Brigadier R H Maxfield

Foreword by the President

“The 19 Signal Regiment web site created by John Hill at no cost to the Association provides a short history of the Regiment and the aims and activities of the Association.  The Committee organises  news letters called the Bulletin and an annual meeting with affordable activities. The Committee is always concerned with the welfare of it’s members. If you are not presently a member and qualified for membership, please contact the Membership Secretary Dennis Isaacs ”


Lt Col (Retd) 
P Sowardnb

Lt Col (Retd)
P. SowardTo most of us, Pat Soward is Mr.19 Signal Regt

Pat organizes events and visits, he monitors the Association and ensures it is up to date, he organizes the reunions, and the associated activities, and prepares and edits the Association newsletter “The Bulletin”.In addition he plans and runs the Annual General meeting and ensures that recommendations and responsibilities are carried out in a timely manner.

His main duties as the Chairman can be summarised under five areas.
1. To provide leadership.
The overarching role of the chairman is to provide leadership,and must be an effective strategist and a good networker.
2. To ensure the Management Committee functions properly.
3. The Chairman is responsible for making sure that each meeting is planned effectively,conducted according to the constitution and that matters are dealt with in an orderly,efficient manner.
4 The Chairman must make the most of all his committee members, building and leading the team.
5. This also involves regularly reviewing the Committee’s performance and identifying and managing the process for renewal of the Committee through recruitment of new members.


frankSmithManbj (Retd) F A Smith

What is the role of the treasurer?

The Treasurer has a watchdog role over all aspects of financial management, working closely with other members of the Management Committee to safeguard the organisation’s finances. It is important to note that although the Treasurer ensures that these responsibilities are met, much of the work may be delegated to a finance sub-committee.

In summary, the Treasurer is responsible for:
1.General financial oversight
2.Funding, fundraising and sales
3.Financial planning and budgeting
4.Financial reporting
5.Banking, book keeping and record keeping
6.Control of fixed assets and stock

Frank took over the role of Treasurer after the sudden and tragic  death of Bernard Strange.Given these responsibilities, the he typically acts as an information and reference point for the Chair and other committee members: clarifying financial implications of proposals; confirming legal requirements; outlining the current financial status; and retrieving relevant documentation

Alan Lewis is the new Editorial assistant

Alan is new to the committee and will assist  the Chairman in some of his numerous roles. His main function will be to assist the Chairman in the preparation of The Bulletin. In this role he will seek out anecdotes and interesting stories from our days in the far East. In addition his role will be to seek out new members to the Association and attempt to involve them in reunions other functions organized by the committee. He will also assist the chairman in his chairman’s role in organizing and planning meetings etc.

Mrs J Horne


Every reader of this website should be aware of the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund and of its purpose to relieve Signallers, past and present and their dependents from hardship and distress. During 2015 £332,280.23 was distributed to 553 applicants.

These grants have been instrumental in providing electric scooters (3%), stair lifts (1%) and level access showers (2%), all enabling the beneficiaries to retain their independence and remain in their own homes. Numerous other types of assistance requested include help benevolentwith priority bills (rent or utilities – 24%) clothing, emergency house repairs (12%), funeral expenses (9%) etc.

If you are the widow of a member of the Royal Corps of Signals, this fund is there for you as well as the servicemen and women. You are still a fully paid-up member of the regimental family. You have not been abandoned. Don’t suffer in silence. If you need help or, perhaps, just advice, contact Mrs Joyce Horne, our Association Welfare Officer, and she will contact RHQ on your behalf. And if you have settled overseas, RHQ’s arm is long and you also can apply for assistance.


A short sentence in the report by the Royal Signals Association Welfare Officer in her report in The Association and Retired Officers’ Newsletter, March 2014, jumps out of the page: ‘If you are aware of a former or present Signaller, or their widow or dependants, who are in condition of need, hardship or distress, please remind them of our existence’.

Major grants in previous years covered the purchase of a number of mobility scooters, stair lifts and level access showers. Other grants covered help with priority bills (rent or utilities), clothing, emergency house repairs etc.

If any member of the 19th Signal Regiment Association needs advice or financial assistance please don’t suffer in silence. Please contact Joyce Horne, our Association Welfare Officer, or any other member of the committee whose contact details you will find on page 2 of the Association Newsletter “The Bulletin” or contact your local Royal British Legion or SSAFA Case Officer for assistance.

I repeat the message above time and again but on this occasion it has been drawn to my attention that the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund relies for its income from serving members of the Corps who contribute a day’s pay each year and the many retired members who also subscribe regularly. Each edition of The Wire carries lists of donations made, often as contributions made on the death of members of the Corps or as legacies in wills. If any reader can assist in fund raising, please contact Herbie Herbert at Royal Signals Marketing, 01258-482819, or e-mail





Mrs M Soward020

Air Formation Signal Units Histories, Regimental items and other leaflets.

The following are available now:

tieRegimental ties. Cost £14.00

The Air Formation Signals Crescent at the National Memorial Arboretum
19th Air Formation Signals – Hill Hall Camp to Rangoon
Insignia of Air Formation and Air Support Signals
Air Formation Signals in WWI
1Oth Air Formation Signals Air Formation Signals in Operation Overlord
11th Air Formation Signals in the Berlin Airlift 11th Air Formation Signals – A Brief History
14th Air Forgeesemation Signals 13th Air Formation Signals

Christmas Cards Packs of 10

4th (Indian) Air Formation Signals 16th & 17th Air Formation Signals
64 Wing Signal Section 638 Signal Troop (Air Formation)

Regimental Plaque in either A.F.S Design. 7″ x 6″ Solid Hardwood.

Each leaflet A5 size varying from 12 to 20 pages. 75p each plus 60p P & P for one or two leaflets. Embroidered Garments. Ask for a leaflet describing garments available and prices
Lapel Badges. 3/4″ Square bearing Red Beaufighter on background of the corps colours. £2.00 plus 69p P & P for up to three badges.
We can also obtain for you the following from the RAF Changi and RAF Seleter Associations:
The History of Changi by Air Commodore Henry Probert, MBE, past president of the RAF Changi
Association. The original history has been extensively revised with a forward by Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Earlier chapters have been slightly expanded and corrected and entirely new chapters have been added to describe the final years leading up to the withdraw! in 1971 and details of the development of the new International Airport. A5. 132 Pages. £12.10 incl P & P.
DVD ‘Changi & Singapore (Past and Present)’ Black and white photographs from pre WW2, early movies and colour movies taken during recent visits of RAF Changi Association members to Singapore. Includes a Singapore Airlines account of the construction of the new International Airport. £15.60 incl P & P.
DVD ‘Seletar Through the Ages’ History of RAF Seletar in pictures with commentary and including pictures taken recently. £7.60 incl P & P.
Postage correct as at June 2015.

The Carefree Squaddy

by Paul Quinn.

Stories from Paul’s life as a Dispatch Rider in the Middle East and Germany. Illustrations by Funf. A5. 52 Pages. 11 Stories. A good laugh. If you like to read about the misfortunes of others, this is the book for you!
£3.00 plus 70p P & P.

The above may be ordered from the Association Regalia Officer:

Maureen Soward runs the Association Regalia.nb

John Hill


John has championed the development of the site, garnering information and photos to help preserve the history of 19 Signal Regiment and showcase it to future generations.

If you have any material you would like to share with John, or comments about this site, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


John says “His most amazing experience was missing a flight that ended up saving his life.”

Pam Cravennb

Events Organiserpam3

Pam is one of the the newest member of the committee and is the daughter of John Hill. She attended Seletar Primary School between 1966 and 1969. She then attended school in Blandford when her father served with 30 Signal Regt. and then to Cyprus where she attended the RAF Nicosia Junior School when her father served with the United Nations Peacekeeping force for three years. pam

She has volunteered to take over the role of events organizer. This role will involve close liaison with the appropriate hotel on bookings for members, room allocation for reunions and meetings, liaison with members in the booking process, arranging hotel finances and ensuring that reunions run according to plan . Additionally her role will include organizing Saturday visits to local places of interest including museums, country houses, shows, canal trips and cultural centres.  and possibly shopping excursions. In this role she will be assisted by Mrs. Joyce Horne who has carried out the role for many years. She will also liaise with john Horne on coaches and timings. She attends every reunion and is an active member of the committee.

Membership Secretary

Dennis IsaacsDennisNownb

Dennis was posted as a National serviceman to basic training, 7 Training Regiment TR Vimy lines (Catterick) ,and then on to Kemmel lines in Catterick to 1Training regiment on a Telegraph Mechanic course Dec 1954 to June 1955 After his training his first posting was to the Far East and he boarded Hmt Lancashire to Singapore July 1955


He was posted to 19 Air Formation Signal regiment , Technical Maintenance troop on arrival and lived in block 139 (Changi). After two weeks working in Block 20 (Workshops) he was given a great job (Daily and on 24 hr stand by) of Telephone Mintenance Engineer at S.S.O.C ( Southern Sector Operations Centre RAF ) plus a couple of visits to RAF Labuan. At that time he was located in swamp land near Telok Paku until his return to UK on demob Feb 1957.

So from then on it was back to civilian life and Post Office Telephones ! Dennis lived for several years near Swindon but now he lives in retirement in Bournemouth where he is the Association membership Secretary.