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History

The 37th (Wessex And Welsh) Signal Regiment (V) was formed on 1st April 1967 under the command of Lt Col F Ramsbottom, as part of 13 Signals Group, providing the communications gateway for UKLF. It was formed by the reorganisation of 43 (Wessex), 53 (Welsh) Divisional and 57 (City and County of Bristol) Signal Regiments which each contracted to form a representative squadron with RHQ at Bristol.

It initially comprised RHQ, HQ Squadron and 57 Signal Squadron in Bristol, with 43 Signal Squadron and 53 Signal Squadron based at their old locations of Bridgewater and Cardiff as Regional Signal Squadrons.

In 1969, the Queen's Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry joined the regiment converting from an armoured role to signals, becoming 67 (QOWWY) Signal Squadron in Stratford upon Avon. The regiment was now responsible for Home Office communication in time of National Emergency in three regions, covering Wales, the South West and the West Midlands.


In November 1992 under Options for Change, the regiment dropped the "Wessex and Welsh" from its title and lost 43 and 57 Signal Squadrons, but gained 93 Signal Squadron from 38 Signal Regiment (V). Regimental Headquarters moved from Bristol to Redditch, taking over HQ Company from the disbanded 4th Battalion, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, which became HQ Squadron. In addition, a completely new squadron, 96 Signal Squadron was formed in Coventry.

RHQ and HQ Sqn - Redditch

53 (Welsh) Signal Squadron

Brecon and Cardiff

67 (Queens Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry) Signals Squadron (V)

Stratford-upon-Avon and Stourbridge

93 (East Lancashire) Signal Squadron

Blackburn and Manchester

96 Signal Squadron

Coventry and Birmingham