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Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)

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Pros:, Senior TA unit Lots of experience across South Wales, Channel Islands and England Varied roles

Cons: Arrogant about Seniority Lots of students due to TASO scheme, means young sappers often go off to University and blab about having 'Royal' titled twice, also lots of young Swansea and Cardiff female med students as subbies... Did I mention arrogance?

History

The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) (R MON RE(M)) is the most senior regiment in the British Territorial Army, having given continuous loyal service to the crown since 1539.

It is not the oldest regiment in the British Army; this honour goes to the Honourable Artillery Company (from 1296 but chartered in 1537), but Militia always takes precedence over Volunteers, although The Jersey Field Squadron (M) can trace its origins back to 1337.

The regiment is also unusual in having the word Royal appear twice in its name. It gained the first "Royal" in 1804 when it was known as the Monmouth and Brecon Militia. The second was acquired in 1877 when the regiment transferred into a Special Reserve section of the expanding Royal Engineers. The regiment is also the only Royal Engineer regiment to possess colours because in 1914 they were given the colours of the East Monmouth Militia for safekeeping.

The unit is located in the following places:

RHQ - Monmouth

100 Fd Sqn - Cwmbran

108 Fd Sqn - Swansea

225 Fd Sqn - Oldbury

Jersey Fd Sqn - St Helier

In the last six years the Regiment has provided composite units for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Originally a militia (infantry) unit charged with home defence, if became an Engineer unit in 1877 and a Royal Engineer unit in 1896. From 1896 it is also became the only regiment with two "Royals" in it's title and is the only Royal Engineer unit whose members wear the Prince of Wales Division cap badge and the militia flash instead of a Brigade affiliation.

RHQ

The majority of the Regiment is located in Wales with its Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) based in the remaining grounds of Monmouth Castle itself and it's supporting Troop located in Vauxhall Camp (also in Monmouth).

100 Fd Sqn

100 Field Squadron has it's headquarters and No 1 Troop in Cwmbran with its two other Troops (2 and 3) being found in Llandaff, Cardiff and Whiteladies, Bristol.

108 Fd Sqn

108 Field Squadron is located close to the Swansea city centre and its one Troop is located in Gorseinon on the outskirts of Swansea.

225 Fd Sqn

225 Field Squadron is located in Oldbury, Birmingham and it has recently taken over a new Troop location in Walsall, Birmingham.

The Jersey Field Squadron RE (M)

The unit's primary role is to provide a Contingency Component (CC) of trained and deployable manpower to the Regular Army in order to support Large Scale Deliberate Intervention (LSDI) operations. This is something the unit has continued to do since 2002 with a Squadron sized deployment (the only deployment of a formed unit by the TA since the Korean war) of approximately 128 personnel on OP TELIC 2 and a formed Troop of 48 personnel to support 21 Engineer Regiment in 2007 on OP TELIC 11. Individuals still volunteer for operations and the regiment has deployed personnel to the following locations in the last two years: Iraq, Afghanistan, Canada, Kuwait, Germany, the Balkans, Kenya and Malawi.

Museum - http://www.monmouthcastlemuseum.org.uk/