33 (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment

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33rd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment
Cap Badge of 33rd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment
Active 1967–2009
Country United Kingdom
Branch Territorial Army
Type Royal Corps of Signals
Role Support regular army
(ARRC) support
Size Four Squadrons
Part of 12 Signal Group
42nd (North West) Brigade
Garrison/HQ HQ Squadron (55 Squadron) – Huyton
59 Squadron – Liverpool
42 Squadron – Manchester
80 Squadron – Runcorn
Motto(s) Certa Cito (“Swift and Sure”)
Colors Sky Blue, Navy and Green (Air, Sea and Land)
Mascot(s) Mercury (“Jimmy”)
Tactical Recognition Flash Royal Signals TRF.svg

The 33rd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment was a British Territorial Army regiment of the Royal Corps of Signals.


The regiment was originally a TAVR II (Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve) unit created due to defence cuts, being formed on 1 April 1967 at Huyton, near Liverpool and consisting of four squadrons:

  • HQ Squadron
  • 42 (East Lancashire) Signal Squadron – successor to the 42nd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment
  • 59 (West Lancashire) Signal Squadron – successor to the 59th Signal Regiment
  • 80 (Cheshire) Signal Squadron – successor to the 80th Signal Regiment

HQ Sqn was based in Huyton, 59 Sqn in Aintree, both Liverpool, with 42 Sqn in Rusholme, Manchester and 8o Sqn in Gilwern Barracks in Chester (later moving to a new base in Runcorn).

In 1973, 80 Squadron became 80 (Cheshire Yeomanry) Squadron, in honour of the Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester's) from which the squadron descended. In 1969, the TAVR was re-designated as the Territorial Army.

From the 1970s onwards, 33Rgt(TAVR), along with 31Rgt(TAVR), based in London and 35Rgt(TAVR), based in Birmingham, deployed on a biennial basis for mid year exercises in Germany as part of 11 Signal Brigade (BAOR), with Central Trade Training occurring in Scarborough Barracks (33Rgt) with a 7-day field exercise in the UK afterwards in the intervening years.

The biennial German exercise involved around 280 vehicles during the 1980s, a huge organisational achievement, originally using Royal Navy RFA LSL's (Royal Fleet Auxiliary Landing Ship Logistic) including the Sir Galahad, (tragically bombed and lost in the Falklands on June 8, 1982, with much loss of life, by co-incidence during our German exercise of that year, causing much sorrow amongst 33Rgt who had deployed on her). From 1981 commercial ferry operators were used, with 33Rgt using North Sea Ferries from Hull to Rotterdam.

Other smaller 8 day exercises in Southern Germany (Able Archer), operating alongside US signals units, were held in November for selected unit members. A small number of volunteers from 33Rgt also deployed as HGV drivers in support of 58 (Kings) Rgt (infantry) based in Warrington, for Exercise Lionheart in 1984, the largest ever NATO exercise since WW2 deploying over 60,000 troops, stores and vehicles through Belgium, Holland and Germany. Troops were deployed in the exercise area combat zone in Lower Saxony.

In 1999, during the reforms implemented due to the Strategic Defence Review, the squadron subtitles, with the exception of 80 Squadron, were changed. They became:

  • 55 (Merseyside) HQ Squadron
  • 42 (City of Manchester) Signal Squadron
  • 59 (City of Liverpool) Signal Squadron


The regiment's squadrons were all based in the North-West of England: 42 Signal Squadron was based in Manchester; 55 Signal Squadron was based in Huyton; 59 Signal Squadron was based in Aintree; and 80 Signal Squadron was based in Runcorn. The regiment provided support to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, and was part of 12 Signal Group.

The regiment provided soldiers on operations around the world supporting the regular army.

Such places include:






As a result of the strategic review of reserves it was announced on 28 April 2009 that the regiment was to be disbanded[1]


The regiment was caught up in a financial scandal in July 2006


  1. ^ "Review Recommends Future For Reserves". Archived from the original on 2 May 2009. [i]A number of posts within TA signals units were formed to operate equipment that has now become obsolete. These posts will now be removed and include Headquarters 12 Signals Group and 33, 34 and 35 Signals Regiments. It makes sense to reallocate resources from these posts to higher defence priorities. This decision has not been taken lightly and we are very aware of the exceptional contribution made by the Royal Signals within the TA. 

External links

  • Ministry of Defence website

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