A reserve army regiment made up of specialist tank and military vehicle drivers is to be formed in Banbury.
In line with restructuring under The Army’s 2020 programme which will see the Territorial Army become the Army reserves, the town’s Territorial Army Royal Signals Corps based at the Oxford Road base will be transformed into a new logistics unit, the 142 Vehicle Squadron of the Royal Logistic Corps.
A total of 50 reservists from across the region will relocate to join 12 servicemen currently working out of Banbury in what will be the army’s only unit, regular or reserve, dedicated to vehicle supply and delivery. Its soldiers drive everything from motorcycles to Challenger 2 tanks.
The newly-strengthened army reserve presence in the town will be marked by a full-scale military parade on Sunday, April 6 in which soldiers and officers will be inducted into the new regiment.
Major Jeremy Burnan, veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and commander of the new unit, said: “Already the people and civic authorities of Banbury have shown tremendous excitement and warmth towards the changes. Our parade will be an early opportunity to thank them for that.
After a service of dedication at St Mary’s Church at 2pm, the parade will move to People’s Park at 2.35pm before processing along Horse Fair and the High Street.