Corps of Signals 100th Anniversary
1911 - 2011

Photographs and Report on 14th Reunion at Jablapur: 13- 15 Feb 2011

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

The Wartime Memories Project - WW II

My late father Charlie Reynolds, served in the Royal Signals and received the India Star. I am very keen to get some information on how long he was there and the part the Signals played. He was also in the desert for about 3yrs. He adored his time in the Army and although de-mobbed in 1946 he always talked about those times with pride.
If anyone from the Regiment/ or Corps knew my father or can shed some light on this campaign I would be very grateful.
Elaine Carver
The Wartime Memories Project - The Second War

The 1939–45 Star was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in the Second World War. The medal was awarded for operational service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945. Army personnel had to complete 6 months service in an operational command.
Description: The 1939–45 Star is a six–pointed star of yellow copper zinc alloy, with a height of 44mm and maximum width of 38mm. The obverse has a central design of the Royal Cypher, surmounted by a crown. The cypher is surrounded by a circlet containing the words ‘The 1939–45 Star'.
The reverse is plain, with the recipient's name impressed only for Australians and South Africans.
The ribbon has three vertical stripes of dark blue, red and light blue. The dark blue stripe represents the Naval Forces and the Merchant Navy, the red stripe the Armies and the light blue stripe the Air Forces. The ribbon for this medal, along with those of the other Second World War campaign stars, is reputed to have been designed by King George VI, with the three equal bands representing the equal contributions towards victory of the Royal Navy, Army, and the Royal Air Force respectively.

Lt Gen S P Kochhar takes over as the 23rd Signal Officer-in-Chief

Lt General S P Kochhar took over as the 23rd Signal Officer-in-chief of the Indian Army on September one from Lt General P Mohapatra. At the helm of the Army's Corps of Signals, the arm responsible for engineering the Army s telecommunications requirements, Lt Gen Kochhar will have the role of overseeing the digitisation of the Indian Army, as part of transformation and modernisation. The General Officer in an illustrious career spanning over 38 years, had held various technical logistic and human resource related command and staff appointments including the Additional Director General of Personnel Services at Army Headquarters. Lt Gen Kochhar has been conferred with the Ati-Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal. UNI AKM LR SY CS2258
New SOinC

Lt Gen Mohapatra, Corps of Signals retired from service on 31 Aug 2011 after four decades of meritorious service to the Nation. The General Officer had taken over as the 22nd Signal Officer-in-Chief on 01 Aug 2008 and during his three year tenure, the Corps of Signals grew by leaps and bounds. His characteristic imprint can be found in practically all strategic, operational, tactical level communication and data networks in various stages of implementation.
In recognition of his distinguished services, he has been awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal by the President of India. He has also been conferred with the title of Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the President of India.
The General Officer was given a warm farewell in a grand ceremony held at 1 Army Headquarters Signal Regiment on 30 August 2011 in which he was given the Guard of Honour.
Lt Gen Mohapatra, Signal Officer-In-Chief, On Superannuation
click here to read PIB release: Indian Army’s Signal Officer-in-Chief