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842 Signal Troop - Manchester

33 (Lancashire) Signal Squadron

A Message from the Officer Commanding

 “33 Signal Squadron provide robust communications to military and, in a domestic crisis, civil operations such as the blue light service. We have operated in many theatres as individuals in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands and other commonwealth Countries supporting the “One Army ethos” regular and reserve”.

"Following the Royal Corps of Signals ethos of ‘Soldier First, then Signaler’ we are proud of our record in providing communications wherever and whenever required”.

Officer Commanding


The regiment was originally a TAVR II (Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve) unit created due to defence cuts, being formed on 1 April 1967 at Huyton, near Liverpool and consisting of four Squadrons:

• HQ Squadron
• 42 (East Lancashire) Signal Squadron – successor to the 42nd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment
• 59 (West Lancashire) Signal Squadron – successor to the 59th Signal Regiment
• 80 (Cheshire) Signal Squadron – successor to the 80th Signal Regiment

In 1973, 80 Squadron became 80 (Cheshire Yeomanry) Squadron, in honour of the Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester's) from which the Squadron descended. In 1969, the TAVR was re-designated as the Territorial Army.
In 1999, during the reforms implemented due to the Strategic Defence Review, the Squadron subtitles, with the exception of 80 Squadron, were changed.

They became:

• 55 (Merseyside) HQ Squadron
• 42 (City of Manchester) Signal Squadron
• 59 (City of Liverpool) Signal Squadron



The Regiment's Squadrons were all based in the North-West of England: 42 Signal Squadron was based in Manchester; (now 842 troop) 55 Signal Squadron was based in Huyton (now SHQ 33 Signal Squadron), 59 Signal Squadron was based in Aintree; and 80 Signal Squadron was based in Runcorn. The regiment provided support to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, and was part of 12 Signal Group.
The Regiment provided soldiers on operations around the world supporting the regular army.

Such places include:


The Role of the Army Reserve

The Army Reserve has two defined roles. Firstly, it provides highly trained soldiers who can work alongside their counterparts on missions in the UK and overseas. Secondly, it gives people who have specialist skills such as Communications System Operators a range of exciting opportunities to use in many ways. Over the next few years the role of the Army Reserve will be expanded and will work more closely with the rest of the Army.



We are always looking for keen, committed people who relish a challenging and rewarding environment to join us as both as Officers and as Soldiers. You don’t need any previous Signals or IT knowledge and we can provide full advice about how to build your fitness levels to those required by the Army. More information on the criteria for joining can be found on the “Joining the Army” part of the Army website.

842 troop train on Tuesday evenings between 1930-2130 at the Army Reserve Centre in Rushholme, Manchester. We also train on 1-2 weekends per month and your attendance can be flexible according to your civilian commitments. We deploy on a two-week training exercise as a whole Regiment once a year and previous destinations have included Germany, France and various locations in the UK.

You will be paid the same daily rate as your Regular counterparts for all the training that you attend. So if you are looking for something more out of life, want transferrable skills for your civilian employment, or want to be part of a strong, friendly team then contact our Recruiting Team today or drop in on a Tuesday evening!

33 Sig Sqn Map

842 Troop, 33 Signal Squadron Contact

Telephone: 01514814931/ 07738196954

Email: 37SIG-33-RSUSO@MOD.UK

Army Reserve Centre
Norman Road
Rusholme, Manchester
M14 5LH

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