Hencotes drill hall, Hexham

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Hencotes drill hall
Hexham
Army Reserve Centre, Hexham - geograph.org.uk - 3996842.jpg
Hencotes drill hall, Hexham
Hencotes drill hall is located in Northumberland
Hencotes drill hall
Hencotes drill hall
Location within Northumberland
Coordinates 54°58′10″N 2°06′32″W / 54.96945°N 2.10892°W / 54.96945; -2.10892Coordinates: 54°58′10″N 2°06′32″W / 54.96945°N 2.10892°W / 54.96945; -2.10892
Type Drill hall
Site history
Built 1891
Built for War Office
In use 1891-Present

The Hencotes drill hall, also known as Dare Wilson Barracks, is a military installation in Hexham, Northumberland.

History[edit]

The building was designed as the headquarters of the 1st Volunteer Battalion, The Northumberland Fusiliers and was completed in about 1891. This unit evolved to become the 4th Battalion the Northumberland Fusiliers in 1908.[1] The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to the Western Front.[2]

The battalion was redesignated the 4th/5th Battalion the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers at Hencotes in 1950.[1] The battalion was reduced to a cadre in 1969 but reconstituted at the Fenkle Street drill hall in Alnwick as the 6th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1975 with a rifle platoon forming part of X Company still located at Hencotes.[1] X Company was transferred to the Tyne-Tees Regiment in 1999 and to 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 2006.[3] A rifle platoon remains at Hencotes and the building remains an active Army Reserve Centre.[4] The building is now known as Dare Wilson Barracks, after Major General Dare Wilson who was commissioned into the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers and commanded 22 Special Air Service Regiment in the early 1960s.[5]

The Drill Hall is also home to a detachment of Northumbria Army Cadet Force[6] and 224 (Hexham) Squadron of the Air Training Corps.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "4th Battalion, The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Northumberland Fusiliers". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Tyne-Tees Regiment and 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Local Army directory". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "Major-General Dare Wilson - obituary". The Telegraph. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Our detachments". Army cadets. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Contact us". Hexham Air Cadets. Retrieved 30 July 2017.