Celebrating Royal Signals’ star-studded performances
From sport, work, community support and more.
In recognition of all his efforts LCpl Lally has been awarded a Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Commendation. LCpl Lally excelled in his job as a FARSIGHT Technician, led on charity events, taught the Hindi language in local schools and provided a regular Bhangra dance to deployed personnel.
A shining example to all Royal Signals soldiers. Well deserved , well done.
Orienteers navigate route to success again!
Well done to the Royal Signals Women’s orienteering team. They not only retained the Inter Corps trophy in 2017 but one of their number, Sally Calland won the Army Women’s night orienteering championship. A fanatstic end to an inspirational season. Interested in finding out more about Corps Orienteering?
Not to be outdone male orienteering teams have also recorded significant successes. Pictured below are 2 Signal Regiment who were crowned Major Unit Corps Orienteering Champions and U25 Champions in 2017.
Mountain Bikers race to face enduro challenge
Congratulations to Callum Gurney, a Royal Signals Enduro Team rider who finished second overall in the 2017 Welsh Gravity Enduro Autumn Series (hardtail men). Find out more about Corps Mountain Biking via https://royalsignals.org/mountain-biking/
Impromptu fundraising prompts generous donations
Good things come in threes…
When LCpl Vanessa Royals of 1 Signal Regiment contacted the RSBF about organising a fundraising quiz for her unit we never imagined that she’d go on to raise more than £600 with co-rider Capt Lyndsey Hurst of 3 (UK) Div Signal Regiment. Recognising the importance of the RSBF to fellow Royal Signals soldiers and comrades in need, they decided to seek sponsorship for the ‘Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100’ and captured cash via a last minute training session in Bulford. In addition, Vanessa organised a Quiz Night in Stafford and helpfully provided fundraising tips to share with others.
We’re delighted they’re ‘putting their pedal-power behind the RSBF and we hope that support will continue in the future. And, if riding to victory isn’t enough, Vanessa was recently part of 1 Signal Regiment’s Cross Country team which came a commendable second in the Midlands Championships.
Corps Community Champions
800+ school pupils benefit from Army rugby know-how
On arrival at 30 Signal Regiment WO1 Simon Hopkins decided he wanted to play an active part in his local community via his beloved rugby. He contacted WASPS rugby club and the result is that, within a few months, he and fellow Royal Signals rugby players and coaches have successfully engaged with approximately 800 children from some 30 schools. With plans to expand the programme and to include Muslim schools too, it looks like many future rugby pro’s could well be hailing from the West Midlands, thanks to the Corps.
It is not just the community that have benefitted, as well as building relationships with locals Simon wanted to devlop his unit’s rugby coaches. He explains:
“Assisting Coventry-based Wasps RUFC seemed the logical step, so I contacted their development manager. We had a preliminary meeting in May 2017 and since then we’ve moved apace with a number of military coaches (all DBS cleared) working with the club. We’ve learned a lot and worked hard; not just coaching but undertaking a plethora of Safeguarding courses as well as RFU certified training in our own time.”
Work to date includes:
- Leadership and Management training.
- Facilitating Rugby Camps for Academy players 14 to 18 year-olds.
- Embedding military coaches in the Wasps Community Engagement team
- Working with local schools – at school or through sessions at WASPS.
And that’s not all…
Involvment has spread to other clubs including Harlequins RUFC and Worcester Warriors. The latter offers mixed ability rugby for players who have injuries PTSD/Mental Health issues, or special or additional needs such as Down Syndrome.
Not to be outdone Netball is now on the cards. Starting with the Corps Netball Umpire course in 2018 with plans for subsequent engagement with Wasps Netball club.
Pictured Lt Col Jason Kennedy WO1 Simon Hopkins
Leaders in a digital age
Championing and supporting success within and beyond The Corps.
Royal Signals Apprentice of the Year Awards 2017
On Tuesday 12 December the Royal Corps of Signals held an awards ceremony and lunch to celebrate and recognise the achievements of their soldier apprentices. Those in attendance included industry guests, senior military personnel and friends and colleagues from units. As always families of the winners are encouraged to attend.
And the winner is
This year’s overall prize-winner and winner is Lance Corporal NM White from 10 Signal Regiment. He was selected for the overall top Apprentice of the Year across the Corps, winning the prize of a Silver Falcon statuette which he and his unit hold for a year. In addition he receives a bronze copy to keep and proze money totalling £1000. Lance Corporal White was also awarded the prize forOperator Career Employment Group.
Other winners are:
Electronic Warfare Operator Career Employment Group: Lance Corporal JW Sidwell.
Electrician Career Employment Group: Signaller K Pun.
Logistician Career Employment Group. Signaller GAS Smart.
Installation Technician Career Employment Group: Lance Corporal DM Brack.
Engineering Career Employment Group: Lance Corporal BN Gomes.
In addiiton to the prizes many of the winners have now been promoted from the ranks they held (shown above) at the time of the awards.
About Royal Signals Apprentices
Every soldier that joins the Royal Corps of Signals is encouraged to undertake a civilian recognised apprenticeship aligned to one of their six principal career employment or trade groups. This has resulted in over 6000 individuals signing up to the Apprenticeship Scheme.
The best apprentice in each group was invited to an event that celebrated and recognised their achievements, awarding certificates, cash prizes and trophies. They are supported in these schemes by their mentors from The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport as well as their own unit chain of command.
This award is sponsored by BAE Systems and the RSI is grateful for their continued support and the presence of Richard Norman and David Duggan at the ceremony.
World Championships for Triathlon and Duathlon Corps athletes
WO2 SSM Jay Jennings 22 Signal Regiment and Sgt Nick Drabble (11SR FofS Course) spent the 2017 season representing both the Army at Inter Services Triathlon as well as multiple events around Europe for Great Britain as age-group athletes for both the Triathlon and Duathlon.
The season started early May with Jay racing in the European Triathlon Union Standard Distance Duathlon Championships in Soria Spain. Both Nick and Jay then raced multiple standard distance and half Ironman races around the UK representing the Army. Nick qualified for the European Sprint Triathlon Championships in Dusseldorf and Jay headed out to Rotterdam for the International Triathlon Union World Championships for Standard Distance Triathlon. Both ended the season on a high by qualifying for the Sprint Duathlon and Half Ironman Triathlon European Championships. As a result they will once again represent Great Britain, this time in Ibiza in late 2018. Next year Nick, Maj Dave Phillips (AHQ and the Corps Tri Secretary) are planning an assault on Ironman Staffordshire with a view to qualifying for the World Championships.
Power lifting ‘guest’ wins RAF and Navy championships
D Williams attended the RAF Championships and Navy Championships as a guest lifter and won both. These successes came hot on the heels of a terrific season which saw The World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation hold its first Military, Police, Fire Brigade Full Power Competition in Malta this year. Both D Williams and I Dhillon competed and won their respective weights categories. Dhillom achieved best Deadlift (Army) Williams broke records for best total lifted and best squat. For the Single lifts 2017 Williams also took first place for Squat and third place for Bench.
A successful haul for Royal Signals ladies
Amy Mason, Nicola Harrison, Hannah Acquah and Rosie McMullen from The Royal Corps of Signals have had a fantastic season representing England at the British and Irish Championships. Additionally all have represented Army Ladies Tug of War and been members of teams that have gone on to win both weight categories 520kg and 560kg within the civilian circuit League, as well as Silver at the Nationals.
1st really does mean first when it comes to 6-a-side
Congratulations to 1st Signal Regiment Football Team who have notched up significant wins this season. Their trophy cabinet filled with the following accolades:
- Army 6 a side champions
Army Midlands League and Cup winners
- West Midlands Inter Service League and Cup winners
- Army Midlands 6’s winners
- Royal Signals (McBean Cup) winners
- Army Super League Cup winners
Find out more at royalsignals.org/tug-of-war/
More than a degree of success for Royal Signals soldiers
Congratulations to all Bachelor and Foundation Degree graduates who celebrated the pomp and ceremony at Bournemouth University’s graduation ceremony in Autumn 2017.
One third of the the top firers in the Army are Royal Signals soldiers. Top individual performance: Sgt Khagendra who received the much coveted Queens Medal.
New Year Honours 2018
Acting Lieutenant General Ivan HOOPER
PROMOTIONS IN AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Acting Corporal Thomas Oliver BRIGGS, Royal Corps of Signals
Captain Kevin KIRKHAM-BROWN, Royal Corps of Signals, Army Reserve
Staff Sergeant (now Sergeant) Louis John CLEARY, Royal Corps of Signals, (now Army Reserve)
Sergeant (now Staff Sergeant) Matthew Robert McGLOWN, Royal Corps of Signals
Captain (now Acting Major) Grant WALLACE, Royal Corps of Signals
Captain Timothy Shanti HOLMES-MITRA, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
Operational Honours and Awards List: 21 April 2017
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service
Staff Sergeant Christopher Arthur Rhodes, Royal Corps of Signals
Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017
- Major Richard Allan BELL, Royal Corps of Signals
New Year Honours
- Colonel Graham Nicholas ADDLEY, Formerly Royal Corps of Signals.
- Lt Col Richard MacGregor CROMBIE
- Lt Col James Ryan KNIGHT MBE
- SSgt Ian James FLANNIGAN
- Sgt Jonathan Michael RIGG
- WO1 Adrian David KEEBLE
- WO1 Christopher Elwood KLASS
Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016
- Brigadier David Graeme Robson (late R SIGNALS)
- Major Graham Jackson Clark
- Corporal Robert Ian Harper
- Lt Col Julian Mark Picton, Royal Corps of Signals, Army Reserve
New Year Honours 2016
- Colonel Malcolm Paul Llewellyn OBE (Late R SIGNALS)
- Captain Graeme Campbell
- Captain Roderick Duncan Cowan
- Captain Naveed Muhammad