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Regiments and Units

who were stationed in the Suez Canal Zone 1951 to 1954

Most of these Regiments and Units took part in some form of armed conflict with the Egyptian Army, police and the trained Egyptian Fedayeen, (freedom fighters).

I apologise if I have failed to include your Unit in the list, information is hard to come by and I want to make a complete list.
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John (Jock) Marrs

 

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1st Battalion The York & Lancaster Regiment.  The Regiment served in the Canal Zone from approximately May 1954 to July 1955 replacing the Royal Fusiliers after leaving Khartoum (Sudan). The York & Lancaster Regiment were stationed first in Kabrit then Fayid. The C.O. was L/Colonel Prendergast and the Adjutant was Captain Francois Thierry. They said he was ex French Foreign Legion but I think it was just a rumour.  I served with the Regiment from August 1953 to August 1955 and was in the Regimental Signal Platoon.  Alan Lambert.
1st Battalion The Royal Berkshire Regiment (1949-1954), Commanding Officers Captain Anderson, Ismailia 1952 beds & herts regt
1st Battalion Border Regiment
1st Battalion The Buffs
1st Battalion The Cheshire Regiment
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards
3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards
1st The Royal Dragoons
1st Battalion The Durham Light Infantry
1st Battalion The Royal Fusiliers Kabrit Point 1953-1954, CO was Lt.Col Stevens.
2nd Battalion  Royal Fusiliers   We moved to El Ballah from Alexandria after handing over Mustapha barracks to the Egyptian Army 9-2-47 we moved to Fayid as Guard Battalion. One of our duties was to guard the G.O.C at his villa on the great Bitter Lake. S.R.Marjoram
2nd Battalion Green Howards Colonel M.W.T. Roberts. Copenhagen Camp Suez in 2 Bde 1 Div. The Bn served in the Canal from April 1954 until Sept 1955. Leaving Egypt on Operation Floodtide an amphibious landing op and landing in Cyprus. Peter Etherington
2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards
3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards
1st Battalion The Highland Light Infantry
1st Battalion The Loyal Regiment 1 Loyals were stationed at Minden Camp, Fayid at the time of the abrogation of the 1936 Treaty. Immediately after the abrogation the battalion moved to El Ballah. D company undertook a night operation to take control of El Firdan Bridge. Lt K.M.Trice, the Assistant Adjutant, led one platoon across the Suez Canal by pontoons & captured the post on the East side without serious incident. Capt.G. Croker, M.C. led the other 2 platoons to take the post on the West side. Their approach was detected & the they were fired upon by the Egyptian Guard. One platoon at the rear returned the fire. The action was soon over. No British casualties occurred, but there were  about 4-6 Egyptian dead & wounded. The Battalion remained to guard the Bridge. Soon after, however, the battalion moved to Trieste in a triangular rotation of the Lancastrian Brigade. This is probably why they are missing from your records. I was the R.M.O. present at this action & treated the wounded & accompanied them to hospital at El Ballah. David S.Strachan
1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
1st. Battalion.South Staffordshire Rgt.  I was in the REME attached to the South Staffs. from 1952-1954. The battalion entered the Canal Zone in 1954 (Tel-el-Kebir), were withdrawn to Cyprus in 1955 and were one of the Batts involved in the landings of 1956. Leslie S. Green.
2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers CO  Lt Col Freeman, RSM  Downey
5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards  Bitter Lakes Major Peter Duckworth, Squadron Leader A Squadron. Landed Egypt end of 1952 from Korea. I was attached to the 5th RIDG in Korea and we came to the Canal Zone in 1953 I think and relieved the 4th Tanks ) I think it was the 4th Tanks as they were the only ones there at the time, the Location was SHANDUR the 5TH ridg WAS A CAVALRY regiment. the only officer I can remember was the Signals officer (Regimental) Lt Swindels. Tony Blake
1st Battalion Irish Guards
1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (45/95 of Foot) Arrived at Port Said late 1952 and served for six months at TEK Garrison, manning the searchlight posts and providing ambush patrols on a turn and turn about basis with the HLI (51st Foot).  Their CO was Lt Col Popham OBE.  When they left Egypt they sailed to Derna in Libya.
1st Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers
1st Battalion The East Lancashire Regiment
1st Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment ( PWV )
1st Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment
1st Battalion The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
1st Battalion The Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment
2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment
3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment
The Guards Independent Para Coy
1st Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders falaise camp tel el kebir 1954-55, c.o. Lt col andrews and Lt col robertson
1st Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment from 19/8/50 to 20/4/52. Moving up from Port Suez to Ismailia Jan 52 the Regiment moved on in cc1953. Lt Col Richard left the Btn in approx mid 51
The Royals
1st Battalion Scots Guards
1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment
1st Battalion Royal Scots
1st Battalion The Welsh Guards C.O was Lieutenant Colonel A.C.W. Nowl, second in command was Major C.A Latham, The R.S.M was B.Hillier.
1st Battalion  Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Stationed at El Ballah (Egypt) 1952
7th Battalion The Worcesters Regiment. Disbanded:1946/47 to the 2nd Battalion Blackwatch and 1st Somerset Light Infantry
The Life Guards The Life Guards were in the Canal Zone 1954-56 under the command of L/C W. H. Gerard Leigh.  They sailed on the Empire Ken (I have a postcard of the Ken)and were stationed at Fanara, they took over a camp from the Royals. A neighbouring Regiment was the Irish Guards whose band had played on the quayside in Port Said as the Life Guards disembarked.   I can email you a clip from "Challengers and Chargers a history of the Life Gaurds 1945-92" by William Loyd.  John Kenny
Royal Warwickshire Regiment Serving in Eygpt Cyprus Northern Island between 1955-1958
Essex Regiment My father Lt. Col. Charles Stuart Mills was with the Essex Regiment (at some time amalgamated with the East Anglian) in the Canal Zone. We went in 1951, he was in charge of a prison somewhere in the desert. We lived in Haking Road, Moascar/Ismalia. I went to the garrison school. Fayid was another name I knew. We were removed in the night in 1952 in The Windrush, a troop ship taking us to Beira. We swam at the French Beach and in the Canal.
2050 Mauritian Guard Coy RPC  El Kirsh ( 1952/3 ) later Qassasin ( 1954 ) 1952/3 2050 Mauritian Guard Coy RPC were guarding El Kirsh and filtration plants around Moascar, After three months in the desert north of the Suez Cairo road they moved to guard duties at Qassasin ( 1954 ) near Tel El Kabir. The OC was a great guy had been in the 8th Army Long Range Desert Group) I was attached to the coy for a year doing mainly weapon training ( made dam fine curries ) There were many other Mauritian Guard Coys through the Canal Zone
1st Royal Tank Regiment Shandur and Geneifa C.O. Lt. Col. N.E.O. Watts
4th Royal Tank Regiment
19 Armoured Div
4th/7th Dragoons
Headquarters 1st Guards Brigade. This headquarter consisting of Grenadier Guards, Scots Guards and I think DLI was just outside Moasca Garrison. Very interesting site and information thank you. Sanderson  P.J  22545861

Royal Artillery

3 RHA (Waterloo Brks Fayid, Lt.Col. Goshan 1953 - 55)
6 Field Regiment Royal Artillery
23rd Field Regt Royal Artillery
26 Regt Royal Artillery
26th Field Regiment 16th Battery Sandhams Coy
29th Field Regiment Royal Artillery (located at Geniefa from January 1953 - May 1954. Troop commander Captain Dennis.)
33 Para Light Regiment Royal Artillery
40 Field Regiment Royal Artillery. Posted as a unit from BAOR in Dortmund where they had been since the end of the war, to Geneifa in about March/April 1954. I think we must have replaced 29 Field Regiment RA. I went with them as a National Service subaltern but was demobbed in Sept 1954. Shortly after that they were posted to Cyprus, the occupation of the Canal Zone having been concluded. I was in 129 (the Dragon) Battery.  Our C.O. by the way was Lt. Col. George Cole (later General Sir George) who could down a pint of beer as fast as anyone I ever saw.  I can still smell the Sweet Water Canal. Nick Bowyer.
41st Field Regt  Royal Artillery. The Regt consisted of 3 Batteries - 88 (Arakan) 105 and 135. I was Battery Clerk for 105 Field Battery. The Bty Commander at that time was Major (The Lord) Langford, and the BSM was WO2 Thorington, who was a thoroughly professional soldier who was much respected. I do remember the 'D' Troop WO2 was Sgt Major Hankin who, it was said, hadn't been back to the UK for many years, who could also sink many pints of Stella, with no effect on him whatsoever. I was at that time known as L/Bdr Bluck D.R. 22984565.
I was at El Ballah from May 1950 to Dec 1951. I was in the survey team under 2nd Lt Seabrook. Other members were Jock Duncan (driver) Ormerod, Storey,Marjoram and others I can't remember. Lt Col Clegg was the Regt CO. Batery Commander was Capt Orde.

41st Field Regt  Royal Artillery. Light Aid Detachment REME. Officer Commanding was Captain Wright.
49 Battery, 23 Field Regiment Royal Artillery. The battery was stationed at El Ballah. The Battery Captain was R.R. Wiggins. I think the CO of the Regt at that time was Lt Col Hartley. Our camp was the most southerly of those at El Ballah and was situated where the canal split for a passing place. Latterly we were fortunate enough to be able to go across the sand to the Canal to swim. Arthur Bramham FOB Parties from 49th Field Regt. RA. FOB Parties were supplied by 49th Fd. Regt. RA to be used if Operation Rodeo Flail was activated.  They were deployed on three occasions from Famagusta, Cyprus in 1952/1953.  The first two attachments were with the 1st Bn. Beds. & Herts. Regt, at El Ballah, and the third was with 1st Bn. Scots Guards at Port Said.  The mission would have been to neutralise the shore batteries at Alexandria, and then be available to direct the fire of naval guns on to shore targets. In the event, Rodeo Flail was not executed.
50Bty  23rd Field Regiment Royal Artillery
71 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
73 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
71  HAA Regt Royal Artillery
73  HAA Regt  Royal Artillery
80 Light Anti Aircraft Regt  Royal Artillery 80 LAA Regiment had three batteries (nos 219, 225 and 226) of two Troops each. One Troop and a Battery HQ was stationed at Aqaba for six months at a time, leaving two Batteries and a Troop in the Canal Zone. The Regimental camp was just outside Moascar garrison, on the road to Nefeisha village.
82 Locating Battery Royal Artillery. An independent battery with survey and sound ranging troops.  Stationed at Deversoir (?) and certainly at Geneifa in 1952.
181 Light Battery Royal Artillery. Newly formed unit to perform RA disciplined accuracy, to newly acquired 4.2inch mortars. Post familiarisation/instruction, performed usual round of guard duties, and standbys etc., December 1951-March 1952 Deversoir. (January 1952 Filtration plant at Abu Sultan) March - May 1952. Geneifa June1952. Kabrit June-July 1952. El Ballah July -October 1952. Geneifa Nov 1952-May 1953 Kabrit. Charles Henry Winn
155 Maiwan bty 29 Field Regiment Royal Artillery
188 FC Battery Royal Artillery. Stationed at Ferry Point in 1954
226 Battery 80th Regiment Royal Artillery (Moascar Garrison Ismailia)

Royal Engineers

3 Field Squadron Royal Engineers I served at the start of the Suez conflict during 1956.3 field squadron consisting of 200 men was in on the start of the action along with the Marines and the Paras having come from our station in Nicosia Cyprus to where we returned after the cease fire. We were a detached unit from our main regiment who were based at Jailer Barracks Tripoli. As i remember we had several Z reservists with us and we lost a Major Pipe Wolverson in the action. Our company sergeant major ( known as granny ) lost his nerve and was sent home. I was O Cs driver and spent several days at the front ( EL Cantara ) with him and our radio op Sapper Delahunty. Our mission out there following the cease fire was to move the location of all the known bridges incase there was a push back by Nasser. Arthur Noll 23281744
3 base workshops commanding officer Cpt Howard.
16 Field sqdn,35 Field Engineer Regt, Royal Engineers. Camp was Minden Camp, Fayid. My A.F.B.108 shows I was there from 23/11/51 to 29/5/52.I believe 42 Sqdn.R.E. was also in 35 Engr.Regt. We worked building temporary camps,water supply etc. and a gibbet for a service murderer! Richard Chambers.
25 Field Engineers Lt Conl  Ogivey Commanding Officer Moascar  Plant Squadron Capt Griffiths Work shop Commanding Officer Mak Bennett 51/55 Returned on Troop Ship Georgic to Maidstone Kent  Base Camp
35 Field Engineer Regiment RE. Joined 35 Engineer Regt. April 1951 in El Ballah.allocated to SHQ 42 Sqdn. 7 Troop were involved in ferrying the Loyals across the Suez in the capture of El Firdan bridge.Very soon after capture I went to the bridge with Capt. Capadose and was instructed to make a sketch together with point levers etc. This I did with copies made on a Gestetna machine. The following day a copy was given to the Capt of the Loyals incharge of the bridge,saying "This how you open the bridge." He replied "I'm no engineer." The next day a L/Cpl Alexander from the Sqdn. was stationed at the bridge to open and close the bridge.
I was also involved in Operation Bucaneer. With the possibility of blowing up the jetties in Abadan before being called of 1951.

42 Survey Engineer Regiment moved from the Tura Cave area to Fayid, Sobraon Camp after WW2. After the amalgamation of various Survey units, 42 Survey Engineer Regt came in being in 1947 with Lt Col Belfield as CO and WO1 Cusswall as RSM. In 1955 56 the move to Cyprus was made with Lt Col Cobb as CO and WO1 Chilvers as RSM.
50 Field Squadron Royal Engineers
2 Army Field Survey Depot moved from the Tura Caves at about the some time and as an independent unit was also located in Sobraon Camp. I have no details of earlier OC,s but the move to Cyprus was made with Capt J Allen as OC and WO1 Ironside as RSM. The fact that these two units were in Egypt from 1940 - 1955 must make them one of the longest serving units in the Canal Zone. I might add that "42" is still in existence at Hermitage , just north of Newbury.Nick Carter. (ex both units)
1207 Operating Squadron. Inland Water Transport : We were located at Lake Timsa,on Z craft supplying Military Hardware,etc the length of the Canal Zone. Captain of Z52 was Cpl Les.Monk,I was one of the engineers from 1952-1955
10 Railway Sqn. Royal Engineers 1951 at Adabiya south of Suez. From Nov 51 running trains of fuel/food up and down the Canal Zone. Occupation of Signal Boxes to stop movements  of ESR trains and to run our own. 1952/55 at Pekin Camp Fanara running trains that were mined,derailed and shot at. Every other night 24 hour guards at Filtration Plants and our own camp. Robin Thorne
HQ Squadron 18 Railway Group, Royal Engineers
H.Q. M.E.Tn. Regt Royal Engineers, Fayed- Ismailia. It was based at Fayed G.H.Q. and was responsible for transportation operations in the C.Z. I was Cpl. in charge of Railway operations and location under the C.O. Col. D.C. Merry. My immediate O.C. was Maj. Saunders. We later moved to Moascar Garrison in railway carriage accommodation when the terrorists started to mine the tracks. I have photos of the locos and flats that were blown up by terrorists, and also the H.Q. Personnel. I designed the H.Q. Flag. Col. Merry was a Bisley shot and represented England many times. Thanks to John Broadbent.(Cpl.) for this entry.
6 Field Park Squadron 22 Field Engineer Regiment
Cre{south] fayid dheli camp works unit. we built a new extension at fayid power station for babcock&wilcox under civilian supervision in1954-55 demobbed then recalled and sent to suez in 1956(aer)

Royal Signals

3 GHQ Signal Regt, 9 Wireless Troup
3 Inf Div Sigs Regt, Moascar, Mackworth Camp.D Troop Commanding Officer (Swainson)
J Troop Royal Signals Attached to 1st Guards Brigade HQ. Geneifa, Fanara and on detachment to 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards at Deversoir. Duration April 1952 to October 1952. 1951 OC was Major Brandle 2nd in command was Captain Unwin and troop sargeant was Sgt Bell. Troop moved out to Malta in 1952 and was then sent to Egypt
K Troop Royal Signals. Attached 32nd Gds Brgd. C.O. was Captain R L Stonham, latter Brigadier.Station, EL Ballah 1952 thru 1954 , then Moascar last part of 54.
L Troop, Royal Signals
12 Signal Park Squadron. Royal Signals (RAOC attached) situated in 10 BOD, 8 men Raoc attached, C/O Major Dudley Worthington Royal Sigs SQMS Day
16 Indep Sig Squadron
3rd Division Signal Regiment
1 Squadron Wireless Troop 3 L of C Signal Regiment Moascar erved as nco i/c tx site in moascar garrison. Troop commander was Lt Eric Baxendine who now lives in Montreal Canada I served with this unit 1952 -55 including time spent on detatchment to Embassy in Cairo and Consulate in Alexandria Demobbed 22.3.1955
3 L of C Sig 2 Squadron, Tel el kebir Det Served in 3 L of C HQ from May 1953 to Jan 1954 Then posted to Tel el Kebir as Det office clerk until jan 1955, I was then posted back to Moascar Garrison as Chief Clerk 3 L of C 2 Sqdn until Oct 1955 when I was posted back to Chester for demob
3 L of C Signal Regiment fayid 1952-53 Lt Burroughs, Major Brader, Captain K Sergeant Christie M.M.
3 L of C Signal Regiment Moascar camp Ismailia line troop  telephone exchange 1952-1953
Egypt Command Signal Regiment Fayid CO Major Brader
1 Inf. Div Signals M.E.L.F 27. div sigs. camp was adjoining G.H Q opposite the NAFFI club and between the railway and the sweetwater. co was Lt.Col Stead and the RSM was J. leonard
1 L of C 8 Medium Wireless Troop.Royal corps of Signals. Stationed at Ell Ballah canal zone, 52-55
Medium Wireless Troop, Moascar.Served at transmitter site as radio mech under Lt. Baxendine. Also served on detachment at Embassy in Cairo and Consulate in Alexandria from march 53 to January 1955 two colleagues at aAlex were Andrew Bret (taffy) James and Charlie Faint.
Royal Signals 2A.S.S.U. R.A.F. Fayid duration July 51 - Oct 52 O.C. Major Dunkley

RASC

3 Cold Storage Depot Suez/Adabiya. The C.O. at the time I was there was Major G.Gibson. Mr Brand was the QSM. There were 4 seperate Stores about a quarter mile between each. We were on the Gulf of Suez about halfway between Suez and Adabiya. Mount Ataka in the background.
4 Company RASC
7 Company RASC
30 Company RASC
33 Company srd RASC
34 Company RASC
38 Company RASC lcpl stanhope 38 coy tnk tptrs, mednine bks tripoli 1953-1955, pltn commander Lt Musslewhite
39 Company RASC (Heavy Transport)  Fanara
40 Company RASC
42 Company RASC
44 Company RASC (44 coy were a tank transporter unit att to 4 rtr based at shandur. The O.C was colonel Tucker, w/shops O.C was Capt Maule. I served there from Dec '52' until April '55')
47 Company Air Dispatch Attached to Grenadier Guards.
48 Company RASC Flotilla  Water Transport Adabiya Docks
58 Company RASC
Light Aid Detachment/ 58 COY R.A.S.C/R.E.M.E Fayid Village OC LAD Capt George Dyson, home of G.O.CS ROLLSROYCE
63 Company RASC
63 Company RASC 16 Ind Parachute Bde
74 Company RASC. (Part of 3rd Infantry Divn.) 74 Coy flew into the Canal Zone from RAF Lyneham, in early Nov.1951, as part of the 3rd Inf Div. The Coy was initially based for several weeks at 156 Transit Camp, Port Said,awaiting the arrival of our vehicles and stores, by sea. Our duties there comprised guard duties and dock clearance. The Coy then moved to Geneifa and then El Ballah (where, I believe, we shared a camp with 34 Coy RASC). In early 1952 the Coy moved to North Camp, Moascar, where I know the Coy remained until I was demobbed in July 1952. Our C.O. was Major Hatherley. Our Adj. was Capt. Jones. Our MTO  was Capt. Routledge. Our CSM  was WO.II Dodds. Our O.C 74 LAD REME was Capt. Freeman. The majority of our Officers and NCO's were regular soldiers, who had seen service in WWII, Malaya etc. We had one National Service Officer - 2nd Lt. Cockman. I later learnt that a number of men from 74 Coy who were demobbed after me, and were still liable to recall as reservists,were recalled and served in Germany at the time of the 1956 Suez invasion. John Bennett
80 H.A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery
84 Company RASC
86 Company RASC (Moascar)
73 Coy Air Dispatch (Fayid), I worked in th coy stores from 51-53.the csms name harding.cqms was Bill Layzell.My mates Tony Carr Harry Carter.Bill cooling.
106 port detachment RASC 106 port detachment was situated in adabya docks and the parent company was 3CSD
118 supply co RASC, Commanding A T Stanley Golden Sands Camp Famagusta Cyprus 1955 -1956
591 Company RASC
126 Field Bakery RASC
129  Company  RASC  Fanara The OC was a Major Shead, the Company Sergeant Major - Latham, The Company Sergeant Cook (The Best In The Army) SGT Wharton. There were approx 100 British Army Personnel on Camp. and a daily arrival of local labour. Roy Hopes
148 Field Bakery R.A.S.C. Fayid The unit was in Fayid next to the hippodrome cinema, there was a CofE church there as well. I was there from feb 54 to july 55, our O.C.was capt Darvill
482 Supply Platoon, Moascar Garrison. My late father, then Sgt George Fairbridge, RASC, was at 482 Supply Platoon at Moascar. They were housed in a compound on the left of the main street as you entered from the main gate, between the main street and the railway line. I lived at Moascar and later Fayid as a child from '48 until '53. Tony Fairbridge
156 Transit Camp Port Fouad Egypt. My name is Kenneth Harris and I was a L/Cpl in the RASC and was on the Permanent Staff of 156 Transit Camp from January 1951 until August 1952.  The Commanding Officer was a Major Moir of the Kings Regiment.

RAOC

Base Ammunition Depot  RAOC  Abu Sultan
Ammunition Sub Depot RAOC Lake Timsah
Base Vehicle Depot Tel El Kebir  (BVD(E) BVD(E) at Tel El Kebir supplied every types of vehicle used by the British army to the whole Middle East, thus ensuring that all units in the middle east were kept on the move. Norman Brody
SCSOC (Suez Canal Operations Centre)
Lake Timsah Ammunition Sub-Depot: permanently situated half-way down the western bank of Lake Timsah
2 Base laundry Qasasin RAOCC O Mj Wright, Sqms Cobb
9 Base Ammunition Depot, Abu Sultan Permanently situated approx. 1.5 miles N.W.of Abu Sultan Village
10 Base Ordnance Depot This was based at Geneifa and when I arrived in January 1952 it was a Command Ordnance Depot. Early in 1952 it was renamed 10 BOD. For most of my time the Commandant was Col. D J Russell. He was later replaced by a Col. Prentice.  I left there in August 1953. M Woods
As a National Serviceman I arrived at 10 BOD Geneifa mid December 1954. A Clerk Tech in security platoon dealing mainly with the issue of security passes for the large native labour force, mostly Labourers. Our CO was Capt Bertram. I was involved in the 'wind-down' of this massive depot & saw astonishing sights as those huge hangars revealed their secrets in a procession of convoys that were assembled over many months, mostly destined for the docks at Port Said. About December 1955 as the run-down of personnel gathered pace I was posted to RAOC 624 Ordinance Depot, Benghazi, Cyrenaica now Libya to work in CEPO records office. 23053062 L/Cpl E. Govier.

Royal Army Ordanance Corps, MELF 26 CO LT.COL.Haines 3rd infantry division OFP MELF 26 Ismalia Egypt

REME

REME Light Aid Detachment
REME Base Workshops
2 Infantry Worksops, R.E.M.??. Suez, MELF 27 from October 1953 to October 1954 then to 14 Armoured Workshops, Aqaba, Trans Jordan until January 1955. Commanding Officer at 2 Inf Workshops was a Major KING
3 Infantry Workshops REME 3 Infantry Wksps REME were technical support for 3 Brigade 1 Division, arrived in the Canal Zone sometime before 1953. Based initially at Shandur on the Little Bitter Lake, in 1954 moved up to Fanahra. Left the zone in 1955 for the Cyprus conflict. Also attached to 42 Company RASC.
7th Infantry Workshops REME I was in the Canal Zone in 1952 with 7th I*nfantry Workshops REME. My memory is not the greates now but I do remember we had a Captain Leckty and a CQMS Vant My buddy there was CFN I knew as Yorky. Our unit arrived in Egypt in early 1952.from Cyprus. We were stationed for a while at Fanara and then Tel El Kebir .
16 Airborne Workshops
16 Station Workshops, Suez, REME CO was Capt Layden Oct 51 to Nov 52
B.V.D. (E) R.E.M.E.W/SHOPS T.E.K Captain Willis, Lieut. Bell A.S.M. Taylor A.Q.M.S.Verschoren
R.E.M.E. Station Workshops Tel-el-Kebir M.E.L.F. 11
73rd HAA Wshops REME Attached and in the same compound as the 73 HAA Regt O.C. Capt Hardwick I was with them from May 51-July 52 but the workshops was transferred from Malta Earlier than this and I remember seeing Vehicles with their Div Markings in 56 ,57 in Nottingham .U,K. Tom Gee
9th. Infantry Workshops.REME   El-Ballah. M.E.L.F. 26. Egypt
REME  Station Workshops, Fayid.(Telecommunications Section) CO 1951/52 was Capt.Latimer
1st Infantry Division Column Workshop REME. The column workshop comprised the combined LADs of 7,40 & 42 coys RASC. when we functioned as asingle unit. Our 7 coy element went to Tripoli 40 and 42 elements went to Cyprus in late 54.  J E Reakes

RAMC

5th Field Ambulance: RAMC 5th Field Amb was part of the 32nd Guards Brigade, of the 3rd Inf Div. we sailed from Portsmouth on board HMS Illustrious. to Cyprus in approx Oct 1951, was based at BMH Nicosia for a few months, then moved to Suez via one of the LST's that served the area, the unit was then stationed at El-Ballah, occupying part of the British Station Hospital camp there, still in support of the Guards Brigade, but also providing medical support to other regiments such as Beds & Hearts, Scots Guards, etc and also assisting with the staffing of the BSH when required.   I, with a number of other NS-men returned to UK in November 1952 back to Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Crookham, Hants, for demob! noot sure haw long the unit remained in the Canal Zone area, but assume it remained with the 3rd Div., until the end of hostilities.Norm Gee
23 Para Field Ambulance
2 Field Ambulance: 2 year duration from 1950 to 1952. C.O Lt Col Windsor,
33 Company RAMC, British Military Hospital Fayid Commanding officer Colonel officer. 1950 1952 we took Egyptian from our hospital at 33 Coy to Egyptian hospital at Ismailia past loads of scowling Egyptians we had Lee Enfields with five rounds. More than relieved to get out of there.
801 Army Dental Centre Fayid with detachment at Fanara
Medical Directorate, GHQ, RAMC The Medical Directorate, GHQ MELF was located in Fayid. The Commanding Officer was Major-General Harris, Director of Medical Services, MELF
Army Medical Equipment Depot. Ataka. As an RAMC unit we were offered a Mauritian guard coy, but our OC refused the offer and we did our own guards. Perhaps unique for an RAMC unit. D.W.Stewart
British Medical Hospital Fayid
Central Medical Laboratory attached to BMH Fayid screened all Egyption food handlers produced blood tranfusion fluids and kits served from 1953-1955. The unit was located at the top of the Hospital.We made blood tranfusion sets and fluids.Gave Yellow Fever jabs to those people who needed them,we also screened food handlers both british and natives. CO Col Sayers 2nd OC Major Mary McKenzie Munroe at that time 1 of 2 female officers in the RAMC

RMP

Military Provost Staff Corps (MPSC)
512 SMPS. Royal Military Police
203 Provost Company Royal Military Police
No1 Dog Company, RMP H.Q: El Kirsh.   Detachments:   Suez; Port Said; Fayid; Geneifa; Tel el Kebir; and Abu Sultan
50 MCE (Military Corrective Establishment) was located outside the rear entrance gates to Moascar Garrison.On the start of hostilities the Staff and SUS (soldiers under sentence) were formed into Platoons and moved out to areas around Moascar/Ishmalia to guard Fuel Depots, Water Pipelines and the Railway Signal Box on the Cairo/Suez Line. We were involved in several fire fights with groups who were intent in destroying these sites. Later, all SUS were given RTU postings and we (the Staff) were moved into an area opposite Le Challand Camp, near the British War Cemetry. To form a Terrorist Detention Camp the RE's built a high Perimeter Fence, we then moved in and completed the Camp with compounds shaped in the spider fashion with an armed elevated Control Post as the hub. During the time that we manned this Unit hundreds of Arab Terrorists passed through the system. Our Intelligence Unit discovered that a large percentage of them were criminals who had been released from Egyptian Prisons in Cairo and Alexander, issued with a rifle, an army issue type khaki pullover and one hundred Egyptian Pounds, they were then transported down to our area to re-enforce the terrorists who were already active there. Eventually all the detainees were moved elsewhere and the Camp became a secure waiting establishment for British Families being processed for evacuation to the UK. On the handover to the Egyptian Authorities, our Staff were posted to other Military Corrective Establishment within the Middle East and the UK. My Corps (MPSC) were present in the Moascar/Ishmalia and Fayid areas from the onset through to the end of hostilities, and in my opinion played an important part throughout. I am proud to have served with them during this period, and I salute them all who are still with us and those who have passed on. Jim Casey, ex WOII MPSC.PS,During my service in the Terrorist Detention Camp we were fortunate to receive the murdering B's who had killed the Nun Sister Anthony in Ishmalia !!!!!!. nuf said.
C.O. Colonal McDonald of the Black Watch 1954

Royal Army Pay Corps


Base camp at Fayid,command,regimental pay offices. O.C.unknown.Tour of duty OCT 1951-NOV1953.Large camp on the roundabout facing RMP station, army cinema, BMH approx 1 mile south, sweetwater canal approx 3/4 mile east Also Maida Camp The Commanding Officer during 1952/53 was Col.Haggard

Royal Pioneer Corps


My father was Lieutenant, later captain, A.L Landon. RPC stationed at Moascar and Tel-el-Kebir. He had served in the Signals during the war, and was serving out his time in MELF 11. The corpos was manned largely by Mauritian ORs with some from the Seychellles I believe. Andrew Landon

1 Div Postal Unit, Fayid Canal Zone from March 1953 i was with 1 div postal unit and was o/c driver with capt Long then later lu/nt Everett driving to most of the canal zone returning home to Norfolk in 1955.

Royal Naval vessels

Cruiser HMS Glasgow
Warship HMS Checkers
HMS Cheviot
HMS Magpie
HMS Undine
HMS Gambia
HMS Liverpool
HMS Chevron
HMS Retrieve
HMS Barbastel
HMS Ursa
HMS Kenya Captain David Trentham R.N. Suez canal and zone December 1952 - January 1953
HMS Osiris was the RN Ground station responsible for RN Communications. Billeted with 3 GHQ Signal Regiment. Shared communications facilities of 3 GHQ Sigs but had separate operational areas.
HMS Roebuck 5th Frigate Sqd, (F195), The Roebuch did Canal Convoy Duty 1953 to 1956,plus Transporting Troops, RAF to various locations Port Said to Cyprus etc.
HMSM Trenchant

Royal Marine Commando Group

45 Commando, Royal Marines
42 Commando Royal Marines
Amphibious Warfare Squadron Royal Marines
40 Commando RM,  3Commando Brigade

Other

Royal Australian Army, Liason Group, Suez contingent 1 & 2   (Australians attached to various positions with UK forces) Lt Col J Peers, Mjr A Garland, Lt col Anderson, Cpt C Whitmore, Cpt J Belmonte
128 MU Abu Sultan Main Explosive Base
1 Ordnance Field Park My father was the Sgt major of 1 OFP deployed from Tripoli in 1951. The only piece of evidence I have is a photograph of him standing in front of the unit flag pole. He was detached from 595 Ordnance Depot. He died in 1960 Gary Hawthorne
2224 Company, East African Pioneer Corps. Camped at Fannara close to 39 Coy RASC.  They supplies trucks and drivers for the school buses that collected children from Rainbow and Kensington Village. John Kenny
Army Air Movements, RAF Fayid MEAF 15 Army Air Movements Fayid was a small detachment of HQ(Movements) Moascar RE. OC was Capt PG Butler RE. Never more than six Staff responsible for all Air Trooping to and from UK plus Army Freight by air. During the abrogation of the treaty with Egypt the unit was responsible for the evacuation of the large number of families from Fayid. Long hours, little sleep, living conditions primitive food awful but a necessary and worthwhile job. Duration of duty was from January 1951 to June 1952. Rank Cpl RE.  Other Army units on the Airfield were: 4th Air Formation Signals R.Sigs 2 Air Support Signal Unit R.Sigs plus two ORs of RE Postal. Capt(Retd) GTA Godfrey.
Central Band of M.E. Stationed at RAF Kabrit under the baton of F/Sgt 'Chiefy' Thompson. The band played at major parades in the Zone, also concerts and dances. Band within the band - The 'Original Suezside Jazz Band' also at the Kabrit Jazz Club. Christopher Canham
Armoured Replacement Group. I was posted to the Armoured Replacement Group as a vehicle mechanic after training with the 8th tanks. I arrived in The cnal zone about September 1948.  The ARG was camped on an old airfield at Shandura on the southern end of the small Bitter Lake.  South of RAF Kabrit, between the Suez road and the canal,  with the 4th Tanks and a REME Base Workshop close by.  I was demobbed from there in October 1949.  The ARG was a small unit made up from Armoured Corps Signals and other units.  We up or downgraded armoured fighting Vehicles of all types. Francis A L Critchley
2055 Mauritian Guard Regiment, Fanara. Stationed at Fanara. Worked in nearby lumber yard and railway sidings; also guarded facilities like Lido on the Bitter Lake.

RAF Stations and Units

RAF Base Abyad 109MU (Situated by the Treaty Road just south of RAF Fayid)
RAF Base Fayid
RAF Base El Shallufa
RAF Base Abu Seweir
RAF Base El Firdan
RAF Base Deversoir
RAF Base Kasfareet
RAF Base Kabrit When I first arrived at RAF Kabrit in mid - 1951, they had three squadrons of Mosquito aircraft, one being No.13, a photo reconnaissance squadron. I can't remember the No's of the other two squadrons, but they were equipped with night fighters. During the period 1952 to 1953, the Mosquitos were replaced with Meteors PR's and NF11's. I was posted from RAF Kabrit to 651 AOP Squadron at RAF Ismailia in mid - 1953. I also had the misfortune to be on the last voyage of the troopship Empire Windrush (returning home) in March 1954, when it caught fire and sank in the Mediterranean. John E. Fletcher.
Further to information already supplied, the other two squadrons were 39 and 219 both equipped with Meteor NF13's. At the end of 1954, 32 Squadron arrived from Deversoir to re-equip with Venom FB1's prior to posting to RAF Shaibah in Iraq. As far as I know nos. 13,39 & 219 Sqdns were either disbanded or returned to UK at this time and Kabrit was handed over to the Egyptian Air Force. Don Bramwell
208 Squadron  RAF - Abu Sueir Air reconnaissance. Equiped with Gloster Meteor Mk9's. Moved from Kabrit to Abu Sueir early in 1951 when Spitfire Mk18's replaced.
51 MT coy RAF EL HAMRA; Largest RAF MT Coy in ME.Included Fuel Tankers (ex 2FTC).Moved from Palestine in 1949,and disbanded Egypt 1956
RAF  128 MU   Abu Sultan  MEAF10 This camp was a Ammunition Depot and the living quarters were shared with the Army, RAOC 9 BAD Abu Sultan. The work sites were two different identities. We had two Commanding officers whilst I was there,one was Wing Comm Tollerton. My tour lasted from Sept 1950 until April. 1952. Frank Watson
RAF  20 MU(E)  Port Fouad
Airfield Construction - Air Ministry Work Dept
RAF Police
RAF Regiment
2 Field Squadron RAF Regiment Location -Persian Gulf 1953-1954, RAF Base El Shallufa, RAF Base Deversoir, RAF Base Kasfareet
34 LAA Squadron RAF Regiment
62 Field Sqdn RAF Regiment Based at Ismalia. Tasked with School bus escort's and Canal road Patrols
HQ 205 Group RAF (Situated between RAF Fayid and RAF Abyad. C/O 1953 - 1956 was Flt/Lt Hamilton)
RAF  Police dogs Abu Sultan
651 Air Observation Post Squadron Commanding Officer Major Baine-Jardin 1953-1956 The Squadron was based at RAF Ismailia. The ground crews and Artillery supporting troops lived in tented accommodation outside the perimeter of RAF Ismailia. The squadron provided low level air observation of the canal zone and the desert locality. It carried out anti-terrorist flights intended to deter or destroy terrorist assaults on the infra structure of military and the canal support. The Squadron had two additional flights, 1910 and 1908 both based in the canal zone and used in simular roles. Reconnaissance and counter terrorist duties being the main functions John Etheridge
Middle East Air Force Band MEAF Band was stationed at RAF El Hamra Jan 1952-August 1954. Fl Lt J Cash Director of Music Music for ceremonial, special events ( Queens Coronation) and military occasions,Parades,Funerals and concerts
Telecommunications Middle East. located RAF Ismailia commanding officer S/ldr Stephenson
Special Communications Flight. Flight was located at RAF Fayid MEAF 23. Commanding Officer: SQD Leader Mullkern

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