The Funeral of Captain Henry Beckingham (Southport) takes place March 12th, 2014 admin Latest News Latest Notices Shares Comments The Funeral of Captain Henry Beckingham (Southport) takes place Captain Henry Beckingham, aged 94, from Birkdale, Southport was laid to rest today (Wednesday 12th March 2014). Henry died on his 94th birthday on 28th February 2014 supported by his family. His funeral was held at St Johns Church in Birkdale. Pictured above among the guests representing 33 Engineer Regiment was Sgt Alan Brown9left) and Lt A. Whiston. R.I.P. Captain Henry Beckingham Henry has been featured on OTS News for his bravery during the war years (click link below). http://www.otsnews.co.uk/southport-past-ots-news-memoirs-of-a-real-life-bomb-disposal-expert-captain-henry-beckingham-from-southport/ 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) was born out of the Royal Engineers’ Bomb Disposal companies formed during the Second World War, to deal with the mounting problem of German unexploded bombs. After the war these clearance companies were disbanded and responsibility for UK EOD was shared between the Territorial Army (now the Army Reserve) and the Regular Army, predominantly HQ (BD) Unit UK Royal Engineers. Formed in 1973, 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) took over responsibility for UK EOD and is now one of two specialist Explosive Ordinance Disposal and specialist Advanced Search Regiments for the Corps of Royal Engineers. As such the Regiment is heavily committed to enduring operations in Afghanistan where its primary role is the finding and clearing of IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices). The Regiment also maintains a significant commitment to UK Military Aid to the Civil Power (UK MACP) and has the responsibility for Explosive Ordinance Clearance (EOC) both in the UK via the EOC Group and overseas. 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) is a Hybrid unit, meaning that it contains both Reserve and Regular Army components. The Regiment comprises of the following Sub – Units: • 58 Fd Sqn (EOD) • 821 Fd Sqn (EOD) • EOC Group • 217 Fd Sqn (EOD) The Regiment is predominantly based at Carver Barracks, Saffron Walden with their sister Regiment 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (EOD). The Regiment’s Reserve unit, 217 Fd Sqn (EOD), is based at Ilford, North East London with a Troop in Southend and a National Troop located at Carver Barracks. Despite its many tasks the Regiment is committed to providing an active sports and adventure training program for all its soldiers. The Regiment also maintains a pool of Parachute, Commando and Dive trained personnel to enable EOD and Search support to all areas of the Armed Forces. 33 Engineer Regiment forms part of 29 EOD and Search Group along with 101 Engineer Regiment, 36 Engineer Regiment and 11 EOD Regiment RLC. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!