Royal Engineers return to new base in North Kirklees

Royal Engineers return to new base in North Kirklees

NORTH KIRKLEES has welcomed back an Army Reserve unit, 20 years after it left the district.

106 Field Squadron Royal Engineers now have a troop based at the former Territorial Army (TA) centre on Intake Lane in Batley, and members officially celebrated moving into their new home by holding an open day on Saturday.

106 Field Squadron RE is a reserve sub unit and is part of 21 Engineer Regiment RE, which is a regular regiment based in Ripon.

Members of the public, employers and local councillors were all invited to look around the Intake Lane base, which was renamed the Batley Army Reserve Centre last year.

The event featured exhibits, trade stands, weapon stands and demonstrations, along with food and refreshments.

The predecessor of 106 Field Squadron RE was previously based at Bath Street in Dewsbury, before the unit relocated to Bradford 20 years ago. A number of the 40-strong troop live locally and the reservists are now actively recruiting in the district.

Royal Engineers have a role across the battlefield, completing tasks such as bridge-building, road construction, clearing routes through minefields or using explosives to clear obstructions.

In addition, the Engineers provide post-conflict reconstruction, providing humanitarian support in the form of water production, electrical supply and infrastructure.

As well as the action and adventure involved with service life, Royal Engineers reservists have the opportunity to learn a trade and gain civilian qualifications and skills that can be transferred back into the general workplace.

Members of the Army Reserve must commit to serve at least 27 days a year, including a two-week camp, with most of the commitment coming on weekends and training nights.

Drill nights for 106 Field Squadron take place on Tuesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Anyone interested in joining can contact WO1 Dave Sanby on 0114 2378607 or Sgt Tracie Ramus on 07867 578367.

 

• Batley Army Reserve Centre is still home to long-established Army and RAF cadet units.

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