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2 ATR Pirbright

2 Army Training Regiment (ATR) Pirbright has four units, they are all affiliated to different Corps but train recruits destined for all parts of the Army, Reserve and Regular, with the exception of the Infantry.

1 (Fowler) Squadron -- Royal Corps of Signals

1 (Fowler) SquadronThe Squadron is named after Lieutenant General Sir John Sharman Fowler, who was the first Signals Officer in Chief of the newly formed Royal Corps of Signals in 1923. Fowler was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1886. He spent the early part of his career on the North Western Frontier of India fighting in several small wars and uprisings, before taking part in the Second Boer War as a member of the South Africa Field Force. During the First World War he was appointed as the Director of Army Signals. He retired as Commander British Forces in China.

The Troops of 1 (Fowler) Squadron are all named after decorated Signallers who have served in the Royal Corps. They are: Smith; Mather; Townsend; Cook; Waters

108 (The Princess Royal) Squadron -- The Royal Logistic Corps

108 (The Princess Royal) Squadron108 Squadron has seen service with the Royal Army Service Corps in both World Wars; firstly as a Horse Transport Company and later as a Composite Company within 20 Armoured Brigade. In Dec 1960, 108 Squadron was placed in light preservation.

On the 16 April 2002 Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, granted the title “108 (The Princess Royal) Squadron” to the sub-unit and it reformed on 10 June 2002, as part of Army Training Regiment (Pirbright).

The Squadron has five Troops; four are named after battle honours, the fifth is named ‘Delhi’ Troop in recognition of the Corps contribution during the Indian Mutiny.

Waterloo; Peninsula; Pekin; Taku Forts; Delhi

28 Squadron -- Royal Engineers

28 Squadron

A short history

The 28th Company of Royal Engineers was raised in December 1856. Its most illustrious campaign was the Ashanti War where they were invaluable constructing roads through the highly dense forests. After returning to Chatham in March 1874, the Company converted into a Submarine Mining Company.

They were responsible for using submarine mines as a defence of fortified harbours. In 1877 the headquarters and two sections deployed to Bermuda with the remainder moving to Cork.

In 1894 the Company moved to Malta during and in 1905 the Royal Navy took command of the Submarine mining capability. 28th Company was subsequently re rolled as a Fortress Company and remained in Malta during the war of 1914-1918.

The Company continued to contribute and were the only engineer unit in the Padang Brigade during the Sumatra campaign of 1946. They were integral to defending a hospital block in Palembang and also carried out fighting patrols and ambushes. In 1948 the unit was reformed as an Engineer Squadron and was soon suspended in 1949. It was reformed and suspended in a number of different Training Establishments before reforming most recently as a sub-unit within 2 Army Training Regiment.

28 Squadron is made up of the following Troops: Cooksons; Desbrisays; Lucknow; Maitland; Reilly; Woods

Caen Squadron -- Royal Armoured Corps

Caen badge

The Squadron is named after the battle for Caen during the Second World War. As part of the D-Day objectives set for Operation OVERLORD, the Anglo-Canadian Second Army Forces were to take the city of Caen in Normandy. However due to heavy German resistance and reinforcements from the Panzergruppe West it took several months for the allies to take Caen.

Over 50,000 Allied casualties were sustained in the battle, but the capture of Caen enabled the Allies to push forward and liberate France.

Troops within Caen Squadron are named after battle honours, British Generals and Commanding Officers.

Anzio; Guthrie; Paget; Kiszely; Sicily.

D Company

D Company badge

D Company is based in Alexander Barracks, Pirbright and is part of the Regular/Reserve hybrid unit, 2 Army Training Regiment. It is an entirely Reservist sub-unit which delivers modular and consolidated Reserve Phase 1 courses to recruits joining the Army Reserve. The unit mainly serves 11 Brigade, 7 Brigade and London District, but recruits from other national formations also attend courses.

D Company has its roots in the old 145 Brigade Regional Training Centre and Army Training Unit (South) but has subsequently become part of 2 ATR (P), in a drive to bring together Regular and Reserve training into one unit. The sub-unit has remained as a completely reserve training company with all positions from OC down to JNCO instructor occupied by Reserve soldiers.

The name D Company was taken from an existing Regular company within 2 ATR (P). It was chosen to ensure that Reservists are fully integrated with the unit by using similar naming conventions to all existing regular sub-units. As part of the Whole Force Concept an effort was made to ensure that the unit was not named D Company (V) or Army Reserve Company, thus ensuring that the sub-unit is fully integrated in to the Regiment’s hierarchy with no distinction for Regular or Reserve service.

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