Royal Field Artillery

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Irish member of the Royal Field Artillery (1904)

The Royal Field Artillery (RFA) of the British Army provided close artillery support for the infantry.[1] It came into being when created as a distinct arm of the Royal Regiment of Artillery on 1 July 1899, serving alongside the other two arms of the regiment, the Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) and the Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). It ceased to exist when it was amalgamated with the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1924.[2] The Royal Field Artillery was the largest arm of the artillery. It was responsible for the medium calibre guns and howitzers deployed close to the front line and was reasonably mobile. It was organised into brigades, attached to divisions or higher formations.

It participated in the Mesopotamian campaign during World War 1.

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  1. ^ Clarke 2004, p. 4
  2. ^ Carman 1973, p. 28
  3. ^ Atia, Nadia (2015). World War I in Mesopotamia: The British and the Ottomans in Iraq. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 68.
  4. ^ McLoughlin, Mark (6 March 2013). "Tom Barry: guerrilla days in Iraq". History Ireland.
  5. ^ David Frith (2011). Silence Of The Heart: Cricket Suicide. Random House. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-78057-393-9. Cecil Patteson Nickalls, who won the DSO while serving in the Royal Field Artillery in the Great War ... representing England at polo against the United States in 1902 ...


  • Carman, W.Y. (1973). The Royal Artillery. Vol. 25 of Man-at-Arms Series. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0-85045-140-X.
  • Clarke, Dale (2004). British Artillery 1914–19 Field Army Artillery. Vol. 94 of New Vanguard Series. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-688-7.

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