11th Signal Brigade and Headquarters West Midlands
Active1967–Present
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
TypeCommunications brigade and regional point of command
SizeBrigade
Part of3rd UK Division
Garrison/HQVenning Barracks, Donnington, Shropshire, England.
Commanders
Current
commander
Brigadier Alexander J. Smith

The 11th Signal Brigade and Headquarters West Midlands is a signal formation of the British Army's 3rd UK Division.[1] Its headquarters is located at Venning Barracks, in Donnington in Shropshire.

History

The brigade was formed as 11th Signal Group in Liverpool in 1967. It became 11th Signal Brigade in 1982 and was redesignated 11th (ARRC) Signal Brigade in 1992 and reverted to 11th Signal Brigade in 1997.[2] In November 2014, 11th Signal Brigade amalgamated with 143 (West Midlands) Brigade to create a new formation, based at Venning Barracks in Donnington, named 11th Signal Brigade and Headquarters West Midlands, with an additional role as a regional brigade for army regular and reserve units in the West Midlands counties. A formation parade took place at Donnington on 15 November 2014.[3] 11th Signal Brigade has reassigned from 6th Division to 3rd Division as of 16 October 2020.[4][5]

Role

One of the brigade's responsibilities is to provide administrative support for around 8,000 Army personnel who are based in the region, as well as forming a vital link between the Army and its local communities.[6] The Brigade has five Regular Army signal regiments and five Army Reserve Signal regiments. Under Army 2020, it is the Regional Point of Command for the West Midlands.[7] In addition, it has command responsibilities for the Army Cadet Forces and some of the Army Reserve units in the region.[6]

Structure

11th Signal Brigade

The current operational structure of the brigade, which is based at Venning Barracks, Donnington (to move to Beacon Barracks, Stafford), is:[8][9]

Headquarters West Midlands

This regional command now administers all units in the following counties; Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, and West Midlands County. The following groups fall under administrative command of the group:[10][11][12]

See also

References

  1. ^ "6th UK Division". army.mod.uk. British Army. 16 October 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  2. ^ Lord, Cliff (2014). The Royal Corps of Signals: Unit Histories of the Corps (1920-2001), and Its Antecedents. Helion & Co. p. 131. ISBN 978-1874622925.
  3. ^ "Flag is flying for new Army brigade". Shropshire Star. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  4. ^ @3rdUKDivision (16 October 2020). "Today we welcome 11th Signals & West Midlands Bde to @3rdUKDivision.@R_Signals soldiers enable our command & control systems & are now with us at the forefront of national operations. Welcome to the Iron Division!@BritishArmy@3UKDivComdSM @11SigWMBde" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "11th Signal Brigade". army.mod.uk. British Army. 16 October 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  6. ^ a b "HQ 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Flag raising at Telford barracks marks new Army brigade". BBC. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Headquarters 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade – Brigade Units". army.mod.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Royal Corps of Signals Interactive Map". army.mod.uk. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  10. ^ "HQ 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade". www.army.mod.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Cadet Forces". www.army.mod.uk. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  12. ^ "British Army's Regional Commands across the United Kingdom" (PDF). Whatdotheyknow.com. 17 August 2020. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  13. ^ "The Mercian Regiment [UK]". 13 December 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  14. ^ a b "West Midlands Area". Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2020.