Unit History: Division HQ and Signal Regiment

Division HQ and Signal Regiment
1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment can trace it’s ancestry back to ’C’ Telegraph Troop, Royal Engineers, which was formed in 1870 and in which Earl Kitchener of Khartoum served as a young officer. This troop was the basis for the formation of the 1st Divisional Telegraph Company in 1905, and served in France throughout the First World War. It returned to England in 1920, in which year the Royal Corps of Signals was formed from the Signal Service of the Royal Engineers. It became 1st Divisional Signals in 1920 and remained in England until 1936, when it moved to Palestine.
 
 
As part of the ’Options for Change’ programme the Regiment moved in April 1993 to Herford to amalgamate with its 4th Armoured Division counterpart. In this new form, the Regiment expanded to over 1000 men and assumed the title 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment.
 
 
In 1938, the Regiment returned to England, and became part of the British Expeditionary Force to France in 1939. It was involved in the Dunkirk evacuation and subsequently saw service in North Africa and Italy. At Anzio, the Commander of the Division was Major General Sir William Penney KBE, CB, DSO, MC, late Royal Signals, who had previously commanded 2 Squadron of the 1st Divisional Signal Regiment.
 
Before the end of the war, the Regiment moved from Italy to Palestine once more, and remained in the Middle East until 1955, serving in Libya and Egypt. Between 1955 and 1959 it was stationed in England. In 1960, it was formed in Verden, Germany, when the 5th Division amalgamated with the 1st Division. The Regiment assumed the title 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment in 1978.
 
As part of the ’Options for Change’ programme the Regiment moved in April 1993 to Herford to amalgamate with its 4th Armoured Division counterpart. In this new form, the Regiment expanded to over 1000 men and assumed the title 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment

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