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Sheffield loses 38 Signal Regiment HQ

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The government announced yesterday that the Territorial Army’s 38th Signal Regiment will be disbanded.  The headquarters of the regiment, which has squadrons across the UK, is currently based at the Manor Top TA Centre. 

The announcement means that the Signal Squadron which remains in the city will be significantly reduced.  It is estimated that the remaining squadron will be around 100 members across sites in Sheffield and Nottingham, from around 150 currently based in Sheffield alone.  The remaining Sheffield-based ‘signallers’ will be commanded from Redditch, Worcestershire, after being merged with the 64th Signal Squadron and becoming part of the 37th Signal Regiment.  The changes are expected to come into effect no later than August 2015. 

Sheffield Heeley MP, Meg Munn, whose constituency includes the TA base at Manor Top, recently raised concerns over the government’s review during a Parliamentary debate and in a question to the Prime Minister. 

Reacting to the announcement Meg said:

“I am disappointed that the government has decided to go ahead and disband the 38th Signal Regiment.  This decision removes a significant regimental headquarters from South Yorkshire leaving local reservists commanded from Worcestershire.  At a time when the government is seeking to recruit more reservists, taking a significant regimental headquarters away from Sheffield, one of the largest cities in the country, cannot be right. This is a bad decision for Sheffield and a bad decision for the Territorial Army.”   

Currently the 38th Signal Regiment has squadrons and troops in Aberdeen, Banbury, Bletchley, Coulsdon, Dundee, Leeds, Kingston, Nottingham, Rugby and Sheffield.  The regiment provides information communication systems to the emergency services and local government in an emergency.  The regiment provided support to the Regular Army in the floods, and during the foot and mouth and fuel crises.

To read Meg Munn MP’s speech in Parliament visit:



To read Meg Munn MP’s question to the Prime Minister visit: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm130626/debtext/130626-0001.htm#130626-0001.htm_wqn17


For information on the government’s announcement visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-for-future-reserve-forces-unveiled


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