Engineer squadron marches into history

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An Army squadron which can trace its history back to 1806 was disbanded yesterday.

The 10 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, disbanded at RAF Leeming, near Northallerton. The squadron paraded through RAF Leeming, witnessed by station personnel, family and friends, for its seventh disbandment as part of a major Government reorganisation.

Soldiers from 10 Field Squadron (Air Support)  39 Engineering Regiment of the Royal Engineers march for the final time under an arch made from JCB diggers  at RAF Leeming

Soldiers from 10 Field Squadron (Air Support) 39 Engineering Regiment of the Royal Engineers march for the final time under an arch made from JCB diggers at RAF Leeming

The squadron has been disbanded more than once, and was reformed as 10 Field Squadron (Air Support) at RAF Leeming in February 2004. Those serving in the current squadron have seen service in the Falkland Islands, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Kenya and Afghanistan.

A programme of swingeing cuts to the structure of the Army will see it reduce in size by 2020, with the number of soldiers set to fall from 102,000 to 82,000.