Squadron News 2015
After a number of difficult years, the squadron is now up to strength and, in particular, is now fully staffed with officers for the first time in many years. Recruiting is still a challenge but the new system is functioning better and the more successful units have worked out how to manage the system (and around it) to sign up and train the recruits that they need. This has been a great effort by the Sqn Leader, SSM, permanent staff and all concerned but it has achieved results and, for the first time for many years, the sqn has been able to go to Camp and on exercise with its full complement of vehicles and a trained crewman in every seat.
Driver training on RWIMIK underway
Overall, however, the target of expansion of the reserves is still some way off. Fortunately the powers that be have taken a pragmatic approach and have allowed those units that are able to recruit, such as the Sqn and the Royal Yeomanry as a whole, to continue to do so. As a result, the RY had grown and now has no fewer than six squadrons, making it the largest regiment in the RAC.
With earlier departure of the Wiltshire Yeomanry to join the Wessex Yeo, the SRY became
A Sqn and the full line-up of the RY is now as follows:
A (Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry) Sqn - Carlton
B (Staffordshire & Warwickshire Yeo) Sqn - Dudley
C (Kent & Sharpshooters Yeomanry) Sqn - Croydon
D (Shropshire Yeomanry) Sqn - Telford
E (Leicestershire & Derbyshire Yeo) Sqn - Leicester
Command & Support Sqn (i.e. HQ Sqn) - Westminster Dragoons
Band - Inns of Court & City Yeo.
During the year, we were sorry to lose SSM Stone who, having contributed much to the recent success of the Sqn, has now handed over after four years to the new SSM, SSgt Mudd. Also, Capt Grenville Turner who joined what was then B (SRY) Sqn as a trooper in 1972 will retire in 2016 after 44 years’ service with the SRY, LDY and HQ Sqn. This must be a record in modern times and spans almost the entire history of the Royal Yeomanry.
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