Territorial Force Depots

A number describing a TF Depot is often seen mentioned in the service records of a soldiers who served in units of the Territorial Force. The table below describes all of the depots as listed in Army Council Instruction 1496 of 1916 (appendix 133). In most cases a TF depot had a number of different TF units affiliated to it, from various corps (infantry, artillery, engineers and so on). Each was under the administrative control of one of the TF County Associations, meaning that in some cases a given TF Depot was associated with various different Associations.

Eastern Command
Depot Location TF Association
1 Bedford (Ashburnam road) Bedford
2 Cambridge (East Road Drill Hall) Cambridge
3 Chelmsford (Market Road) Essex
4 Colchester (17 Sir Isaac’s Walk) Essex
5 Ilford (Gordon Road) Essex
6 Walthamstow (Church Hill Drill Hall) Essex
7 Stratford (London) (Artillery House) Essex
8 West Ham (The Cedars) Essex
9 Hertford (28 St Andrew’s Street) Hertford
10 Huntingdon (St Mary’s Street) Huntingdon
11 Norwich No 1 (Cattle Market Street Drill Hall) Norfolk
12 Norwich No 2 (Chapelfield Road Drill Hall) Norfolk
13 Northampton (Clare Street) Northampton
14 Bury St Edmunds (Old Barracks) Suffolk
15 Ipswich No 1 (Portman Road) Suffolk
16 Ipswich No 2 (Woodbridge Road Drill Hall) Suffolk
Southern Command
Depot Location TF Association
17 Ashford (Drill Hall) Kent
18 Canterbury (St Peter’s Lane Drill Hall) Kent
19 Dover (Liverpool Street) Kent
20 Gillingham (Pier Road) Kent
21 Maidstone (Union Street Drill Hall) Kent
22 Hornsey (The Elms, Priory Road) Middlesex
23 West Ealing (Churchfield Road Drill Hall) Middlesex
24 Guildford (Drill Hall) Surrey
25 Kingston-on-Thames (Orchard Road Drill Hall) Surrey
26 Brighton (18 Montpelier Place) Sussex
27 Hastings (Middle Street Drill Hall) Sussex
28 Horsham (17 Park Street) Sussex
29 London (Riding School, Lytton Grove, Putney) City of London
30 London (Armoury House, Finsbury) City of London
31 London (Handel Street, Bloomsbury) City of London
32 London (9 Tufton Street, Westminster) City of London
33 London (207 Harrow Road, Paddington) City of London
34 London (112 Shatefesbury Street, City Road) City of London
35 London (130 Bunhill Row EC) City of London
36 London (57a Farringdon Road EC) City of London
37 London (24 Sun Street, Finsbury Square) included Royal Defence Corps City of London
38 Reading (315 Oxford Road) for 18th – 24th Battalions of the Rifle Brigade City of London
39 London (Duke of York’s Headquarters, Chelsea) London
40 London (Elverton Street, Westminster) London
41 London (Henry Street, St John’s Wood) London
42 London (High Street, Fulham) London
43 London (Ennersdale Road, Lewisham) London
44 London (Leonard Street, City Road) London
45 London (105 Holland Road, Brixton) London
46 London (Offord Road, Barnsbury, Islington) London
47 London (10 Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green) London
48 London (46 Regency Street) London
49 London (12 Palmer Street, Westeminster) London
50 London (56 Davies Street, Berkeley Square) London
51 London (208 Mare Street, Hackney) London
52 London (17 Pentonm Street, Pentonville) London
53 London (Chenies Street, Bedford Square) London
54 London (Iverna Gardens, Kensington) London
55 London (59 Buckingham Gate, Westminster) London
56 London (Somerset House, Strand) London
57 London (58 Buckingham Gate, Westminster) London
58 London (66 Tredegar Road, Bow) London
59 London (76 High Street, Camden Town) London
60 London (Holly Hedge House, Blackheath) London
61 London (4 Flodden Road, Camberwell) London
62 London (2 Jamaica Road, Bermondsey) London
63 London (27 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction) London
64 London (71 New Street, Kennington) London
65 London (Fulham House, Putney Bridge) London
66 London (Duke’s Road, Euston Road) London
67 London (Charles Street, Plumstead) London
Northern Command
Depot Location TF Association
68 Bishop Auckland (Drill Hall) Durham
69 Durham (Gilesgate Drill Hall) Durham
70 Gateshead (Burt Terrace Drill Hall) Durham
71 Hartlepool (42 Middlegate) Durham
72 Jarrow (Drill Hall) Durham
73 Stockton-on-Tees (Drill Hall) Durham
74 Sunderland (Drill Hall) Durham
75 Alnwick (Fenkle Street Drill Hall) Northumberland
76 Hexham (Drill Hall) Northumberland
77 Newcastle-on-Tyne No 1 (Barrack Road) Northumberland
78 Newcastle-on-Tyne No 2 (Barras Bridge) Northumberland
79 Newcastle-on-Tyne No 3 (Hutton Terrace) Northumberland
80 Newcastle-on-Tyne No 4 (St George’s Drill Hall, St Mary’s Place) Northumberland
81 North Shields No 1 (Military Road Drill Hall) Northumberland
82 North Shields No 2 (Clifford’s Fort) Northumberland
83 Hull No 1 (Wenlock Barracks) East Riding
84 Hull No 2 (Londesborough Barracks) East Riding
85 Middlesbrough (Grange Road West) North Riding
86 Northallerton (Thirsk Road) North Riding
87 Scarborough (North Street) North Riding
88 Bradford (Belle Vue Barracks) West Riding
89 Doncaster (Frenchgate Drill Hall) West Riding
90 Huddersfield (Drill Hall) West Riding
91 Leeds No 1 (Carlton Barracks) West Riding
92 Leeds No 2 (Harweood Barracks) West Riding
93 Otley (Drill Hall) West Riding
94 Rotherham (Wentworth Woodhouse) West Riding
95 Sheffield No 1 (Norfolk Barracks) West Riding
96 Sheffield No 2 (Endcliffe Hall) West Riding
97 Wakefield (Drill Hall) West Riding
98 York (Colliergate) West Riding
99 Derby No 1 (91 Siddal’s Road) Derby
100 Derby No 2 (Drill Hall) Derby
101 Chesterfield (Drill Hall) Derby
102 Leicester No 1 (The Magazine) Leicester
103 Leicester No 2 (Blue Boar Yard) Leicester
104 Loughborough (Drill Hall) Leicester
105 Lincoln (Burton Rd Old Barracks) Lincoln
106 Nottingham (Derby Road) Nottingham
107 Newark (Drill Hall) Nottingham
108 Burton-on-Trent (Drill Hall) Stafford
109 Hanley (Victoria Sq Drill Hall) Stafford
110 Walsall (Drill Hall) Stafford
111 Wolverhampton (Stafford Street Drill Hall) Stafford
Scottish Command
Depot Location TF Association
112 Peterhead (Drill Hall) Aberdeen
113 Aberdeen (Woolmanhill) Aberdeen
114 Dunoon (James Street Drill Hall) Various
115 Keith Banff-shire (Drill Hall) Various
116 Dumbarton (McLean Place Drill Hall) Various
117 Dundee (Bell Street Drill Hall) Various
118 Elgin (Drill Hall) Elgin
119 Kirkcaldy (Hunter St Drill Hall) Various
120 Forfar (Yeomanry premises) Various
121 Bealy (Phipp’s Institute) Various
122 Inverness No 1 (Margaret Street Drill Hall) Inverness
123 Inverness No 2 (Rose Street Drill Hall) Inverness
124 Banchory Kincardine (Drill Hall) Various
125 Kirkwall (Drill Hall) Orkney
126 Dunkeld (Cathedral Street Drill Hall) Various
127 Perth (Tay Street) Perth
128 Greenock (Finnart Street Drill Hall) Renfrew
129 Paisley (66 High Street) Renfrew
130 Dingwall (Drill Hall) Ross and Cromarty
131 Stirling (Prince’s Street Drill Hall) Various
132 Golspie (Drill Hall) Suthld and Caithness
133 Ayr No 1 (2 Citadel Place) Ayrshire
134 Ayr No 2 (Alloway Street) Various
135 Kilmarnock (Titchfield Street) Various
136 Dumfries (Drill Hall) Various
137 Edinburgh No 1 (Forest Hill) Edinburgh City
138 Edinburgh No 2 (7 Wemyss Place) Various
139 Edinburgh No 3 (28 York Place) Edinburgh City
140 Edinburgh No 4 (30 Grindlay Street) Various
141 Glasgow No 1 (8 Newton Terrace) Various
142 Glasgow No 2 (21 Jardine Street) Various
143 Glasgow No 3 (Yorkhill Parade) City of Glasgow
144 Glasgow No 4 (261 W Prince’s St) City of Glasgow
145 Glasgow No 5 (172 Yorkhill St) City of Glasgow
146 Lanark (Hope Street) Various
147 Hamilton (Muirhall) Lanark
148 Linlithgow (High Street) Linlithgow
149 Musselburgh (78 New St Drill Hall) Various
150 Galashiels (Drill Hall) Various
Southern Command
Depot Location TF Association
151 Reading (Yeomanry House, Castle Hill) Berkshire
152 Aylesbury (14 Temple Square ) Buckingham
153 Buckingham (Yeomanry House) Buckingham
154 Bristol No 1 (Old Market Street) Gloucester
155 Bristol No 2 (32 Park Row) Gloucester
156 Gloucester (Barracks) Gloucester
157 Oxford (St Cross Road) Oxfordshire
158 Birmingham No 1 (Thorp St Drill Hall) Warwicks
159 Birmingham No 2 (Stoney Lane Drill Hall) Various
160 Birmingham No 3 (Great Brook St Barracks) Various
161 Warwick (St John’s ) Warwicks
162 Worcester (16 Silver Street) Worcesters
163 Bodmin (Drill Hall) Cornwall
164 Falmouth (Pendennis Castle) Cornwall
165 Barnstaple (The Strand Drill Hall) Devon
166 Exeter No 1 (9 Dix’s Field) Various
167 Exeter No 2 (Bedford Circus) Devon
168 Plymouth No 1 (Lambhay Hill) Devon
169 Plymouth No 2 (Millbay Barracks) Devon
170 Dorchester (57 High West Street) Dorset
171 Sherborne (Acreman Street) Dorset
172 Weymouth No 1 (Lower St Alban’s Street) Dorset
173 Weymouth No 2 (Recreation Ground) Dorset
174 Bath (Lower Bristol Road Drill Hall) Somerset
175 Taunton (County Territorial Hall) Somerset
176 Bournemouth (177 Holdenhurst Road) Southampton
177 Ryde, IoW (Drill Hall) Southampton
178 Newport, IoW (Drill Hall) Southampton
179 Portsmouth No 1 (St Paul’s Road) Various
180 Portsmouth No 2 (Connaught Drill Hall) Southampton
181 Southampton No 1 (St Mary’s Road) Southampton
182 Southampton No 2 (32 Carlton Place) Southampton
183 Winchester No 1 (Hyde Close) Various
184 Winchester No 2 (Castle Hill) Southampton
185 Swindon (Prospect Place) Various
186 Trowbridge (68 Fore Street) Wiltshire
Western Command
Depot Location TF Association
Associated with TF Record and Paymasters Office, Preston
187 Penrith (Portland Place Drill Hall) Various
188 Whitehaven (Granary Yard Drill Sheds) Cumberland
189 Kendal (Queen Katherine St Drill Hall) Cumberland
190 Manchester No 1 (Hyde Road) East Lancashire
191 Bolton No 1 (Silverwell St Drill Hall) East Lancashire
192 Manchester No 2 (73 Seymour Grove, Old Trafford) East Lancashire
193 Blackburn (50 King Street) East Lancashire
194 Bury (Castle Armoury) East Lancashire
195 Salford (Cross Lane Drill Hall) East Lancashire
196 Wigan (Drill Hall) East Lancashire
197 Manchester No 3 (3 Stretford Rd, Hulme) East Lancashire
198 Manchester No 4 (Burlington Street) East Lancashire
199 Oldhall (Drill Hall) East Lancashire
200 Manchester No 5 (Upper Chorlton Rd) East Lancashire
201 Liverpool No 1 (Wellington Barracks) West Lancashire
202 Liverpool No 2 (The Grange, Edge Lane) West Lancashire
203 Preston (97 Avenham Lane) West Lancashire
204 Liverpool No 3 (19 Low Hill) West Lancashire
205 St Helen’s No 1 (Engineer Hall) West Lancashire
206 Liverpool No 4 (Tramway Rd, Aigburth) West Lancashire
207 Bolton No 2 (Fletcher St Barracks) West Lancashire
208 Warrington (Drill Hall) West Lancashire
209 St Helen’s No 2 (Mill St Drill Hall) West Lancashire
210 Lancaster (Phoenix St) West Lancashire
211 Liverpool No 5 (65 St Anne St) West Lancashire
212 Liverpool No 6 (Upper Warwick St) West Lancashire
213 Bootle (99 Park Street) West Lancashire
214 Liverpool No 7 (77 Shaw St) West Lancashire
215 Liverpool No 8 (59 Everton Road) West Lancashire
216 Liverpool No 9 (7 Fraser Street) West Lancashire
217 Southport (Manchester Road) West Lancashire
218 Liverpool No 10 (14 Harper St) West Lancashire
Associated with TF Record and Paymasters Office, Shrewsbury
219 Brecon (Armoury) Brecknock
220 Carmarthen (Barracks) Various
221 Carnarvon (Barracks) Various
222 Birkenhead No 1 (79 Harrowby Rd) Various
223 Birkenhead No 2 (Grange Rd W) Chester
224 Chester No 1 (Ricmond House, Boughton) Chester
225 Chester No 2 (Volunteer St Drill Hall) Chester
226 Macclesfield (Drill Hall) Chester
227 Stockport (Armoury) Chester
228 Wrexham (Poser St Drill Hall) Various
229 Bridgend (Drll Hall) Glamorgan
230 Cardiff No 1 (Park St Drill Hall) Glamorgan
231 Cardiff No 2 (Dumfries Place Drill Hall) Glamorgan
232 Swansea (Central Drill Hall) Various
233 Hereford (Barracks) Various
234 Pontypool (Osborne Road) Monmouth
235 Newport (Stow Hill) Monmouth
236 Welshpool (Armoury) Various
237 Newtown (Armoury) Various
238 Shrewsbury (Armoury) Shropshire
The Castle Armoury, Bury, Lancashire. TF Depot 194. A more ornate example of a drill hall than many. With thanks to David Dixon at Geolocation for the use of this image.
The Castle Armoury, Bury, Lancashire. TF Depot 194. A more ornate example of a drill hall than many. With thanks to David Dixon at Geolocation for the use of this image.


Other aspects of the British Order of Battle

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The Royal Engineers depots