Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Gerald Richard Taggart BA MSc C Eng FEI FInstRE

{ Gerry }

Gerry Taggart was commissioned into The Royal Engineers in 1962. After a tour in Germany and active service in Aden, he joined 9 Independent Parachute Squadron in 1965 as a Troop Commander.

He changed beret colour to green and completed a tour as a staff officer in 3rd Commando Brigade. Further tours as adjutant in Germany and Tactics instructor at Canadian School of Military Engineering followed.

Gerry was please to be appointed to command 9 Squadron during 1976-78. The tour was as usual a demanding one, with a hard South Armagh tour, a major project in Canada and a three month deployment on the firemen's strike.

The period of command was marked by 9 Squadron losing its independence and coming under command of 36 Engineer Regiment. But the red beret was retained.

After 9 Squadron, Gerry joined the Oil Industry and worked with BP and others in the Middle East and Former Soviet Union as well as frequently visiting USA and Africa as a consultant. He served in the TA - in 30 Engineer Brigade and as Commander Engineers Home Defence in Wales and Western District. He is a Chartered Engineer and belongs to the Engineer and Logistics Staff Corps as an oil operations adviser.

He is currently researching Operation Freshman, the 1942 airborne sapper glider raid into Norway to disrupt German heavy water supplies. His book will be published this year.

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Service History

  • 1960
    Queen's University Officers' Training Corps (Cadet)
  • 1962
    Mons Officer Cadet School (Cadet)
  • 1962
    Royal School of Military Engineering (Lieutenant)
  • 1963
    65 Corps Field Park Squadron RE (Lieutenant)
  • 1964
    50 Field Squadron RE (Lieutenant)
  • 1965
  • 1969
    3rd Commando Brigade RM (Captain)
  • 1971
    28 Amphibious Engineer Regiment (Captain)
  • 1971
    Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (Major)
  • 1975
    Officer Commanding (OC) 9 Parachute Squadron RE (Major)
  • 1978
    Defence Sales Organisation (Major)
  • 1984
    HQ 30 Engineer Brigade (Major)
  • 1986
    HQ Wales (Major)
  • 1988
    HQ Western District (Lieutenant-Colonel)
  • 1996
    Engineer and Logistics Staff Corps (Lieutenant-Colonel)


  • Campaign Service Medal
  • Campaign Service Medal
  • Volunteer Reserve Service Medal
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  • Major Gerry Taggart (Right) with SSM AM Roberts during his command of 9 Squadron, at Crossmaglen, 1976

    Major Gerry Taggart (Right) with SSM AM Roberts during his command of 9 Squadron, at Crossmaglen, 1976

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