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Help with REME TA 1985-1989

#1
Hi,

I tried putting this up on the Military History forum to no avail, so I hope no one minds if I put it in this forum. Thank you.

Help with REME TA Units 1985-1989
Hi

I am trying to put together an ORBAT of REME TA units in the 1985-89 timeframe. I have "Craftsmen of the Army" which has helped. Inquiries to the REME Museum and Association have not faired well since the old CVHQ REME was apparently bad at sending the museum/association information. So I am wondering if anyone here can help.

Thank you in advance.

This is what I have:
24 Specialist Units (as per Peedle's Encyclopedia of the Territorial Army)
3 Fd Wksp (reg cadre filled out by TA)
15 Fd Wksp (reg cadre filled out by TA)
17 Port & Maritime Wksp
209 Fd Wksp RCZ
201 Fd Wksp RCZ
211 Fd Wksp RCZ
215 Recovery Coy
216 Port Wksp
271 Telecomm Wksp
204 Engineer Support Wksp
224 Reclamation Pl
227 Reclamation Pl

Missing 12. Of those there should be 4 more Reclamation Pls, 1 each for each Armd Wksp.

22 LADs
5 for the Yeomanry Regts
6 for the RA (V) Regts
11 for the RS (V) Regts

41 LADs for the Inf Bns

10 Regt Wksps for the RE (V) Regts
2 Bde Wksps for the 2 Eng. Bdes
12 Regt Wksps for the RCT (V) Regts
36 Sqn Wksps for each RCT (V) Sqn (except MC or TRC)

Sponsored Units

9 Fd Wksp (to UKMF LSG)

133 (Kent) Corps Tps Wksp (reinforces 1 BR Corps)

118 Recovery Coy (2nd line recovery support in RCZ and clearance of MSRs)

119 (Holywell) Recovery Coy (to UKMF LSG)

124 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Recovery Coy (reinforces 1 Corps Tps Wksp)

126 Reclamation Unit
 
#4
I added the other Corps (RA, RAC, RS , etc) just to be complete(According to "Craftsmen of the Army"). I am looking for the 12 specialist units I seem to be missing.

BTW, I didn't know if the TA Inf Bns had any LADs, though I was under the impression that some NATO roled units did have Bedfords & Landrovers on strength
 
#5
I added the other Corps (RA, RAC, RS , etc) just to be complete(According to "Craftsmen of the Army"). I am looking for the 12 specialist units I seem to be missing.

BTW, I didn't know if the TA Inf Bns had any LADs, though I was under the impression that some NATO roled units did have Bedfords & Landrovers on strength
The only place I ever came across that didn't have some form of MT and LAD was Medic depot, there was a duty rover "on loan" from whatever the transport squadron at Deepcut was.

As far I am aware, all TA inf would have had MT, how else do they get from the TAC to whichever training area they're going to this weekend?
 
#7
Not a problem. I should add that the TA inf (arty, med, etc) MT/LAD provision is based on my limited experience with the TA - which is to say I haven't met very many, but those that I did *all* had an element
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
#9
Is this saying that 12 Armd Wksp (a major unit in 2 Armd Div until 31 Dec 82 - I did Nov 82 - Nov 85 - and became a minor unit supporting 12 Armd Bde that was moved to 1 Armd Div) became a TA unit in the four years between my leaving 12 Armd and leaving the army?

Or a meringue?
 
#10
I was in from 88 to 92 in 280 nato wkshop as a specialist vm and if I remember my unit become part of 3 battalion I think around 91 they attached the wkshops to armored battaliens
 
#12
I added the other Corps (RA, RAC, RS , etc) just to be complete(According to "Craftsmen of the Army"). I am looking for the 12 specialist units I seem to be missing.

BTW, I didn't know if the TA Inf Bns had any LADs, though I was under the impression that some NATO roled units did have Bedfords & Landrovers on strength
As an RE(V) unit is the late 80's and 90's we had a fairly large attached REME element. Some decent modern kit too, for the time
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#13
I have a vague recollection of visiting a REME TA unit on exercise in BAOR during the period you are discussing. It might have been one of the RCZ Workshops (and almost certainly had a 2** number) but I seem to remember that it was a sponsored unit with (NATO) in the title.

Have you tried contacting The Craftsman? I recall that John Worrall produced a comprehensive index in about 2000 which might list some TA units.
 
E

EScotia

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#14
You might want to contact the RAOC Association and ask what REME Workshops and LAD's they had during the period.
 

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