LAST year saw some of the biggest changes in the Salisbury Plain landscape in recent history. With 917 new quarters being built across the Plain and huge building works within barracks including 376 new buildings, 167 refurbishments and alterations and 472 demolitions.

The development included new roadworks in Durrington and Larkhill to enable access to the new quarters and a new school being built.

Headquarters 20 Brigade moved to Tidworth and new units in the Garrisons included the Household Cavalry Regiment in Bulford, Queen’s Royal Hussars in Tidworth and 47 Regiment RA to Larkhill. Other moves saw 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and 19 Regiment RA moving from Tidworth to Larkhill.

Most of these moves were in June and July and huge credit must be given to the planners for an almost seamless move with minimal disturbance to the families and soldiers.

The excavations for these new buildings were supervised by Wessex Archaeology and have proved to be an archaeological treasure trove which will take years to fully examine.

2020 will see a few more moves with two Yorkshire based units, the Royal Dragoon Guards and 5 Regiment RA moving to Warminster and Larkhill respectively thus almost completing the Army 2020 plan.

CHRISTMAS CHEER IN TALLINN

Members of the Queen’s Royal Hussars Battlegroup attended St Olaf’s Church in Tallinn to hand out food to those that needed it over the Christmas period. As part of the Christmas festivities, members from the Battlegroup tapped down to the Estonian National Opera House Rahvusooper Estonia see the very best of Estonian ballet in a repertoire of The Nutcracker.

REME VETERANS NEEDED

Calling all Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer World War 2 Veterans.

The author Robin Cross is seeking REME Veterans of WW2 to tell their story. His new book ‘Veterans’, will comprise detailed interviews with surviving members of UK armed and intelligence services in WW2. From the REME aspect, of particular interest will be major operations like Normandy Landings and the crossing of the Rhine. If you are or you know of anyone that would like to be involved please email a brief summary to: association@reme-rhq.org.uk