On this day…

On this day articles written by Martin Skipworth a volunteer and former Head of Research at the museum with supporting material from Nick Metcalfe and museum staff. Additional information & edits by Sandra Hutchinson (Museum communication volunteer & Webmaster).

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October

On this day 21st October

On the 21st October 1805 the Battle of Trafalgar was fought. Shortly before the fleets engaged Nelson decided to send a message showing his trust in his men.

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On this day 18th October

On the 18th October 1922 the BBC was formed. it was originally owned by a group of leading wireless manufacturers including Marconi.

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On this day 8th October

On the 8th October 1985 Signalman Clive Sullivan died. Sullivan started playing rugby league for Hull FC while still in the Army. Later he became the first black player to captain a British national team in a major sport.

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On this day 2nd October

On 2nd October 1942 Signalman Arnold Topliff, Hong Kong Signal Company, showed bravery under truly appalling conditions for which he was awarded the British Empire Medal.

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On this day 21st October

On this day 21st October

On the 21st October 1805 the Battle of Trafalgar was fought. Shortly before the fleets engaged Nelson decided to send a message showing his trust in his men.

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On this day 18th October

On this day 18th October

On the 18th October 1922 the BBC was formed. it was originally owned by a group of leading wireless manufacturers including Marconi.

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On this day 8th October

On this day 8th October

On the 8th October 1985 Signalman Clive Sullivan died. Sullivan started playing rugby league for Hull FC while still in the Army. Later he became the first black player to captain a British national team in a major sport.

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On this day 2nd October

On this day 2nd October

On 2nd October 1942 Signalman Arnold Topliff, Hong Kong Signal Company, showed bravery under truly appalling conditions for which he was awarded the British Empire Medal.

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September

On this day 30th September

On the 30th September 1938 the Munich Agreement was signed. Chamberlain returned to the UK waved the agreement and said ‘This means peace in our time’.

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On this day 29th September

On 29 September 1923 Britain’s mandate from the League of Nations to govern Palestine began. This was followed by 16 years of almost continuous conflict.

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On this day 28th September

On the 28th September 1970 Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein died. In 1952, Nasser with other military officers staged a coup that overthrew the monarchy.

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On this day 27th September

On 27 September 2015 cricketer Frank Tyson died. Frank Tyson made his first-class cricket debut for Northants in 1952 while on National Service in the Corps.

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On this day 24th September

On the 24th September 1943 Lieutenant S. R. Armitage and Lieutenant J. D. Hawley, clandestine radio operators on the Thai-Burma railway. died.

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On this day 23 September

On the 23 September 1954 Queen’s Gurkha Signal Regiment was formed. On this day in 1940 King George VI announces the institution of the George Cross and the George Medal.

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On this day 22nd September

On the 22nd September 2014 after 48 hours’ notice, Lt Joe Willden led a 10-person team from 258 Signal Squadron’s Early Entry Headquarters (EEHQ) to Freetown, Sierra Leone as part of Op Gritrock.

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On this day 21st September

On the 21st September 1981 Belize gained independence from the UK but because Guatemala had an historic claim to sovereignty, the British maintained a garrison…

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On this day 14th September

On this day 14th September 1979 Hafizullah Amin the Afghan Prime Minister overthrew the President Nur Mohammad Taraki and declared himself president.

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On this day 3rd September

On the 3rd September 1939 Prestatyn Holiday Camp in North Wales twas taken over by Royal Signals forcing holiday makers to pack their bags and return home.

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On this day 2nd September

On the 2nd September 1973 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien died.
Best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Tolkien served in the Somme as a Regimental Signals Officer

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On this day 30th September

On this day 30th September

On the 30th September 1938 the Munich Agreement was signed. Chamberlain returned to the UK waved the agreement and said ‘This means peace in our time’.

read more
On this day 29th September

On this day 29th September

On 29 September 1923 Britain’s mandate from the League of Nations to govern Palestine began. This was followed by 16 years of almost continuous conflict.

read more
On this day 28th September

On this day 28th September

On the 28th September 1970 Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein died. In 1952, Nasser with other military officers staged a coup that overthrew the monarchy.

read more
On this day 27th September

On this day 27th September

On 27 September 2015 cricketer Frank Tyson died. Frank Tyson made his first-class cricket debut for Northants in 1952 while on National Service in the Corps.

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On this day 24th September

On this day 24th September

On the 24th September 1943 Lieutenant S. R. Armitage and Lieutenant J. D. Hawley, clandestine radio operators on the Thai-Burma railway. died.

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On this day 23 September

On this day 23 September

On the 23 September 1954 Queen’s Gurkha Signal Regiment was formed. On this day in 1940 King George VI announces the institution of the George Cross and the George Medal.

read more
On this day 22nd September

On this day 22nd September

On the 22nd September 2014 after 48 hours’ notice, Lt Joe Willden led a 10-person team from 258 Signal Squadron’s Early Entry Headquarters (EEHQ) to Freetown, Sierra Leone as part of Op Gritrock.

read more
On this day 21st September

On this day 21st September

On the 21st September 1981 Belize gained independence from the UK but because Guatemala had an historic claim to sovereignty, the British maintained a garrison…

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On this day 14th September

On this day 14th September

On this day 14th September 1979 Hafizullah Amin the Afghan Prime Minister overthrew the President Nur Mohammad Taraki and declared himself president.

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On this day 3rd September

On this day 3rd September

On the 3rd September 1939 Prestatyn Holiday Camp in North Wales twas taken over by Royal Signals forcing holiday makers to pack their bags and return home.

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On this day 2nd September

On this day 2nd September

On the 2nd September 1973 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien died.
Best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Tolkien served in the Somme as a Regimental Signals Officer

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August

On this day 31st August

On this day in 1921 the First World War ended. Although many consider that the First World War ended with the Armistice on 11 November 1918, it did not end officially until almost three years later…

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On this day 27th August

On this day in 1933 John Agar died. Heroically ‘He died that others might live.’
The Agar Memorial Prize is awarded to the best Royal Signals officer cadet from each intake at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; is has been awarded since 1934.Lieutenant John Agar was born on 13 January 1910. He was educated at Eton and was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in January 1930. After his qualifying course at Catterick, he joined 3rd Divisional Signals at Bulford, where he quickly made his reputation as an excellent regimental officer commanding ‘E’ Section, supporting one of the division’s artillery regiments. He was an athlete and a mainstay of the regimental athletics team as a middle distance runner.
On 27 August 1933, Lieutenant Agar was with four of his soldiers at Studland Bay, Dorset. Two men, Drivers T. Brown and J. H. Castle, got into difficulty in deep water 100 yards from shore and Lieutenant Agar went to their rescue. He managed to save Brown but in attempting to rescue Driver Castle he was drowned; Castle was later brought in by others. Lieutenant Agar was buried with military honours in Tidworth Military Cemetery. His sacrifice was recognised by the Royal Humane Society In Memoriam Testimonial on Vellum and the Certificate of the Carnegie Hero Trust Fund. Later that year his parents donated a silver ‘victor ludorum’ cup to 3rd Divisional Signals that was to be competed for annually at the regimental athletics meeting; it was first won the following year by Lance Corporal J. Etchells, a fellow runner in the athletics team and a well-regarded Corps rugby player and all-round sportsman. The first Agar Memorial Prize was presented to Gentleman Cadet B. H. P. Barnes (later Colonel B. H. P. Barnes OBE).

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On this day 26th August

On the 26th August 1873 Lee de Forest was born. De Forest was an American inventor, self-described ‘Father of Radio’ and a pioneer in the development of sound-on-film recording.

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On this day 25th August

On the 25th August 1956 George Washington Pierce died. Pierce was an inventor and pioneer in wireless telephony and a noted teacher of communication engineering.

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On this day 23rd August

On the 23rd August 1875 William Henry Eccles was born. Eccles was a British physicist and a pioneer in the development of radio communication.

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On this day 21st August

On the 21st August 1915 Private Potts was wounded in the attack on Scimitar Hill in Gallipoli.
Potts although wounded remained for over 48 hours under the Turkish trenches…

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On this day 20th August

On the 20th August 1911, a despatcher in the New York Times office sent the first telegram around the world via a commercial service.

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On this day 19th August

On the 19th August 1942 Operation Jubilee (the Dieppe Raid) took place. This was an Allied amphibious attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe.

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On this day 18th August

On the 18th August 1942 an ambush at Duncan’s Piquet resulted in Lance Serjeant Percy Everitt Cook being killed and Signalman Cecil Punter and an un-named Indian signaller wounded.

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On this day 17th August

On the 17th August 2000 Myra came into service to replace Euromux. Responsibility for programme implementation was given to Commander 11th Signal Brigade, Brig Jonathan Cook, and Capt John Hiorns, who was the in-theatre programme manager.

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On this day 14th August

On the 14th August 1894 the first wireless transmission of information using Morse code was demonstrated by Oliver Lodge during a meeting of the British Association at Oxford.

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On this day 13th August

On the 13th August 2006 Jack Edwards OBE died aged 88.
Edwards spent some time in the notorious Changi jail before being moved to Taiwan where he was a Prisoner of War (POW).

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On this day 11th August

On the 11th August 2003 The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) took the leadership role in providing security in and around Kabul in Afghanistan.

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On this day 10th August

On the 10th August 1920 The Treaty of Sèvres was signed. The treaty was designed to dismantle the Ottoman Empire and in doing so it virtually abolished Turkish sovereignty.

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On this day 9th August

On the 9th August 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met at Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland in Canada to create what later became known as The Atlantic Charter.

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On this day 8th August

On the 8th August 1991 a High Frequency (HF) radio on a Hercules had failed, jeopardising an important mission – the release of John McCarthy

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On this day 6th August

On the 6th August 1970 Major-General Algernon Clement Fuller CBE died. In 1915 he invented the Fullerphone,which was brought into service in 1916.

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On this day 4th August

On the 4th August 1921 a facsimile (fax) was transmitted for the first time by wireless across the Atlantic Ocean using the Belinograph invented by Eduard Belin.

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On this day 3rd August

On the 3rd August 1929 Emil Berliner died. Berliner invented an improved telephone transmitter – one of the first type of microphone. Alexander Graham Bell was so impressed he bought the rights from Berliner for $50,000.

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On this day 1st August

On the 1st August 1936 Adolf Hitler opened the Berlin Olympics. The games were the first to be televised, and radio broadcasts reached 41 countries.

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On this day 31st August

On this day 31st August

On this day in 1921 the First World War ended. Although many consider that the First World War ended with the Armistice on 11 November 1918, it did not end officially until almost three years later…

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On this day 27th August

On this day 27th August

On this day in 1933 John Agar died. Heroically ‘He died that others might live.’
The Agar Memorial Prize is awarded to the best Royal Signals officer cadet from each intake at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; is has been awarded since 1934.Lieutenant John Agar was born on 13 January 1910. He was educated at Eton and was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in January 1930. After his qualifying course at Catterick, he joined 3rd Divisional Signals at Bulford, where he quickly made his reputation as an excellent regimental officer commanding ‘E’ Section, supporting one of the division’s artillery regiments. He was an athlete and a mainstay of the regimental athletics team as a middle distance runner.
On 27 August 1933, Lieutenant Agar was with four of his soldiers at Studland Bay, Dorset. Two men, Drivers T. Brown and J. H. Castle, got into difficulty in deep water 100 yards from shore and Lieutenant Agar went to their rescue. He managed to save Brown but in attempting to rescue Driver Castle he was drowned; Castle was later brought in by others. Lieutenant Agar was buried with military honours in Tidworth Military Cemetery. His sacrifice was recognised by the Royal Humane Society In Memoriam Testimonial on Vellum and the Certificate of the Carnegie Hero Trust Fund. Later that year his parents donated a silver ‘victor ludorum’ cup to 3rd Divisional Signals that was to be competed for annually at the regimental athletics meeting; it was first won the following year by Lance Corporal J. Etchells, a fellow runner in the athletics team and a well-regarded Corps rugby player and all-round sportsman. The first Agar Memorial Prize was presented to Gentleman Cadet B. H. P. Barnes (later Colonel B. H. P. Barnes OBE).

read more
On this day 26th August

On this day 26th August

On the 26th August 1873 Lee de Forest was born. De Forest was an American inventor, self-described ‘Father of Radio’ and a pioneer in the development of sound-on-film recording.

read more
On this day 25th August

On this day 25th August

On the 25th August 1956 George Washington Pierce died. Pierce was an inventor and pioneer in wireless telephony and a noted teacher of communication engineering.

read more
On this day 23rd August

On this day 23rd August

On the 23rd August 1875 William Henry Eccles was born. Eccles was a British physicist and a pioneer in the development of radio communication.

read more
On this day 21st August

On this day 21st August

On the 21st August 1915 Private Potts was wounded in the attack on Scimitar Hill in Gallipoli.
Potts although wounded remained for over 48 hours under the Turkish trenches…

read more
On this day 20th August

On this day 20th August

On the 20th August 1911, a despatcher in the New York Times office sent the first telegram around the world via a commercial service.

read more
On this day 19th August

On this day 19th August

On the 19th August 1942 Operation Jubilee (the Dieppe Raid) took place. This was an Allied amphibious attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe.

read more
On this day 18th August

On this day 18th August

On the 18th August 1942 an ambush at Duncan’s Piquet resulted in Lance Serjeant Percy Everitt Cook being killed and Signalman Cecil Punter and an un-named Indian signaller wounded.

read more
On this day 17th August

On this day 17th August

On the 17th August 2000 Myra came into service to replace Euromux. Responsibility for programme implementation was given to Commander 11th Signal Brigade, Brig Jonathan Cook, and Capt John Hiorns, who was the in-theatre programme manager.

read more
On this day 14th August

On this day 14th August

On the 14th August 1894 the first wireless transmission of information using Morse code was demonstrated by Oliver Lodge during a meeting of the British Association at Oxford.

read more
On this day 13th August

On this day 13th August

On the 13th August 2006 Jack Edwards OBE died aged 88.
Edwards spent some time in the notorious Changi jail before being moved to Taiwan where he was a Prisoner of War (POW).

read more
On this day 11th August

On this day 11th August

On the 11th August 2003 The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) took the leadership role in providing security in and around Kabul in Afghanistan.

read more
On this day 10th August

On this day 10th August

On the 10th August 1920 The Treaty of Sèvres was signed. The treaty was designed to dismantle the Ottoman Empire and in doing so it virtually abolished Turkish sovereignty.

read more
On this day 9th August

On this day 9th August

On the 9th August 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met at Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland in Canada to create what later became known as The Atlantic Charter.

read more
On this day 8th August

On this day 8th August

On the 8th August 1991 a High Frequency (HF) radio on a Hercules had failed, jeopardising an important mission – the release of John McCarthy

read more
On this day 6th August

On this day 6th August

On the 6th August 1970 Major-General Algernon Clement Fuller CBE died. In 1915 he invented the Fullerphone,which was brought into service in 1916.

read more
On this day 4th August

On this day 4th August

On the 4th August 1921 a facsimile (fax) was transmitted for the first time by wireless across the Atlantic Ocean using the Belinograph invented by Eduard Belin.

read more
On this day 3rd August

On this day 3rd August

On the 3rd August 1929 Emil Berliner died. Berliner invented an improved telephone transmitter – one of the first type of microphone. Alexander Graham Bell was so impressed he bought the rights from Berliner for $50,000.

read more
On this day 1st August

On this day 1st August

On the 1st August 1936 Adolf Hitler opened the Berlin Olympics. The games were the first to be televised, and radio broadcasts reached 41 countries.

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July

On this day 31st July

On this day in 2007 Operation Banner – the operational name for the British Armed Forces’ operation in Northern Ireland – came to an end.

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On this day 30th July

On the 30th July 1966 England won the FIFA World Cup final against Germany 4 -2 at Wembley Stadium with veteran Royal Signaller Gordon Banks in goal.

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On this day 29th July

On the 29th July 1864 John Sharman Fowler was born. Frontier. Fowler was appointed Director of Army Signals in 1914. During WW1 he was Mentioned in Despatches eight times and in 1917 was promoted to major general.

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On this day 28th July

On the 28th July 1914 Austria-Hungary declares war on and starts hostilities with Serbia effectively igniting a conflict which ultimately would engulf the whole World – the First World War.

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On this day 27th July

On this day in 2012 the opening ceremony of the London Olympics took place in preparation for the games which began the following day.

read more

On this day 26th July

On the 26th July 1912 , USS Stringham, a torpedo boat, successfully received the first radio signal transmitted from an aircraft to a surface ship.

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On this day 23rd July

On the 23rd July 1942 Valdemar Poulsen died. Poulsen was a Danish engineer who made significant contributions to early radio technology.

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On this day 22nd July

On the 22nd July 1946 the bombing of St. David’s Hotel, Jerusalem occurred. As a result, Royal Signals suffered its first casualties in post-war Palestine.

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On this day 21st July

On the 21st July 1969, Apollo XI astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin blasted off the surface of the moon and returned to the command module piloted by Michael Collins.

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On this day 20th July

On the 20th 1982 the Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings were carried out in London by members of the IRA, killing 11 military personnel and seven horses.

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On this day 19th July

On the 19th July 1941 Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred approvingly to the V for Victory campaign in a speech and from which point he started using the V hand sign.

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On this day 18th July

On the 18th July 1947 the Indian Independence Act received Royal Assent. This resulted in the partitioning of British India into two new independent dominions of India and Pakistan.

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On this day 17th July

On the 17th July 1898 Hubert Elvin Rance was born. He was appointed the last Governor of British Burma in August 1946 and on 4 January 1948, he handed over to Sao Shwe Thaik, the President of Burma.

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On this day 15th July

On the 15th July 1988 Brig Maynard MBE lost his life whilst saving several children from drowning. He subsequently received a posthumous award of the Medaglia Civile Di Valore.

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On this day 14th July

On the 14th July 2013 the world’s last telegram was sent in India. In the UK telegram delivery ceased in 2008, while in the United States Western Union’s dwindling service was terminated on 27 Jan 2006.

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On this day 13th July

On the 13th July 1945, the first atomic bomb arrived partly assembled at its test site in the New Mexico desert. On Monday 16 July 1945, it was successfully exploded and the nuclear era began.

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On this day 12th July

On the 12th July Orangemen’s Day is celebrated by Ulster protestants in Northern Ireland. This celebrates the Glorious Revolution (1688) and victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne (1690), which began the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland.

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On this day 11th July

On this day in 1921 the Irish War of Independence ended, The guerrilla war fought by the Irish Republican Army against the forces of the state began in 1919, became increasingly violent and brutal.

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On this day 10th July

On the 10th July 1924 the presentation of an Empire Gallantry Medal was made by King George V to a former Royal Signals soldierFrancis Austin Morteshed on the island of Ist.

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On this day July 9th

On the 9th July 1941 British cryptologists broke the secret code used by the German army to direct ground-to-air operations on the Russian Eastern front.

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On this day 8th July

On the 8th July 1944 Operation Charnwood commenced, resulting in the capture of Caen – a month later than had been originally planned.

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On this day 7th July

On the 7th July 2005 a series of coordinated Islamic terrorist suicide attacks in London targeted commuters travelling on the city’s public transport system during the morning rush hour. 52 people were killed in the attacks and over 700 were injured.

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On this day 6th July

On the 6th July 1988 Piper Alpha, one of the United Kingdom’s worst industrial accidents occurred. Explosions and fire destroyed this North Sea oil and gas production platform.

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On this day 5th July

On the 5th July 1954 the BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin but the first modern war correspondent was William Howard Russell who covered the Crimean War for The Times.

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On this day 4th July

On the 4th July 1790 George Everest was born. A British surveyor and geographer he is best known for having Mount Everest named in his honour. although he had previously had

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On this day 3rd July

On the 3rd July 2006 an asteroid flew 268,624 miles close to Earth. Calculations suggest 2004 XP14 s distance from Earth at that moment was just 1.1 times the Moon’s average distance from Earth.

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On this day 2nd July

On the 2nd July 1897 Radio was born when Guglielmo Marconi was awarded a patent for his radio. Patent number 12,039 was accepted by the Patent Office in London for ‘The improvements of transmitting electrical impulses and signals’.

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On this day 1st July

On the 1st July 1957 the International Geophysical Year began. 67 countries took part in a period of scientific exploration and collaboration. Its work would lead to the start of the Cold War space race and Britain establishing its own Halley Research Centre.

read more
On this day 31st July

On this day 31st July

On this day in 2007 Operation Banner – the operational name for the British Armed Forces’ operation in Northern Ireland – came to an end.

read more
On this day 30th July

On this day 30th July

On the 30th July 1966 England won the FIFA World Cup final against Germany 4 -2 at Wembley Stadium with veteran Royal Signaller Gordon Banks in goal.

read more
On this day 29th July

On this day 29th July

On the 29th July 1864 John Sharman Fowler was born. Frontier. Fowler was appointed Director of Army Signals in 1914. During WW1 he was Mentioned in Despatches eight times and in 1917 was promoted to major general.

read more
On this day 28th July

On this day 28th July

On the 28th July 1914 Austria-Hungary declares war on and starts hostilities with Serbia effectively igniting a conflict which ultimately would engulf the whole World – the First World War.

read more
On this day 27th July

On this day 27th July

On this day in 2012 the opening ceremony of the London Olympics took place in preparation for the games which began the following day.

read more
On this day 26th July

On this day 26th July

On the 26th July 1912 , USS Stringham, a torpedo boat, successfully received the first radio signal transmitted from an aircraft to a surface ship.

read more
On this day 23rd July

On this day 23rd July

On the 23rd July 1942 Valdemar Poulsen died. Poulsen was a Danish engineer who made significant contributions to early radio technology.

read more
On this day 22nd July

On this day 22nd July

On the 22nd July 1946 the bombing of St. David’s Hotel, Jerusalem occurred. As a result, Royal Signals suffered its first casualties in post-war Palestine.

read more
On this day 21st July

On this day 21st July

On the 21st July 1969, Apollo XI astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin blasted off the surface of the moon and returned to the command module piloted by Michael Collins.

read more
On this day 20th July

On this day 20th July

On the 20th 1982 the Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings were carried out in London by members of the IRA, killing 11 military personnel and seven horses.

read more
On this day 19th July

On this day 19th July

On the 19th July 1941 Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred approvingly to the V for Victory campaign in a speech and from which point he started using the V hand sign.

read more
On this day 18th July

On this day 18th July

On the 18th July 1947 the Indian Independence Act received Royal Assent. This resulted in the partitioning of British India into two new independent dominions of India and Pakistan.

read more
On this day 17th July

On this day 17th July

On the 17th July 1898 Hubert Elvin Rance was born. He was appointed the last Governor of British Burma in August 1946 and on 4 January 1948, he handed over to Sao Shwe Thaik, the President of Burma.

read more
On this day 15th July

On this day 15th July

On the 15th July 1988 Brig Maynard MBE lost his life whilst saving several children from drowning. He subsequently received a posthumous award of the Medaglia Civile Di Valore.

read more
On this day 14th July

On this day 14th July

On the 14th July 2013 the world’s last telegram was sent in India. In the UK telegram delivery ceased in 2008, while in the United States Western Union’s dwindling service was terminated on 27 Jan 2006.

read more
On this day 13th July

On this day 13th July

On the 13th July 1945, the first atomic bomb arrived partly assembled at its test site in the New Mexico desert. On Monday 16 July 1945, it was successfully exploded and the nuclear era began.

read more
On this day 12th July

On this day 12th July

On the 12th July Orangemen’s Day is celebrated by Ulster protestants in Northern Ireland. This celebrates the Glorious Revolution (1688) and victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne (1690), which began the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland.

read more
On this day 11th July

On this day 11th July

On this day in 1921 the Irish War of Independence ended, The guerrilla war fought by the Irish Republican Army against the forces of the state began in 1919, became increasingly violent and brutal.

read more
On this day 10th July

On this day 10th July

On the 10th July 1924 the presentation of an Empire Gallantry Medal was made by King George V to a former Royal Signals soldierFrancis Austin Morteshed on the island of Ist.

read more
On this day July 9th

On this day July 9th

On the 9th July 1941 British cryptologists broke the secret code used by the German army to direct ground-to-air operations on the Russian Eastern front.

read more
On this day 8th July

On this day 8th July

On the 8th July 1944 Operation Charnwood commenced, resulting in the capture of Caen – a month later than had been originally planned.

read more
On this day 7th July

On this day 7th July

On the 7th July 2005 a series of coordinated Islamic terrorist suicide attacks in London targeted commuters travelling on the city’s public transport system during the morning rush hour. 52 people were killed in the attacks and over 700 were injured.

read more
On this day 6th July

On this day 6th July

On the 6th July 1988 Piper Alpha, one of the United Kingdom’s worst industrial accidents occurred. Explosions and fire destroyed this North Sea oil and gas production platform.

read more
On this day 5th July

On this day 5th July

On the 5th July 1954 the BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin but the first modern war correspondent was William Howard Russell who covered the Crimean War for The Times.

read more
On this day 4th July

On this day 4th July

On the 4th July 1790 George Everest was born. A British surveyor and geographer he is best known for having Mount Everest named in his honour. although he had previously had

read more
On this day 3rd July

On this day 3rd July

On the 3rd July 2006 an asteroid flew 268,624 miles close to Earth. Calculations suggest 2004 XP14 s distance from Earth at that moment was just 1.1 times the Moon’s average distance from Earth.

read more
On this day 2nd July

On this day 2nd July

On the 2nd July 1897 Radio was born when Guglielmo Marconi was awarded a patent for his radio. Patent number 12,039 was accepted by the Patent Office in London for ‘The improvements of transmitting electrical impulses and signals’.

read more
On this day 1st July

On this day 1st July

On the 1st July 1957 the International Geophysical Year began. 67 countries took part in a period of scientific exploration and collaboration. Its work would lead to the start of the Cold War space race and Britain establishing its own Halley Research Centre.

read more

June

On this day 30th June

On this day 30th June

On the 30th June 1948 the last British troops left Palestine.
The Royal Signals contribution comprised of Palestine Command Signals, the divisional signals and the brigade signal sections. In November 1947, the United Nations recommended the partition of Palestine.

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On this day 29th June

On this day 29th June

On the 29th June 1882 Henry Courtenay Hawtrey was born.
Hawtree was a gold-medal winning Olympian and as Assistant and Deputy Director of Signals he had been awarded the DSO and made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).

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On this day 28th June

On this day 28th June

On the 28th June 1920 the Corps of Signals was formed from the Royal Engineers Signal Service. The first official agreement to form a separate Signal Corps was made in 1918, but the formation of the Corps was delayed until 1920

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On this day 27th June

On this day 27th June

On the 27th June 1932 Louis Winslow Austin died.
Austin was an American physicist known for his research on long-range radio transmissions.

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On this day 26th June

On this day 26th June

On this day in 1945 the United Nations charter was signed in San Francisco. with the aim of preventing future wars. The UN has authorised over 70 peacekeeping operations since 1945 including Op Grapple.

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On this day 25th June

On this day 25th June

On this day in 1950 North Korean forces invaded South Korea. The United States (US) supported South Korea and the Soviet Union and China supported North Korea.

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On this day 24th June

On this day 24th June

On the 24th June 1850 Horatio Herbert Kitchener was born in Ireland. Kitchener correctly predicted a long war that would last at least three years, require huge new armies to defeat Germany, and cause huge casualties before the end would come.

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On this day 23rd June

On this day 23rd June

On the 22nd June 1940 switchboard operators from the Auxiliary Territorial Service were evacuated from France
Withdrawn from Paris within hours of the German encirclement of the city.

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On this day 22nd June

On this day 22nd June

On the 22nd June 1944 British 14th Army freed Imphal from the Japanese. Later, British officer, Corporal Charles Monks was awarded the DCM for his extraordinary bravery.

read more
On this day 20th June

On this day 20th June

On this day in 1974 a new medal for bravery. The Queen’s Gallantry Medal, was introduced. The medal is awarded for ‘exemplary acts of bravery’ and since 1977 posthumous awards have been allowed.

read more
On this day 19th June

On this day 19th June

On the 19th June 1948 tensions in Berlin were rising as Soviet forces halted all passenger trains and traffic on the autobahn to Berlin…The first crisis of the ‘Cold War’ unfolded.

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On this day 18th June

On this day 18th June

On the 18th June 1815 the French were defeated by Britain and her Allies at Waterloo. Not only was the victory at Waterloo momentous news, but it was the last great piece of news to be communicated without help from steam power or electricity.

read more
On this day 17th June

On this day 17th June

On this day in 1940 RMS Lancastria is sunk. The trans-Atlantic liner and cruise ship owned by Cunard RMS Lancastria had been requisitioned by the Admiralty as a troopship.

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On this day 16th June

On this day 16th June

On the 16th June 2012 in Iraq, 32 people were killed by a car bomb in Baghdad and a year later on this day in 2013 a further 20 were killed in a series of car bombs across the country.

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On this day 15th June

On this day 15th June

On this day in 1988 in Northern Ireland five members of 8th Infantry Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron were killed by a bomb after taking part in the Lisburn half-marathon charity run.

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On this day 14th June

On this day 14th June

On the 14th June 1982 Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands surrendered ending the 74 day war. 255 British and 649 Argentine soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen, and three civilian Falkland Islanders were killed.

read more
On this day 13th June

On this day 13th June

On the 13th June 1915 Henry Moseley embarked at Avonmouth destined for Gallipoli as Signals Officer of 38th Brigade. Moseley was a brilliant scientist who in 1915 was nominated for Nobel Prizes in both Physics and Chemistry.

read more
On this day 12th June

On this day 12th June

On the 12th June 1999 the first elements of Kosovo Force (KFOR) entered Kosovo. NATO’s first war had begun In March 1999 and, in June, after 78 days of bombing, the President of Serbia, agreed terms and allowed NATO’s KFOR to enter Kosovo unopposed.

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On this day 11th June

On this day 11th June

On the 11th June 1977 HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, honoured the Royal Corps of Signals by assuming the appointment of Colonel-in-Chief.

read more
On this day 10th June

On this day 10th June

On the 10th June 1837, the electric Five Needle Telegraph was patented in London by Charles Wheatstone and William Fothergill Cooke. Cooke and Wheatstone allowing a message to be sent and read.

read more
On this day 8th June

On this day 8th June

On this day in 1982 – druring the Falklands War – landing craft Foxtrot 4 from HMS Fearless (which was sailing from Goose Green to Brigade HQ at Fitzroy) was spotted in Choiseul Sound and bombed by two Argentine Air force A-4B Skyhawks.

read more
On this day 7th June

On this day 7th June

On the 7th June 1958 fighting broke out between Turks and Greeks on Cyprus
From 1947 personnel and equipment had been transferred to Cyprus from Palestine and Iraq. Up to 1,000 British radio operators and technicians were stationed in two sites in Cyprus…

read more
On this day 6th June

On this day 6th June

On the 6th June 1944 the long awaited invasion of Europe which came to be known as D-Day began. Thirty eight years later -during the Falklands War two RSignals soldiers were killed when their helicopter was shot down.

read more
On this day 5th June

On this day 5th June

On the 5th June 1977, the first personal computer went on sale. Named the Apple II it was the invention of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs and was one of three prominent personal computers that came to the market in 1977.

read more
On this day 4th June

On this day 4th June

On the 4th June 1940 a despatch rider was reported wounded and missing in action.
The speed of movement and the scarcity of radios during the Battle of France put extraordinary pressure on young despatch riders to convey communications quickly.

read more
On this day 3rd June

On this day 3rd June

On 3rd June 1929 & 1930 two RSIGNALS NCOS were awarded honours for the manufacture of radios & antennae, and the development of shortwave (HF) radio transmission techniques.

read more
On this day 2nd June

On this day 2nd June

On the 2nd June 1953 the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in London. The Royal Corps of Signals was heavily involved in the planning…

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On this day 1st June

On this day 1st June

On the 1st June 1900 during the Second Boer War in South Africa the British army occupied Pretoria. During the War specially designed telephones and exchanges had to be produced for field use.

read more

On this day 30th June

On the 30th June 1948 the last British troops left Palestine.
The Royal Signals contribution comprised of Palestine Command Signals, the divisional signals and the brigade signal sections. In November 1947, the United Nations recommended the partition of Palestine.

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On this day 29th June

On the 29th June 1882 Henry Courtenay Hawtrey was born.
Hawtree was a gold-medal winning Olympian and as Assistant and Deputy Director of Signals he had been awarded the DSO and made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).

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On this day 28th June

On the 28th June 1920 the Corps of Signals was formed from the Royal Engineers Signal Service. The first official agreement to form a separate Signal Corps was made in 1918, but the formation of the Corps was delayed until 1920

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On this day 27th June

On the 27th June 1932 Louis Winslow Austin died.
Austin was an American physicist known for his research on long-range radio transmissions.

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On this day 26th June

On this day in 1945 the United Nations charter was signed in San Francisco. with the aim of preventing future wars. The UN has authorised over 70 peacekeeping operations since 1945 including Op Grapple.

read more

On this day 25th June

On this day in 1950 North Korean forces invaded South Korea. The United States (US) supported South Korea and the Soviet Union and China supported North Korea.

read more

On this day 24th June

On the 24th June 1850 Horatio Herbert Kitchener was born in Ireland. Kitchener correctly predicted a long war that would last at least three years, require huge new armies to defeat Germany, and cause huge casualties before the end would come.

read more

On this day 23rd June

On the 22nd June 1940 switchboard operators from the Auxiliary Territorial Service were evacuated from France
Withdrawn from Paris within hours of the German encirclement of the city.

read more

On this day 22nd June

On the 22nd June 1944 British 14th Army freed Imphal from the Japanese. Later, British officer, Corporal Charles Monks was awarded the DCM for his extraordinary bravery.

read more

On this day 20th June

On this day in 1974 a new medal for bravery. The Queen’s Gallantry Medal, was introduced. The medal is awarded for ‘exemplary acts of bravery’ and since 1977 posthumous awards have been allowed.

read more

On this day 19th June

On the 19th June 1948 tensions in Berlin were rising as Soviet forces halted all passenger trains and traffic on the autobahn to Berlin…The first crisis of the ‘Cold War’ unfolded.

read more

On this day 18th June

On the 18th June 1815 the French were defeated by Britain and her Allies at Waterloo. Not only was the victory at Waterloo momentous news, but it was the last great piece of news to be communicated without help from steam power or electricity.

read more

On this day 17th June

On this day in 1940 RMS Lancastria is sunk. The trans-Atlantic liner and cruise ship owned by Cunard RMS Lancastria had been requisitioned by the Admiralty as a troopship.

read more

On this day 16th June

On the 16th June 2012 in Iraq, 32 people were killed by a car bomb in Baghdad and a year later on this day in 2013 a further 20 were killed in a series of car bombs across the country.

read more

On this day 15th June

On this day in 1988 in Northern Ireland five members of 8th Infantry Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron were killed by a bomb after taking part in the Lisburn half-marathon charity run.

read more

On this day 14th June

On the 14th June 1982 Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands surrendered ending the 74 day war. 255 British and 649 Argentine soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen, and three civilian Falkland Islanders were killed.

read more

On this day 13th June

On the 13th June 1915 Henry Moseley embarked at Avonmouth destined for Gallipoli as Signals Officer of 38th Brigade. Moseley was a brilliant scientist who in 1915 was nominated for Nobel Prizes in both Physics and Chemistry.

read more

On this day 12th June

On the 12th June 1999 the first elements of Kosovo Force (KFOR) entered Kosovo. NATO’s first war had begun In March 1999 and, in June, after 78 days of bombing, the President of Serbia, agreed terms and allowed NATO’s KFOR to enter Kosovo unopposed.

read more

On this day 11th June

On the 11th June 1977 HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, honoured the Royal Corps of Signals by assuming the appointment of Colonel-in-Chief.

read more

On this day 10th June

On the 10th June 1837, the electric Five Needle Telegraph was patented in London by Charles Wheatstone and William Fothergill Cooke. Cooke and Wheatstone allowing a message to be sent and read.

read more

On this day 8th June

On this day in 1982 – druring the Falklands War – landing craft Foxtrot 4 from HMS Fearless (which was sailing from Goose Green to Brigade HQ at Fitzroy) was spotted in Choiseul Sound and bombed by two Argentine Air force A-4B Skyhawks.

read more

On this day 7th June

On the 7th June 1958 fighting broke out between Turks and Greeks on Cyprus
From 1947 personnel and equipment had been transferred to Cyprus from Palestine and Iraq. Up to 1,000 British radio operators and technicians were stationed in two sites in Cyprus…

read more

On this day 6th June

On the 6th June 1944 the long awaited invasion of Europe which came to be known as D-Day began. Thirty eight years later -during the Falklands War two RSignals soldiers were killed when their helicopter was shot down.

read more

On this day 5th June

On the 5th June 1977, the first personal computer went on sale. Named the Apple II it was the invention of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs and was one of three prominent personal computers that came to the market in 1977.

read more

On this day 4th June

On the 4th June 1940 a despatch rider was reported wounded and missing in action.
The speed of movement and the scarcity of radios during the Battle of France put extraordinary pressure on young despatch riders to convey communications quickly.

read more

On this day 3rd June

On 3rd June 1929 & 1930 two RSIGNALS NCOS were awarded honours for the manufacture of radios & antennae, and the development of shortwave (HF) radio transmission techniques.

read more

On this day 2nd June

On the 2nd June 1953 the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in London. The Royal Corps of Signals was heavily involved in the planning…

read more

On this day 1st June

On the 1st June 1900 during the Second Boer War in South Africa the British army occupied Pretoria. During the War specially designed telephones and exchanges had to be produced for field use.

read more

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…

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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..

read more
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…

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more

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…

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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..

read more

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…

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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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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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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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