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398 (Flintshire & Denbighshire Yeomanry) Squadron is formed in Queensferry

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Nov 20th, 2013.

Welsh Transport Regiment takes over Queensferry army reserve centre, with the forming of the 398 (Flintshire & Denbighshire Yeomanry) Transport Squadron.

As part of the 2020 Army restructure reservists from A Company 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh Wrexham become part of the Welsh Transport Regiment in Queensferry.

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RLC berets are handed out to members of 398 (Flint, & Denb Yeo) Sqn in Queensferry

The Royal Welsh flag was also withdrawn and replaced by the Welsh Transport Regimental flag.

Colonel Kevin Davies, deputy commander 160 (Wales) Brigade, said:

“This a positive operation which will breath some life into this building (Queensferry)

“We think it will be a positive thing and I would like to think it will be good for Flintshire. We are particularly optimistic about the move.”

Lt Col Neil Blenkinsop RLC, commanding officer of the Welsh Transport Regiment, said the move would offer the people of Flintshire “an exciting and new opportunity” and would benefit the local economy.

“We are looking for drivers, chefs, clerks and much more,” he said.

Soldiers, who will switch from the infantry to the transport regiment as a result of the closure of Wrexham’s Hightown Barracks, described the move as an “exciting opportunity” but admitted it was also a sad day because of Wrexham’s history with the Royal Welsh.

Col Davies said it was important to stress Royal Welsh was not leaving North Wales, as the infantry was still based in Colwyn Bay, adding a number of soldiers would carry on in the regiment.

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