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251 Squadron

251 Squadron’s history can be traced back to 1937 at the outbreak of WW2. It is currently one of two Reserve Medical Support Squadrons belonging to 3 Medical Regiment. 251 Squadron is situated in Sunderland and has taken part in Exercises and Operations across the globe.

The Sunderland Detachment was first formed in Dec 1937 at Hutton Terrace Drill hall in Newcastle. Recruitment was not allowed until Mar 1939. The Squadron was originally known as 151 Light Field Ambulance (LFA). On the 1 Sep 1939 under the command of Major Swindale with Captain Robert Forsythe as second in command and Mr Richardson as RSM, 151 was mobilised as the main medical unit of the Cavalry Brigade. It mobilised with a strength of 8 Officers, 4 SNCOs and 94 other ranks.

The unit was reformed on 15 Apr 1947 at the drill hall, Birtley, with a company in Sunderland, where it was known as 151 (Northern) Field Ambulance (TA). The unit continued in existence until 31 Mar 1967, when it disbanded under the re-organisation of the Territorial Army. The following day it re-opened its doors in the current location at Dykelands Road, Sunderland as 251 (Durham) field ambulance, later being changed to Sunderland to signify its association with its new home.

The unit was attached to 15 Infantry Brigade in 1983 and continued to train for its role in NATO support of that brigade. 251 Sqn acted as an independent unit, allowing it to be tasked by the Brigade as and when required. In early 2000, 251 Sqn completed an operational tour of Bosnia, the only TA Field ambulance ever to do this. During this time, the unit had many personnel on operations in Iraq and later Afghanistan. Not long after, 251 Sqn then become attached to 3 Medical Regiment.

The Squadron has deployed a number of personnel on operations around the world including Bosnia, Cyprus, Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you are interested in joining, please use the following contact details:

251 Medical Squadron, 3 Medical Regiment

Army Reserve Center
Dykelands Road
Sunderland
SR6 8DP

Telephone: 01915 293846

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