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Squadron & Corps history

135 Survey Engineer Regiment

On 5 October 1948 it was announced that 135 Survey Engineer Regiment was to be formed under the command of Lt Col M O Collins CBE RE. The formation of the Reserve Regiment commenced in April 1949. The technical requirement of the personnel, to a large extent determined the locations of the Squadrons and developed as follows:

RHQ - Thame, Oxfordshire

337 Topographic Squadron - Chessington

338 Cartographic Squadron - Southampton

339 Lithographic Squadron - London

In August 1955, as part of a general reorganisation within the TA (now the Army Reserve), the RHQ and 337 Topographic Squadron moved to its current location at Ewell in Surrey. The next major reorganisation took place in April 1967, the Regiment was reduced to squadron size and re-titled 135 Field Survey Squadron RE consisting of a Sqn HQ, 337, 338, and 339 Troops, all based in Ewell.

135 Squadron
Was formed on 1 April 1967 from 135 Survey Regiment. The Squadron title changed to 135 Independent Topographic Squadron RE in June 1986, in line with associated and similarly formed Regular Army Military Survey units. An additional troop (340 Troop) was created to carry out the role of map supply.

135 Independent Topographic Squadron RE celebrated its 50th anniversary on 17 April 1999 and was granted the Freedom of Epsom & Ewell on the same date.

On 1 October 2000 the squadron is once again re-named to its current title of 135 Independent Geographic Squadron RE. This change reflects the modernisation and the technical roles of which it operates.

On 15 June 2002, 135 Squadron exercised its right to march through the streets of Epsom with colours flying, bayonets fixed and led by the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers, in celebration of Her Majesty, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

On 30 May 2009 the Squadron re-exercised this right to celebrating the 60th anniversary of their formation and the 10th anniversary of being granted the Freedom of Epsom and Ewell.

On 1 April 2014 the Squadron once again changes its title. This time on hybridization with 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic). The now 135 Geographic Squadron again exercises its right to march through the streets of Epsom and Ewell, followed by a formal renaming ceremony at the Ewell Army Reserve Centre and the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant by the Mayor of Epsom the Commanding Officer 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic) and local dignitaries.

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