VIDEO: Disbandment parade for squadron

The flag of the 15 Field Squadron (Search) based at Claro Barracks has been lowered for the final time after the group was disbanded following a ceremonial parade.

Scores of soldiers attended the event held at the Ripon barracks on Thursday, November 21, as the squadron’s 188-year history drew to a close.

Brigadier Robert Walton-Knight hands commemorative coins to soldiers of 15 Field Squadron at the disbandment parade at Claro Barracks.  (131121M1h)

Brigadier Robert Walton-Knight hands commemorative coins to soldiers of 15 Field Squadron at the disbandment parade at Claro Barracks. (131121M1h)

While the squadron has been based at Claro Barracks alongside the 21 Engineer Regiment, its own regimental headquarters, 36 Engineer Regiment (Search), is located in Maidstone, Kent.

The 36 Engineer Regiment’s commanding officer, Lt Col Ed Robinson, was among the VIPs attending the disbandment parade along with Brigadier Robert Walton-Knight, Commander 8 Force Engineer Brigade, Col Jason Rhodes, Commander 12 Force Support Group, and the Mayor of Ripon Coun Mick Stanley.

Music throughout the parade was provided by the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band.

15 Field Squadron (Search) began life in Portsmouth in 1825 after a Royal Warrant authorised the formation of a service company of the Royal Sappers and Miners.

The squadron is noted for its involvement in the building of the Rideau Canal in Canada from 1827, a 200km waterway connecting Ottawa and Kingston in the province of Ontario which opened in 1832 and was constructed as a precaution in case of war with the United States.

In 2007, the canal was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.