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32 (Scottish) Signal Regiment (Volunteers)

In the Beginning… (1859-1902)
The 1st Lanarkshire Military Engineers were raised in Glasgow on 5 December 1859. The Regiment was formally registered with the War Office on 27 February 1860. In 1863 the Regiment adopted the uniform of the Royal Engineers.

In 1864 the Regiment had its first association with Jardine Street. The location was to become the “Corps Training Ground” beside the River Kelvin. In 1894 a Telegraph Company was added to the Regiment. In the same year the mock Tudor Drill Hall in Jardine Street was opened. In 1900 the Regiment was chosen to be the first operational use of the TA and a Company of 2 Officers and 99 Other Ranks were sent to the Boer War. The Regiment undertook its first Annual Camp at Dunoon in 1902.

World War I
Under the reorganisation of the reserves in 1908 (Haldane Reforms) the Regiment became the Glasgow Group RE Telegraph. Wireless and Cable & Airline Company were added and the Regiment was established for a Field Company to support 1/1st Highland Division. After the outbreak of World War I in 1914 the Glasgow Group RE was disbanded and the Regiment was sent as part of IV Corps and the BEF to France. The Regiment saw action at the 1st Battle of Ypres and had the distinction of being the first reserve regiment to take part in active service in the campaign.

World War II
On reforming the TA in 1920, 52nd Lowland Division Signal Company reformed at Jardine Street. On 28 June that year the R SIGNALS was formed and the Regiment changed uniform and capbadge. During World War II the Regiment again saw active service in support of both 51st Highland and 52nd Lowland Divisions in Europe. On reforming the TA in 1947 the Regiment returned once again to Jardine Street as the 51st/52nd (Scottish) Infantry Division Signal Regiment. A small part of the Regiment became the 82nd Army Emergency Reserve (AER). The Regiment was retitled 52nd Lowland Infantry Division Signal Regiment in 1948.

The Modern Day (1965-Present)
Under the reorganisation of the TA in 1967 the Regiment was retitled 32nd (Scottish) Signal Regiment (Volunteers). At this time the Regiment consisted of RHQ, 51, 52, 61, 69 (NIH), HQ and 82 (AER) Signal Squadrons. The Regiment was given responsibility for Home Defence Communications in Northern Ireland and the addition of 69 (NIH) Signal Squadron was a welcome arrangement. 82 AER was disbanded in the early 70s. The Regiment adopted the Grant Tartan on retitling (pictured).

Under Options for Change and the TA Review the Regiment transferred 69 (NIH) Signal Squadron to 40 (Ulster) Signal Regiment on 1 April 1995.

The Regiment has 2 distinct operational roles:

National Communications – To provide mobile and static UK mainland post strike and recovery infrastructure communications for Government, Military and selected civilian users by deploying and operating the National Communications Radio System (NCRS).

Regional Integrated Communications Planning (ICP) Communications – To provide General Officer Commanding Scotland with Command and Control secure and insecure communications facilities to execute his regional ICP responsibilities. The main capabilities are provided by Deployable Communications Detachments for Key Points and the Brigade Main HQs, Mobile Signal Detachments for the Commanders’ Rovers, Brigade Tactical HQs and Liaison Officers and MOULD Insertion Vehicles (MIVs) to extend or replace the MOULD radio system hilltop sites. The Regiment also provides Reinforcement Detachments to bring 242 Signal Squadron up to full strength.


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