42 Fld Sqn

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42 FIELD SQUADRON

1964 – Jun 2013

42-Field-SQN-RE

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DatesLocationdeploymentunder command:Sub-units – Remarks
1868Raised as a
Depot Coy
in Madras
1885Renamed
“K” Coy
1891Reformed as
42nd Field Coy RE
Chatham
1899-1902Deployed to
South Africa
as a Railway Coy
1902Field Coy
in Portsmouth
1914/1918Deployed to France
and Belgium WW1
1918/20Remained in
France & Belgium
for civil
infrareconstruction
1920Deployed
to Haifa
as Railway Coy
1922Deployed to Moascar
as part of
Canal Inf Bde
1936/37Deployed to
Sarafand,
Palastine in
Railway Role
1939/45Deployed to Egypt,
Creta, Ismailia
and Italy
during WWII
1945/46Deployed
to Austria
1947Disbanded at
Barton Stacey
Jan 195035 Army Engineer RegimentReformed as
42nd Field Sqn RE
in Egypt
1950Retitled
42 Field Squadron
or
64 Squadron
renumbered
42 Squadron
Jan 1954Cyprus35 Army Engineer Regiment
Dec 1955England:
Ripon
35 Army Engineer Regiment
1956Middle East:
Port Said
then Cyprus
OP MUSKETEER
(Suez Invasion)
35 Army Engineer Regiment
Nov 1957Germany:
Osnabruck
35 Engineer Regiment
Sept 1964Germany:
Gordon Bks,
Hameln
35 Engineer Regiment
Mar 1968

Jun 1968
Northern Ireland:
OP JOLE
35 Engineer Regiment
30 Apr 1971

5 Aug 1971
Northern Ireland:
Long Kesh OPCON
21 Engineer Regiment: Infantry Role
29 Dec 1972

30 Mar 1973
Northern Ireland:
East Belfast OPCON
35 Engineer Regiment: Infantry Role
30 Oct 1974

28 Feb 1975
Northern Ireland:
Ballykelly
35 Engineer Regiment: Infantry Role
22 Oct 1976

24 Feb 1977
Northern Ireland:
Ballykelly
35 Engineer Regiment: Infantry Role
Dec 1977Germany:
Gordon Bks,
Hameln
4 Armd Div Engr Regt.35 Regiment
re-formed as
4 Armoured Division Engineer Regiment
4 Armd Div Engr Regt.
23 Jan 1978
-
27 Apr 1978
Northern Ireland:
Armagh
4 Armd Div Engr Regt.
20 Mar 1981

21 Jul 1981
Northern Ireland:
Ballykelly
Jan 198135 Engineer Regiment4 Armd Div Engr Regt
re-titled
35 Engineer Regiment
Oct 1983

Mar 1984
Falkland Islands35 Engineer Regimentsingle construction sqn
Feb 1986

May 1986
Northern Ireland35 Engineer RegimentSingle Construction Squadron
(Information from DJ Wiltshire)
1987Northern Ireland:
Antrim Op JOLE
Oct 1991

Mar 1992
Northern Ireland:
OP DESCANT
NI Construction Tour in 1991-92
(SSM was WO2 John Peers, OC Maj Jamie Sage)
29 Oct 1992

May 1993
Vitez, Bosnia-Herzogovina:
OP GRAPPLE 1
35 Engineer Regiment(SSM was WO2 Tommy Henderson, OC was still Maj Jamie Sage).
Jun 1995

Nov 1995
Ploce, Bosnia:
OP GRAPPLE SURGE
35 Engineer RegimentTo build a camp for
24 Air Mobile Bde
1996Falkland Islands
1998Bosnia:
OP PALATINE
only 9 Tp
1998Falkland Islandsonly 7 & 8 Tp
1999Macedonia / Kosovo / Albania:
OP AGRICOLA OPCON
28 Engineer Regiment
200028 Engineer RegimentCame under
command
28 Engineer Regiment
Oct 2000

Mar 2001
Northern Ireland:
OP DESCANT
28 Engineer Regiment
2001Oman:
Ex Saif Sarea II
2002-2003Northern Ireland:
OP DESCANT / OP FRESCO
Jun 2003

Jul 2003
Kongo:
Op CORAL
28 Engineer Regiment
Jun 2003

Nov 2003
Irak:
OP TELIC
33 EOD RegtSqn Personal
deployed to
Iraq Op Telic
May 2004

Jul 2004
Afghanistan:
OP TARROCK
28 Engineer Regiment
Mar 2005

Sep 2005
Northern Ireland:
OP DESCANT
28 Engineer Regiment
Oct 2006

Apr 2007
Afghanistan:
Op Herrick 5
28 Engineer Regiment
c2008Germany:
Gordon Bks,
Hameln
28 Engineer Regiment
Oct 2009

Apr 2010
Afghanistan:
Op Herrick 11
28 Engineer Regiment
Jun 2013Germany:
Gordon Bks,
Hameln
Disbanded at Hameln

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Thanks to Alan Young from http://british-army-units1945on.co.uk/ for his great job to find out all these dates!

Also thanks to Jay Gilliot and DJ for supplement the data!

Memories of John Hicking – 42 Field Squadron

(c) John Hicking Gestern habe ich von John ein paar tolle Bilder aus den Gordon Barracks erhalten! Die Bilder stammen aus den Jahren 1980-83! Er war von 1980-1983 in der 42 Field Squadron und von 1991-1993 bei 522 STRE (Spezialist Team Royal Engineer) Vielen Dank für Deine Bilder John!  ++++ Yesterday I got some great …

06.07.2013 – Freedom of the City – 42 Fld Sqn disbanded

Heute war ein trauriger Tag in Hameln! Die 42 Field Sqn wurde mit einer Feier und einem Marsch durch die Stadt aufgelöst! Die Parade wurde angeführt von der Band of The Royal Irish Regiment! Eine kleine Ausahl an Photos habe ich Euch hier mitgebracht: — Today was a sad day in Hamelin! The 42 Field …

06.07.2013 – 42 Field Squadron’s Final March

British Forces News Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Adam Waters / BFBS! / Courtesy of Adam Waters / BFBS!

05.07.2013 Beating the Retreat 42 Squadron Disbandment – Video

Video by Rainer Preuß Thanks Rainer for the video clip!

42 Field Squadron RE – Etched Plate

42 Fld Sqn – Memories of Dean Grice

(c) Dean Grice

Ravelin Camp – Memories of Dean Grice – Dezember 1985

(c) Dean Grice December 1985 – British Army Engineers building a Medium Girder Bridge on the Combat Engineer Training Area Hameln / Ravelin Camp! +++ +++

42 Field Squadron RE – Wall Plaque

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  1. Di Butler

    Re Op Grapple, I think you will find that it was Op Granby. I was there. If you need further info, just holler. I’ll dig some docs out.

  2. Petra

    Hi Madflags,

    Ok, thank you that helps. I know my partner went to the Gulf, he also did the Irland tour shortly after coming back from the Gulf. I was just never sure where he belonged to during Op Granby as I browse so many sites with photos and never recognise what troop he might have been with.

    Regards

    Petra

  3. DJ wiltshire

    Hello Arnd
    I served in 42, Jan 82-Sept 86
    and
    Mar 90-oct 94

    You have a cracking site,but there was a Northern Ireland tour Feb 86-May 86
    We went to the Falklands as a single constrution sqn and we were still part of 35

    Hope this helps

    Cheers DJ

    1. Arnd

      Will update the list soon! Thanks for support! Cheers Arnd

  4. Petra

    Hi Arnd,

    Can you enlighten me whom 42 FLD SQN was attached to during Op Granby? 1990-1991

    Grüße

    Petra

    1. madflags

      Hi Petra,

      just to fill in on your question to Arnd – 42 Fd Sqn did not deploy as a Unit on Op Granby back in 1990-91. 37 Fd Sqn deployed (augmented by a lot of lads from throughout the Regiment) and individual members of the Regiment (incl some 42 lads) were attached to other Engineer Regiments for the deployment (mainly 21 Engineer Regiment and 32 Armoured Engineer Regiment, if I recall correctly).

      42 then went on to complete an NI Construction Tour in 1991-92 (SSM was WO2 John Peers, OC Maj Jamie Sage), followed by inclusion in the 35 Engineer Regiment deployment on Op Agricola (UN Tour, Bosnia 92-93) (SSM was WO2 Tommy Henderson, OC was still Maj Jamie Sage).

      Hope that helps with your question.

  5. Bill

    might well have been that way , I remember we were the first sqn to go from 35 Engr Regt.

  6. Stuart Shand

    Served with 42 from 74-76 remember the tour of Ballykelly well

    1. Arnd

      Hey Stuart, thanks for your posting! If you have more information, photos or other, feel free to caontact me! Best regards Arnd

  7. Bill

    Oct 83 – Mar 84 Falkland Islands 37 Engineer Regiment ,I think we were still 35 Eng. Reg. on these dates 😉 .
    you probably just missed the right button ..
    Interesting site you have here though .. I was in Hameln in 29 field qn. from 79-81 and in 42 field sqn from 82-85

    1. Arnd

      Thanks Bill for the comment. I will talk to Alan and will check it out!

      Alan wrote here:
      http://british-army-units1945on.co.uk/royal-engineers/regiments—major-units/37-regiment.html
      the 42 was only on the falklands under command from 37? Is he wrong?

      Best regards
      Arnd

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