Sandy Lovatt (Tp Cmdr. Jun-73 to Jan-75) "E Troop"

.I have been married to Monica for 42 years, 14 Signal Regiment was our first married posting. We have 3 children, two girls and a boy, who are well and truly grown up. We have four grandchildren, two boys and two girls.

My first contact with 14 Signal Regiment was during the summer of 1972, when I was attached during the summer vacation of RMCS, where I was taking my degree.During the eight weeks of the attachment I went out to Cyprus with a D13 detachment.

I then went with 2 Squadron to the Larzac training area in France. Being a spare officer, I was given the onerous task of being OIC Beach Camp.

Later, after I had taken my final exams at the RMCS in June 1973 I was posted to the Regiment to take over E Troop from Dick Gardner. My first exercise was with UK JATFOR in Turkey. I went on all three JATFOR exercises; the one in Germany near Kiel in 1974 with the E21, when a lot of paras dropped into the Kiel Canal, and the one in North Italy in 1975.

1972 to 1973 RMCS     Staff College            
Jun 73 to Apr 75 14 Signal Regiment     Berlin Signal Squadron            
Apr 75 to Apr 76 223 Signal Squadron     Northag            
Apr 76 to 28 Signal Regiment   1988 De-Mob            
FOOD :-     1972 CYPRUS  
Drinks :-     1972 LARZAC  
Films :-     1973 TURKEY  
Books & Authors:-     1975 KENYA  
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Interesting Facts and Stories
E Troop was hit by the fuel cuts in ‘74 and ’75 so we got to know Droitwich well and went by road to places like Macrihanish on the Mull of Kintyre, RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall and, of course, South Cerney, where we mounted an expedition to find the source of the Thames. From my point of view the best exercise was with Alpha Troop in Kenya supporting 3 Div Signal Regiment. We had the amusing situation of having someone snowed in on Mount Kenya, while the other half of the troop, who were in Norway, had no snow at all

I was posted from the Regiment in October 1975 to 223 Signal Squadron (SigInt). This was disbanded in April 1975 and I went on to 28 Signal Regiment, where I became the Adjutant. From there I went to the School of Signals, Blandford, to do the Telecommunication Engineering & Management Course. This was followed by Staff College and then a posting to Northern Ireland as the DAAG. I then commanded the Berlin Signal Squadron, before going on to the NORTHAG Signals Staff at JHQ Rheindahlen to manage the JACS project. I left the Army in June 1988.

As a civilian I worked as a management consultant for Software Sciences, PA Consulting Group, BT and Sema Group, where I ended up as the UK Head of Network Services. In 2002 I took voluntary redundancy to set up as a freelance consultant in information management. I joined the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and became the Secretary, then Chairman and National Councillor. My specialism was local government and I lobbied local authorities on small business and local economic issues. In 2009 I was elected to the Oxfordshire County Council and in 2011 I was elected to the Vale of White Horse (VOWH) District Council and the Abingdon Town Council.