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Introduction

Introduction

11 Field Company RE was formed in 1806 and served in the Crimea as part of 1 Division from 1854-6. The Company was active during the latter half and after the Indian Mutiny in 1857-8, after which it became a Fortress Company until 1887.

11 Field Coy served as part of the force under General Sir Garnet Wolseley that was sent up the River Nile to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum in 1885.
During the Boer War in 1900 it again served with 1 Division.
The Coy was in France throughout the whole of the 1914-18 War, serving with 2 Division with BEF France.


In the Second World War the company saw service again in France, then in the Western Desert, Sicily and NW Europe, this time with 2 Division, 44 Division and 30 Corps Troops.


11 Field Squadron served in Hong Kong from 1949-51, Austria from 1951-3, and from 1954-1969 in Malaya, engaged in engineer tasks in support of Emergency operations. After the Emergency, the Squadron served in Borneo and Thailand, with Troop detachments in Laos and Hong Kong.


In February 1970,11 Independent Field Squadron, which had been run down to cadre strength, returned to UK and amalgamated with 73 Field Squadron whic had recently returned from the Persian Gulf, as part of 38 Engineer Regiment in Ripon.


Since then the new 11 Field Squadron has carried out exercises in support of RAF Harrier Squadrons in BAOR and in Cyprus. In 1971 the Squadron completed a three month tour in Hong Kong, and in October was sent on a four month tour in Northern Ireland, providing engineer support to an infantry brigade. In 1972 the Squadron split into three parts with troops going out to perform engineer tasks in Germany, Gibraltar and British Honduras.


During the Falklands campaign, 11 Field Squadron constructed two Harrier Forward Operating Bases and bulk fuel systems under the most difficult conditions, despite losing all their equipment when the Atlantic Conveyor was sunk
They also suffered the worst of the air attacks in San Carlos Water.



"The Sappers really need no tribute from me; their reward lies in the glory of their achievement. The more science intervenes in warfare, the more will be the need for engineers in the field armies; in the late war there were never enough Sappers at any time.
Their special tasks involved the up keep and repair of communications; road, bridges, railways, canals, mine
sweeping. The Sappers rose to great heights in World War II and their contribution to victory were beyond all calculations."


Field Marshal Lord Montgomery

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