A new support command building that will provide a ‘home base’ for the British Army has opened at Aldershot Garrison.
Lord David Montgomery, son of the famous Second World War field marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, cut the ribbon to the facility at a ceremony on Wednesday May 28.
The building, called Montgomery House, will provide a suitable, sustainable and secure home base from which the army can either deploy on military operations abroad or on national resilience operations within the UK.
It also commands the British Army garrisons in Nepal and Brunei.
An army spokesman said: “The headquarters plays a crucial role in national resilience operations as demonstrated by the military support provided to civil authorities and local communities during the recent winter floods.
“The Montgomery name has a strong Aldershot connection particularly through the location of airborne forces in Aldershot.
“Montgomery House is an appropriate way for the army to retain the Montgomery name in Aldershot Garrison.”
Its 261 staff of uniformed regulars and reservists, civil servants and contractors ensure that the army has appropriate accommodation, catering, training areas, vehicles, medical care, sports facilities and education centres.
At the launch, there was a re-dedication of a memorial plaque, which was first presented to the garrison in 1969 by Branch 466, Royal Canadian Legion of Toronto to commemorate Canadian Soldiers who lost their lives during the bombing of Aldershot in 1940.
Major Robert Hardwick, representing the Canadian Embassy, said: “It gives immense pride to know that the sacrifices made by the Canadian Army will always be remembered in Aldershot Garrison.”