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On this day 30th May

On this day 30th May

On the 30th May 2009 Sig Daniel Nash’s gallant actions in Afghanistan result in award of Princess Mary Medal. At first light a BRF vehicle struck a mine to the rear of Nash’s vehicle and, with scant regard for their own safety, Nash and his LEWT commander dismounted and moved back to assist the stricken vehicle and its crew…

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On this day articles written by Martin Skipworth a volunteer and former Head of Research at the museum with supporting material from Adam Forty (Museum Business Manager).

May

On this day 30th May

On this day 30th May

On the 30th May 2009 Sig Daniel Nash’s gallant actions in Afghanistan result in award of Princess Mary Medal. At first light a BRF vehicle struck a mine to the rear of Nash’s vehicle and, with scant regard for their own safety, Nash and his LEWT commander dismounted and moved back to assist the stricken vehicle and its crew…

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On this day 28th May

On this day 28th May

On the 28th May 1982 Lt Jim Barry was killed at Goose Green and Brig Ralph Alger Bagnold died. Bagnold has a dune field on Mars named in his honour.

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On this day 27th May

On this day 27th May

On the 27th May 1897 Nobel Prize winner and former signaller Sir John Cockcroft was born He served in the Royal Horse Artillery in World War One for three years as a signaller and then briefly as a lieutenant.

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On this day 26th May

On this day 26th May

On the 26th May 1940 the evacuation from the beaches of Dunkirk began. Control of the evacuation was assisted by a cable link from La Panne to the UK established by a junior Royal Signals officer.

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On this day 25th May

On this day 25th May

On the 25th May 1844, Samuel Morse first successfully transmitted news of a House vote from the U.S. Capitol to a newspaper via telegraph.

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On this day 24th May

On this day 24th May

On the 24th May 1921 the British Legion was formed by veterans of the Great War with a Royal Charter granted in 1925.

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On this day 23rd May

On this day 23rd May

On the 23rd May 1944 the successful breakout from the Anzio beachhead area began. This later resulted in the capture of Rome.

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On this day 21st May

On this day 21st May

On the 21st May 2009 19th Light Brigade’s Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) moved from Camp Bastion to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Price.

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On this day 20th May

On this day 20th May

On this day in 1941 the invasion of Crete by German forces began – the first airborne invasion in military history and the only occasion airborne forces were used operationally by the German Army.

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On this day 18th May

On this day 18th May

On the 18th May 1912, the first automatic telephone exchange in Britain came into service at Epsom in Surrey, providing 350 subscribers with the ability to dial other numbers in the town directly.

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On this day 16th May

On this day 16th May

On the 16th May 2017 SSgt Subarna Gurung and Sgt Milan Rai QGS reached the summit of Mount Everest. Rai also set a world altitude record for playing the bagpipes in spite of all the drones being completely frozen.

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On this day 15th May

On this day 15th May

On the 15th May 1957 Britain’s first H-bomb was exploded in the air off Christmas Island in the central Pacific Ocean as witnessed by Royal Signals WO2 Pat Soward.

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On this day 14th May

On this day 14th May

On the 14th May 1963 a laser light beam link first carried the TV signal during a network broadcast. It was demonstrated during the CBS program I’ve Got a Secret using a signal from a studio camera to a receiver that decoded the signal from the beam.

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On this day 13th May

On this day 13th May

On the 13th May 1890, Nikola Tesla was issued a patent for an electric generator. Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American] inventor and electrical engineer, who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

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On this day 12th May

On this day 12th May

On the 12 May 1982 5th Infantry Brigade departed Southampton on the QE2 to retake the Falkland Islands. The conflict proved s severe test of a Royal Signals’ versatility..

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On this day 10th May

On this day 10th May

On the 10th May 1940 the Battle of France began with the German army launching a “blitzkrieg” attack on the Western Front. Within six weeks they defeated Allied forces in Europe conquering France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands…

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On this day 9th May

On this day 9th May

On the 9th May 1945 the Channel Islands were liberated having been occupied by the German Army in June 1940. Plans for the liberation had been made as early as 1943.. The Task Force consisted of 6,000 personnel including several Royal Signals sections.

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On this day 8th May

On this day 8th May

On the 8th May 1945 Victory in Europe was declared. VE day marked the end of hostilities on the continent of Europe. The war was won largely because of the Allies’ ability to play a series of weak hands extremely well and because Hitler played some strong hands extremely badly.

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On this day 7th May

On this day 7th May

On this day in 1963 the United States launched the Telstar 2 communications satellite on behalf of its private owner, AT&T.

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On this day 5th May

On this day 5th May

On the 5th May 1941 Georges Pierre André Bégué (alias George Noble) parachuted into France with a suitcase radio. After the surrender of France in 1940 he joined the Royal Corps of Signals as a wireless operator. Recruited by the SOE, he was captured, imprisoned but managed to escape and was subsequently awarded the MC.

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On this day 3rd May

On this day 3rd May

The confounded telegraph has ruined everything. On this day 3rd May 1888 British engineer Charles Bright died. His work resulted in the successful laying of the first transatlantic cable – from Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, to Valentia Island, Ireland.

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On this day 2nd May

On this day 2nd May

On this day in 1945 the German garrison in Berlin surrendered to the invading Soviet forces.
A historical treasure trove, including many documents personally signed by Hitler, daggers, medals and other memorabilia was donated to the Royal Signals Museum and forms an unusual part of the Museum’s World War Two displays.

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On this day 1st May

On this day 1st May

On the 1st May 1982 Special Air Service (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS) patrols were inserted into East and West Falklands tasked to provide vital information on Argentinian dispositions and installations as a prelude to the repossession of the Falkland Islands.

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April

On this day 29th April

On this day 29th April

On this day in 1966 William Henry Eccles – a British physicist and a pioneer in the development of radio communication – died.

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On this day 27th April

On this day 27th April

On this day in 1791 Samuel Morse, creator of Morse Code, was born. During the 1860s the Army learnt to use Morse Code for visual signalling. Morse Code was sent using flags and this proved very useful during the Abyssinian campaign of 1867–68.

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On this day 25th April

On this day 25th April

On the 25th April 1874 Nobel Prize Winning Physicist and Inventor Marconi Was Born. Marconi was an Italian physicist and inventor of the successful wireless telegraph and worked on the development of shortwave wireless communication – the basis of nearly all modern long-distance radio.

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On this day 24th April

On this day 24th April

On this day in 1920 Alan Johnson was born. Johnson was a motorcycle dispatch rider (DR) in the North Africa Campaign in the Second World War and in civilian life becoming a special DR for the 3rd Air Formation Signals.

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On this day 22nd April

On this day 22nd April

On this day in 1951 during the Korean War the Battle of Imjin River began. Cpl Neville Bestwick, was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery repairing breaks in lines between the brigade and battalion Headquarters while under mortar and small arms fire

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On this day 21st April

On this day 21st April

On this day in 1974 he Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claimed its 1000th victim.

The Royal Corps of Signals provided communications for commanders and staff at brigade and theatre level, as well as the infrastructure to enable patrols on the ground to communicate with each other and with higher and lower commands.

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On this day 19th April

On this day 19th April

On this day in 1941 Eric Lomax was a Royal Signals lieutenant in Malaya in charge of the Signal Section of the 5th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery.
Lomax was Mentioned in Despatches for his role in the radio group.

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On this day 18th April

On this day 18th April

On the 18th April 1945 Sir John Ambrose Fleming died aged 95. Fleming was an English electrical engineer who invented the first thermionic valve. This was a vacuum tube with two electrodes in which the electrons flowed from filament to anode only.

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On this day 17th April

On this day 17th April

On this day Yugoslavia surrendered to the German army. However partisans remained active throughout the occupation harassing the German war effort. They were supported with the supply of equipment and infiltration usually by parachute of British special forces.

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On this day 16th April

On this day 16th April

On this day in 1942 the island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition of the gallantry of the island’s population during the siege of Malta which began in 1940. Malta was strategically important to the Allies and needed to be defended and resupplied at all costs.

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On this day 15th April

On this day 15th April

On this day in 1912 more than 1,500 people died in the sinking of the Titanic. More than 700 survived owing their escape to the newest communications technology of the time: wireless telegraphy.

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On this day 13th April

On this day 13th April

On this day in 1743 Thomas Jefferson was born in the Colony of Virginia. Jefferson born a British citizen was the third president of the US and primary draftsman of the Declaration of Independence.

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On this day 12th April

On this day 12th April

On this day in 1944 a West African Chindit Brigade was airlifted into central Burma. The Chindits were a large-scale, long-range jungle penetration group that mounted major raids on the Japanese forces

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On this day 11th April

On this day 11th April

On this day in 1917 during an offensive at Monchy-le-Preux on the Western Front valiant actions by Lance Corporal Harold Mugford VC, Essex Yeomanry would later result in Mugford being awarded the VC…

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On this day 10th April

On this day 10th April

On this day in 1944 the HQ of 77th Indian Infantry Brigade came under attack in Burma.Two signalmen unloaded a No. 22 Set from its mule and brought it into action under fire…

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On this day 7th April

On this day 7th April

This day in 1972 saw the Birth of Heli-Tele in Northern Ireland and 45 years earlier, in 1927 the first public demonstration of a one-way videophone occurred between Herbert Hoover and officials of A T & T.

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On this day 6th April

On this day 6th April

On the 6th April 1917 the US declared war on Germany and entered the First World War. It was clear from early on in the war, to both British and German Generals, that the entry of the USA would have a huge…

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On this day 5th April

On this day 5th April

Signallers support Navy Comms. During the Falklands campaign, the Royal Navy struggled to find enough communications staff for the ships so TA Signallers volunteered to man the RN static COMMCENs

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On this day 4th April

On this day 4th April

In 1949 the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation  (NATO) agreement was signed in Washington DC.  Originally consisting of 12 member states it has grown over the years to 30 with North Macedonia being the latest addition in March 2020.

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On this day 3rd April

On this day 3rd April

The first hand held mobile phone call was made by Motorola engineer Martin Cooper from Sixth Avenue in New York while walking between 53rd and 54th streets. Cooper called a rival, Joel Engel of Bell Laboratories at AT&T…

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On this day 2nd April

On this day 2nd April

Argentina invades the Falkland Islands. The conflict was to provide a severe test of the Royal Signals’ versatility – ensuring sound communications in the UK between the various HQs, ports, airfields, logistics depots and the forward operating base in Ascension Island.

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On this day 1st April

On this day 1st April

Cpl Mick Ward (RSIGNALS) and Sgt Michael Burbridge (REME) were ambushed and killed by members of the IRA iafter their civilian van was spotted entering and then leaving RUC Rosemount where they had been working on army radio equipment.

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March

On this day 28th March

On this day 28th March

Heroic actions by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Watson VC, Middlesex Yeomanry on the Western Front result in posthumous award of the VC…

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