The Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery

An unidentified British soldier standing with a 9.2 inch howitzer Mk I, named Berdameda, which was supporting the Australians on the Somme. The camouflaged box in front of the gun is known as a dirt box, which was filled with soil and attached to the gun to act as a counterweight to the force of […]

Raising of 121 to 125 Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery

The raising of four new Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery was authorised by Army Council Instruction 1091/1916, with effect from 22 March 1916. In addition, Army Council Instruction 777/1916 authorised the raising of a South African battery from 3 April 1916. The ACI stated that the establishment of each battery would be that laid down for […]

The raising of 206 to 221 Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery

The raising of 16 new Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery was authorised by Army Council Instruction 1544/1916, with effect from 31 July 1916. Number 220 Siege Battery RGA was to be raised from the Essex and Suffolk Artillery Links The Royal Artillery Siege Batteries What was a Siege Battery?

Raising of 140 to 149 Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery

The raising of ten new Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery was authorised by Army Council Instruction 1091/1916, with effect from 22 May 1916. The ACI stated that the establishment of each battery would be that laid down for batteries equipped with 6, 8 or 9.2-inch howitzers. Four officers and 78 men from the Hampshire, Essex and Durham […]

The raising of 108 to 113 Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery

The raising of six new Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery was authorised by Army Council Instruction 397/1916, with effect from 14 February 1916. The ACI stated that the establishment of the batteries would be that of 6, 8 or 9.2-inch howitzers. Three officers and 78 other ranks each from the Forth, North Scottish and […]

The Heavy Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery

A Heavy Battery of the RGA tows its 60-pounder guns along the roads of Northern France. The role of the Heavy Battery Heavy Batteries RGA were equipped with heavy guns, sending large calibre high explosive shells in fairly flat trajectory fire.The usual armaments were 60 pounder (5 ich) guns, although some had obsolescent 5 inch […]

What was a Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery?

This article describes the composition and structure of a battery equipped with four 6-inch Howitzers, as defined in the army’s “Field Service Pocket Book”, 1914 version. At this period of the war, the Siege Batteries were equipped with the 30-cwt (hundredweight) version of the 6-inch Howitzer. This type had been introduced into  service in 1895 . It […]

Royal Garrison Artillery Companies in the First World War

The Royal Garrison Artillery, in addition to providing the mobile fighting units of heavy and siege artillery that went to the theatres of war, also manned the following units at home and in Empire: No. 1 Company: Eastern District. Malta. No. 2 Company: Sheerness. Eastern Coast Defences. No. 3 Company: Bermuda. Bermuda. No. 4 Company: […]