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The Royal Regiment of Artillery is an Arm of the British Army. The Regiment is made up of two distinct arms; the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Artillery. Somewhat confusingly both consist of a number of Regiments, which are comparable to Battalions in size. Each regiment is made up of a number of Batteries.

Current Batteries of the Royal Regiment of Artillery[edit]

The following list includes the Battery name, its battle honour title and the year the Battery was formed. It also includes its equipment or role, and current location.[1]

Battery Regiment Equipment and Role Location Formed Remarks
King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery N/A Ceremonial Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich 1946 Regular
A Battery (The Chestnut Troop) 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery AS90 Assaye Barracks in Tidworth 1793 Regular
B Battery 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery AS90 Assaye Barracks in Tidworth 1793 Regular
E Battery 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery AS90 Assaye Barracks in Tidworth 1794 Regular
H Battery (Ramsay's Troop) 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery GMLRS.[2] Assaye Barracks in Tidworth 1804 To move to 26 RA under Army 2020 refine [3] Regular
L (Néry) Battery 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Tactical Group Battery Assaye Barracks in Tidworth 1809 Regular
O Battery (The Rocket Troop) 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Headquarters Battery Assaye Barracks in Tidworth 1813 Regular
C Battery 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery L118 light gun (To be withdrawn in Army 2020 Refine[4]) Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland 1793 Regular
D Battery 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery L118 light gun (To be withdrawn in Army 2020 Refine[4]) Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland 1794 Regular
J (Sidi Rezegh) Battery 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Tactical Group Battery[5] Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland 1805 Regular
M Battery 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Headquarters Battery Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland 1809 Regular
N Battery (The Eagle Troop) 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Tactical Group Battery Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland 1811 Regular
6/36 (Arcot) Battery 4th Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun(To be withdrawn in Army 2020 Refine[4]) Alanbrooke Barracks, North Yorkshire to move to Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland after 2026 Regular
3/29 (Corunna) Battery 4th Regiment Royal Artillery Tactical Group Battery Alanbrooke Barracks, North Yorkshireto move to Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland after 2026 Regular
88 (Arracan) Battery Royal Artillery 4th Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun (To be withdrawn in Army 2020 Refine[4]) Alanbrooke Barracks, North Yorkshireto move to Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland after 2026 1802 Regular
94 (New Zealand) Battery 4th Regiment Royal Artillery Headquarters Battery Alanbrooke Barracks, North Yorkshireto move to Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland after 2026 Regular
97 Battery (Lawson's Company) Royal Artillery 4th Regiment Royal Artillery Tactical Group Battery [6] Alanbrooke Barracks, North Yorkshireto move to Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland after 2026 1803 Regular
129 (Dragon) Battery 4th Regiment Royal Artillery Tactical Group Battery Alanbrooke Barracks, North Yorkshire Regular
K (Hondeghem) Battery 5th Regiment Royal Artillery STA Marne Barracks 1809 Supports Reaction Force Brigade Regular
P Battery (The Dragon Troop) 5th Regiment Royal Artillery STA Marne Barracks 1816 Supports Reaction Force Brigade Regular
Q (Sanna's Post) Battery 5th Regiment Royal Artillery Headquarters Battery Marne Barracks 1824 Regular
53 (Louisburg) Battery 5th Regiment Royal Artillery STA Marne Barracks 1740 Supports 16 Air Assault Brigade Regular
93 (Le Cateau) Battery 5th Regiment Royal Artillery STA Marne Barracks Supports Reaction Force Brigade Regular
4/73 (Sphinx) Special Observation Post Battery RA 5th Regiment Royal Artillery LRRP Marne Barracks Regular
F (Sphinx) Parachute Battery 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery L118 light gun Merville Barracks 1800 Regular
G Parachute Battery (Mercer's Troop) 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery L118 light gun Merville Barracks 1801 Regular
I Parachute Battery (Bull's Troop) 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery Headquarters Battery Merville Barracks 1805 Regular
170 (Imjin) Battery 12 Regiment Royal Artillery Headquarters Battery Baker Barracks, Thorney Island Regular
T Battery (Shah Sujah's Troop) 12 Regiment Royal Artillery Stormer HVM Baker Barracks, Thorney Island 1838 Regular
9 (Plassey) Battery 12 Regiment Royal Artillery Stormer HVM Baker Barracks, Thorney Island 1748 Regular
12 (Minden) Battery 12 Regiment Royal Artillery LML HVM Baker Barracks, Thorney Island Very High Readiness Regular
58 (Eyre's) Battery 12 Regiment Royal Artillery Stormer HVM Baker Barracks, Thorney Island Regular
1 Battery "The Blazers" 14 Regiment Royal Artillery Training Larkhill, Wiltshire Regular
34 (Seringapatam) Battery 14 Regiment Royal Artillery Training Larkhill, Wiltshire Regular
24 (Irish) Battery 14 Regiment Royal Artillery Training Larkhill, Wiltshire Regular
11 (Sphinx) Battery 16 Regiment Royal Artillery Rapier Baker Barracks, Thorney Island Regular
14 (Cole's Kop) Battery 16 Regiment Royal Artillery Rapier Baker Barracks, Thorney Island Regular
20 Battery Royal Artillery 16 Regiment Royal Artillery Headquarters Battery Baker Barracks, Thorney Island 1771 Regular
30 Battery (Rogers's Company) 16 Regiment Royal Artillery Rapier Baker Barracks, Thorney Island 1759 Regular
32 (Minden) Battery 16 Regiment Royal Artillery Rapier Baker Barracks, Thorney Island Regular
49 (Inkerman) Battery 16 Regiment Royal Artillery Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) Baker Barracks, Thorney Island 1779 Commanded by an RAF Squadron Leader and has RAF personnel[7][8] Regular
5 (Gibraltar 1779–83) Battery 19 Regiment Royal Artillery AS90 Tidworth, Wiltshire Regular
13 (Martinique 1809) Battery 19 Regiment Royal Artillery Headquarters Battery Tidworth, Wiltshire Regular
28/143 Battery (Tombs's Troop) 19 Regiment Royal Artillery AS90 Tidworth, Wiltshire Regular
127 (Dragon) Battery 19 Regiment Royal Artillery AS90 Tidworth, Wiltshire Regular
38 (Seringapatam) Battery 19 Regiment Royal Artillery Tactical Group Battery Tidworth, Wiltshire Regular
176 (Abu Klea) Battery 19 Regiment Royal Artillery MLRS Tidworth, Wiltshire 1860 To move to 26 RA under Army 2020 refine [3][9] Regular
16 Battery (Sandham's Company) 26 Regiment Royal Artillery AS90 Mansergh Barracks, Westfalen Garrison Regular
17 (Corunna) Battery 26 Regiment Royal Artillery AS90 Mansergh Barracks, Westfalen Garrison Regular
55 (The Residency) Battery 26 Regiment Royal Artillery Headquarters Battery Mansergh Barracks, Westfalen Garrison Regular
132 Battery (The Bengal Rocket Troop) 26th Regiment Royal Artillery MLRS Albermarle Barracks [10][11] 1816 Status Uncertain under Army 2020 Refine [12] Regular
159 (Colenso) Battery 26 Regiment Royal Artillery AS90 Mansergh Barracks, Westfalen Garrison Status Uncertain under Army 2020 Refine [12] Regular
19 (Gibraltar) Battery 26 Regiment Royal Artillery Tactical Group Battery Mansergh Barracks, Westfalen Garrison Regular
7 (Sphinx) Commando Battery 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Tactical Group Battery [13] RM Condor Regular
8 (Alma) Commando Battery 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun Royal Citadel, Plymouth Regular
23 (Gibraltar) Commando Battery 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Headquarters Battery Royal Citadel, Plymouth Regular
79 (Kirkee) Commando Battery 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun Royal Citadel, Plymouth Regular
148 (Meiktila) Commando Battery 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery Naval Gunfire Support Forward Observation RM Poole Regular
18 (Quebec 1759) Battery 32 Regiment Royal Artillery UAS Battery for Reaction Force Brigade Roberts Barracks, Larkhill To disband in 2021[14] Regular
21 (Gibraltar 1779-83) Battery 32 Regiment Royal Artillery Very High Readiness UAS Battery[15][dead link] Roberts Barracks, Larkhill To disband in 2021[14] Regular
22 (Gibraltar 1779–83) Battery 32 Regiment Royal Artillery UAS Battery for Reaction Force Brigade. Roberts Barracks, Larkhill To disband in 2021[14] Regular
46 (Talavera) Battery 32 Regiment Royal Artillery Headquarters Battery Roberts Barracks, Larkhill To disband in 2021[14] Regular
57 (Bhurtpore) Battery 32 Regiment Royal Artillery UAS Battery for Reaction Force Brigade Roberts Barracks, Larkhill To disband in 2021[14] Regular
31 Battery 47th Regiment Royal Artillery Headquarters Battery[15] Horne Barracks, Larkhill Regular
10 (Assaye) Battery 47th Regiment Royal Artillery UAS Horne Barracks, Larkhill Supports Reaction Force Brigade and Divisional Assets Regular
43 (Lloyd's Company) Battery 47th Regiment Royal Artillery UAS Horne Barracks, Larkhill Supports Reaction Force Brigade and Divisional Assets Regular
74 Battery (The Battle Axe Company) 47th Regiment Royal Artillery UAS Horne Barracks, Larkhill 1801 Supports Reaction Force Brigade and Divisional Assets[15][16][17] Regular
42 (Alem Hamza) Battery Joint Ground Based Air Defence Headquarters Support Battery for both 12 Regiment RA and 16 Regiment RA Baker Barracks, Thorney Island [18] 1771 To be re subordinated as a LML HVM Battery under 12 Regiment RA as part of Army 2020 (Refine). All support functions will return to the 12 Regiment RA and 16 Regiment RA HQ Batterys[citation needed] Regular
203 (Elswick) Battery 101 (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery GMLRS 1900 Reserve
204 (Tyneside Scottish) Battery 101 (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery GMLRS 1967 Reserve
205 (3rd Durham Volunteer Artillery) Battery 101 (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery GMLRS 1860 Reserve
269 (West Riding) Battery 101 (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery GMLRS Leeds 1975 Reserve
208 (3rd West Lancashire) Battery] 103 (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun Reserve
209 (The Manchester and St Helens Artillery) Battery 103 (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun Reserve
210 (Staffordshire) Battery 103 (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun Reserve
216 (The Bolton Artillery) Battery 103 (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun Reserve
211 (South Wales) Battery 104 Regiment Royal Artillery UAS To convert to light gun under Army 2020 refine. Reserve
214 (Worcestershire) Battery 104 Regiment Royal Artillery UAS To convert to light gun under Army 2020 refine. Reserve
217 (City of Newport) Battery 104 Regiment Royal Artillery UAS To convert to light gun under Army 2020 refine. Reserve
266 (Gloucestershire Volunteer Artillery) Battery 104 Regiment Royal Artillery UAS 1859 To convert to light gun under Army 2020 refine. Reserve
206 (Ulster) Battery 105 Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun Newtownards and Coleraine 1967 Reserve
207 (City of Glasgow) Battery Royal Artillery 105 Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun Partick and Colinton 1967 Reserve
212 (Highland) Battery Royal Artillery 105 Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun Arbroath, Kirkcaldy and Lerwick Reserve
278 (Lowland) Battery Royal Artillery 105 Regiment Royal Artillery L118 light gun[19] Livingston Reserve
265 (Home Counties) Battery 106 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery LML HVM supports 16 Air Assault Brigade[20], role to be determined under Army 2020 Refine [21] Reserve
295 (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battery 106 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery Stormer HVM Portsmouth 1794 role to be determined under Army 2020 Refine [22] Reserve
457 (Hampshire Carabiniers Yeomanry)Battery 106 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery Stormer HVM Southampton role to be determined under Army 2020 Refine [23] Reserve
221 (Wessex) Battery Royal Artillery National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery Royal Artillery Specialist Pool Reserve
255 (Somerset Yeomanry) Battery Royal Artillery National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery Tactical Air Control Party Battery Reserve

Regular Batteries in Suspended Animation (By order of Seniority)[edit]

Units in Suspended Animation are not disbanded and remain on the Royal Regiment of Artillery's Order of Battle and maintain their order of precedence alongside Active Regular units. Their property, histories etc. are stored and they may be brought out of Suspended Animation at a later stage, unlike disbanded units which cease to exist and cannot be reanimated. The precedence of Regular batteries is by date of formation and was authorised by The Master Gunner in his decree of 1 November 1986.[24] Precedence is accorded to RHA Batteries (despite their younger age) by authority of Queens Regulations 1975 para 8.001.[25]

Royal Horse Artillery

Royal Artillery

  • 15 (HQ) Battery
  • 25 Battery
  • 33 Battery
  • 2 Battery
  • 35 Battery
  • 38 (Seringapatam) Battery
  • 128 Battery
  • 39 Battery
  • 40 Battery
  • 44 Battery
  • 41 Battery
  • 137 (Java) Battery[10]
  • 124 Battery
  • 51 (Kabul 1842) Battery
  • 50 Battery
  • 52 (Niagara) Battery[26]
  • 109 Battery
  • 110 Battery
  • 54 (Maharajapore) Battery Royal Artillery,
  • 56 (Olpherts) Battery
  • 60 Battery
  • 69 Battery
  • 48 Battery
  • 224 Battery
  • 67 Battery
  • 68 Battery
  • 70 Battery
  • 77 Battery
  • 75 Battery
  • 72 Battery
  • 78 Battery
  • 80 Battery
  • 81 Battery
  • 82 Battery
  • 126 Battery
  • 111 (dragon) Battery
  • 92 Battery
  • 89 Battery
  • 91 Battery
  • 87 Battery
  • 90 Battery
  • 95 Battery
  • 96 Battery
  • 98 Battery
  • 99 Battery
  • 107 Battery
  • 104 Battery
  • 105 Battery
  • 106 Battery
  • 108 Battery
  • 113 Battery
  • Z Battery
  • 145 (Maiwand) Battery
  • 156 (Inkerman) Battery
  • 152 (Inkerman) Battery
  • 27 (Strange's) Battery
  • 160 Battery (Middleton's Company)
  • 171 (The Broken Wheel) Battery
  • 26 Battery
  • W Battery

Reserve Batteries in Suspended Animation (By order of Seniority)[edit]

The Order of Precedence of Volunteer Batteries is by Battery number.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gunner Magazine, December 2012
  2. ^ British Army (2 August 2013). "Parade completes airborne gunners’ reorganisation". Facebook. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Letter from Brigadier Mead". 1st Artillery Brigade and Headquarters South West. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "UK Strike Brigades to have no artillery | IHS Jane's 360". Janes.com. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  5. ^ "Facebook". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  6. ^ "BBC One - Look North (North East and Cumbria), 29/11/2013". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  7. ^ "Home Page". 49btyoca.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  8. ^ "Joint Warriors At RAF Boulmer". Raf.mod.uk. 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  9. ^ "Letter from Brigadier Mead Part 2". 1st Artillery Brigade and Headquarters South West. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Artillery Regiment Says Farewell to 137 (Java) Battery". Forces.tv. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  11. ^ "26 Regiment - British Army Website". Army.mod.uk. 1934-11-13. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  12. ^ a b "Army 2020 Refine for 26th Regiment RA". 26th Regiment RA. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Notice Board". Commandogunner.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  14. ^ a b c d e Announcement from CO 32 Regiment RA:

    "Yesterday, the Secretary of State for Defence made an announcement regarding a refinement of Army structures (see link below). As part of wider work to modernise the Army’s ability to fight at the divisional level a number of units, including 32 Regt RA, are to be rationalised, with personnel in those units being redeployed to other regiments. Further information from Army Headquarters states that this will not happen to us until 2021. I regret that I was not able to tell you all in person before leave, but I will hold a briefing for the serving Regiment when we return to work.

    Please rest assured that nothing will happen overnight: the Regiment will stay in Larkhill until then and our Mini-UAS operational output will remain the same. The readiness cycle will not begin to change until after 2019, so the plan for at least the next three years remains unchanged. The capability you provide to Defence remains highly valued, and I am sure you will continue to deliver it with the same professionalism and enthusiasm next year. I am sure you will have lots of questions; I will speak to your sub-unit commanders over the weekend and brief you all in more detail in January. In the meantime, please continue to enjoy a well-earned break. 2016 was a busy year for the Regiment, with exercises and deployments around the world. 2017 and beyond promises to be just as rewarding with plenty of adventure and opportunity for you all."

  15. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  16. ^ 13:00, 23 FEB 2014Updated13:09, 23 FEB 2014 (2014-02-23). "Battle Axe soldiers parade for last time at Albemarle Barracks". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  17. ^ "Royal Artillery battery mark Battle Axe Day - British Army Website". Army.mod.uk. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  18. ^ "LO" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  19. ^ Giant Peach (2014-11-05). "Livingston based, 278 (Lowland) Battery Royal Artillery Flag Raising - RA Association". Theraa.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  20. ^ "Watch Gunner Gary Pitt, an Army... - 16 Air Assault Brigade". Facebook. 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  21. ^ "Royal Artillery:Written question - 68813". Hansard. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-07-09. 
  22. ^ "Royal Artillery:Written question - 68813". Hansard. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-07-09. 
  23. ^ "Royal Artillery:Written question - 68813". Hansard. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-07-09. 
  24. ^ a b The Royal Regiment of Artillery Blue List, Published 2013, Gunner Publications, Editor Miss K Knowles
  25. ^ The Royal Regiment of Artillery Blue List, Published 2013, Gunner Publications, Editor Miss K Knowles
  26. ^ Falcke, David, 2015, "Battery bids fond farewell" Salisbury Journal, 6 March 2015

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