D-Day 80. Commemoration of the  80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on 6th June 1944  is now underway with a series of major commemorations and events across the UK and in France.   Information on D-Day 80 can be found here: D-Day 80 – GOV.UK (

Armed Forces Day.  Armed Forces Day this year falls on Saturday 29 June.  It is a chance for the Nation to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community (including Service families, veterans, and cadets).  Details can be found at : Armed Forces Day – 29 June 2024.  Shortly after   Armed Forces Day  a parade by the Royal Regiment of Scotland (SCOTS) will take place  in Strathclyde Country Park  on Saturday 13th July 2024  to mark the freedom of North Lanarkshire being granted to the Regiment. More details regarding times etc will be advised in due course  .

The Armed Forces in Lanarkshire.  Lanarkshire has a rich history of support to the Armed Forces both through the two World Wars and since.

There are currently 5 units of the Army Reserve on 4 sites in Lanarkshire:


·       124 Field Squadron (Air Support) of 71 Engineer Regiment, Cumbernauld. Elements of 71 Engineer Regiment are currently deployed with UN Forces in Cyprus.

·       C Company of 6th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, Motherwell

·       221 (Glasgow) Transport Squadron of 154 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, Carmyle (Cambuslang)

·       153 Recovery Company of 102 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, East Kilbride

·       852 (Lowland) Signal Troop of 32 Signal Regiment, East Kilbride


There are no units of the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marine Reserves or RAF Reserves.


There are 24 units of the Cadets (Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force (ACF), and the RAF Air Cadets (RAFAC)) in Lanarkshire:


·       Sea Cadets: Airdrie and East Kilbride

·       Army Cadet Force: HQ of the Glasgow & Lanarkshire Battalion Army Cadet Force in Cambuslang; with detachments in East Kilbride x 2; Strathaven; Motherwell; Newmains; Bellshill; Hamilton; Coalburn; Lanark; Larkhall; Cambuslang; Airdrie & Coatbridge; Kilsyth; Cumbernauld

·       RAF Air Cadets: Wing Activity Centre in Cambuslang; with detachments in Cambuslang; East Kilbride; Hamilton; Lanark; Monklands; Motherwell.

Posted by Gavin Whitefield