British Forces Deployed
This is a list of the British forces that served in the Gulf War. As usual, information is hard to come by. It is NOT our intention to ignore any unit which served. We wish to get the facts correct and produce a accurate list of all the units who served.
Due to time pressures and a lack of staff, we can no longer update these pages. This may change in the future, please bear with us.
British Commander in the Gulf: Lieutenant-General Sir Peter de la Billierie
|6||Jaguar GR.Mk 1A||Bahrain International Airport, Muharraq|
|9, 14, 17 and 31||Tornado GR.Mk 1||RSAF Dhahran as No 31 Composite Sqn Commanded by Wg Cdr Jerry Witts. 9 and 14 Sqns deployed to the Gulf in Aug 1990 and were based at the international airport Muharraq, Bahrain as well as Rsdaf Dahran. Also included the elements of Nos 2 and 13 Sqns (for recce).|
|2||Tornado GR.Mk 1A|
|10||The VC10 C1s of 10 Sqn never deployed as such, but were intra theatre AT support with the expected role of CAS/MEDIVAC but fortuitously they were not really required. It was because of their potential for dual role (AT/AAR that the C1s were later converted to C1Ks in the early 90s.|
|13||Tornado GR.Mk 1A|
|15||Tornado GR.Mk 1||Bahrain International Airport, Muharraq
No.15 Sqn commanded by Wg Cdr John Broadbent
|16||Tornado GR.Mk 1||Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
16 Sqn commanded by Wg Cdr Ian Travers Smith
|20||Tornado GR.Mk 1||20 sqn served jointly with 16 sqn at Tabuk, Saudi. I was ground crew on 16 Sqn, but we were a mixed ground crew, as the aircraft were, of both 16 & 20 Sqn's, deployed from RAF Laarbruch, Germany.|
|27||Tornado GR1||Wg Cdr T N C Elsdon|
|29||Tornado F.Mk 3||RSAF Dhahran operated as a composite unit under Wg Cdr Andrew Moir|
|41||Jaguar GR.Mk 1||41 Sqn took over from 6 Sqn in Nov 90 and then stayed there for roughly 4 months covering the war. 41 Sqn still based at Muharraq. 6 Sqn initially deployed to Oman at Thumrait and then transferred to Bahrain.|
|42||Nimrod MR.Mk 2P||Seeb, Oman|
|43||Tornado F.Mk 3||RSAF Dhahran operated as a composite unit under Wg Cdr Andrew Moir|
|47||Hercules C.Mk 1 and C.Mk 3|
|51||Nimrod R.Mk 1||RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus|
|51||Nimrod R.Mk 1||Seeb, Oman|
|55||Victor K.2 Tankers||The Victor ac of 55 Sqn began to arrive (Bahrain International Airport) at the start of December 1990 were established under the command of Wg Cdr Dave Williams.|
|101||VC10 K. Mk 2 and K.Mk 3||By start of hostilities, 101 Sqn had been established at Riyadh (King Khalid International Airport) since 13 Dec 90 under the command of Gp Capt Geoff Simpson (he had been promoted during the build up to conflict).|
|201||Nimrod MR.Mk 2P||Seeb, Oman|
|216||Tristar||216 Sqn had two ac deployed, collocated with 101 Sqn and their OC was also in theatre (Wg Cdr Hoskins)|
|VC10 C.Mk 1||Riyadh|
|Buccaneer S.Mk 2B||Muharraq|
|Puma HC.Mk 1|
|Chinook HC.Mk 1B|
|33 / 230||Puma RAF Regiment sections||Al Jubail, Ras Al Ghar and King Khalid Military city prior to moving into Iraq and then Kuwait itself October 1990 - April 1991|
Tactical Supply Wing, Royal Air Force. Dharan and Al Jubil. Aug 1991-Apr 1991. The TSW were the first RAF ground units into Iraq, deploying Fuel Support to both Dressing Stations in the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades.
Tactical Refuelling Area, 19 men and 6 refuelling trucks roamed Iraq refuelling helicopters and armour. This unit was one of the first to reach Mutla ridge.
Tactical Communications Wing, arrived in Gulf 9/8/1990.
RAF Gutersloh Armourer Support, based at Tabuk in Saudi from 3rd December 1990 to 12th March 1991 (tasked with generation of the Alarm missile)
Western band RAF, At the start of Jan 91 the Western band of the RAF were deployed to Saudi of which 4 Members were attached to augment RAF Det 1AES (no 1 aeromedical evacuation sqn )32 Field hospital working alongside the Army.
No 4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Sqn Royal Auxiliary Air Force, First Auxiliary Sqn to be mobilised since 2nd World War. 160 men & women deployed to Riyadh, Dhahran, Muharraq & Al Jubail from 14th January 1991 to 15th March 1991 and commanded by Wg Cmdr Ely. RAF. Many Thanks to Jeff Wisden for this entry.
RAF War Hospital Muharraq took over from 22 Field hospital RAMC in Dec 1990.
RAF Marham armour support Lead Explosive prep support team in RAF Tabuk main and forward E.S.A. Attached to 617 and 16 Sqn Wpn loading teams in theatre from September 90 to May 91.
6 Armourers from ESA at RAF Laabruch joined a detachment from 2, RAF Bruggen ESA to fly out to Muharraq at the start of September 1990 together with a detachment of Tornados from Bruggen. We built a Bomb Dump from scratch and then spent the next 4 months stocking and prepping every kind of munition that the RAF had in readiness for hostilities to start.
UKMAMS (United Kingdom Mobile Air Movements Squadron) This is a difficult question to answer! UKMAMS is an RAF Sqn based at RAF Lyneham which provides Movements Support Worldwide. During the Gulf War they were deployed at every Airport/Airhead in the Gulf providing assistance to the RAF AT Force and MOD Charter Aircraft as well as working alongside their USAF counterparts in the Aerial Port Units. They were probably the first RAF Unit to be deployed in August 1990 and the last to withdraw in 1991. Detachments included Thumrait, Minhad, Dhahran, Tabuk, Dubai, Al Dhubayl, LZ04 Qysumah, Baheain, Kuwait International (post ceasefire), Seeb, Riyadh. Thanks to Ian Berry for this entry.
No 1 Gp Mobile Servicing Section(MSS) Similar to UKMAMS this is a difficult to answer. MSS was a small RAF Section based at RAF Brize Norton (approx 20 personnel) which provided Technical Support to Air Transport (and other) aircraft worldwide. Throughout the Gulf War they were deployed in small (mobile) teams to every Airport/Airhead in theatre. MSS provided support and assistance to the RAF AT Force, MOD Charter Aircraft and all manner of coalition aircraft.
MSS deployed as technical support to Air Transport operations in August 1990 and were amongst the last to withdraw in 1991. Detachments included Dhahran,Thumrait,Tabuk, Cyprus,Bahrain, Riyadh, Qaisumah, LZ's and Kuwait International.
Prior to this operation, MSS were due to disband in Sept 1990. Unfortunately, despite the section's unique contribution to the Operation and the immediate follow up Operations in theatre. MSS was disbanded mid 1991. Although extremely honoured, the only recognition of the section's involvement in Op. Granby was the personal award of a BEM to myself as I/C section. I believe this should have, in some way, been a unit citation
Note;Unfortunately, despite being deployed in theatre for the duration of Op. Granby, even this honour was placed in the "out of theatre" list !!
Thanks to Peter Bickley for this entry.
1 Squadron RAF Regiment, were flown into Al Qaysumah to reinforce the base from Germany. Equipped with Scorpion and Spartan armoured vehicles they reinforced Muharraq and crossed into Iraq with 1(BR) Arm Div as the reconnaissance screen for the Division, ending the war astride the Kuwait-Basra highway.
20 Squadron RAF Regiment deployed to Cyprus August 1990. One flight deployed to Muharraq late August 1990, second flight joined first in the middle of October 1990, relieved by 66 Sqn in Nov 1990, returned to UK after setting up airbase defence of Muharraq.
26 Squadron RAF Regiment, RAF Laarbruch Commander Sqn Ldr Dipper. Deployed 28 Nov 90 to 14 FEB 91. Used to defend the airfield before Patriot was even conceived of being used. Successfully deployed all equipment within 10 days of arrival.
34 Squadron RAF Regiment (Deployed to Bahrain and Dahrhan in Aug. 1990).
51 Squadron RAF Regiment
58 Squadron RAF Regiment - 58 Sqn RAF Regiment Deployed from RAF Catterick In Jan 91 to Bahrain to allow 1 Sqn RAF Regt to deploy to the front. With only 3 days notice, those 3 days included all kitting and the dreaded ANTHRAX Jabs.
66 Squadron RAF Regiment
Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment All members of the band deployed 26/12/1990 until apr 1991 to support all aspects of the Hospital. Flt Lt's Derik Davidson & Flt Lt Rob Wiffen in overall charge of band but supporting hospital. Chf Tech 'Willy ' Turnbull named for support and control of COLPRO. Thanks to John Baigent for this entry.
4001 Flight RAF Regiment Members of 4001 Flt RAF Regiment became NBC team attached to 4th armoured Div during Desert Shield/Desert Storm & Desert Sabre
The Armilla Patrol: 11 ships, under the command of Commodore Paul Haddocks. Ships which served in the patrol included Atherstone, Battleaxe , Brave, Brazen, Brilliant, Cardiff, Cattistock, Dulverton, Exeter, Goucester, Hecla, Herald, Hurworth, Jupiter, Ledbury, London, Manchester and York. Royal Fleet Auxiliaries included Argus, Bayleaf, Diligence, Fort Grange, Olna, Resource, Sir Bedivere, Sir Galahad, Sir Percivale and Sir Tristram.
Support Helicopter Force Middle East formed by Royal Navy Sea Kings and other helicopters. Royal Navy Frigates and Destroyers also operated Royal Navy Sea Lynx HAS.Mk 3s which chalked up 15 Iraqi ship kills.
HMS Hurworth arrived Jebal Ali (U.A.E) end of sept 1990 3 hunt class ships (Atherston,Cattistock) comprehensive work-up till start of conflict. worked of Kuwait coast cleared many sea mines and rescued USS Tripoli and Princetown from minefield. Lt commander Ibbotson was my commanding officer. he was awarded the D.S.C. I was awarded the gulf war medal and 2x kuwait liberation medals. Thanks to Scott James Mitchell for this entry.
HMS Opossum inserted SBS teams into Iraq and occupied Kuwait.
HMS Otus on patrol in the Gulf.
Eastern Mediterranean Patrol: HMS Ark Royal (CO Capt Neal Rankin) (801 NAS, 820 & 849B NAS embarked), Sheffield, Charybdis, RFA Olmeda and RFA Regent operating with USS Virginia, Philippine Sea and Spruance securing the area against the threat of attack by Iraq.
845 Naval Air Squadron
848 Naval Air Squadron 845 and 848 were part of the support helicopter force mentioned below and were co-located with the Pumas of the RAF at KKMC, (King Kalhid Military City)and carried out the bulk of the forward moves. My aircraft Commander, Lt Cdr Pete, (Bong), Nelson, RAN received the AFC for a casevac we did on the night of Feb 25th 1991 from the FOB of LS Spectre. This involved 4 hours of Night vision flying under the blanket of thick oil smoke, to pick up two injured Staffordshire regt guys, one with a sucking chest wound and an Iraqi. On our return we came under sustained but badly aimed canon fire to the 32 field hospital at LS Ghost close to Hafr-al-batin.
Crew, Lt Cdr P Nelson RAN
Lt Dave Westley
Leading Aircrewman Daz Morris
Cpl Darren Sheffield (RAF medic).
HQ Div Admin Area HQ DAA was a truly unique logistics headquarters disbanded after Op Granby ended. Under command of Lt Col Gavin Haig, CO 4 Armd Div Tpt Regt. Previously attached to 3 Ord Bn under Lt Col Alan Taylor as HQ BMA. G2/G3 cell was Maj Andrew Homan LI, Capt Geoff Wright REME, Cpl Bobby Moore RTR, Bombadier Cliff Malcolm RA. What a team. Hope to see you all again one day.
5th Airborne Brigade
15 Support Squadron, OC Maj P Crook, MPF Ssgt A Ashdown, Plant Sgt R Tootlee. Working along the lines as 45 Support Sqn. The resources, MT and attachments ie(RAM to 32 Engr regt) were based at pippin fort. named after the OC, Philip. Plant troop carried out various tasks including MSRs, Airstrip construction, area Ray defences and the digging in of the RA. In fact it was reported that we were the first sapper troop to enter Iraq. I took the left flank supporting 4 RA units. 32 Heavy was one of them. Many Thanks to Rick Tootle for the detailed entry.
32 Armoured Engineer Regiment, 5th January to March 1991, Divisional engineers, route clearance in Kuwait. Chieftain AVRE's, Centurion, Plant & CETs.
1st Battalion Grenadier Guards apart from those listed separately below as 24 battlefield casualty replacements were deployed at the start of the war, medics, mortar and milan detachments across the battlefield.
Special Air Service Regiment
Army Air Corps units operated Gazelle AH.Mk 1 and Lynx AH.Mk 7, and a sole communications aircraft an Islander AI.Mk 1
1st (British) Armoured Division
4th Armoured Brigade, The Desert Rats, Brigadier Christopher Hammerbeck commanding.
7th Armoured Brigade The Desert Rats, Brigadier Patrick Cordingley commanding.
Prisoner of War Guard Force
2nd Royal Tank Regiment Sqns from 2 RTR were deployed on Desert Storm to act as an Armoured Delivery Sqn. After the Gulf war it was identified that this is a vital role during high intensity operations, and the Army formed the Dorset Yeomanry to undertake this task during war.
Armoured Infantry Training Advisory Team (AITAT) AITAT based at Sennelager BFPO 16 deployed 2 teams of 5 drawn from across the infantry. Pre break out they were responsible for Infantry training both in theater and with Units in Germany. Once the start line had been crossed they became responsible for forwarding and co-ordinating all Infantry BCRs. On ceasefire they continued in Theatre training the replacement Bns 2 R Ang and elements of 1 R Irish.
B, E, HQ BTY 1 RHA 2/3 of B , E and HQ bty attached to 40 field ra to bring up to war strength for op Granby. I was on an OP made up of B bty 1rha attached to 129 Dragon Bty 40 fld ra then re attached to c coy 1 staffs / c sqd Qrih.
43 Air Defence Battery, Although 43 Air Defence Battery (Lloyds Company) did not earn a battle honour from Op Granby; with the exception of the BSM and BQMS all members of the battery deployed to KTO, being used to bring 10(Assaye) Air Defence Bty (7th Armd Bde Close Air Defence component) and 46 (Talavera) Air Defence Bty up to full establishment. The units were equipped with the Shorts Javelin S15 shoulder-launched missile system and Alvis CVRT Spartan AFVs.
Nominally, 10 Bty were attached to 40 Fd Regt RA and 46 Bty were attached to 2 Fd Regt RA but both came under the jurisdiction of 12AD Regt for the duration of the campaign. I joined 6 Tp, 46 Bty as a BCR; initially we were used to provide Air Defence to 4Bde HQ/Signals element but ended up on R. hand flank of Kings Hussars-??? Battle Group as second-line infantry, clearing 'by-passed' positions and processing and providing first-aid to many hundreds of PoWs -poor sods! 46 Bty deployed on 24 Dec 90 and returned on 4 April 91.
Memories: being shot at by 14/20 Hussars ( -ha ha you missed!) and never recieving any other Ration Pack other than Menu F - I can still taste Chicken in Brown Sauce!
43 Bty were based in Gütersloh as part of 26 Fd Regt RA commanded by Lt Col Corbet Burcher (surname NOT hyphenated as I found out during a brief stint in Officers Mess!) The Regt hastily converted from Abbots to M109s as Divisional Artillery just for Op Granby. The gun batteries being 16 Sandhams Company, 17 Corunna, and 159 Colenso Bty, 17 Bty was split in half to bring the other batteries up to war establishment. The Regt deployed to KTO in 2 batches on 5 and 6 Jan 91 returning 28 March
46 Talavera Battery, Royal Artillery, normally based with 2 Field Regt RA but for OP granby where attached to 12 Regt RA. BSM Gus Begg 3 Troops 6 Tp, 18 Tp and 62 Tp all attached to different tasks.
32 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery. CO-Lt Col Peter Marwood, 2ic - Maj Peter Reynolds, RSM - WO1 David Hill. 18 Bty - BC Maj Mike Smart, 57 Bty - BC Maj Peter Angus, 73 OP Bty BC - Maj C Lincoln-Jones, 74 Bty - BC Maj Bob Eggar.
3 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers
2 troops was based at Bahrain, Aljabala, Hafa al Batien FFMA from 22nd September 1990 to 23rd March 1991, troop commander was Captain Rourke.
3 Field Squadron's first troops were deployed to Bahrain on 22nd September working on RAF support. Main body deployed to Aljabala, deployed to Hafa al Batien FFMA on 31st December until 23rd March. OC was Maj Hamish Rollo, 2IC Capt Dave Myers. Ops Offr Capt Chris Bourne. SSM WO2 Jim Dunning. Tp Comds Capts Neil Rourke(23 Sep -10 Dec)/Jon Steed(10 Dec-23 Mar), Doug Gibson, Ian Francis, Mathew Walton-Knight.
1st Field Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment, RE
11th Field Squadron, RE 6 members of the Squadron were attached to the RAF Hospital Muharraq. LCPL Vere (electrician), LCpl Carroll (plumber), also another electrician another plumber and 2 x carpenters.
14 Independent Topographic Squadron Royal Engineers Deployed to:provide geographic support including: teaching desert navigation,providing positional control, map supply and rapid map production: under command of Major R N Rigby RE
15 Field Support Squadron RE Officer commanding Major Phillip Crook, troop commander Mike Osbourne Sgt Tootle.
37 Field Support Squadron RE
OC: Major Mark Mans- now Major General, 21c Captain Neil Page now lt Col, AO/QM Capt Don Felton BEM retd, SSM; Wo11 Crombie retd.
Deployed nov 1990 Al - Jubail, attached to 32 Armd Engrs, part of US 1IDiv
Troops employed to clear routes, Destroy Iraqi usable armoured vehs, Clear Artillery positions at the borders. Endured very muddy conditions, used GPS for the first time! After Desert Storm billeted in Old Kuwaiti Palace. not 5 Star. Moved to Al Jubail stayed in Goodyear Tyre factory-former fd Hosp. returned to Hameln Apr 1991.
45 Field Support Squadron RE
53 Field Squadron RE Al Jubail Oct 90 - Dec 90 (Construction of tented camps). RAF MUHARRAQ Dec 90 - Feb 91 (RAF support and airfield damage repair), Kuwait City Feb 91 - Mar 91 (Cleaning up operations in the City and Basra rd). I also believe that the Officer Commanding Major Corbett RE received the OBE for his service in the Gulf. Lance Corporal Sayers was awarded the BEM for his service at RAF Muharraq.
60 Fd sp sqn RE (HQ FMA) AL Jubail port There before every body else building Black Adder and Baldrick camps and cleaning out camp 4 and last out.
Main Repair Group 6 (6 Armoured Workshop)
Commanded by Major Mike Lower REME. Arrived in Saudi Arabia 4th January 1991 at Blackadder Camp (Tent City). Left Saudi Arabia April 1991 - last unit involved in the war to do so. Based in Munster - Germany
1st Battalion Scots Guards 1SG deployed to Blackadder Camp, Saudi Arabia Jan 91,then moved north into southern Iraq before heading east into Kuwait. Bn was designated as BCRs bit fortunately were not needed for this. 1SG returned to Hohne, Germany in March 1991.[Battle honour Gulf War 1991]. Thanks to Neil Sievewright for this entry.
1st Bn Queens Own Highlanders (Seaforth & Cameron)
C.O. Lt Col Seymour Munro. A COY Al Jubail (Tent City) then deployed as flank protection to HQ 1st Armoured Division through Saudia, Iraq (Wadi Al Batan) into Kuwait down Basra Road into the bay of Kuwait City, duration of deployment 4 months. Other Coys deployed elsewhere in operational theatre.
See 1 Field Ambulance for details of the Regimental band.
7 Armoured Workshop, REME Stores Platoon. Split up to support 2XMRGS, 1XFRG. Commanding Officer was Major G. Seymour, WO2 Karl Dagnell.
3 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
16 Signal Regiment
23 Pioneer Regiment, 518 COY/187 COY
In typical pioneer fashion 518coy was the first unit to deploy to Al Jibal to set up the T R C they then went on to build and defend the asps, bfi, fma, hq dmma main and most units 187coy was deployed as a relief on 01/01/1991 only to be told that both companies would stay in theatre until further notice 518coy returned in March 187coy remained until 518coy came back in May-July as a rolling relief at the height of the conflict some 900 men & officers out of a total of 1600 in the corp were deployed.
203 Provost Company Royal Military Police
Divisional provo support, elements attached to both 4 and 7 Bde. Seven Pls deployed. locations involved include camp 4, main tapline road Msr, Log Base Alfa, Areas Keyes and Ray. Attached to various units for ground war period. manned main MSR for redeployment to Al Jubail, 6 and 7 Pls were among the last Granby 1.5 troops to leave on 7/4/91. Unit had one casualty Ssgt D Tite. Unit was a composite of various RMP units in UKLF and BFG. David Farnham
1 Armoured Field Ambulance, RAMC, comprised of 2 x dressing stations; DS 1A (1 Armd Fd Amb itself from Hohne) and DS 1B (formed from 4 Armd Fd Amb based in Minden). DS 1B (my DS) was located with the Arty Gp (2 Fd Regt?) and so was pretty mobile and up front through the Op. 54 Amb and Engr Gp from Lubbecke provided our MT and the bandsmen of the 17/21 Lancers and 5 Inniskillin Dragoon Guards were our augmentees. Co Lt Col Braithwaite., but DS 1B was commanded by Major Euan Carmichael, RADC. Deployed in Oct 90 and returned in Apr/May 91. DS 1B took part in the arty raids which preceded the ground war by providing light dressing station support to the SPGs at the border berms.
1st bn Duke of Wellington's regimental band was deployed January 1991 as part of 1 Armoured Field Ambulance, the band was split between ds 1 alpha and ds 1 bravo.
The regimental band of the Queens Own Highlanders were indeed one of the first deployments into the Gulf theatre as they were attached to 1 Armoured field ambulance. Deployed in late october/sept 1990 they remained with 1 armoured field ambulance Dressing Station 1Alpha. There duties were as medics in Ambulance troop. These ambulances were frontline both soft skinned and armoured and were the main medical unit for RSDG and staffordshire regiments and other frontline combatants.
The regimental band of the 1318th Royal Hussars (QMO) were one of the first deployments into the Gulf theatre as they were attached to 1 Armoured field ambulance Dressing Station 1 Alpha. Deployed 1st Nov' 1990 till mid March 91 our duties were spread across various departments; Ten attached to Forward Troop on AFV 432 ambulances, three in the Command Post, three with Chemical Recce Unit and Water duties and two on Wheeled Ambulance Troop. Thanks to Paul Bedford ex- 1318th Royal Hussars for this entry.
I Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Band attached 16 FA with members of the band with a HLS. was with Cpt Feilder of 16 FA, I was a c/sgt with the D&D Band we where attached to a Mobile HLS a RCT unit, the rest of the D&D Band where in Al Jubile with the dressing station.
2 Armoured Field Ambulance, RAMC, Some members of this unit were the first medics deployed providing medical support to the armoured units in 7 Armoured Brigade. Roles included manning Squadron Aid Posts and Fwd Troop duties working with/along side RAPs.
3 Armoured Field Ambulance, RAMC, attached 5 Armoured Field Ambulance, As Bravo Sqn, backfilled 5 Armoured Field Ambulance with armoured sections and a dressing station. Left Sennelager on 4/1/91 CO Col Rees Russel, returned to Germany 8/4/91.
4 Armoured Field Ambulance, RAMC
5 Armoured Field Ambulance, RAMC, left munster on 20/12/90, CO Col Rees Russel, returned to Germany 8/4/91.
Regimental Bands, 1st, 2nd and 3rd royal tank regiments., All 3 bands were attached to 5 Armoured Field Ambulance, RAMC. which split into 5 Alpha and 5 Bravo. Also 5 bravo had 4, tracked 432 armoured carriers converted to carry stretchers which were deployed to the Artillery regiments (known within the unit as Nomads 1-4). Each wagon deployed seperately , 8 NCO's (7 L/Corps and 1 full corporal OIC) made up from 4 RCT and 4 bandsman / medics. I was a L/C from 3 RTR band on one of these vehicles.
16 Field Ambulance, RAMC, I Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Band attached 16 FA with members of the band with a HLS. Was with Cpt Feilder of 16 FA, I was a c/sgt with the D&D Band we where attached to a Moblie HLS a RCT unit, the rest of the D&D Band where in Al Jubile with the dressing station.
19 Field Ambulance, RAMC, 19 Field Ambulance was deployed by oct 90 and split in two, half the unit deployed with 24 Airmobile Field Ambulance and the other half with 33 Field Hospital.
23 Parachute Field Ambulance
24 Airmobile Field Ambulance, RAMC, Half of 19 Field Ambulance was attached to this unit. The Salamanca Band was attached to 24 (Airmobile) Field ambulance. From Sept 1990 until March 1991. Three Musicians were awarded Mention In Dispatches. Bdsm Bennett, Bdsm Lawson, Bdsm Mair. A contingent from the 9th/12th Lancers P.O.W.S were attached as drivers and N.B.C. instructors from deployment to end of hostilities. I was one member of this unit from the 9th/12th to deploy with 24 a.f.a.
28 (Ambulance) Squadron, Gurkha Transport Regiment
Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas deployed as stretcher bearers
22 Field Hospital, RAMC 22 Field Hospital deployed to Bahrain on 14th Sept 1990 and established a hospital in the old RAF Hospital site at Manama. The CO was Lt Col Chris Town and the Matron was Lt Col Kathy Bland. The unit provided support to RAF personnel in Manama until relieved by RAF medical personnel in December and redeploying to the Wadi Al Batin area at this time. The unit started to return to UK from Mid March 91. I was a nursing officer in the unit.
mst alpha was deployed from 22 field hospital the unit did deploy but exact date not known.
32 Field Hospital, RAMC
deployed at Wadi Al Batin January 1991 until March 1991. CO Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lycnh RAMC. The Hospital was nicknamed the Desert rose and included BMH Hannover, Rinteln, Munster, elements of the R.A.F, Navy & Royal Marines, the bands of the Gordon Highlanders & Cheshire regiments, a Ghurka Ambulance Squadron. Reservist and TA personnel were deployed as part of this hospital and made up the majority of the units strength.
The Regimental Band of 1st Bn The Royal Irish Rangers, As well as the Regimental Band's of the Cheshires and Gordon Highlanders, The Regimental Band of the 1st Bn The Royal Irish Rangers were also part of 32 Field Hospital. Myself and my other two brothers, all Bdsm, Matthew and Aiden Bedford, also served with the Band. Our Bandmaster at the time was a WO1 (BM) Dave Clark. I remember the time we spent in the desert very well. 32 Field Hospital was featured in Soldier Magazine with a picture of us, my brothers and I sat close together holding our musical instruments. Thanks to Paul Bedford for this entry.
No.1 War Hospital from Canada was attached. Naval party 1036(NP1036) was attached to 32 Field Hospital RAMC and included Marines and Naval medics, approx 40 in total.
Band of the RAF Regiment and Central Band of the RAF.
I was at 32 Field Hospital in Wadi Al batin, with members of the Band of the RAF Regiment and Central Band of the RAF. (I was a member of Central Band) We were also stationed at the Airport Al Qaisumah at this time. (January 1991 to March 1991.)
33 Field Hospital, RAMC
Based at Camp 4 with the Hospital in a Goodyear tyre factory at Al Jubail. Made up of Aldershot MH with TA and Reserve volunteers, included elements of 23 Parachute Field Ambulance and the band of the Scots Guards. NORMEDCOY (Norwegian medical company) served here from February to April 1991. Half of 19 Field Ambulance was attached. Pegasus Band, The Parachute Regiment was based at camp 4 and attached to 33 Field Hospital RAMC, the band put the hospital together and took it apart supplied guards, drivers, med staff within hospital also, were main band for xmas panto for troops over a 3 day period. Pegasus band served from October to March in the Gulf. The hospital was renamed in theatre as 33 Gen Hosp RAMC. Also attached were the bands of 1 D & D and 1 R Anglian + 1 other.
205 (Scottish) General Hospital, RAMC (TA)
CO was Colonel Glynn Jones, based at Riyahd (King Khaled international airport) as a territorial army general hospital, from 27th December 1990 to mid-may 1991. 1800 bedded hospital under terminal 5. When deployed the hospital became 205 evacuation hospital.
I was one of the 250 +/- conscripted medics to serve in the Gulf. Based with the 205 field hospital in Riyahd and the most easily forgotten!
Medical Support Team Alpha (MST) Dharan Stationed at Dharan airbase from 19th August 1990 till about mid march. OC Capt "Piggy" Whelan .The first RAMC unit deployed to Gulf. 29 strong team consisting 1 surgeon 1 anaesthatist 1 doctor1 dentist 3 QA nurses (Officers)1 RAMC male nurse plus 5 other senior ranks and 16 OR`s. I myself was Sgt Med storeman for tour Received Gulf commanders commendation for helping American casualties during SCUD attack. Thanks to Robert Christer for this entry.
3 Ordnance Battalion 3 Ordnance Battalion (HQ in Soest, W Germany) under the command of Lt Col Alan Taylor RAOC were deployed as a part of Op Granby 1 in support of 7 Bde. The senior warrant officer in the army at the time - WO1(Cdr)Pete Stead RAOC commanded the Div RV. The HQ element provided personnel for the Materiel and Combat Supply branches in the 1 Division HQ.
6 Ordnance Battalion from Beilefeld 15th Oct 1990 to Al Jubayal, Deployed to FFMA 31/12/90 to set up log base alfa in Gulf for duration redeployed to Germany March 1991.
Coffer Team RAOC attached to 6 Ord Bn Myself WO1(SSM) Phil Storey and Cpl Adrian Conway-Hyde were attached to 6 Ord Bn from ICP RAOC BAOR and DSCS Bicester as forward maintenance for RAOC logistical Computers in Ord Coys and Store Sections in the gulf. we deployed with the main body and returned with the main body on return to BAOR.
11 Ordnance Company RAOC deployed to Al Jubail from Soltau late Oct 90. Officer Commanding Major Carl Hewitt. (Carl later awarded OBE for his efforts as 7 Bde BAA Commander) Provided logistic support to 7 Bde in particular and 1 Armd Div in general throughout the conflict. The unit was deployed to the desert for the duration 11 Ord Coy were on the Basra highway at the time of the ceasefire 28 Feb 91.
31 Ordnance Company RAOC >deployed to the Gulf in Oct 1990 as part of 7th Armoured Brigade. Moved over to 4th Armoured Brigade when 11 Ordnance company reached the Gulf. OC Major T. White, 2IC Capt Greathead, CSM WO2 Willis, Support Platoon command 2lt Tuck, Stores Platoon command Lt Basham, CQMS Ssgt V Parker. Thanks to Gordon Bowes and Graham Hunt for the details included in this entry.
42 Ordnance Company RAOC Deployed 28/12/90 to Al Jybul as apart of 6 Ordnance Bn. Deployed forward to FFMA 31/12/90. Remained in the FFMA for the duration. Small force of 15 men deployed to Wadi Al Butan for the duration. Arrived back in the UK 01/04/91. Part of the 15 man group that went to Wadi al Butan from 42 ord coy comprised of Capt Vic Bennet, Sgt Chris Norris, Cpl Chas Sloan, Pte John Sharp, Pte Eddi Cockran.
1 Squadron, Royal Corps of Transport deployed to Gulf in December 1990 and returned April 1991 to Goojerat barracks, Colchester. Worked as the main supply for the desert rats during the gulf conflict. It also acted as forward recon. units for the artillery units at the front. Deployed December 1990 returned december 1991.
9 Squadron, 10 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport
B Troop, 9 squadron was the Tank Transport Fuel troop. Supplying fuel to the BFI (bulk fuel intakes), which in turn fueled the British army.
10 Tank Transporter Squadron, Royal Corps of Transport
11 Sqn Royal Corps of Transport, 4 adtr Royal Corps of Transport, I was a member of 11 sqn and when we deployed we were spread all over the place to different units. My mate Mac Mcfadden was killed out there, he was also part of 11 sqn. I was part of the div tps dp and our stripey was a sergeant called jim geddes, we also had guys kev ladner, bartholomew, paddy kelly, dave hogg, burt reynolds.
12 Squadron, 10 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport
14 Squadron, Royal Corps of Transport, HQ 1(BR) Corps sent out half our Sqn to other unit's as Dvr's.
15 Squadron, Royal Corps of Transport
17 Squadron, 10 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport
25 Squadron, Royal Corps of Transport Deployed Dec 90 from Biceser until June 91. A drops unit based in Al Jubial at first then split up supporting various ops including repatriation of Kuwait.
38 Sqn, Royal Corps of Transport 38 Sqn RCT was deployed on Op Granby Jan 1991 under the command of Major Alexander RCT. We provided front line Artillery support for MLRS with Drops vehicles.
60 Sqn, Royal Corps of Transport, 2 Infantry Division I was part of 60 sqn rct deployed to the gulf in beginning of jan 91 after a 6 mths un tour of cyprus. we were sent to replenish other rct units out there ,i think they call it (dead mans shoes)
76 Sqn RCT, 4 ADTR Home base was Minden in the North-Rhine Westfalia area of BAOR. Was officially re-roled from the HQ Squadron to a task Sqn in Direct support of 26 Regt RA based in Gutersloh to date. The Sqn Deployed in Dec 90 and returned to Germany 4 Months later. The Sqn commander was Major Mike Jones, Squadron Sgt Major was WO2 Ron Murray. I was Major Jones driver/radio operator.
187 (Tancred) Company, Royal Pioneer Corps
518 Company, Royal Pioneer Corps
908 Pioneer Labour Support Unit, Royal Pioneer Corps
Army War Graves Service, Royal Pioneer Corps
HQ Force Maintenance Area\Forward Force Maintenance Area This was the ad-hoc unit in overall charge of second and third line logistics and the overall running of the 1(UK) ARMD DIV logistic support. It was commanded by Brigadier White and had its HQ at Old Port Barracks Al jubayl and Log Base Alpha for the FFMA. We deployed from Oct 90 until late Mar 91. Many Thanks to Chris Byers for the detailed information.
Intelligence Corps HQ Security Coy; Ling(SI).
Reclamation Platoon, Att MRG 7 & MRG11 we started life in blackadder camp(as BCR,s)initially, sent out on a daily basis as volunteers???? to an area where the dead/scrap and wrecked vehicles were sent/dragged. After showing our true colours and capabilities, Reclamation platoon was formed. We were attached to various units, in the main MRG 11 and MRG 7, We followed up the battle and cleaned/mopped up the leftover vehicles in no uncertain states of battle damage and disrepair. After the ground war was over our unit was Disbanded. A JOB WELL DONE BOYS SIGNED THE MAN IN BLACK (Ex 1RTR,REME). Thanks to EX SGT (MAC) EVANS,1RTR REME for this entry.
Royal Marine detachments onboard Royal Navy warships in the Gulf, participated in stop and search operations on ships in the Gulf.
Royal Marine Commandos