Huddersfield RSA

RSA Huddersfield Branch


We hold regular monthly meetings the first Wednesday of the month at 1230 hrs. Meetings are held at:

The Black Bull
50 West Street

The Huddersfield Branch of the Royal Signals Association serves the need of ex-signallers from Huddersfield and the surrounding area. Members are also drawn from Bradford, Brighouse and Halifax.

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Membership of The RSA is open to any person – Regular, TA/Reserve, National Service, ATS, WRAC – who served with the Corps

Branch History

The branch was formed in 1947 by a former Royal Signals telegraphist, Tom Mellor. He was the first president of the branch and officiated until his death. Tom was presented with his Gold Badge in 1994 and his Fifty-Year Badge in 1997 by The Master of Signals, Major General O. J. Sprackling. Tom was appointed our Life-President and on his death his widow, Betty, graciously consented to take over.  Betty died in 2012.

During World War Two Huddersfield was an important Royal Signals Training Centre and a holding battalion was stationed here. There were training centres at Armitage Bridge, Kirkburton and Slaithwaite. The branch would welcome reminisces from former trainees at these establishments. Many colleagues must have passed through the portico of Huddersfield railway station which is shown at the head of this page.

The branch has a special affiliation with the Gurkha Signals based in York, we welcome their representatives at our dinner and enjoy our visits to their HQ in York during the summer. We have a formal dinner for members and guests in February/March.

Huddersfield Branch Committee

President Donald Tippen
Vice-President Alec Dunn
Chairman Brian Rolfe
Secretary Geoff Scott
Treasurer/ BIM Gordon Mallinson
Standard Bearer Mark Stangways

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