Royal Signals Shoulder Titles
This Sale/Auction is for a pair of Shoulder Titles as worn by the Royal Signals.
Born in 1920 from the Royal Engineers the Royal Corps of Signals had a badge depicting Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, in white metal upon a globe within an oval band carrying the full title and King's crown above in brass. It was worn until 1947 when 'Jimmy', as he has come to be known by all signalmen, stepped out and now stands upon a globe flanked by two brass scrolls carring the Corps motto 'Certa Cito' (Swift and sure). The King's crown was seperate, connected to Jimmy by a backplate inside the cap. A Queen's crown version followed in the 1950's.
Unissued pair of staybrite/anodised alumium Shoulder Titles in a all Gold finish, and complete with their mounted pin's lug's, and Brass butterfly clips.
Guaranteed brand new and in mint condition.
Training & trades
Royal Signals officers receive a general military training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, followed by specialist communications training at the Royal School of Signals, Blandford Camp, Dorset. Officers are not differentiated into trade groups - their training covers the whole range of their future employment.
Other ranks are trained both as field soldiers and tradesmen. Their basic military training is delivered at the Army Foundation College Harrogate or the Army Training Regiment Pirbright before undergoing trade training at 11 Signal Regiment, (part of the Royal School of Signals). There are currently seven different trades available to other ranks, each of which is open to both men and women:
- Communication Systems Operator: an expert in military radio and trunk communications systems
- Communication Systems Engineer: an expert in data communications and computer networks
- Royal Signals Electrician: an expert in maintaining and repairing generators and providing electrical power
- Driver Lineman: an expert in driving, laying line and installing cabling
- Installation Technician: an expert in installing and repairing fibreoptics and telephone systems
- Electronic Warfare Systems Operator: an expert in intercepting and jamming enemy communications
- Technical Supply Specialist: an expert in managing and accounting for communications equipment
Staff sergeants and warrant officers work in one of five supervisory rosters:
- Yeoman of Signals - experts in the planning and deployment of military tactical/strategic communications networks;
- Yeoman of Signals (Electronic Warfare) - experts in the planning and deployment of military tactical/strategic electronic warfare assets;
- Foreman of Signals - experts in the installation, maintenance, repair and interoperability of military tactical/strategic communications assets;
- Foreman of Signals (Information Systems) - experts in the installation, maintenance, repair and interoperability of military tactical/strategic Information Systems;
- Regimental Duty - experts in the daily routine and running of a unit.
Brief Corps History -
Cap Badge of the Royal Corps of Signals
In 1870, 'C' Telegraph Troop, Royal Engineers, was founded under Captain Montague Lambert. The Troop was the first formal professional body of signallers in the British Army and its duty was to provide communications for a field army by means of visual signalling, mounted orderlies and telegraph. By 1871, 'C' Troop had expanded in size from 2 officers and 133 other ranks to 5 officers and 245 other ranks. In 1879, 'C' Troop first saw action during the Anglo-Zulu War. On 1 May 1884, 'C' Troop was amalgamated with the 22nd and 34th Companies, Royal Engineers, to form the Telegraph Battalion Royal Engineers; 'C' Troop formed the 1st Division (Field Force, based at Aldershot) while the two Royal Engineers companies formed the 2nd Division (Postal and Telegraph, based in London). Signalling was the responsibility of the Telegraph Battalion until 1908, when the Royal Engineers Signal Service was formed. As such it provided communications during World War I. It was about this time that motorcycle despatch riders and wireless sets were introduced into service.
A Royal Warrant for the creation of a Corps of Signals was signed by the Secretary of State for War, Winston Churchill, on 28 June, 1920. Six weeks later, King George V conferred the title Royal Corps of Signals. It was given precedence immediately after the Royal Engineers.
Before the Second World War, Royal Signals recruits were required to be at least 5 feet 2 inches tall. They initially enlisted for eight years with the colours and a further four years with the reserve. They trained at the Signal Training Centre at Catterick Camp. All personnel were taught to ride.
Throughout World War II, members of the Corps served in every theatre of war. By the end of the war the strength of the Corps was 8,518 officers and 142,472 men. In one famous episode, Corporal Thomas Waters of 5th Parachute Brigade Signal Section was awarded the Military Medal for laying and maintaining the field telephone line under heavy enemy fire across the Caen Canal Bridge on D Day 1944.
In the immediate post-war period, the Corps played a full and active part in numerous campaigns, including Palestine, Malaya and the Korean War. Until the end of the Cold War, the main body of the Corps was deployed with the British Army of the Rhine confronting the former Communist Bloc forces, providing the British Forces' contribution to NATO with its communications infrastructure. Soldiers from the Royal Signals delivered communications in the Falklands War, the first Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo and the second Gulf War. They are currently deployed in Cyprus [TA], Bosnia [TA], Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 1993, The Royal Corps of Signals relocated its training regiments: 11th Signal Regiment and 8th Signal Regiment, from Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire to Blandford Camp in Dorset.
Dress and Ceremonial
Tactical Recognition Flash
Tactical Recognition Flash of the Royal Signals
The Corps wears a blue and white tactical recognition flash on the right arm.
The flag and cap badge feature Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods, who is referred to by members of the corps as "Jimmy". The origins of this nickname are unclear. According to one explanation, the badge is referred to as "Jimmy" because the image of (the ancient Greek god) Mercury was based on the late mediaeval bronze statue of that 'divine' being by the Italian sculptor Giambologna (this is usually referred to as "Giambologna's Mercury" - shortening over time reduced the name Giambologna to "Jimmy". The most widely accepted theory of where the name Jimmy comes from is a Royal Signals boxer, called Jimmy Emblem, who was the British Army Champion in 1924 and represented the Royal Corps of Signals from 1921 to 1924. It is one of the eight chalk hill figure military badges carved at
Fovant, Wiltshire. It is the latest one to be made, as it was placed in
1970 following the Corp's 50th anniversary.
On Nos 2, 4 and 14 Dress the Corps wears a dark Blue lanyard signifying
its early links with the Royal Engineers. The colour is Royal Blue and
thus much lighter than that worn by the Engineers and the knotting is
identical. It is worn on the right shoulder, signifying the Corps as cavalry.
The Airborne Signals Unit wears a drab green lanyard made from Parachute cord which dates back to the Second World War. Following a
parachute drop into France the unit's Commanding Officer ordered all
Signal personnel to cut a length of para-cord from their chutes in the
event they may need it later in the fighting.
The Corps motto is Certa Cito, which freely translates as Swift and Sure, although it actually translates from Latin as "fixed quickly". It is easily seen on any of the Corps Badges.
The Colonel in Chief is currently HRH The Princess Royal. The Master of Signals is Lieutenant General Robert Baxter, CBE. The
Corps Colonel is Colonel Graham Norton, and the Corps Regimental
Sergeant Major is Warrant Officer Class One (CRSM) Mark McMullan.
The Corps deploys and operates a broad range of specialist military and off-the-shelf communications systems. The main categories are as follows:
- Satellite ground terminals
- Terrestrial trunk radio systems
- Combat net radio systems
- Computer networks
- Specialist military applications (computer programmes)
Royal Corps of Signals Units
There are three Signal Brigades:
- 1st Signal Brigade: 7 (disbanding mid 2012), 30 and 22 Signal Regiments plus Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
Support Battalion. The Brigade Headquarters is now co-located with HQ
ARRC at Gloucester, with one signal regiment at Stafford and 16 SR in
Germany currently scheduled to move to Stafford in 2015.
- 2nd Signal Brigade: (To be disbanded in late 2012)
The Brigade Headquarters is located at Corsham and comprises 10, 32,
37, 38, 39 and 71 Signal Regiments, plus 299 Signal Squadron (Special
Communications), Specialist Group Royal Signals with 81 Signal Squadron, Land Information and Communications Services Group (LICSG), Land Information Assurance Group (LIAG) and the Central Volunteer Headquarters (CVHQ) Royal Signals.
- 11th Signal Brigade: The Brigade Headquarters is located in
Telford and comprises 2, 14(Electronic Warfare), 15(Information Support)
and 16 Signal Regiments. It also has links to 1(UK)ADSR, 3(UK)DSR and
21 Sig Regt (Air Support).
- 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment, Herford
- Headquarters Squadron
- 201 Signal Squadron
- 211 Signal Squadron
- 212 Signal Squadron
- 2nd Signal Regiment, York
- Support Squadron
- 214 Signal Squadron
- 219 Signal Squadron
- 246 (Gurkha) Signal Squadron
- 3rd (United Kingdom) Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment, Bulford
- Headquarters Squadron
- 202 Signal Squadron
- 206 Signal Squadron
- 258 Signal Squadron
- 10th Signal Regiment, Corsham
- 225 Signal Squadron (ECM (FP)) - (Formerly Romeo Troop, 15 Sig Regt which disbanded May 2006)
- 241 Signal Squadron
- 243 Signal Squadron
- 251 Signal Squadron
- 11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment, Blandford
- 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), Haverfordwest
- Operations Support Squadron
- 223 Signal Squadron (Electronic Warfare)
- 226 Signal Squadron (Electronic Warfare)
- 236 Signal Squadron (Electronic Warfare) Officially formed on Wednesday 20 June 2012
- 237 Signal Squadron (Electronic Warfare)
- 245 Signal Squadron (Electronic Warfare)
- 15th Signal Regiment (Information Support), Blandford
- 16th Signal Regiment, Elmpt
- Support Squadron
- 230 Signal Squadron
- 255 Signal Squadron
- 18 (United Kingdom Special Forces) Signal Regiment, Hereford
- SBS Signal Squadron
- 264 (Special Air Service) Signal Squadron
- 267 (Special Reconnaissance Regiment) Signal Squadron
- 268 (United Kingdom Special Forces) Signal Squadron
- 63 (Special Air Service) Signal Squadron (Reserve)
- 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support), Colerne
- HQ Squadron
- 220 Signal Squadron
- 244 Signal Squadron
- 43 (Wessex) Signal Squadron (Volunteers)
- 22nd Signal Regiment, Stafford
- Support Squadron
- 217 Signal Squadron
- 222 Signal Squadron
- 252 Signal Squadron (based at Imjin Barracks, Innsworth alongside HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
- 248 (Gurkha) Signal Squadron
- 30th Signal Regiment, Bramcote
- Support Squadron
- 250 (Gurkha) Signal Squadron
- 256 Signal Squadron
- 20th Armoured Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (200), Sennelager
- 4th Mechanised Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (204), Catterick
- 7th Armoured Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (207), Hohne
- 19th Light Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (209) (To be disbanded in early 2013), Northern Ireland
- 1st Mechanised Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (215), Tidworth
- 16 Air Assault Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (216), Colchester
- 12th Mechanised Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (228), Bulford
- 299 Signal Squadron (Special Communications), Bletchley
- HQ 38 (Irish) Brigade Headquarters and Signal Troop, Northern Ireland
- 101 Logistic Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (261), Aldershot
- 102 Logistic Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (262), Gutersloh
- 600 Signal Troop - (Attached to 15 Signal Regiment (Information Support))
- 628 Signal Troop (GBR DCM D) - 1st NATO Signal Battalion (Formerly
280 (UK) Signal Squadron 4 Dec, formerly 28th Signal Regiment)
- 643 Signal Troop (COMSEC) - (Attached to 10th Signal Regiment)
- 660 Signal Troop (Attached to 11 EOD Regt RLC for support in ECM and communications)
- Joint Service Signal Unit (Cyprus) (British Forces Cyprus)
- Cyprus Communications Unit (British Forces Cyprus)
- Joint Communications Unit (Falkland Islands)
- The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team (RSMDT) (Known since the 1960s as the "White Helmets")
- Band of the Royal Corps of Signals (Corps Band)
- Royal Corps of Signals Pipes and Drums (P&D)
- 32nd Signal Regiment (Volunteers) [RHQ Glasgow]
- 52 (Lowland) Support Squadron (Volunteers) [Glasgow]
- 33 (Lancashire) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Liverpool/Manchester]
- 50 (Northern) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Darlington/Hartlepool]
- 51 (Scottish) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Edinburgh/East Kilbride]
- 69 (North Irish Horse) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Belfast/Limavady]
- Royal Signals (Northern) Band (Volunteers) [Darlington]
- 37th Signal Regiment (Volunteers) [RHQ Redditch]
- 54 (Worcestershire) Support Squadron (Volunteers) [Redditch]
- 36 (Eastern) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Colchester/Cambridge]
- 48 (City of Birmingham) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Birmingham/Coventry]
- 53 (Wales and Western) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Cardiff/Stratford on Avon]
- 38th (Strategic Communications) Signal regiment (Volunteers) [RHQ Sheffield]
- 46 (Hallamshire) Support Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Sheffield]
- 1 Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Bletchley/Rugby/Banbury]
- 2 (Dundee and Highland) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Dundee/Aberdeen]
- 41 (Princess Louise's Kensington) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Coulsdon/Kingston upon Thames]
- 64 (City of Sheffield) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Sheffield/Nottingham/Leeds]
- 39th (Skinners) Signal Regiment (Volunteers) [RHQ Bristol]
- 93 (North Somerset Yeomanry) Support Squadron (Volunteers) [Bristol]
- 56 Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Eastbourne/Brighton]
- 57 (City and County of Bristol) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Bristol/Gloucester]
- 94 (Berkshire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Windsor/Aylesbury]
- 71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment [RHQ Bexleyheath]
- 265 (Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)) Support Squadron (Volunteers) [Bexleyheath]
- 47 (Middlesex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Uxbridge/Southfields]
- 68 (Inns of Court & City and Essex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [City of London/Whipps Cross/Chelmsford]
- Specialist Group Royal Signals (Volunteers) [Corsham]
- 81 Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Corsham]
- Land Information and Communications Services Group (LICSG) (Volunteers) [Corsham]
- Land Information Assurance Group (LIAG) (Volunteers) [Corsham]
- Central Volunteer Headquarters Royal Signals (CVHQ Royal Signals) [Corsham]
- 43 (Wessex) Signal Squadron (Volunteers) [Bath] - (Part of 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support))
- 63 (Special Air Service) Signal Squadron (Reserve) [Thorney Island] -
(Part of 18th (United Kingdom Special Forces) Signal Regiment)
- Royal Signals (Northern Band) (Volunteers) [Darlington] - Attached to 32nd Signal Regiment (Volunteers)
The Royal Corps of Signals is the sponsoring Corps for several Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force units. They also, quite unusually, sponsor small groups of signals trained cadets in cadet detatchments which are affiliated to a different Regiment or Corps. One such contingent with cadets who wear the insignia of the Royal Signals, but are sponsored by a different regiment is the Brighton College CCF. The parent regiment of this contingent is the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment.
Cap Badge of the Royal Corps of Signals
||1920 – present
||Commander Land Forces|
||Blandford Camp, Dorset
||Certa Cito (Sure and Swift)
||Begone Dull Care
|Colonel Graham R Norton
||HRH The Princess Royal|
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