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    SIGNALS SECTIONS

    Signals sections were small specialist units which were combined as required to form the major signals units for headquarters etc.

    Included here are the signals sections intended to follow artillery or armoured units as they were allotted to formations.



    TRUX

    21 ARMY GROUP 1944/45
    Units, organisation and equipment


    SERVICES
    SIGNALS
    SIGNALS SECTIONS

    SIGNALS SECTIONS

    SIGNAL SECTIONS
    Line Section. War Establishment III/23/5. March 1945
    Telegraph Operating Section. War Establishment III/25A/3. December 1943
    Wing Signal Section. War Establishment III/29C/3. December 1943
    Terminal Equipment Section. War Establishment III/30C/4. February 1945
    Technical Maintenance Section. War Establishment III/30D/5. June 1944
    Cipher Section. War Establishment III/180/2. November 1943
    Construction Section. War Establishment III/24/6. March 1945
    Telecommunication Specialist Section. War Establishment III/327/1. July 1944
    Despatch Rider Section. War Establishment III/268/1
    Beach Signal Section. War Establishment III/302/1. January 1944
    Field Force Pigeon Section. War Establishment III/329/1. June 1944
    Field Force Pigeon Section. War Establishment XIV/1745/1. June 1944
    High Speed Wireless Section. War Establishment IV/275/1. February 1945
    Wireless Carrier Section (WS No10). War Establishment IV/276/1. February 1945
    Independent Administration Company HQ. War Establishment XIV/1746/1. June 1944
    Independent Administration Company HQ. War Establishment III/344/1. March 1945
    Army Group Independent Administration Company HQ. War Establishment. XIV/1766/1. June 1944
    Long Lines Control Detachment. War Establishment XIV/1767/1. February 1945

    GHQ 2nd Echelon Signal Section. War Establishment XIV/1759/1. March 1945
    HQ Army Troops Signal Section. War Establishment XIV/1750/1. September 1944
    HQ No10 Garrison Signal Section. War Establishment XIV/1751/1. September 1944.

    Army Group Signal Park. War Establishment III/338/1. February 1945.
    21 Army Group Signal Park. War Establishment XIV/1753/1. September 1944
    Army Signal Park. War Establishment III/339/1. February 1945
    Corp Signal Park. War Establishment III/340/1. March 1945
    Signal Park Company. War Establishment III/342/1. March 1945

    Field Broadcasting Unit Signal Section. War Establishment XIV/1748/1. August 1944
    Field Broadcasting Unit. War Establishment XIV/1572/1. March 1945.
    Press Communication Company HQ. War Establishment IV/280/1. June 1945
    Army HQ Press Communication Section. War Establishment IV/281/1. June 1945
    Information Control Unit Signal Detachment. War Establishment XIV/1756/1. February 1945
    21 AG Signal Security Section. War Establishment XIV/1765/1. November 1944
    HQ Signal Company ATS. War Establishment III/336/1. January 1945
    Cipher Section ATS. War Establishment III/337/1. January 1945
    Telegraph Operating Section ATS. War Establishment III/334/1. January 1945
    Telephone Switchboard Section ATS. War Establishment III/335/1. January 1945

    ROYAL ARTILLERY SIGNALS SECTIONS.
    Headquarters Army Group RA Signal Section. War Establishment III/224/1. March 1943.
    Independent Regiment Signal Section. War Establishment III/297/1. December 1943.
    Anti Tank Regiment Signal Detachment (Non Divisional). War Establishment III/341/1. February 1945.
    Anti Aircraft Brigade Headquarters Signal Section. War Establishment III/187/2. August 1943
    Searchlight Brigade Headquarters Signal Section. War Establishment III/187/2. August 1943
    Anti Aircraft Operations Room Signal Section. War Establishment III/188/3. March 1945
    Group Operations Room AA Signal Section. War Establishment XIV/1758/1. March 1945
    HQ. GHQ AA Troops Signal Section. War Establishment XIV/1755/1. December 1944

    ROYAL ARMOURED CORP SIGNALS SECTIONS.
    Headquarters Armoured Replacement Group Signal Squadron.War Establishment III/242/2. March 1944
    Armoured Delivery Squadron Signal Detachment. War Establishment III/243/2. March 1944
    Armoured Replacement Group Signal Squadron 21AG. War Establishment XIV/1754/1. November 1944
    Armoured Car Regiment Signal Section. War Establishment III/240/2. December 1943.
    Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment Signal Troop. War Establishment XIV/1752/1. September 1944
    Tank Brigade Signals. War Establishment II/214/1. January 1944.


    SIGNALS SECTIONS

    LINE SECTION
    War Establishment III/23/5. March 1945.

    Headquarters
    2 X Subaltern
    2 X driver mechanic
    1 X linesman (field)
    1 X vehicle mechanic
    batman
    batman driver
    driver of vehicle
    cook ACC

    Motorcycle 1
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    vehicle mechanic
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4
    Subaltern, batman driver
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    cook, batman, driver IC
    Carries cooking sets and section stores
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    lineman (field), driver IC (relief), driver mechanic
    Carries cable and stores
    Carries a Bren lmg and a PIAT

    2 X Field Quad Cable Detachment
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4
    2 X lineman (permanent line), driver IC
    Tows a 10cwt trailer
    For Rear Party
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    serjeant lineman (field), corporal lineman (field), 2 X lineman (permanent line), driver IC.
    Tows a 15cwt trailer, pole carrying
    For Front Party
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    corporal lineman (field), 5 X lineman (field), driver IC.
    Tows a 15cwt trailer, pole carrying
    Carries a Bren lmg
    For Building Party

    2 X D8 Cable Detachment
    Motorcycle
    serjeant lineman (field)
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 1
    2 X lineman, driver IC
    Tows a 10cwt trailer
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 2
    2 X lineman, driver IC
    Tows a 10cwt trailer
    3ton 4 X 4 GS
    corporal lineman (field), lineman (field), 2 X lineman (permanent line), driver mechanic.
    Carries cable and stores
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Note:
    When a Line Section is employed with a Corps HQ the Subalterns jeep is replaced by a scout car.




    TECHNICAL MAINTENANCE SECTION
    War Establishment III/30D/5. June 1944

    Technical Maintenance Officer
    company quartermaster serjeant as foreman of signals
    serjeant
    2 X carpenter and joiner
    driver mechanic
    2 X electrician, signals
    6 X instrument mechanic
    2 X linesman mechanic
    5 X vehicle mechanics
    assistant tradesman as storeman
    batman
    driver of vehicle
    cook ACC

    1 X motorcycle
    1 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 machinery less PTO and machine tools. (equipped as a technical workshop)

    1 X PIAT

    Note:
    When this section forms part of an army, army group, line of communication or GHQ the foreman of signals will hold the rank of Warrant Officer Class II.
    When this section forms part of corp HQ signals, army signals, army group signals or air formation signals (TAF) one lorry 3ton 4 X 4 will be added.



    CIPHER SECTION
    War Establishment III/180/2. November 1943

    2 X Captain or Subaltern
    Warrant Officer Class II
    3 X serjeant
    6 X corporal cipher operator
    batman
    2 X driver
    Total 15
    Note: When more than one cipher section is allotted to a signal unit one section will have a Warrant Officer Class I instead of a Warrant Officer Class II.

    Transport
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 cipher office

    Notes:
    1. When a single cipher section is allotted to a signals unit the following is added
    15cwt Office
    driver IC

    2. When cipher sections form part of an Army or Army Group Signals the following will be added to the total transport of the signals unit
    3ton 4 X 4 cipher office
    driver IC

    3. When cipher sections form part of a Line of Communication Signal Unit only one cipher section will be provided with transport




    DESPATCH RIDER SECTION
    WE III/268/1

    serjeant
    corporal despatch rider
    20 X despatch rider
    corporal vehicle mechanic
    driver mechanic

    14 X motorcycle
    9 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    Motorcycle 1
    serjeant
    Motorcycle 2
    corporal despatch rider
    Motorcycle 3
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 4
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 5
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 6
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 7
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 8
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 9
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 10
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 11
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 12
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 13
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 14
    despatch rider

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 1
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 2
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 3
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 4
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 5
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 6
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 7
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 8
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 9
    corporal vehicle mechanic
    3ton 4 X 4 GS
    driver mechanic
    Carries stores



    TELEGRAPH OPERATING SECTION
    War Establishment III/25A/2. December 1943

    Subaltern
    2 X serjeant
    lance serjeant
    2 X corporal
    4 X lance corporal
    23 X signalman
    3 X driver

    attached
    2 X cook ACC
    6 X orderly
    Note: The orderlies may come from any arm and may be of low medical category.

    Tradesmen
    driver mechanic
    instrument mechanic
    20 X operator (keyboard and line)
    6 X operator (switchboard, telephone)
    3 X assistant tradesman for duty as checks

    batman driver
    driver

    Total 44.

    Transport
    3 X bicycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 2
    Subaltern, batman driver
    3ton 4 X 4 GS
    driver IC

    Note: This unit is not intended to be fully mobile.



    BEACH SIGNAL SECTION
    War Establishment III/302/1. January 1944
    Subaltern
    3 X serjeant
    2 X corporal
    lance corporal
    21 X private

    Tradesmen
    4 X despatch rider
    electrician, signals
    18 X operator, wireless and line
    batman driver

    attached
    cook ACC
    Total 29

    4 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4


    WING SIGNAL SECTION
    War Establishment III/29C/3. December 1943
    Subaltern
    serjeant
    lance serjeant
    2 X corporal
    4 X lance corporal
    23 X signalman
    3 X driver

    Tradesmen
    6 X despatch rider
    driver mechanic
    instrument mechanic
    9 X lineman
    18 X operator (keyboard and line)
    3 X operator (switchboard, telephone)
    assistant tradesman for duty as storeman

    batman driver
    2 X driver
    general dutyman
    Total 44.

    Transport
    2 X bicycle
    3 X motorcycle
    3 X car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    1 X 15cwt GS
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    Motorcycle
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle
    despatch rider

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4
    despatch rider

    15cwt GS
    batman driver
    3ton 4 X 4 GS
    driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS
    driver IC


    Note: This unit is not intended to be fully mobile.

    The Wing Section was found only in Air Formation Signals units and was intended to provide communications within the Tactical Air Force down to wing, usually a single airfield with three or four squadrons.


    ARMY GROUP SIGNAL PARK
    War Establishment III/338/1. February 1945
    This unit is designed to hold a reserve of stores and equipment not normally carried by signals units. It can deliver such stores. It is not fully mobile.

    Quartermaster
    company quartermaster serjeant
    serjeant
    corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    6 X signalman
    11 X driver

    Tradesmen
    clerk
    electrician
    2 X driver mechanic (driver class)
    instrument mechanic
    2 X lineman mechanic
    storeman, technical

    batman driver
    8 X driver
    Total 20.

    Transport
    1 X motorcycle
    2 X 15cwt GS
    3 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    6 X 10ton 6 X 4
    2 X 15cwt, 2wheeled, pole carrying trailer
    12 X 3ton, 2 wheeled, cable drum trailer (GPO pattern)
    3 X 10 ton 6 wheeled low loading trailer

    Note:
    War Establishment III/338/1 with an effective date of February 1945 showed the following additions
    1 X 3 ton 4 X 4mobile terminal carrier (unfitted)
    1 X 6ton 6 X 4 crane turntable
    4 X Transporter 20 ton 6 X 4 – 4 semi trailer
    1 X 6 KVA generator trailer (power)
    3 X 4 ton 4 wheeled pole carrying trailer
    4 X driver of vehicle
    2 X driver mechanic
    2 X storeman, technical
    Also the electrician and instrument mechanic were re classified as radio mechanics and two more radio mechanics were added. All four were trained in crystal maintenance.

    The following were deleted
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    6 X 3ton 2 wheel cable drum trailer (GPO pattern)
    3 X 10 ton 6 wheeled low loading trailer



    21 ARMY GROUP SIGNAL PARK
    War Establishment XIV/1753/1. September 1944
    This unit is designed to hold a reserve of stores and equipment not normally carried by signals units. It can deliver such stores. It is not fully mobile. It was designed to be deployed in two units.

    Captain
    company quartermaster serjeant
    2 X serjeant
    2 X corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    10 X signalman
    corporal driver
    14 X driver
    2 X cook ACC

    Tradesmen
    2 X clerk
    electrician
    2 X driver mechanic (driver class)
    2 X instrument mechanic
    2 X lineman mechanic
    corporal storeman
    6 X storeman

    batman driver
    12 X driver

    Note: When this unit was equipped with power augers the following could be added
    5 X driver mechanic
    corporal vehicle mechanic

    Transport
    1 X motorcycle
    2 X 15cwt GS
    3 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    6 X 10ton 6 X 4
    2 X 15cwt, 2 wheeled, pole carrying trailer
    6 X 3ton, 2 wheeled, cable drum trailer (GPO pattern)
    3 X 4ton, 4 wheeled, pole carrying
    4 X Transporter 20 ton 6 X 4 – 4 semi trailer



    FIELD FORCE PIGEON SECTION
    War Establishment III/329/1. June 1944
    War Establishment XIV/1745/1 is identical
    Captain
    2 X serjeant
    corporal clerk
    batman driver
    4 X driver of vehicle
    4 X corporal loftsman
    12 X lance corporal loftsman
    14 X loftsman

    2 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    4 X 15cwt GS
    12 X trailer, pigeon loft

    Headquarters
    Captain
    2 X serjeant
    corporal clerk
    2 X loftsman
    batman driver

    2 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4

    4 X Sub section
    corporal loftsman
    3 X lance corporal loftsman
    3 X loftsman
    driver of vehicle

    1 X 15cwt GS
    3 X trailer, 2 wheeled, pigeon loft

    Each loft carried 60 birds giving a total of 180 birds per sub section and a total of 720 pigeons.



    CONSTRUCTION SECTION
    War Establishment III/24/6. March 1945

    Headquarters
    2 X Subaltern
    2 X driver mechanic
    linesman (permanent line)
    vehicle mechanic
    batman
    batman driver
    2 X cook ACC

    2 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    1 X Bren lmg
    1 X PIAT

    2 X Multi airline detachment
    serjeant
    4 X lineman (field)
    15 X lineman (permanent line)
    4 X driver of vehicle

    1 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    2 X 15cwt 4 X 4 GS
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    2 X 10 cwt trailer
    2 X 2 wheeled pole carrying trailer

    1 X Bren lmg



    TERMINAL EQUIPMENT SECTION
    War Establishment III/30C/4. February 1945

    Subaltern
    2 X serjeant
    draughtsman, signals
    driver mechanic
    18 X linesman (permanent line) of whom 6 may be line mechanics. If the section is required to install and maintain carrier telegraph and telephone equipment up to 12 may be line mechanics.
    batman driver
    driver of vehicle
    cook ACC

    3 X cars 5cwt 4 X 4
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    2 X Bren lmg
    1 X PIAT



    TELECOMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SECTION
    War Establishment III/327/1. July 1944

    6 X Major
    6 X Lieutenant
    12 X serjeant
    24 X corporal
    12 X driver IC

    12 X 15cwt 4 X 2 GS

    Note:
    The specific trades of the corporals will be provided according to requirements.




    HIGH SPEED WIRELESS SECTION
    War Establishment IV/275/1. February 1945
    This section operated the large Golden Arrow sets for high speed Morse transmission.

    Subaltern
    serjeant radio mechanic
    serjeant
    lance serjeant signalman
    3 X corporal signalman
    2 X lance corporal signalman
    17 X signalman
    5 X driver
    2 X cook ACC

    The source document is incomplete but the Golden Arrow Station consisted of two semi trailers towed by Bedford OXC tractors. There were also two 3ton 4 X 4 Bedford QL GS lorries towing generator trailers and a car 2 seater 4 X 2 (light utility).

    The heart of the Golden Arrow was a commercial SWB 8E 4kw Short Wave Band wireless transmitter with a 2,500 mile range. In normal use it was linked to a High Speed Teleprinter which fed punched tapes through at many times the normal speed, 600 words a minute being usual. Aerials were large arrays set up at some distance from the transmitter vehicle and fed by telephone line.




    WIRELESS CARRIER SECTION
    War Establishment IV/276/1. February 1945
    This section operated beam wireless (microwave) wireless set No10 and wireless sets No 26. Both provided several two way speech channels.

    Captain
    Subaltern
    2 X serjeant
    2 X lance serjeant signalman
    6 X corporal signalman
    8 X lance corporal signalman
    16 X signalmen
    10 X driver
    cook ACC

    Trades
    8 X driver mechanic
    8 X line mechanic
    16 X radio mechanic
    8 X vehicle mechanic

    3 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    1 X 15cwt GS
    8 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS (some sources say 3ton 4 X 4 wireless body)
    8 X trailer 4 wheel, 2 ton beam wireless

    Headquarters
    Captain
    Subaltern
    2 X serjeant
    2 X batman/driver
    cook ACC

    3 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    1 X 15cwt GS

    8 X section each
    corporal signalman
    lance corporal signalman
    2 X signalman
    driver mechanic

    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    1 X trailer 2 ton, 4 wheeled beam wireless (Wireless No 10)
    Signalmen include a line mechanic, a vehicle mechanic and two radio mechanics.

    Note:
    This unit can be equipped with wireless set No 26 in which case a section has
    1 X 15cwt 4 X 4 GS
    2 X 3ton 6 X 4 with Wireless set No26
    2 X trailer 2ton, 2 wheeled generator




    INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATIVE COMPANY HEADQUARTERS 21 ARMY GROUP
    War Establishment XIV/1746/1. June 1944.
    War Establishment III/344/1, March 1945, is identical.

    This headquarters is designed to administer signal detachments of various types totalling up to 1,500 men. Normally the sections that this company headquarters will have affiliated to it are
    AGRA Signal Sections
    AA Brigade Signal Sections
    Wireless Security Section
    Army Signal Park
    Field, Medium and Heavy Regiments RA Signal Sections.

    Major
    2 X Captain
    Subaltern

    Company Serjeant Major
    company quartermaster serjeant
    corporal clerk
    clerk
    corporal assistant tradesman for duty as storeman
    driver mechanic
    batman driver
    butchery dutyman
    driver of vehicle
    2 X cook ACC

    2 X bicycle
    2 X motorcycle
    1 X car 4seater 4 X 2
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS



    ARMY GROUP INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION COMPANY HQ.
    War Establishment XIV/1766/1. January 1945.
    Designed to administer signals sections and detachments of various types up to a total of 1500 men.

    Normally the sections that this HQ will have affiliated to it will include
    Multi channel sections
    Wireless detachments type M
    Wireless sections type P
    Cipher sections
    Mobile carrier sections
    Technical maintenance sections
    Air Support Signals Unit
    Medium wireless section
    Despatch rider sections
    Telecommunications specialist sections
    Signal equipment sections
    21 AG Signal Park
    Line sections

    Major
    4 X Captain
    Quartermaster
    Subaltern

    Company Serjeant Major
    company quartermaster serjeant
    serjeant clerk
    4 X clerk
    driver mechanic
    assistant tradesman for duty as storeman
    5 X batman driver
    butchery dutyman
    2 X driver
    water dutyman

    Attached
    Shoemaker RAOC
    2 X cook ACC

    1 X bicycle
    1 X motorcycle
    4 X light utility
    1 X car 4 X 2 saloon
    3 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    1 X water trailer



    LONG LINES CONTROL DETACHMENT
    War Establishment XIV/1767/1. February 1945

    Major
    2 X Captain
    3 X Subaltern

    3 X serjeant
    corporal clerk
    2 X lance corporal clerk
    3 X clerk
    draughtsman signals
    2 X corporal line mechanic
    batman
    2 X batman driver
    driver
    general dutyman

    2 X light utility
    1 X 3ton 4 X 2 GS



    ARMY SIGNAL PARK
    War Establishment III/339/1. February 1945.

    Quartermaster
    company quartermaster serjeant
    clerk
    3 X driver mechanic (driver class)
    4 X radio mechanics (trained in crystal maintenance)
    2 X line mechanic
    linesman (permanent line)
    3 X storeman, technical
    3 X telegraph mechanics
    batman
    10 X driver

    ranks include two lance serjeants, two corporals and three lance corporal

    1 X motorcycle
    2 X 15cwt GS
    4 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    6ton 6 X 4 crane turntable
    6 X 10ton 6 X 4
    1 X 6 KVA generator trailer (power)
    2 X 15cwt, 2wheeled, pole carrying trailer
    4 X 3ton, 2 wheeled, cable drum trailer (GPO pattern)
    2 X 4ton 4 wheeled pole carrying trailer
    3 X 10 ton 6 wheeled low loading trailer

    3 X Bren lmg


    CORPS SIGNAL PARK
    War Establishment III/340/1. March 1945.

    Quartermaster
    company quartermaster serjeant
    serjeant
    2 X clerk
    driver mechanic (driver class)
    radio mechanic
    2 X lineman (field)
    2 X telegraph mechanic
    8 X storeman, technical
    batman driver
    3 X driver

    ranks include two corporals and two lance corporals

    2 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    3 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    1 X 15cwt, 2wheeled, pole carrying trailer
    2 X 10cwt GS trailer
    2 X 1 ton GS trailer



    SIGNAL PARK COMPANY
    War Establishment III/342/1. March 1945.

    Headquarters
    Major, Officer Commanding
    Subaltern (also for duty as second in command)
    serjeant
    corporal clerk
    batman
    batman driver
    2 X general dutyman
    3 X cook ACC

    Car 4 X 2 Light Utility

    Workshop Section
    Technical Maintenance Officer
    company quartermaster serjeant as foreman of signals
    2 X carpenter and joiner
    2 X lineman, permanent line (trained as plumber joiners)
    2 X line mechanics
    6 X radio mechanics
    6 X telegraph mechanics
    2 X vehicle mechanics

    Transport Section
    serjeant
    corporal driver
    lance corporal clerk
    7 X driver mechanic
    15 X driver of vehicle

    1 X 15cwt 4 X 4 GS
    5 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    1 X 6ton 6 X 4 Crane turntable
    10 X 10 ton 6 X 4 GS
    4 X 15 ton 6 X 4 – 2 carriage of cable drums
    2 X 15cwt 2 wheeled pole carrying trailer
    4 X 4ton 4 wheeled pole carrying trailer

    Store section
    Quartermaster
    Regimental Quartermaster Serjeant
    2 X serjeant
    lance serjeant clerk
    2 X clerk
    30 X storeman, technical (signals)



    PRESS COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY
    War Establishment IV/280/1. June 1945.
    This establishment is dated June 1945 but there was a similar organisation in existence long before that.

    Headquarters
    Designed to command and administer a number of attached sections totalling up to 100 all ranks.
    Captain
    Subaltern
    serjeant
    corporal
    lance corporal
    2 X driver

    clerk
    driver mechanic
    storeman
    batman driver

    2 X bicycle
    1 X motorcycle
    1 X car 2 seater light utility
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    Signal Office Section
    serjeant
    lance serjeant
    corporal
    lance corporal
    16 X signalman
    cook ACC

    7 X despatch rider
    4 X operator, keyboard and line
    5 X operator, wireless and line
    driver of vehicle

    7 X motorcycle
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    1 X trailer 1ton

    Sections each
    Subaltern
    serjeant
    2 X despatch rider
    3 X operator, keyboard and line
    3 X operator, wireless and line
    batman driver
    driver IC

    2 X motorcycle
    1 x car 2 seater light utility
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS



    ARMY HEADQUARTERS PRESS COMMUNICATION SECTION.
    War Establishment IV/281/1. June 1945.

    Subaltern
    serjeant
    2 X despatch rider
    3 X operator, keyboard and line
    3 X operator, wireless and line
    batman driver
    driver of vehicle

    One operator will be a corporal and one will be a lance corporal.

    2 X motorcycle
    1 X light utility
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS



    INFORMATION CONTROL UNIT SIGNAL DETACHMENT
    War Establishment XIV/1756/1. February 1945.

    serjeant operator
    2 X operator
    radio mechanic
    driver mechanic

    1 X 15cwt 4 X 4 GS

    Plus
    2 X operator
    radio mechanic
    for every press control sub section of an information control unit.



    FIELD BROADCASTING UNIT SIGNAL SECTION
    War Establishment XIV/1748/1. August 1944.
    Captain
    Subaltern
    5 X serjeant
    8 X corporal
    18 X signalman
    5 X driver

    Trades
    clerk
    8 X driver operator
    4 X driver mechanic
    8 X electrician, signals
    4 X instrument mechanic, signals
    4 X operator, wireless and line
    5 X driver
    vehicle mechanic

    2 X motorcycle
    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2
    5 X 15cwt GS
    4 X 3ton 4 X 4 wireless, transmitter
    4 X 3ton 4 X 4 wireless, studio
    4 X 3ton 4 X 4 wireless, control
    8 X trailer 1 ton 15KVA generator

    Headquarters
    Captain
    Subaltern
    serjeant
    clerk
    batman driver
    vehicle mechanic
    2 X motorcycle

    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2
    1 X 15cwt GS

    4 X detachment
    serjeant
    2 X driver operator
    driver mechanic
    2 X electrician, signals
    instrument mechanic, signals
    operator, wireless and line

    1 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 wireless, transmitter
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 wireless, studio
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 wireless, control
    2 X trailer 1 ton 15KVA generator



    FIELD BROADCASTING UNIT
    War Establishment XIV/1572/1
    This was not a Royal Signals Unit but it was fully integrated with the Field Broadcasting Unit Signals Section.

    Lieutenant Colonel
    5 X Captain
    duty serjeant
    serjeant clerk
    4 X serjeant broadcaster
    corporal clerk
    4 X clerk (trained as driver IC)
    driver mechanic
    4 X corporal broadcaster
    16 X broadcaster
    6 X batman driver
    5 X motorcyclist
    5 X general dutyman
    6 X cook ACC

    5 X motorcycle
    5 X car 2 seater 4 X 2
    1 X car 4 seater 4 X 4
    5 X 3ton 4 X 4 office
    4 X 3ton 4 X 4 stores

    Note: This establishment includes mess staff for the attached Field Broadcasting Unit Signal Section.

    Headquarters
    Lieutenant Colonel
    Captain
    duty serjeant
    serjeant clerk
    corporal clerk
    driver mechanic
    2 X batman driver
    motorcyclist
    general dutyman
    2 X cook ACC

    1 X motorcycle
    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2
    1 X car 4 seater 4 X 4
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 office

    4 X Detachment
    Captain
    serjeant clerk
    serjeant broadcaster
    corporal clerk
    clerk (trained as driver IC)
    corporal broadcaster
    4 X broadcaster
    batman driver
    motorcyclist
    general dutyman
    cook ACC

    1 X motorcycle
    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 office
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 stores



    GHQ 2nd ECHELON SIGNAL SQUADRON
    War Establishment XIV/1759/1. March 1945

    Captain
    serjeant
    4 X despatch rider
    telegraph mechanic
    2 X lineman, permanent line
    batman driver
    cook ACC

    4 X motorcycle
    1 X light utility



    HEADQUARTERS ARMY TROOPS SIGNAL SECTION 21 ARMY GROUP
    War Establishment XIV/1750/1. September 1944

    Captain
    Subaltern

    3 X serjeant
    lance serjeant
    3 X corporal
    5 X lance corporal
    28 X signalman
    4 X driver
    cook ACC

    Trades
    12 X despatch rider
    6 X lineman
    8 X operator, switchboard (telephone)
    3 X operator, keyboard and line
    6 X operator, wireless and line for counter duties
    driver mechanic
    storeman
    batman driver
    3 X driver

    13 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    2 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS



    HEADQUARTERS 10 GARRISON SIGNAL SECTION 21 ARMY GROUP
    War Establishment XIV/1751/1. September 1944

    Subaltern
    serjeant
    lance serjeant
    2 X corporal
    4 X lance corporal
    13 X signalman
    4 X driver
    cook ACC

    Trades
    6 X despatch rider
    6 X lineman
    4 X operator, switchboard (telephone)
    4 X operator, wireless and line for counter duties
    batman driver
    driver

    6 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    2 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS



    21 ARMY GROUP SIGNAL SECURITY SECTION
    War Establishment XIV/1765/1. November 1944.

    Subaltern
    3 X serjeant
    2 X corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    15 X signalman
    4 X driver

    Trades
    4 X clerk, shorthand typist
    clerk, general duties
    2 X driver mechanic
    14 X operator, wireless and line
    batman driver
    driver

    1 X light utlity
    1 X 15cwt Office
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 Wireless I
    2 X trailer 10cwt Direction Finding



    HEADQUARTERS, ATS SIGNAL COMPANY (OVERSEAS)
    War Establishment III/336/1. January 1945.

    Junior Commander
    Subaltern

    Warrant Officer Class II
    serjeant
    corporal clerk
    clerk
    2 X cook
    2 X driver IC
    hairdresser
    2 X medical orderly
    3 X house orderly
    office orderly
    mess orderly
    corporal storewoman
    storewoman

    1 X car 4 X 2 light utility


    CIPHER SECTION ATS SIGNALS
    War Establishment III/337/1. January 1945

    2 X Junior Commander or Subaltern (Cipher)
    Warrant Officer Class II, cipher operator (high grade)
    3 X serjeant cipher operator (high grade)
    6 X corporal cipher operator (high grade)
    2 X cook
    driver IC
    mess orderly

    1 X 3ton 4 X 2 GS

    Note: when more than one cipher section forms part of a company then one of the Warrant Officers will be upgraded to Warrant Officer Class I.



    TELEGRAPH OPERATING SECTION ATS SIGNALS.
    War Establishment III/334/1. January 1945.

    Subaltern
    2 X serjeant
    3 X cook
    7 X switchboard, telephone, operator
    23 X teleprinter operator
    Operators include a lance serjeant and two corporals.
    driver IC
    2 X mess orderly
    3 X signal office orderly

    1 X 3ton 4 X 2 GS



    TELEPHONE SWITCHBOARD OPERATING SECTION ATS SIGNALS.
    War Establishment III/335/1. January 1945.

    Subaltern
    serjeant
    3 X cook
    22 X switchboard, telephone, operator
    23 X teleprinter operator (including a lance serjeant and three corporals).
    2 X mess orderly


    Notes on ATS.
    The Auxiliary Territorial Service was formed to release men for front line duties. Early in the war the ATS became a part of the Army and its personnel became subject to military discipline (with some modifications). The other ranks carried the same ranks as men. ATS officers held Kings Commissions, which was not the case in other women’s services.

    Women were not allowed to carry arms, or to load and fire artillery. When required to do guard duty they carried pick axe handles. (Presumably it was more ladylike to beat intruders to death). ATS personnel eventually performed most tasks in Heavy Anti Aircraft units, except for loading and firing the guns. ATS companies were also formed for transport, signals and clerical duties.

    The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry was an older women’s service which was absorbed into the ATS. Its personnel formed only transport companies. Their officers were also commissioned and many agents going to occupied countries held commissions in the FANY’s.

    Our own dear Queen was commissioned into the ATS although her actual service amounted to a few days training at Windsor.


    ROYAL ARTILLERY SIGNALS SECTIONS.
    Headquarters Army Group RA Signal Section. War Establishment III/224/1. March 1943.
    Independent Regiment Signal Section. War Establishment III/297/1. December 1943.
    Anti Tank Regiment Signal Detachment (Non Divisional). War Establishment III/341/1. February 1945.
    Anti Aircraft Brigade Headquarters Signal Section. War Establishment III/187/2. August 1943
    Searchlight Brigade Headquarters Signal Section. War Establishment III/187/2. August 1943
    Anti Aircraft Operations Room Signal Section. War Establishment III/188/3. March 1945
    Group Operations Room AA Signal Section. War Establishment XIV/1758/1. March 1945
    HQ. GHQ AA Troops Signal Section. War Establishment XIV/1755/1. December 1944



    HEADQUARTERS ARMY GROUP ROYAL ARTILLERY, SIGNAL SECTION.
    War Establishment III/224/1. March 1943.

    Subaltern
    serjeant

    lance serjeant
    3 X corporal
    9 X lance corporal
    42 X private

    6 X despatch rider
    electrician
    14 X lineman
    23 X operator
    5 X driver mechanic
    driver IC as batman
    5 X driver IC

    Total 57

    Plus attached 2 X cook ACC

    11 X motor cycle
    3 X 15cwt GS
    3 X 15cwt wireless house
    4 X 4 X 4 3ton GS

    1 X pistol .38”
    38 X rifle .303”
    20 X Sten gun


    Command and Administrative Detachment
    Motorcycle 1
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    serjeant
    Motorcycle 3
    electrician

    Lorry 3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    batman, 2 X cook, driver IC
    Carries stores and cable

    Cable Detachment
    Motorcycle 4
    lineman
    Motorcycle 5
    lineman

    15cwt GS 1
    2 X lineman, driver IC
    15cwt GS 2
    2 X lineman, driver IC

    Lorry 3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    4 X lineman, driver mechanic
    Carries a mechanical cable layer
    Lorry 3ton 4 X 4 GS 3
    4 X lineman, driver mechanic
    Carries a mechanical cable layer

    Signal Office Detachment
    Motorcycle 6
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 7
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 8
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 9
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 10
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 11
    despatch rider

    15cwt GS 3
    driver IC
    Lorry 3ton 4 X 4 GS 4
    driver IC
    These two vehicles also carry 14 X operator


    Wireless Detachment
    Truck 15cwt Wireless House 1
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    Carries wireless set No22
    Truck 15cwt Wireless House 2
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    Carries wireless set No22
    Truck 15cwt Wireless House 3
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    Carries wireless set No22



    INDEPENDENT REGIMENT RA SIGNAL SECTION
    War Establishment III/297/1. December 1943.

    Designed to serve the following non divisional regiments RA
    - Field Regiment or RHA Regiment
    - Field (Self Propelled) Regiment
    - Medium Regiment
    - Heavy Regiment

    When employed with an armoured formation all wireless trucks will be fitted with a wireless set No19.
    When employed with a medium regiment one electrician, signals, will be deleted.
    When employed with a heavy regiment one electrician, signals, will be added.


    When allotted to a regiment it will be designated by the number and type of the regiment
    eg. 25 Field Regiment Signal Section.

    Subaltern
    serjeant
    lance serjeant, signalman class
    4 X corporal, signalman class
    5 X lance corporal, signalman class
    21 X signalman
    5 X driver
    cook ACC

    Trades
    4 X despatch rider
    2 X driver mechanic
    2 X driver operator
    4 X electrician, signals
    instrument mechanic, signals
    6 X lineman
    14 X operator, wireless and line

    batman driver
    2 X driver of vehicle

    4 X motorcycle
    4 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    2 X 15cwt 4 X 4 personnel
    1 X 15cwt wireless house
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    1 X 10cwt trailer

    Organisation
    Motorcycle 1
    serjeant
    Motorcycle 2
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 3
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 4
    despatch rider

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 1
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 2
    Subaltern, batman driver
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 3
    lineman
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 4
    corporal lineman, 2 X lineman, driver IC
    Carries a cable layer
    Tows a trailer

    15cwt truck 4 X 4 Personnel 1
    corporal operator, 2 X operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19 HP and Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle for rear link and forward control
    15cwt truck 4 X 4 Personnel 2
    lance corporal operator, driver operator
    Carries 2 X Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle for OC’s reconnaissance.

    15cwt truck wireless house
    lance corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No22
    This vehicle for A echelon

    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    2 X corporal operator, 4 X operator, 2 X lineman, driver IC
    Carries a PIAT
    For use as signal office
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    corporal electrician, instrument mechanic, operator, cook, driver mechanic
    Carries 6Kw charging set
    Carries a Bren lmg

    The following will be carried in the transport of the regiment RA.
    operator, wireless and line
    3 X lance corporal electrician, signals
    1 X wireless set No22
    3 X 1,260 watt charging set



    ANTI TANK REGIMENT SIGNAL DETACHMENT (NON DIVISIONAL)
    War Establishment III/341/1. February 1945.

    Designed to serve an anti tank regiment consisting of two towed and one self propelled battery.

    lance serjeant
    corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    3 X signalman or driver

    Trades
    driver mechanic
    driver operator
    2 X operator
    3 X radio mechanic

    1 X 15cwt Wireless House
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    1 X 6Kw generator trailer


    15cwt truck wireless house
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No22
    This vehicle for Rear Link

    3ton 4 X 4 GS
    corporal radio mechanic, driver mechanic
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a 6Kw generator trailer

    Two radio mechanics and two 1,260 watt charging sets are carried in the transport of the anti tank (self propelled) battery.

    One lance corporal radio mechanic will be added for each anti tank battery exceeding two.




    ANTI AIRCRAFT OR SEARCHLIGHT BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS SIGNAL SECTION
    War Establishment III/187/2. August 1943

    ANTI AIRCAFT BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS SIGNAL SECTION

    Captain
    Subaltern
    serjeant
    lance serjeant, signalman class
    4 X corporal, signalman class
    5 X lance corporal, signalman class
    20 X signalman
    3 X driver

    cook ACC

    Trades
    clerk
    6 X despatch rider
    driver mechanic
    2 X driver operator
    instrument mechanic, signals
    2 X lineman
    16 X operator, wireless and line

    corporal cipher operator
    lance corporal cipher operator
    batman driver
    driver of vehicle

    8 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    2 X truck 15cwt wireless house
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    Organisation
    Motorcycle 1
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 3
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 4
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 5
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 6
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 7
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 8
    corporal instrument mechanic, signals

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4
    Captain, serjeant, batman driver

    15cwt truck wireless house 1
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No22
    This vehicle for forward control
    15cwt truck wireless house 2
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No22
    This vehicle for rear link

    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    corporal operator, 11 X operator, driver IC
    Carries a Bren lmg
    For use as signal office
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    corporal lineman, lineman, corporal cipher operator, lance corporal cipher
    operator, clerk, cook, driver mechanic




    SEARCHLIGHT BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS SIGNAL SECTION

    Captain
    Subaltern
    serjeant
    lance serjeant, signalman class
    4 X corporal, signalman class
    4 X lance corporal, signalman class
    15 X signalman
    3 X driver

    cook ACC

    Trades
    clerk
    6 X despatch rider
    driver mechanic
    driver operator
    instrument mechanic, signals
    2 X lineman
    10 X operator, wireless and line

    corporal cipher operator
    lance corporal cipher operator
    batman driver
    driver of vehicle

    8 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    2 X truck 15cwt wireless house
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    Organisation
    Motorcycle 1
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 3
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 4
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 5
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 6
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 7
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 8
    corporal instrument mechanic, signals

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4
    Captain, serjeant, batman driver

    15cwt truck wireless house 1
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No22

    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    corporal operator, 8 X operator, driver IC
    Carries a Bren lmg
    For use as signal office
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    corporal lineman, lineman, corporal cipher operator, lance corporal cipher
    operator, clerk, cook, driver mechanic

    When the section serves a searchlight brigade headquarters with more than one sector operations room the following will be added for each additional sector operations room.

    2 X operator, wireless and line
    driver operator
    1 X 15cwt truck wireless house

    15cwt truck wireless house
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No9 Canadian



    ANTI AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS ROOM SIGNAL SECTION (MOBILE)
    War Establishment III/188/3. March 1945.

    Subaltern
    2 X serjeant
    lance serjeant, signalman class
    4 X corporal, signalman class
    5 X lance corporal, signalman class
    17 X signalman
    3 X driver

    Trades
    2 X driver mechanic
    2 X driver operator
    3 X lineman, field
    2 X lineman, permanent line
    10 X operator, wireless and line
    radio mechanic
    telegraph mechanic

    batman driver
    2 X driver of vehicle

    2 X motorcycle
    2 X truck 15cwt GS
    2 X truck 15cwt wireless house
    3 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    2 X 1ton trailer

    Organisation
    Motorcycle 1
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    corporal lineman (field)

    15cwt truck GS 1
    2 X lineman (permanent line), lineman (field), driver IC
    15cwt truck GS 2
    corporal radio mechanic, batman driver
    Carries 1,260 watt charging set

    15cwt truck wireless house 1
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No22
    15cwt truck wireless house 2
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No22

    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    3 X lineman(field), driver mechanic
    Carries cable and stores
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    serjeant, corporal operator, 5 X operator, driver mechanic
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 3
    serjeant telegraph mechanic, 6 X switchboard operator, driver IC

    This establishment allows for the manning of one Wireless set No36. Where the gun position area is widespread and transmission is difficult additional sets may be necessary. In this case the following increment is authorised for each additional set.
    radio mechanic
    3 X operator, wireless and line
    1 X motor cycle

    When the unit is operating in a forward area with a field army the following increment is authorised
    serjeant
    corporal lineman, field
    8 X lineman, field
    4 X lineman, permanent line
    2 X driver mechanic

    2 X motor cycle
    2 X 15cwt truck GS
    2 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS


    HEADQUARTERS GHQ AA TROOPS SIGNAL SECTION.
    War Establishment XIV/1755/1. December 1944.

    Subaltern
    serjeant
    lance serjeant
    2 X corporal
    5 X lance corporal
    26 X signalman
    2 X driver

    Trades
    clerk
    15 X despatch rider
    driver mechanic
    electrician signals
    2 X lineman
    12 X operator
    vehicle mechanic
    2 X cipher operator
    batman driver
    cook ACC

    12 X motorcycles
    1 X light utility
    4 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 TEV


    GROUP OPERATIONS ROOM AA SIGNAL SECTION.
    War Establishment XIV/1758/1. March 1945.

    Subaltern
    Serjeant
    2 X driver operator
    2 X lineman, field
    2 X lineman, permanent line
    corporal radio mechanic
    radio mechanic
    line mechanic
    2 X corporal operator ATS
    4 X operator ATS
    3 X operator, switchboard ATS

    1 X motorcycle
    1 X 15cwt 4 X 2 House




    ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS SIGNAL SECTIONS

    Headquarters Armoured Replacement Group Signal Squadron.War Establishment III/242/2. March 1944
    Armoured Delivery Squadron Signal Detachment. War Establishment III/243/2. March 1944
    Armoured Replacement Group Signal Squadron 21AG. War Establishment XIV/1754/1. November 1944
    Armoured Car Regiment Signal Section. War Establishment III/240/2. December 1943.
    Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment Signal Troop. War Establishment XIV/1752/1. September 1944
    Tank Brigade Signals. War Establishment II/214/1. January 1944.


    HEADQUARTERS ARMOURED REPLACEMENT GROUP, SIGNAL SQUADRON
    War Establishment III/242/2. March 1944

    Major
    Captain

    Squadron Serjeant Major
    squadron quartermaster serjeant
    company quartermaster serjeant (foreman of signals)
    2 X serjeant
    4 X lance serjeant
    8 X corporal
    7 X lance corporal
    33 X signalman
    11 X driver

    Attached
    corporal cook
    2 X cook, ACC

    Tradesmen
    corporal clerk
    clerk
    6 X despatch rider
    7 X driver operator
    driver mechanic
    corporal electrician
    2 X electrician
    corporal instrument mechanic
    2 X instrument mechanic
    corporal linesman
    3 X lineman
    3 X switchboard operator
    6 X corporal operator, wireless and line
    12 X operator, wireless and line
    2 X vehicle mechanic
    assistant tradesman for duty as storeman

    corporal cipher operator
    2 X cipher operators
    batman driver
    6 X driver of vehicle
    general dutyman
    sanitary dutyman

    Vehicles
    5 X motorcycle
    2 X car 2 seater 4 X 2
    1 X car 4 seater 4 X 2
    2 X car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    7 X 15cwt Wireless House
    1 X 15cwt Signal Office
    4 X 3ton 4 X 2 GS
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    Headquarters
    Motorcycle 1
    Squadron Serjeant Major

    Car 2 seater 4 X 2
    corporal instrument mechanic, driver IC
    Car 4 seater 4 X 2
    Major, corporal clerk, batman driver

    3ton lorry GS 1
    company quartermaster serjeant (foreman of signals), serjeant, corporal vehicle
    mechanic, 2 X instrument mechanic, general dutyman, driver IC
    For use as Technical Workshop
    3ton lorry GS 2
    corporal electrician, 2 X electrician, driver IC
    Carries a 6Kw charging set
    3ton lorry GS 3
    squadron quartermaster serjeant, vehicle mechanic, storeman, sanitary dutyman, clerk, driver IC
    Carries stores

    Headquarters Signal Troop

    Car 2 seater 4 X 2
    Captain, batman driver

    Motorcycle 1
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 2
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 3
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 4
    despatch rider

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    despatch rider

    15cwt Signal Office
    serjeant, corporal cipher operator, 2 X cipher operator, driver IC

    15cwt Wireless House 1
    corporal operator, operator driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19 HP
    This vehicle is for Forward Control
    15cwt Wireless House 2
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for rear link to Army
    15cwt Wireless House 3
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for rear link to tank transporter column
    15cwt Wireless House 4
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for rear link to tank transporter column
    15cwt Wireless House 5
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for Rear link to Reinforcement Unit
    15cwt Wireless House 6
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for Rear link to Reinforcement Unit
    15cwt Wireless House 7
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for Command Rover

    3ton lorry 4 X 4 GS
    2 X corporal operator, 2 X operator, 3 X switchboard operator, 3 X cook ACC,
    driver IC
    Carries stores and relief operators
    3ton lorry 4 X 2 GS
    corporal lineman, 3 X lineman, driver IC
    Carries a Mechanical Cable Layer.



    ARMOURED DELIVERY REGIMENT, SIGNAL SECTION
    Personnel
    Captain
    Subaltern

    serjeant
    3 X corporal
    6 X lance corporal
    11 X signalman
    9 X driver

    Attached
    2 X cook, ACC

    Tradesmen
    4 X driver mechanic
    batman driver
    3 X lineman
    3 X switchboard operator
    11 X operator, wireless and line
    3 X cipher operators
    3 X driver of vehicle
    3 X motor cyclist
    storeman

    Vehicles
    2 X motorcycle
    1 X car 4 seater 4 X 2
    4 X 15cwt Wireless House
    1 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 15cwt Signal Office
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    Motorcycle 1
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    serjeant

    Car 2 seater 4 X 2
    Captain, batman driver

    15cwt Wireless House 1
    corporal operator, operator driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19 HP
    This vehicle is for regimental control net
    15cwt Wireless House 2
    2 X operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for rear link to Army
    15cwt Wireless House 3
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for rear link to tank transporter column
    15cwt Wireless House 4
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for anchor set for Army
    15cwt GS
    3 X lineman, driver IC
    Carries line party and 12 miles of cable
    15cwt Signal Office
    corporal switchboard operator, 2 X swithchboard operator, 3 X operator,
    driver IC
    3ton lorry GS
    storeman, 2 X cook, corporal cipher operator, 2 X cipher operator, driver IC
    Carries stores and cable
    Carries Bren lmg and PIAT



    CORP DELIVERY SQUADRON SIGNAL TROOP
    Personnel
    Subaltern
    serjeant
    2 X lance serjeant
    7 X corporal
    7 X lance corporal
    16 X signalman
    4 X driver

    Tradesmen
    driver mechanic
    3 X corporal operator, wireless and line
    9 X operator, wireless and line
    corporal electrician
    2 X electrician
    corporal instrument mechanic
    2 X instrument mechanic

    2 X corporal cipher operator
    4 X cipher operators
    batman driver
    2 X driver of vehicle

    Vehicles
    1 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    1 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 15cwt Office
    6 X 15cwt Wireless House
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS


    ORGANISATION
    Motorcycle
    serjeant
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    Subaltern, batman driver

    15cwt GS
    corporal instrument mechanic, electrician, driver IC
    For use as Technical Workshop
    15cwt Office
    corporal cipher operator, 2 X cipher operator, driver IC
    For use as Signal Office

    15cwt Wireless House 1
    corporal operator, operator driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19 HP
    This vehicle is for Rear Link
    15cwt Wireless House 2
    2 X operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for Rear Link to Corps and Divisions
    15cwt Wireless House 3
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for Control to Forward Delivery Squadrons

    15cwt Wireless House 4
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for Rear Link for Forward Delivery Squadrons
    15cwt Wireless House 5
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for Rear Link for Forward Delivery Squadrons
    15cwt Wireless House 6
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for Rear Link for Forward Delivery Squadrons

    3ton lorry GS
    2 X instrument mechanics, corporal electrician, electrician, cook, corporal cipher
    operator, 2 X cipher operator, driver mechanic



    ARMOURED DELIVERY SQUADRON, SIGNAL DETACHMENT
    War Establishment III/243/2. March 1944
    Personnel
    serjeant
    2 X corporal
    6 X lance corporal
    9 X signalman
    4 X driver

    Attached
    cook, ACC

    Tradesmen
    3 X driver mechanic
    6 X operator, wireless and line
    4 X electrician
    4 X instrument mechanic
    3 X cipher operators
    driver of vehicle

    Vehicles
    1 X motorcycle
    3 X 15cwt Wireless House
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS

    Motorcycle
    serjeant

    15cwt Wireless House 1
    corporal operator, operator driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19 HP
    This vehicle is for squadron control net
    15cwt Wireless House 2
    2 X operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for anchor at division headquarters
    15cwt Wireless House 3
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    This vehicle is for anchor at corps headquarters

    3ton lorry GS
    4 X instrument mechanics, 4 X electrician, cook, corporal cipher operator,
    2 X cipher operator, driver IC



    ARMOURED REPLACEMENT GROUP SIGNAL SQUADRON 21 ARMY GROUP
    War Establishment XIV/1754/1. November 1944.
    Personnel
    Major
    Captain
    4 X Subaltern
    Squadron Serjeant Major
    squadron quartermaster serjeant
    company quartermaster serjeant (foreman of signals)
    6 X serjeant
    8 X lance serjeant
    23 X corporal
    91 X signalman
    22 X driver

    Attached
    3 X cook, ACC

    Tradesmen
    2 X clerk
    6 X despatch rider
    18 X driver operator
    5 X driver mechanic
    corporal electrician
    10 X electrician
    5 X corporal instrument mechanic
    6 X instrument mechanic
    corporal linesman
    3 X lineman
    3 X switchboard operator
    13 X corporal operator, wireless and line
    24 X operator, wireless and line
    corporal vehicle mechanic
    vehicle mechanic
    assistant tradesman for duty as storeman

    8 X corporal cipher operator
    16 X lance corporal
    8 X cipher operators
    6 X batman driver
    14 X driver of vehicle
    general dutyman
    sanitary dutyman

    Vehicles
    9 X motorcycle
    1 X light utility
    1 X car 4 seater 4 X 2
    7 X car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    5 X 15cwt GS
    18 X 15cwt Wireless House
    5 X 15cwt Office
    3 X 3ton 4 X 2 GS
    5 X 3ton 4 X 4 Store
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 Cipher Office
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 Terminal Equipment Vehicle
    1 X 10cwt GS trailer
    5 X 2 wheel trailer, generator 6Kw charging


    Headquarters
    Major
    Squadron Serjeant Major
    squadron quartermaster serjeant
    company quartermaster serjeant (foreman of signals)
    serjeant
    4 X corporal
    7 X signalman
    7 X driver

    Tradesmen
    2 X clerk
    corporal electrician
    2 X electrician
    corporal instrument mechanic
    2 X instrument mechanic
    batman driver
    4 X driver of vehicle
    general dutyman
    sanitary dutyman

    Vehicles
    1 X motorcycle
    1 X car 4 seater 4 X 2
    1 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 15cwt Office
    3 X 3ton 4 X 2 GS
    1 X 2 wheeled trailer, generator 6Kw Charging


    Headquarters Troop
    Captain
    serjeant
    11 X corporal
    36 X signalman
    4 X driver

    Attached
    corporal cook
    2 X cook, ACC

    Tradesmen
    6 X despatch rider
    6 X driver operator
    driver mechanic
    corporal linesman
    3 X lineman
    3 X switchboard operator
    13 X operator, wireless and line
    12 X cipher operator
    batman driver
    2 X driver of vehicle

    Vehicles
    4 X motorcycle
    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2
    3 X car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    6 X 15cwt Wireless House
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 Store
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 Cipher Office
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 Terminal Equipment Vehicle
    1 X 10cwt trailer


    4 X Troop
    Subaltern
    serjeant
    4 X corporal
    12 X signalman
    4 X driver

    Tradesmen
    driver mechanic
    3 X driver operator
    3 X corporal operator, wireless and line
    6 X operator, wireless and line
    2 X electrician
    2 X instrument mechanic

    3 X cipher operator
    batman driver
    2 X driver of vehicle

    Vehicles
    1 X motorcycle
    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    1 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 15cwt Office
    3 X 15cwt Wireless House
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 Store
    1 X 2 wheeled trailer generator 6Kw Charging

    The above establishment is for a Replacement Group serving one army of four corps.
    For each additional army the following may be added
    2 X lance corporal cipher operator
    4 X lance corporal operator, line and wireless
    2 X driver operator
    serjeant electrician, signals
    2 X electrician, signals
    2 X lance corporal instrument mechanic
    driver
    driver mechanic

    1 X 15cwt GS
    2 X 15cwt Wireless House
    1 X 3ton 4 X 2 GS

    For each additional corps one extra troop may be added.



    ARMOURED CAR REGIMENT SIGNAL SECTION.
    War Establishment III/240/2. December 1943.

    serjeant
    2 X corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    22 X signalman
    driver

    2 X instrument mechanic, signals
    7 X operator, line and wireless
    2 X driver operator
    6 X driver mechanic
    9 X electrician, signals
    driver

    1 X motorcycle
    1 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 15cwt wireless house
    1 X 15cwt 4 X 4 personnel
    5 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    1 X 3ton Lorry Command Vehicle HP

    Motorcycle
    serjeant

    15cwt GS
    corporal instrument mechanic, instrument mechanic, driver IC
    This vehicle serves as technical workshop

    15cwt wireless house
    lance corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries a Wireless set No19
    This vehicle A echelon

    15cwt 4 X 4 personnel
    lance corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19 and Wireless set No 19HP
    This vehicle is for Command and Rear Link

    3ton lorry GS 1
    electrician, driver mechanic
    Carries 6 KW charging set
    3ton lorry GS 2
    electrician, driver mechanic
    Carries 6 KW charging set
    3ton lorry GS 3
    electrician, driver mechanic
    Carries 6 KW charging set
    3ton lorry GS 4
    electrician, driver mechanic
    Carries 6 KW charging set
    3ton lorry GS 5
    electrician, driver mechanic
    Carries 6 KW charging set

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP
    corporal operator, 2 X operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless No53 plus Receiver R107
    Carries a Bren lmg
    This vehicle is for Rear Link

    Four electricians are carried in the transport of the armoured car regiment



    ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER REGIMENT SIGNAL TROOP 21 ARMY GROUP
    War Establishment XIV/1752/1. September 1944

    serjeant
    2 X driver mechanic
    corporal electrician, signals
    electrician, signals
    lance corporal instrument mechanic, signals

    1 X car 5cwt 4 X 4
    2 X 15cwt GS
    2 X trailer 10cwt, 2 wheel generator 6Kw charging



    TANK BRIGADE SIGNALS
    War Establishment II/214/1. January 1944
    Independent Armoured Brigade Signals is covered in the same table.

    Personnel
    Major
    Captain
    Subaltern

    Company Serjeant Major
    company quartermaster serjeant
    company quartermaster serjeant as foreman of signals
    26 X corporal, signalman class
    16 X lance corporal, signalman class
    67 X signalman
    21 X driver

    Plus attached
    3 X cook ACC
    6 X orderly from Tank Brigade Headquarters
    Total 150

    tradesmen
    clerk
    6 X despatch driver
    3 X driver mechanic
    13 X driver operator
    18 X electrician
    4 X instrument mechanic
    4 X linesman
    51 X operator
    2 X vehicle mechanic
    storeman

    non tradesmen
    3 X cipher operator
    batman
    2 X batman driver
    17 X driver of vehicle
    general dutyman
    3 X spare driver

    Organisation
    Headquarters
    Motorcycle
    Company Serjeant Major
    4 seater car 4 X 4
    Major, corporal clerk, batman, driver IC

    15cwt GS 1
    3 X cook ACC, driver IC
    Carries cooking equipment
    15cwt GS 2
    vehicle mechanic, driver IC
    Carries petrol in tins
    15cwt GS 3
    company quartermaster serjeant, corporal vehicle mechanic, driver IC
    Carries a bren lmg
    Carries stores

    3ton 4 X 4 GS
    corporal electrician, electrician, driver mechanic
    Carries a bren lmg
    Carries a 6Kw charging set
    3ton 6 X 4 Machinery
    company quartermaster serjeant (foreman of signals), transport serjeant, corporal instrument mechanic, storeman, general dutyman, spare driver IC, driver IC
    This vehicle for repair of signals equipment and was a Machinery Type X without machine tools or power take off.
    Scout car
    Subaltern, batman driver

    W section (Brigade Headquarters)
    Motorcycle 1
    corporal despatch rider
    Motorcycle 2
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 3
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 4
    despatch rider

    Car 5 cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 1
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 2
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 3
    Captain, batman driver
    Car 5 cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 4
    corporal linesman, 3 X linesman, driver IC
    Carries cable layer and stores
    Tows a 10cwt trailer

    15cwt Office
    corporal operator, 4 X operator, driver operator
    For use as signal Office
    15cwt Wireless House 1
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    ‘A’ echelon command and rear link
    15cwt Wireless House 2
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    ‘A’ echelon command and rear link
    15cwt Wireless House 3
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    Mobile replenishment and ammunition point
    15cwt Wireless House 4
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    Mobile replenishment and ammunition point
    15cwt Wireless House 5
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    Administrative pool
    15cwt Wireless House 6
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    Administrative pool
    15cwt Wireless House 7
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19 HP
    Main Division (Morse)

    3ton 4 X 4 GS
    serjeant, 5 X relief operators for command tanks and ACVs, 2 X spare driver for ACVs, electrician, corporal cipher operator, 2 X
    lance corporal cipher operator, 6 X orderly from Tank brigade Headquarters, driver IC
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Note that the cipher operators are for medium grade cipher duties.

    Armoured Command Vehicle LP 1
    Brigadier, Brigade Major, Captain Intelligence Officer, corporal operator RS,
    2 X operator RS, driver mechanic RS
    Carries Wireless set No19 and No 19 HP
    For forward control and rear link.
    Armoured Command Vehicle LP 2
    Staff Captain, corporal operator, 2 X operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No19 and No 19 HP
    For Service control and rear link to Rear Division

    3 X operator are carried in the transport of the Tank Brigade Headquarters.

    X, Y and Z sections (Tank battalions)
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    electrician
    15cwt GS 1
    serjeant electrician, driver IC
    Carries batteries and stores
    15cwt GS 2
    2 X instrument mechanic, driver IC
    Technical workshop
    15cwt Wireless House 2
    2 X operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    For A echelon
    15cwt Wireless House 3
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19
    For Liaison
    3ton 4 X 4 GS
    corporal electrician, 2 X electrician, operator, driver IC
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Carries a 6Kw charging set

    One operator is carries in the transport of the Tank Battalion.
     
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