4th Regiment Royal Artillery

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For the predecessor unit, see IV Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery.
4th Regiment Royal Artillery
Active May 1939 to the present
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Role Field artillery
Size 6 Batteries
Part of 1st Artillery Brigade
Garrison/HQ Alanbrooke Barracks, North Yorkshire
Nickname The North East Gunners
Equipment AS-90 self-propelled guns and L118 light guns

The 4th Regiment Royal Artillery is a regiment of the Royal Artillery in the British Army. It is currently based at Alanbrooke Barracks in Topcliffe and serves in the armoured field artillery role, equipped with 105 light guns.

The Regiment moved from Roberts Barracks in Osnabruck, Germany at the end of 2008 where it had previously been stationed for over 20 years. The Regiment's main recruiting area is in the North East of England, and so significant effort has been put into re-establishing links, especially to the city of Sunderland where the Regiment holds the Freedom of the City. These strong links to the local area gives the Regiment its name The North East Gunners.[1]

History[edit]

Formation and World War II[edit]

The regiment took part in World War II:

Post War[edit]

The history of the regiment continued:[4]

  • 1947 – 4th Regiment RHA was based in Germany at Dorset Barracks in Kiel
  • 1948 – The regiment moved to Alma Barracks at Blackdown
  • 1951 – The regiment moved to Barracks at Hohne

4th Regiment, Royal Artillery[edit]

The history of the regiment continued:[4]

  • 1961 – The Regiment became 4th Regiment, Royal Artillery losing all 3 batteries to 33rd Parachute Light Regiment Royal Artillery, which immediately became 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. 4th Regiment RA gained 29 (Corunna), 88 (Arracan) and 97 (Lawson’s Company) as gun batteries and was posted to Hong Kong.
  • 1965 – The Regiment deployed on operations to the Malayan Peninsula. It saw active service from February to April and during the confrontation with Indonesia in Borneo until November.
  • 1966 – The Regiment resumed service in West Germany, moving to Munsterlager in support of 1st Armoured Division.
  • 1971 – The Regiment served three emergency tours of Northern Ireland in 1972, 1974, and 1976.
  • 1974 – The Regiment retrained on the 105 pack howitzer.
  • 1977 – The Regiment replaced 7th RHA in Aldershot in support of 6 Field Force and equipped with the 105mm Light Gun adopted the parachute role.
  • 1981 – 29 (Corunna) Battery deployed to Long Kesh (HMP Maze) in Northern Ireland.
  • 1982 – Two batteries deployed to the South Atlantic as part of the task force to retake the Falkland Islands.
  • 1984 – The Regiment moved to Osnabrück equipped with the M109 155mm Self-propelled gun, remaining in support of the 1st Armoured Division
  • 1991 – The Regiment undertook an emergency tour of Northern Ireland as the Tyrone Roulement Battalion.
  • 1994 – The Regiment re-equipped with the AS90 gun.
  • 1997 – Units of the Regiment deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 1999 – The guns were deployed to Macedonia and provided a very effective deterrent when NATO troops moved into Kosovo.
  • 1999 – Units returned to Northern Ireland.
  • 2004 – Units deployed to Iraq for Operation Telic 5 where they were involved in the reconstruction of Basra.
  • 2006 – The Regiment deployed on Operation Tosca on peacekeeping duties as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
  • 2007 – The Regiment began its conversion to the 105mm Light Gun and then deployed for Operation Herrick 7 in Afghanistan.

Current sub-units[edit]

The regiment commands the following batteries:[5]

  • 6/36 (Arcot 1751) Battery (TAC group)
  • 3/29 (Corunna) Battery (L118 light gun battery)
  • 129 (Dragon) Battery — previously under 40 Regiment RA
  • 88 (Arracan) Battery (L118 light gun battery)
  • 94 (New Zealand) Battery (HQ Battery)
  • 97 (Lawson's Company) Battery (TAC Battery)[6]

Forever Fourth[edit]

Forever Fourth is the new Regimental charity for 4th Regiment Royal Artillery. The charity charter is:

"To provide immediate and short term financial assistance to 4 Regt RA personnel and their families in the event of serious injury or fatality sustained on or training for operations."

The future[edit]

Under Army 2020, it is likely to provide force support to the Adaptable Force and might lose its AS-90s in return for light guns. 103 Regiment Royal Artillery will be paired with this regiment.[7]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Clarke, W.G. (1993). Horse Gunners: The Royal Horse Artillery, 200 Years of Panache and Professionalism. Woolwich: The Royal Artillery Institution. ISBN 09520762-0-9. 

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