7 Sigs Closing

#1
I have just been searching around my old units and seen that 7 Sigs has closed. Does anyone know what has happened to South Camp?
I built the squadron patio when I was there and had a plaque made for me and mounted on the BBQ I built on the patio.

Good old days!

How would I try and get hold of the plaque????
 

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#2
Probably by becoming a refugee of indeterminate ethic origin, perscuted in land that is not your own, and having claimed political asylum in Germany.
At least, that is what happens to a lot of old camps, there being limited uses for buildings designed to house several hundred bods with minimal fuss and facilities.
 
#3
I have just been searching around my old units and seen that 7 Sigs has closed. Does anyone know what has happened to South Camp?
I built the squadron patio when I was there and had a plaque made for me and mounted on the BBQ I built on the patio.

Good old days!

How would I try and get hold of the plaque????
If you want the plaque you'd have to contact the QM's Dept who were involved in the closedown.

The BBQ is probably taking pride of place in the dog turd ridden back garden of LCpl Snook's (clothing storeman) council house in Chesterfield.

As an aside, 7 Sigs was disbanded because of the huge amount of tax spending on it's food bills. I've never seen as many obese service personnel in one place at the same time, truly shocking.
 
#5
In fact the OP hs missed a step. I was in the "Independant Republic of North Camp" for a year or so back in 92. In late 92/early 93 the Squadrons all renumbered. Then the Regiment actually moved from Herford to Elmpt - the old RAF Bruggen but, shame on me, I can't remember the exact year. It disbanded in Elmpt earlier this year :(

So I am afraid the patio, BBQ and plaque are all long, long gone....
 
#6
Huzzar fur die mighty sieban.

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PS Scaley_Officer, you too are missing a step.

The renumbering of sqns in 93 (ie 1Sqn, 2 Sqn to 239 et al) happened in 93, but 7 moved to Krefeld first. Then on to Elmpt.

Can't remember when they moved to Elmpt but I think it was after 2000, 16 also moved down the road from JHQ.

1994/5 saw 7 move from Herford to Krefeld displacing 16 which moved out of Bradbury to JHQ.
 
#7
Huzzar fur die mighty sieban.

Huzzar
Huzzar
Huzzar

PS Scaley_Officer, you too are missing a step.

The renumbering of sqns in 93 (ie 1Sqn, 2 Sqn to 239 et al) happened in 93, but 7 moved to Krefeld first. Then on to Elmpt.

Can't remember when they moved to Elmpt but I think it was after 2000, 16 also moved down the road from JHQ.

1994/5 saw 7 move from Herford to Krefeld displacing 16 which moved out of Bradbury to JHQ.


Correctomundo, when I packed after my 22 yrs 7 was still in Krefeld, and that was 1998 - good god ive been out that LONG! Shit.
 
#9
North and South Camp are now a housing estate but the old NAAFI building and Gym are still standing.
 
#10
I think the gym is now a gym for civvies. Which makes sense. I am pretty sure the fence is still largely intact around it.

The official date for the closure of 7 SR was 31st July.

But as of March they were down to 200 odd bods. Oddly enough I 'Ctrl K'd' 7SR on DII the other day and the last accounts have gone.

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#11
You've dipped out on your plaque...all Regt property that was donated by past members of the Regt was up for grabs if the donor wanted it - that was in The Wire so if you get that fine publication you'll have had the chance to grab it back!

No point ringing the QM's Dept - it's all gone!
 
#12
A lot has happenend in the (mumbled number) years since then.
I have tried to keep up but I have been hovering around this site for a while logging everyone's details and keeping a secret diary before deciding that everyone is clearly mad and I knew I would fit in well and joined.

Thank God for black and white photos, I have loads. I think I managed to spend more days out of uniform than in it!
 
#15
In fact the OP hs missed a step. I was in the "Independant Republic of North Camp" for a year or so back in 92. In late 92/early 93 the Squadrons all renumbered. Then the Regiment actually moved from Herford to Elmpt - the old RAF Bruggen but, shame on me, I can't remember the exact year. It disbanded in Elmpt earlier this year :(

So I am afraid the patio, BBQ and plaque are all long, long gone....
Moved from Herford to Krefeld 94, moved from Krefeld to Elmpt 2001 ish....

Lt Col (Retd) Drain is selling a lot of the regimental stuff off, click on the link in C_F's post.
 
#17
I am afraid not.

The story is that when we went to the Gulf (1st time around) and we took 3 hours to dig in and set up a full HF RATT detachment including full cam, Kate Aidie turned up and parked next to us and because we had a good spot she made us de-cam and move 25ft because our setup was interfering with her kit.

The power of the press!

We did end up on the front page of every red top paper after the first strike showing us cheering while standing in a fire trench.

Make an orderly queue up for my autograph..........
 
#18
I am afraid not.

The story is that when we went to the Gulf (1st time around) and we took 3 hours to dig in and set up a full HF RATT detachment including full cam, Kate Aidie turned up and parked next to us and because we had a good spot she made us de-cam and move 25ft because our setup was interfering with her kit.

The power of the press!

We did end up on the front page of every red top paper after the first strike showing us cheering while standing in a fire trench.

Make an orderly queue up for my autograph..........
Pass the popcorn :)
 
#19
The death of the mighty 7 began when we moved to Krefeld!
Yup, remember the CO doing a regimental briefing and telling us that whoever had decided to move the Regiment into Bradbury Barracks must have recce'd the gaff flying over and thinking, that looks nice. It was a hell of a squeeze - none of the FFR's had garage space, only our trailers, lots of fun in mid winter doing first works, general det admin etc. Think at least one of the TN's was up near the 30m range with no cover at all.
Krefeld itself was a good enough posting though.
 
#20
Yup, remember the CO doing a regimental briefing and telling us that whoever had decided to move the Regiment into Bradbury Barracks must have recce'd the gaff flying over and thinking, that looks nice. It was a hell of a squeeze - none of the FFR's had garage space, only our trailers, lots of fun in mid winter doing first works, general det admin etc. Think at least one of the TN's was up near the 30m range with no cover at all.
Krefeld itself was a good enough posting though.
The gym was warm enough in winter and seeing as all the Sqn functions were in there, I seemed to get an invite (or did I gatecrash?) ;-)
 
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