71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment parade for 50th anniversary

RFCA Employee Lynsey at the 71st signals parade

71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment exercised its recently-awarded ‘privilege’ to march through the City of London on Saturday 25th January.

The parade began with a service of thanksgiving and was supported by affiliated Cadets, families and comrades of those taking part. Among those parading was Reservist Lynsey Smith, from our very own Employer Engagement team. (pictured in main photo)

71st (City of London) Yeomanry Signal Regiment has recently been awarded the privilege by the Corporation of London and the Mayor of London to mark the 50th anniversary of the unit’s founding, and coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Royal Signals to which it belongs.

The unit is part of the Army Reserves and provides communications support to the Regular Army on operations, and providing military aid to civil authority during times of national emergency such as flooding or terror attacks. It has four sub-units, spanning Kent, Essex, Middlesex and the City.

After weeks of preparation, the day started with a service of thanksgiving at St Andrew’s Church, Holborn immediately followed by the parade to the Guildhall, where the troops dispersed and greeted their guests for a reception.

28 soldiers from 36 (Essex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron, the only East Anglian Squadron within 71st City of London Signal Regiment, took part in the parade. Reflecting on the event, Pte Lynsey Smith said, “It was such an amazing day and the highlight of my Reservist career so far. The experience of marching through central London with rifles and drums beating was phenomenal and something many of us in the Regiment were experiencing for the first time. We’d spent many weekends in the lead up to the Parade perfecting our rifle drill and the day reflected just how much effort everyone had put in.”

The Regiment’s squadrons host opening evenings throughout the year. A recent event showcased what they do and aimed to recruit for the roles of: Communications Systems Operators, Chefs, Medics, Clerks and Communication Troop Commanders. There were also demonstrations on weapons, laser range, health and fitness, ceremonial and fieldcraft. Recruiting staff and serving reservists were on hand to answer questions about life within the Army Reserve and within the Regiment. A recruiting officer said: “You don’t need to give up your day job or your social life to become a reservist and you will get paid to train, make new friends and learn new skills.”