Lincoln Branch - Royal Signals Association
The RSA Lincoln Branch formed out of a ‘get together’ by the late Frank Philp in May 1976. Permission to form a ‘Lincoln Branch’ was given by the RHQ on 27th May 1976, and the inaugural meeting was held on 9th August 1976 in the TAVR Drill Hall, Newport, Lincoln.
The Branch currently has 24 Life Members and 23 Associate Members, not just from Lincoln, but from all parts of the county including, Cleethorpes, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Louth and Horncastle.
We are a small but active branch, thanks to our Entertainments Officers, John Hudson & David Hambidge, who organise our dinners, lunches and visits.
The Corps Family looks after its own
Each year hundreds of thousands of pounds of RSBF money is channeled to serving or former Signalers and their dependents in need. We at local level have a dedicated Visiting Officer who carries out hospital visits and home visits, it is time consuming but worthwhile. We report at monthly branch meetings on how individual members, who are absent through illness, are fairing – keeping members in the picture and ensuring we carry on looking after our own.
The Branch prides itself on being a family of retired Officers and soldiers of the Corps and we try hard to encourage serving members from local units to come along to meetings – keeping the retired members in the picture with the serving Corps.
We encourage and actively seek new members of the Corps Family to join the Branch. If you are an ex member of the Corps living in Lincolnshire come along and join us, you will be made most welcome.
Branch meetings are on the first Thursday of every month with the exception of the month of JANUARY, and AUGUST at Sobraon Barracks, Burton Road, Lincoln.
The meetings are held in the The Bar at 1900hrs. Meet in the bar at 1830hrs.
All serving and ex-members of the Corps are welcome, along with any ex-WRAC ladies who were attached to the Corps.
Membership of the branch (not the RSA) is an annual payment of £10.
|Maj (retd) Derek Wood MBE||President|
|David Hambidge||Vice Chairman/Entertainment|
|Ben Revell||Standard Bearer|
|Maj. (retd) Derek Wood MBE||Visiting Officer|
6th June 2019
The 75th D-Day commemoration at the War Memorial on Lincoln High Street. 96 year old branch member, Pat Constance, laid a wreath on behalf of the branch. Pat served with HQ 1 Corps Signals and took part in Operation Overlord and the Normandy campaign.
4th April 2019
At the branch meeting our President, Major (rtd) Derek Wood, presented John Hudson with the RSA Honour Badge and Certificate.
11th November 2018
We, at Lincoln, have two parades on this day. The first is the main Remembrance Service at the city’s War Memorial on the High Street. The other is a smaller affair at the Commonwealth War Graves in Newport Cemetery behind St Nicholas’ Church.
6th June 2018
Pat joined the Corps in February 1942 and served until November 1946 and took part in Operation Overlord. He was with 1 Corps Signals. They arrived at Normandy at 2300hrs on the 6th and their LST was anchored off Graye sur Mer until they beached at 1515hrs on the 8th. It took until 1730hrs to get off loaded. they then de-water proofed and moved to Courseulles-sur-Mer.
When the war in europe ended Pat was posted to Palestine until demobbed.
On the 22nd of December 1946 Pat noted in his diary “Membership Card of the Royal Signals Assoc. arrived”.
14th May 2018
The WW2 operations block at RAF Digby, now RAF Digby Lima Sector Operations Room Museum. The “L” or “Lima” sector operations room has been restored to resemble its appearance at the beginning of World War Two, featuring period furniture, plotting table, communications equipment and side offices. There are also exhibits on Bomber Command, Radio Direction Finding techniques, the History of RAF Digby, and displays of aircraft parts. There are additional exhibits on the loss of HMS Glorious and MMT Lancastria in 1940. The museum is “dedicated to those who served and fought in support of freedom at home and abroad during World War Two”.
21st March 2018
Pat had made this model when he was 15 years old, 80 years ago. It is scratch built from a plan he’d found in a craft magazine.
1st February 2018
His place will taken by Sylvia Revell, whom we have no doubt will serve the branch equally as well.
14th December 2017
Thirtyone members, wives and guests had a very convivial afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.