Lt-Col Dominique Cairns, commanding officer of 37th Signal Regiment, in Redditch, said: “It is with great sadness that we will relinquish this centre; there has been a reserves presence here for exactly 100 years.”

The 867 troop, which is under the command of the 37th regiment, currently has 16 volunteers.

“All of them have served in an overseas operation, be that Iraq, Afghanistan or Cyprus, and all have supported UK operations, including the flooding in the South East and South West,” Lt-Col Cairns told the Herald.

“We are sad to leave but we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved.”

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First opened in January 1914, Warwickshire Yeomanry troopers from the drill hall fought on horseback in the First World War, and in tanks in the Second.

The hall underwent a £1 million extension in 2006-07 but the base still has the marks of years gone by.

Lucy Sewell started as a young TA private in 1998, and then became Stratford’s first female sergeant major.

“It is sad because you can go in there and you can still see where the hay was kept for the horses,” said the police inspector who was deployed in Helmand in 2012.

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Stratford’s troops have been moving to Redditch over the past five months under a reorganisation known as Army 2020, Tuesday night was the official end of the TA’s presence in town.

In order the save money the number of regular soldiers in the British Army is being cut from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020, while the number of reservists is increasing from 20,000 to 30,000.

Stratford’s drill hall was previously the home of the Warwickshire Yeomanry and the 67 squadron and had around 100 personnel, but in 2009 it was reduced to the 867 troop and numbers have plummeted.

Sgt William Thomas has been caretaker of the drill hall for over 40 years. After serving in the regular army on national service between 1955-57 he joined the TA in the 1970s. He lives next door to the base.

“I have seen a very good squadron here over the years,” he said. “It is a shame for it to go considering it’s a central part of Stratford.”

The future of the building is still unknown and although there are concerns it could be sold off, Lt-Col Cairns was positive about a military presence in the future.

“The cadets will remain on this site,” she said. “And it’s such a fantastic building I think the RFCA [Reserve Forces & Cadets Association] will find an alternative squadron for it.”

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The Mayor of Stratford, Cllr Ian Fradgley.

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The flag is lowered.

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Captain Phil Hall, Officer in command of the 867 troop.

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Volunteers of 867 troop stand to attention.

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The Mayor of Stratford, Cllr Ian Fradgley, with Lnt-Col Dominique Cairns

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The flag is lowered.

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Cpt Hall delivers a speech to his troop.

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Cpt Hall, Officer in Command of 867 troop, carries the troop’s flag away from the pole after it is lowered.

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The Mayor of Stratford, Ian Fradgley, attended the ceremony.

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Troop 867 line up outside the drill hall on New Broad Street one last time.

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Former Sgt William Thomas , who lives next door to the drill hall and has maintained it for over 40 years, with Lucy Sewell, the first female Sergeant Major at Stratford.