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16 Airborne Divisional Column RASC (TA)

Date Unit Sub-units/Remarks
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. 16 Airborne Divisional Column RASC (TA) .
1947.01.01 Formed with HQ at 59 Green Street, London, W.l. 1560, 1561 & 1562 Companies
. 1560 Company (Parachute Brigade) at The Drill Hall, Park Lane, Tottenham, N.7 .
. 1561 Company (Parachute Brigade) at The Drill Hall, Vine Street, Uxbridge .
. 1562 Company (Parachute Brigade) at The Drill Hall, Hayes Bridge, Southall .
. The four-figure numbers allocatted to the Companies denoted that they were newly-raised units of the TA, having not existed prior to the Second World War .
1947.05.01 Began recruiting .
1949 Column HQ re-located to the TA Centre at Hayes Bridge, Southall, Middlesex .
1950 Annual Camp at Tregantle in Cornwall .
1951 A new numbering system for RASC (TA) units was adopted whereby all Companies were given a three-figure number. As a result the '1' prefix, was dropped and the Companies became known as 560th, 561st and 562nd Companies (Parachute Brigade Transport), RASC (Middlesex) (TA). 560, 561 & 562 Companies
1952 Each of the Companies were allocated their own integral Light Aid Detachments (LAD) of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) .
1954.06 Annual Camp at Strensall .
1955 Light Aid Detachments were up-graded to Company Workshops .
1955.09 Annual Camp at Tregantle in Cornwall .
Late 1955 560 and 561 Companies moved into new Drill Halls, 560 Company at the TA Centre, High Road, Tottenham and 561 Company at the TA Centre, Cowley, near Uxbridge .
1956 16 Airborne Division disbanded .
1956.08 Annual Camp at Stiffkey, in Norfolk .
1956.10 44th Independent Parachute Brigade Group (TA) was created, with Headquarters at The Duke of York's HQ, Chelsea, London S.W.3. The 16th Airborne Divisional Column was temporarily placed under command of this Brigade as it underwent the process of disbandment and reorganisation into one Company .
1 Jan 1957 562 Company, RASC (Airborne Divisional Transport) redesignated 562 Company, RASC (Independent Parachute Brigade), TA .
1957.02 Column reduced to 562 Company, RASC (Independent Parachute Brigade), TA 44 Independent Parachute Brigade Group
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