The Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE)

Royal Engineers Officers' Widows Society

The Society was formed in 1785 by all 68 Officers of the Corps serving at that time. Over the years since then the Society has used the income generated by the subscriptions of Officer members to provide financial help for their families when they have died in combat or from other causes.

Today, the Society has some 1100 members and there are nearly 100 widows and children in receipt of benefits. The Society's Annuity fund has assets of around £5.5 million and the charitable Samaritan Fund has a further £550 000.

RE Officers Widows – The Samaritan Fund
This fund exists for the relief of hardship among widows of RE Officers, over and above the Society grants. At present the fund supports some 16 elderly widows, with some relationship to a deceased officer, and one divorced wife. The Fund currently has a small surplus, and the Committee are looking at ways to disburse this. A proposal will be put to the AGM to give respite care to those with dementia or any other severe medical condition, to give relief to their Carers, male or female, of Officer status. There would have to be some evidence of hardship involved. If anyone knows of possible cases worthy of a grant, please email Or Phone 01634 409110.

The Society is managed by a Council elected by members consisting of serving and retired Royal Engineer Officers who receive no remuneration.

For further information about the Society contact:

Brigadier AA Wilson OBE

Tel: 01379740561

Registered Office:

The Royal Engineers Officers' Widows Society
c/o Regimental Headquarters Royal Engineers
Brompton Barracks

If you have not been in contact for sometime, have got married or have moved house please send the details to me. If married please give name of spouse, date of birth, date of marriage and change of name. With now over 1100 members it is difficult to keep up to date. Alasdair Wilson - Secretary (Brig Retd)

To read the REOWS Brochure click the front cover below.

REOWS AGM 2018 Agenda

REOWS AGM 2017 Agenda

REOWS AGM 2016 Minutes

REOWS AGM 2016 Agenda

REOWS AGM 2015 Minutes


REOWS AGM 2015 Agenda

REOWS AGM 2014 Minutes


REOWS Accounts

REOWS Samaritan Fund 2017

REOWS Annuity Fund 2017

REOWS Samaritan Fund 2016

REOWS Annuity Fund 2016