The Royal Engineers' Depots

A list of the various home depots and training locations of the Royal Engineers

RE Unit or Depot Depot location Remarks
(1st) Reserve Battalion and Depot Battalion Chatham Organised on mobilisation in August 1914 but essentially similar to what had already existed at Chatham. Reserve Battalion (A to F Companies) trained new recruits. Depot Battalion (G, L and M Companies) received men returned from Expeditionary Force and also men enlisted for Tunnelling Companies, Special Companies and other specialist units
Billeting Battalion, later called 2nd Reserve Battalion Chatham, late moved to Chattenden Formed when original Reserve Battalion could no longer cope with numbers of recruits
Provisional Companies Chatham Formed when original Depot Battalion could no longer cope with numbers of recruits. Two Groups of Provisional Companies were formed: No 1 included G, L and M Companies and a new Provisional Bn; No 2 was made up of four new Provisional Bns. Additional J and Q Companies were added to No 1 in early 1918
Dismounted Training Centre. Formed 3rd Reserve Battalion in Jan 1918 Newark Formed to help cope with flow of recruits into New Army units.
Dismounted Training Centre. Formed 4th Reserve Battalion in Jan 1918 Deganwy Formed to help cope with flow of recruits into New Army units
5th Reserve Battalion Christchurch (Bournemouth) Formed in Jan 1918 from what had been the reserve Field Companies grouped in Southern Command. Abolished in October 1918 to make room for a new Bridging Training Centre
6th Reserve Battalion Irvine Formed in Jan 1918 from what had been the reserve Field Companies grouped in Scottish Command
Royal Monmouth Reserve Battalion Monmouth  
Royal Anglesey Reserve Battalion Beaumaris  
Mounted Training Depot Aldershot  
Special Brigade Depot Withnoe (Devonport) Originally called Special Brigade Reserve Company
Signal Service Training Centre Woburn Al;so established a number of other sites in the vicinity. HQ moved to Bedford in October 1917
Signal Service Bedford "A" Recruit Depot
Signal Service Bedford "B" Signalmen and Linesmen Depot
Signal Service Bedford "C" Operators Depot
Signal Service Biggleswade Air and Permanent Line Depot
Signal Service Haynes Park Riding, Driving, Saddlers etc Depot
Signal Service Haynes Park Switchboard Operators Depot
Signal Service Haynes Park Cadet Battalion
Signal Service Hitchin Draft depot
Signal Service Wireless Training Centre Worcester Moved to Fenny Stratford in August 1917
Signal Service Depot Dunstable Moved to Wellingborough in March 1918
Army Signal School Dunstable Army-wide centre for training signals instructors, under command of Signal Service Training Centre HQ, formed March 1918
Source: Work of the RE in the European War 1914-19. "The organization and expansion of the Corps"

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