249 SIGNAL SQUADRON (FARELF)
HISTORICAL RECORDS FOR THE PERIOD 10 APR 67 TO 31 MAR 68
 
 
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Location Singapore
     
2
Strength Officers 15
    R&F (R Sigs) 261
    R&F (attached) 24
     
3
Establishment FE 1417/7/66 (P) Regt
     
4
Nominal Roll Officers
    Major KH OLDS Royal Signals
    Major JR HALL, ERD Royal Signals
    Captain BA BLACKWELL Royal Signals
    Captain WEA EDMONDS  Royal Signals
    Captain (QM) RG KNIGHT Royal Signals
    Captain TD MACFARLANE   Royal Signalss
    Captain MA ORWIN Royal Signals
    Captain EC VULLIAMY Royal Signals (646 Signal Troop)
    Lieutenant DJ CASE Royal Signals
    Lieutenant CJ DAKIN Royal Signals
    Lieutenant AMP HOWIE, BEM Royal Signals
    Lieutenant GC SAUNDERS Royal Signals
    Lieutenant TA WOODHOUSE Royal Signals
    2/Lieutenant GR BELL  Royal Australian Signals
    2/Lieutenant WM TAYLOR Royal Signals
     
    Warrant Officers
    WO I (FofS)  SWABY PJ (646 Signal Troop)
    WO II (RQMS) FISHER B
    WO II (Y of S) MACPHERSON
    WO II (SSM) WEBSTER ETA
     
5
Arrivals Officers
    Major KH OLDS Royal Signals
    Major JR HALL, ERD Royal Signals
    Captain BA BLACKWELL Royal Signals
    Captain EC VULLIAMY Royal Signals (646 Signal Troop)
    Lieutenant AMP HOWIE, BEM Royal Signals
    Lieutenant GC SAUNDERS Royal Signals
    Lieutenant JF STORR Royal Signals
    Lieutenant TA WOODHOUSE Royal Signals
    2/Lieutenant GR BELL Royal Australian Signals
    2/Lieutenant WM TAYLOR Royal Signals
     
    Warrant Officers
    WO I (FofS) SWABY PJ (646 Signal Troop)
    WO II (FofS) SHAKESHAFT GE
     
6
Departures Officers
    Major JMN LYONS Royal Signals
    Major JF HART Royal Signals
    Major JR ROBERTS   Royal Signals
    Captain JJ CULLEN Royal Signals
    Captain (TOT) JA GREEN Royal Signals   (Deceased)
    Captain AJ HERVEY Royal Signals
    Captain TB SCARFF Royal Signals
     
    Warrant Officers
    WO II (FofS) SHAKESHAFT GE
     
7
Detached Officers
   

2/Lieutenant WM TAYLOR  Royal Signals to 2 Signal Regiment (Aust), Melbourne, Australia

     
8
Visits and Inspections (a) Visits
   

(1) Colonel CE TONRY OBE, the new Commander Royal Signals SINGAPORE, on 21st August 1967

   

(2) Major General FD KING, MBE, Director of Land/Air Warfare, on 10th October 1967

   

(3) Brigadier DW COYLE, MBE, DFC. (Brigadier Army Aviation) and Colonel WJ ARMSTRONG (Chief Aircraft Engineer) on 15th March 1968

   

(4) Brigadier AEP JOY, MBE, DEME, HQ FARELF, on 10th January 1968

   

(5) Major General JE ANDERSON, CBE., Signals Officer in Chief, on 5th March 1968

   

(6) Brigadier AD BRINDLEY, MBE, departing Chief Signals Officer FARELF, on 1st April 1968

   

(7) Brigadier DE WARREN, the new Chief Signals Officer in Chief, on 9th April 1968

     
    (b) Inspections
   

Annual Administrative Inspection on 25th January 1968 by Major General DA BECKETT, DSO, OBE, Chief of Staff (FARELF) and Colonel CE TONRY OBE Commander Royal Signals Singapore.

     
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New Equipment (a) Twin 6 KVA (ONAN) Generators
   

The Squadron has recently received 6 x twin 6 KVA (ONAN) generators mounted in 1 ton trailers. These generators arc to be used with the D11/R234 stations and will eventually replace completely the single 6KVA Coventry Climax generators. At present there is no spares backing for the generators. Staff are informed.

     
    (b) Airportable (Airtech) Containers
   

The Squadron has now received its full entitlement of 12 Airtech containers completely replacing the Austin I ton K9 vehicles. HF Troop has also received 9 x 3 ton vehicles on the basis of one vehicle for each of the six stations (2 containers) and one vehicle for every two stations to carry running gear and stores. A mobile gantry has also been provided locally to facilitate ease of loading and unloading from the vehicles in the field, This enables the Squadron to move complete stations long distances by road and obviates the need to tow the cabins (a hazardous occupation with the issue running gear). Insecure wheel locking nuts appear to be a structural weakness in the running. This matter is under investigation by CSO FARELF

     
    (c) Lightweight Shelters
    Six of these have now been received by the Squadron for Comcen use.
     
    (d) C15 Installation Kit
   

This kit has recently been received for installation of a C15 station in a 3/4 ton Landrover. 40 Base Workshops have installed the station and trials are being carried out by HF Troop.