Members of the Liverpool branch of the Royal Signals Association at a rededication of the Almaein Army Reserve Centre by the present Lord Derby

Liverpool branch of Royal Signals Association to receive Freedom of the City

The Liverpool branch of the Royal Signals Association will receive the Freedom of the City in a special ceremony on Saturday 27 November.

Formed in 1929, the Association has a proud history of supporting veterans in the city providing comradeship, support and advice to former Royal Signals and their dependants in need or hardship.

From supporting families in times of bereavement to caring for veterans in their old age, they are a vital support service for people who have sacrificed so much.

The branch – which is based at the Almaein Barracks on Liverpool Road in Huyton – has over 150 active members, made up of a mixture of ex servicewomen, ex national Servicemen, ex TA, ex Regular members, affiliated members and Serving Army Reserve members.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen, said: “It is an honour to award Freedom of the City to the Liverpool branch of the Royal Signals Association.

“Their work with veterans who sacrificed so much to keep us safe is absolutely vital in helping support them when they leave the Armed Forces.

“Liverpool is home to many ex-service men and women and it is key that they are supported in their transition back to civilian life.

“The Royal Signals Association do that brilliantly in Liverpool and this award is in recognition of their vital work.”

Chairman of the Liverpool Branch of the Royal Signals Association, Bob Taylor, said: “It is a great honour for the Liverpool Branch of the Royal Signals Association to be awarded and presented with the Liverpool City Council’s Freedom Roll of Associations Scroll.

“Liverpool has always been a big recruiting area for the Royal Corps of Signals and in the past has had a large connection with the Corps with 11 Signal Brigade HQ, 55 Signal Squadron and 33 Signal Regiment(V) based in the city area until the reorganisation of the Army. We now only have 33 Signal Squadron left in the city region.

“Our branch has been active in Liverpool since 1929 offering help, support and comradeship to ex serving members of the Royal Corps of Signals and their families and to be recognised in this way is a huge privilege.”

The service is taking place at Liverpool Parish Church.

More information about the Liverpool branch of the Royal Signals can be found at

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