Royal School of Artillery
|Royal School of Artillery|
Badge of the Royal Artillery
|Active||1915 – Present|
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The Royal School of Artillery (RSA), formerly the School of Instruction for Royal Horse and Field Artillery (Larkhill), is the principal training establishment for artillery warfare in the British Army. Established in 1915, it is located at Larkhill, on the south edge of Salisbury Plain in the United Kingdom. The School is the primary training facility for Royal Artillery recruits, and is also home to the Gunnery Training Team.
The Royal School of Artillery was originally established in 1915 as the "School of Instruction for Royal Horse and Field Artillery (Larkhill)", on land previously used for tented accommodation at Larkhill. The 1,200-bed Fargo hospital, which was built to the West of the School, also opened around that time to tend for wounded soldiers returning from the First World War (it closed after the War and is now the main ammunition compound for the School).
The School provides Phase 2 training for recruits to the Royal Artillery: this training includes gunnery, air defence, surveillance and signals. Trained officers and gunners are then posted to units worldwide, but return to the School for frequent refresher courses. The School is also the home of the Gunnery Training Team, which provides a training consultancy service to the Royal Artillery and the wider Army.
- 42nd Battalion arrive at Larkhill Camp on the Salisbury Plain
- 'Parishes: Durrington', A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 15: Amesbury hundred, Branch and Dole hundred (1995), pp. 93-105. Date accessed: 31 May 2010
- Royal Artillery Training
- Royal School of Artillery - History Ministry of Defence
- Armed Forces: Artillery
- James, N D G, 1983, Gunners at Larkhill – a history of the Royal School of Artillery, Griesham Books, Salisbury, ISBN 0-946095-08-6
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