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100 Pioneer Squadron, the Northumberland Pioneers, form a part of the British Army's only reserve pioneer capability, 168 Pioneer Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers).

It recruits from across Northumberland and the Borders and has Territorial Army centres (TACs) in Cramlington, Hexham and Berwick upon Tweed.

Army Pioneers are skilled artisans who are trained in a variety of skills and trades including basic construction (bricklaying, carpentry, concreting, etc) and field fortifications (barbed wire, trenches, etc) and as Assault Pioneers.

The North East of England has enjoyed a long association with ‘military pioneers’ which began with the artisan soldiers of the Roman army who built Hadrian’s Wall. In more modern times, the Great War saw the conversion of many Northumberland Fusilier and Durham Light Infantry Battalions from infantry to Pioneers.

These men were selected due to their capacity for hard physical work and were intended to be used for building and maintaining trenches, however many found themselves fighting for long periods in the front lines, which they did with distinction.

100 Pioneer Squadron is proud to continue this tradition as we recruit soldiers from across Northumberland and train them in the artisan skills, including bricklaying, concreting, joinery, etc, as well as the infantry (soldiering) skills necessary to be Pioneers.

Our infantry heritage has further roots in the region as two of our three locations, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham were former Northumberland Fusilier barracks. Cramlington previously being home to armoured reconnaissance with The Queen's Own Yeomanry. These three locations became home to 100 Pnr Sqn following the Strategic Defence Review (SDR) when the squadron formed in 1999.