Battery enjoyed the longest sub unit title by the addition of the words Princess Beatrice Isle of Wight Rifles.

In 1965, the Regiment had the honour of providing a Royal Guard of Honour for the Queen when
Lord Mountbatten of Burma was installed as Governor of the Isle of Wight.

The state of training peaked that by 1965 the Regiment was pronounced ready to engage in a live
firing of Thunderbird.  Adverse weather on the range delayed the Regiment completing this until 1966,
when it fired the last three Thunderbird Mark 1 missiles in the UK.

On 31st March 1967 the Regiment was disbanbanded on the demise of the Territorial Army.

The Territorial Battery equipped with HVM based in Southampton now incorporates 457 in its title.

I am also grateful to Sir Peter Viggers
for the following information and Photo's

Peter joined P Battery 457 Regiment in 1963, having previously been a pilot in the Royal Air Force
for his National Service. He was promoted to Captain and commanded the Firing Troop. P Battery fired three
Thunderbirds at Ty Croes during Summer Camp in 1966. As Battery Captain he fired the first Thunderbird ever to be
fired by a TA Officer. As we all know the plan is to miss the Drone target, but on this occasion the gyros in the missile
 failed to tumble; the ground controller failed to divert the Drone Meteor and the said Meteor was shot down.

The following day Peter was allowed to lead a four plane Gnat formation from RAF Valley. Captain Ted Cogswell
fired the second TA Thunderbird the following day, but unfortunately it went adrift and entered the sea about half
 a mile away. A day later Peter fired the last Thunderbird which was another successful firing.

On two occasions 457 Regiment came to Germany to join 36 Regiment for Exercise Armed Horse. This was the major
Exercise of the year and as a TA Officer Peter was allowed to command the Firing Troop of 36 Regiment.

Thunderbird 1 on Display coming into Action
Launcher No1

324 Heavy Air Defence Regiment RA (TA)

I have found information that this Regiment was also equipped with Thunderbird 1
Missiles and Equipment.The Regiment was based at Gosforth and took it's title from
the 18th March 1964. In 1967 it became the HQ Battery of
101 (Northumberland) Regiment RA (V).

6 Squadron
Royal Corps of Transport

The Royal Corps of Transport
a Short History

Raised in 1794 as the Royal Waggoners the Corps became the Land Transport Corps
 in 1855, the Army Service Corps in 1869, the Royal Army Service Corps in 1918, and the
Royal Corps of Transport in 1965. Headquartered in Buller Barracks, Aldershot, the R.C.T.
was amalgamated into the Royal Logistic Corps.

Battle Honours: Peninsular; Waterloo; Lucknow; Takus Forts; and Pekin.
The R.C.T. has five Victoria Crosses and one George Cross.

Regimental march - "Wait for the Wagon".

February 1965 - February 1970

6 Squadron moved to Dortmund as a three platoon company and
was  redesignated 6 Squadron Royal Corps of Transport in 1965.

The Squadron moved into Glamorgan Barracks, Duisburg in 1967 in support of 7th Artillery Brigade
and were responsible for the resupply of Thunderbird Missile's to 36 Heavy Air Defence Regiment.

My thanks go to Dave Skitt, a past member of the Squadron for the Squadron History and a copy of
his Photo collection. I am also grateful to George Frost for the use of some of his collection.

If you are a past member of 6 Squadron and would like to make
contact with Dave, then please send him an e-mail on the link below.

260 (SAM) Signal Squadron

Mercury affectionately known as "Jimmy"

Messenger of the gods

The Royal Corps of Signals Cap Badge is heraldically described as;
"The figure of Mercury holding a Caduceus in the left hand, the right hand aloft poised with the
left foot on a globe all silver above the globe a scroll inscribed 'Certa Cito' and below on each side
six laurel leaves all gold, the whole ensigned with the Crown in gold." But to every member of the Corps
 it is affectionately know as "JIMMY".

The Regimenatl Colours of The Royal Corps of Signals represent the Corps ability to communicate
 over Land Sea & Air.
Light Blue the Sky Dark Blue the Sea Green the Earth
The Corps motto "Certa Cito", meaning "Swift and Sure"

260 Signal Squadron (SAM) was formed on the 1st April 1968 from
654 & 655 Signal Troops (SAM) to provide Communication for the new
36 Heavy Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery.
The unit was stationed in Horseshoe Barracks, Shoeburyness, Essex.

In June 1970 there was a small trip to Germany for six weeks to practice our exercise skills and the odd
trip to Wales to up date the firing skills. Under, what we all thought was, some Political rangling the whole
unit up stakes in July 71 and moved to Napier Barracks, Dortmund Germany to add military might to the
opposing cold war forces mainly Orange Land! Military and Exercise skills continued till early 73 when
most of us were trained in the infantry roll for our 6 months tour of N. Ireland in that year.
260 Signal Squadron(SAM) was Finally Disbanded in October 1977.

260 Signal Squadron (SAM) held its first meeting in the
Denbiegh Arms Lutterworth in 1998 and was well attended.

260 Signal Squadron (SAM) was attached to 36 Heavy Air Defence Regiment
and was responsible for providing the data, the Control and Reporting (C and R)
and the rear links for the Regiment.

Can you identify anyone in the attached photo.
The photograph is believed to have been taken at either Duisburg, Dortmund or Shoeburyness
between 1966 - 1970. Please e-mail me if you recognise anyone in the picture.

260 Signal Squadron in 1968

Find your old Comrades

Bdr William (Jock) Cannon served with 37 HAA Regiment in Malta from
1956-58. He was first stationed at Qurendi and then transferred to
Tigne Barracks in 1957. William would like to make contact with any of
his old comrades from that time, especialy George Edge (Birkenhead),
Jock Cherry (Whitecross, Linlithgow) and Paddy Malloy (Crosshouse, Fife).
If you can help William get in touch please e-mail the link below.

22431929 Albert Newell was based at Tonfanau Camp from 1950-1952 during
his National Service. Albert was a member of 171 (The Broken Wheel) Bty,
37 HAA Regt. Albert would like to hear from anyone who may remember him.
Please E-Mail Albert's Stepson Trevor if you would like to make contact with him.

Franklin Mitchell was based at Tonfanau Camp from 1947-1951 with 37 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment. He would like to make contact with his old comrades who he served with from that time. If you remember Franklin please
E-Mail me and I will put you in contact with him.

Ray Gardner served with 37 HAA Regimental Workshops at both
Shoeburyness and in Malta 1955-57. John would like to hear from any
that served at that time. You can contact Ray by going to the E-mail Contact
page and clicking on his name.

Gordon Mills who served with 10 Battery, B Troop from 1957-59.
Would like to make contact with old comrades from that time.
If you remember Gordon or would like to make contact with him,
then please E-mail me for contact infomation.

Michael Clegg served with 10 Battery, 37 Regiment from 1951-53.
Michael is keen to make contact with his old comrades.
If you remember Michael please e-mail me.

Debbie McIvor's  late father Neil McIvor (also known as Jock or Mac)
served with 37 Regiment in Malta 1958-59, and also with 36 Regiment
in Dortmund 1966-67. Debbie is trying to obtain any Army photos that
her father might be on. If anyone can help, please e-mail me.

John Lewis who served in 37 HAA Regt at Horseshoe Barracks in
Shoeburyness in 1955/6 and then Malta in 1956/7 would like to get in
touch again with old pals from those days: Michael Webb, believed to have
settled in Southend, Barry Kent and Brian Fisher from Birmingham area,
Roy Turly possibly from Kidderminster, Jim Horton, Ray Fletcher from
the West Midlands. If anyone knows of their whereabouts please contact at:
63 Ashdale Lane, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire SA71 4PF or Tel: 01646 686652.

Bill Moran (Gunner) ex 37 Regiment from 1959-1961 who was stationed at Gravesend and Shoeburyness, would like to hear from any old friends out there.
Please contact me for contact information.

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