Email:Telephone: 01634847005Last updated: 16/03/2019WHO ARE WE? WHAT IS THE ROYAL ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION? The Royal Engineers Association (REA) is the Regimental Association of the Royal Engineers. Charity numbers 258322 and SC 041832. The original REA was founded in 1912 under the name of The Royal Engineers Old Comrades Association. Its name was changed to the Royal Engineers Association in 1952. WHAT WE DO The Aim of the Association is to promote and support the Corps of Royal Engineers among members of the Association by fostering esprit de corps and a spirit of comradeship and service, and by maintaining an awareness of Corps traditions. The Association also acts as a link between serving and retired members of the Corps and it provides financial and other assistance to serving and former members of the Corps, their spouses, widows and dependents who are in need. Grants, within Association Guidelines, are made to the Army Benevolent Fund and to other charities that further the objectives of the Association.
Telephone: 01258482090Last updated: 16/03/2019Branch History The Northern Ireland Branch was formed in March 1956 in Victoria Barracks (since demolished) in Belfast. The majority of the foundation Members were ex-war time Signallers, many of whom had joined the Territorial Army after the war. Over the years there has continually been a good mix of ex-war time, ex-regular, ex & serving TA Members. There has also always been a good mix of Commissioned, Senior and Junior ranks. Social Activities Social activities include various interesting speakers or demonstrations, discos, Annual dinner etc. Each year in June a number of Members attend the Royal Signals re-union at Blandford. On Remembrance Sunday the Branch Members attend church service with 40 (NIH) Signal Squadron (V). We hold regular monthly meetings the third Wednesday of each month. If you live anywhere in Northern Ireland and would like to join us you would be most welcome!
The Association’s Objectives 1. To provide opportunities for members to meet and keep in touch, through organised social events and other activities. 2. To maintain contact with former members of The Regiment, their families and dependants; and in cases of need, to provide assistance by the most appropriate means whether or not the person is a member of the Association. 3. To bring to the attention of the relevant authorities any cases, which come to the notice of the Association, of former members of HM Forces requiring assistance. 4. To support The Ulster Defence Regiment Benevolent Fund. 5. To support The Royal Irish Regiment. The Ulster Defence Regiment became operational on 1st April 1970 in response to the demand for additional troops to support the civil powers in Northern Ireland. The Regiment was on continuous operational service for a period of twenty-two years, a distinction held by no other regiment in the history of the British Army. The gallantry and devotion to duty of the many thousands of men and women who served in the UDR was acknowledged by the large number of honours and awards for gallantry bestowed upon individuals. On 1st July 1992, the Regiment merged with the Royal Irish Rangers to form the Royal Irish Regiment. The unique service and sacrifice of the UDR and Royal Irish (Home Service) was marked by Her Majesty the Queen’s award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross to the Royal Irish Regiment on 6th October 2006,
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