47 (Middlesex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron
At one time the Middlesex Yeomanry was THE regiment for the smart man about town, part time obviously. They lay claim to two of the three VCs gained by Yeomanry units. Post WW1 - when all the other Yeomanry units went armoured car or artillery they were the only unit to convert to a signals role, BEFORE the Royal Corps of Signals was formed, indeed before the plain old Corps of Signals formed.
Unique in the British Army in that all NCOs wear a crown above their stripes, a throwback to the days when they would escort the 'Widow at Windsor'. To distinguish Sgts (three stripes AND a crown remember) from SSgts, the Staffies get to wear FOUR stripes and a crown.
Oh and their Stable Belt is red, 'old' gold and green, making them possibly the only unit in the world with a Rastafarian theme.
Review of the Reserves changes, April 2009
In 2009, the Strategic Review of the Reserves saw the Sqn lose it's recent acquisition of it's Tp at High Wycombe (gained previously from 60 (Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars) Signal Squadron) and a very nice TA Center in the middle of nowhere but helpfully at the end of a runway. However, it did also pick up a nice new Tp at Southfields TAC which until recently was the support squadron for 31 (City of London) Signal Regiment (V), so all was not so bad especially as the new Tp has Squash Courts.
The Sqn is part of 71 (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment (V) also known as the London Signal Regiment, much to annoyance of other members of 2 Signal Brigade. Now only one of two Sabre Squadrons, 47 regularly competes with sister unit 68 (Inns of Court & City Yeomanry) Signal Squadron(V) for being the most competent and wacky unit in the Royal Signals.