579 Field Squadron (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (Volunteers)
The first Company affiliation was in 1987 with 873 Movement Light Squadron Royal Engineers(V) and a luncheon to commemorate this was held at Tallow Chandlers Hall on the 20th April 1988. The then Master Mr. Walter Balmford presented the formal Affiliation Document to the Honorary Colonel of 873 Movement Light Squadron, Major General P.C. Shapland. CBE. MBE.
The Company’s first affiliation was with the Army; with 873 Movement Light Squadron RE (V) Territorial Army Unit. When the affiliation came about in 1987 it affiliated the Company with the sole searchlight unit in the British Army. Sadly in 1992 the Army decided that it no longer needed searchlights and the role of the squadron changed from searchlights to explosive ordinance disposal (EOD – or bomb disposal in layman’s language) and became part of 101 (London) Engineers Regiment (EOD) (V).
In 1991 advice was received that the role of 873 Squadron
would not be in battlefield illuminations, as the searchlights would become redundant. The new role would be Explosive Ordnance Disposal and the Squadron would become part of 101(City of London) Engineer Regiment (EOD)(V). It was however agreed the link with 873 Movement would continue despite these changes. The name was then changed to 220(S) Field Squadron (EOD) TA (V) and in April 1992 a dinner as held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this affiliation.
In 1999 with continuing changed by the Government in the Territorial Army. 220 Searchlight Squadron was closed down and at the request of the Commanding Officer of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment the Court agreed to transfer their affiliation to 579 Field Squadron (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (Volunteers) based in Tunbridge Wells.
The Regiment has, over the past 10 years, had members posted to all the major world hot-spots where the British Servicemen have served including Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.Source: www.lightmongers.co.uk
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