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Royal Artillery topics

Information and topics relating to the Gunners of the Royal Horse Artillery, Royal Field Artillery, and the Royal Garrison Artillery during the First World War. 

As I meander through research, battlefield tours and contributions to the GWF Forum, certain topics arise an interest which I record here. 

 

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Royal Artillery War Establishments

From: Great resource for OOBs Great Find by Tom W. from the US Army Combined Arms Center web site, over 500 Orders of battle (Orbat), ranging from war establishments, formations and specific battles or phases, and covers both the allies and the axis. http://www.cgsc.edu/...ziger/index.asp Extracted the war establishments relating to the Royal Artillery (RHA, RFA, RGA) and also included RMA,. I have also added a side block so it is easy to find the post in the future. 1st January 1914 914BQA

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Remembered Today: Bombardier Henry John JENNINGS, 306th Brigade RFA

Remembered Today: Bombardier Henry John JENNINGS, 306th Brigade RFA who died on 16th December 1916, Varennes Military Cemetery CWGC Information JENNINGS, HENRY JOHN Rank: Bombardier Service No: 2579 Date of Death: 16/12/1916 Age: 28 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "B" Bty. 306th Bde. Grave Reference I. G. 77. Cemetery VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY Additional Information: Husband of Nellie Gertrude Jennings, of 3,

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12 inch Rail Gun firing

I wrote a post a while ago on Railway Artillery   Just came accross the clip below which shows the loading, laying and firing of a 12 inch railway gun. http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675024075_Battle-of-Arras_12-inch-naval-gun_ammunition-loaded_gun-is-fired

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18 Pounder Field Gun video

Interesting video of 18 Pounder Field Gun in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra courtesey of a chap called Stuart Curry. The ammunition limber is shown in some detail. Nice thought to use blankets as a cushion for sitting on. A walk around the gun shows some of the detail. The gun is an example of a recuperator with the box at the end. This was added due to problems with the spring system. Wikipedia : Ordnance QF 18 pounder Landships: The British 18 pounder QF gun Handbook of the 18-PR.

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From: 154 SB wireless contact for observation shooting with N° 6 Squadron

Posted this one a while ago regarding the Air Observation of Artillery http://1914-1918.inv...&showentry=1270 An interesting addition to the information regarding Air Observation shoots from MikeMeech in response to a query from Marc of an shoot conducted with 154 Siege Battery. Source: 154 SB wireless contact for observation shooting with N° 6 Squadron Air Observation shooting by night is an interesting dimension. I used to find it hard enough by day. Source: 154 SB wireless contact f

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Remembered Today:Captain John Walton WHITEHEAD Royal Field Artillery

Remembered Today:Captain John Walton WHITEHEAD, 246 Brigade Royal Field Artillery, who died on 1st December 1917, Tyne Cott Memorial CWGC Information WHITEHEAD, JOHN WALTON Rank: Captain Date of Death: 01/12/1917 Age: 28 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery ''B'' Bty. 246th (West Riding) Bde Panel Reference Panel 4 to 6 and 162. Memorial TYNE COT MEMORIAL Additional Informatio

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Remembered Today: Bombardier Stanley Graham RICHARDSON, Royal Garrison Artillery

Remembered Today: Bombardier Stanley Graham RICHARDSON, Royal Garrison Artillery who died on October 1916, Bienvillers Military Cemetery A local lad from Newcastle and a Northumbrian Gunner having enlisted into the Tynemouth RGA (TF) CWGC Information RICHARDSON, STANLEY GRAHAM Rank: Bombardier Service No: 948 Date of Death: 20/10/1916 Age: 33 Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery 100th Siege Bty. Grave Reference V. C. 9. C

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Gunner Time

It was normally the Gunner officer who gave time when I was on exercise. This would ensure that any timings on a plan, notably H hour would be carefully co-oordinated with the guns firing. Any deviation could comprimise supprise, cause confusion or cause own casualties Tine was critical to the bombardment plan in WW1 as poor communications meant flexibility was reduced (or non existent), so the rigid movment of barrage lines would take place at the designated times. If the infantry were slower

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Royal Artillery - St George's Ypres

Another visit to St Georges in Ypres. Always learning, I just realised on this trip there was a window dedicated to the Royal Regiment of Artillery. ERECTED BY ALL RANKS OF THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR COMRADES WHO FELL IN THE BATTLES OF YPRES 1914 - 1918

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Remembered Today: Serjeant Robert GRISTWOOD, Royal Field Artillery who died on 2nd October 1916, A I F burial Ground, Flers

Remembered Today: Serjeant Robert GRISTWOOD, Royal Field Artillery who died on 2nd October 1916, A I F burial Ground, Flers CWGC Information GRISTWOOD, ROBERT Rank: Serjeant Service No: 46506 Date of Death: 02/10/1916 Age: 29 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "D" Bty. 94th Bde. Grave Reference II. H. 29. Cemetery A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Additional Information: Son of Martin Gristwood, of Rickmanswor

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Remembered Today: Gunner Reginald Alfred GRAINGER, Royal Garrison Artillery

Remembered Today: Gunner Reginald Alfred GRAINGER, Royal Garrison Artillery who died on 28th September 1915, Dunkirk (Christ Church) Churchyard CWGC Infomation GRAINGER, REGINALD ALFRED Rank: Gunner Service No: 51061 Date of Death: 28/09/1915 Age: 21 Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery No. 3 Depot Grave Reference In North-West part, near North boundary. Cemetery DUNKIRK (CHRIST CHURCH) CHURCHYARD A

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From: Phonetic Alphabet

Thanks to Chris Henschke for 'spelling' out the phonetic alphabets in WW1. I have just checked an Imperial Army series manual on signalling published in 11917, and whilst it mentions and gives examples of the use of the phonetic alphabet, there is no listing. One wonders if it was in general use as in more modern times. Only two survived the march of time, C - Charlie and X - X-Ray, though V - Vic and V - Victor are not far away. I must admit M - Emma would not be my favourite, and this had cl

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Gunner John INSCOE, 62nd Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery, who died on 15th September 1917, Arras Memorial

Remembered Today:Gunner John INSCOE, 62nd Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery, who died on 15th September 1917, Arras Memorial CWGC Information INSCOE, JOHN Rank: Gunner Service No: 31730 Date of Death: 15/09/1917 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery "Y" 62nd T.M. Bty. Panel Reference Bay 1. Memorial ARRAS MEMORIAL Born in 1895, John Inscoe enlisted in Wolverhampton Sfaffordshire. His 1911 Cenus entry records his occupati

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Remembered Today: Bombardier Charles MARTIN, Royal Horse Artillery who died on 1st September 1914, Nery Communal Cemetery

Remembered Today: Bombardier Charles MARTIN, Royal Horse Artillery who died on 1st September 1914, Nery Communal Cemetery CWGC Information Rank: Bombardier Service No: 56849 Date of Death: 01/09/1914 Age: 23 Regiment/Service: Royal Horse Artillery "L" Bty. Grave Reference Special Memorial. Cemetery NERY COMMUNAL CEMETERY Son of the late William and Jane Martin of Zeal Monachorum, Bow, Devon Nery Communal Cemetery (Oise France) On 1st September 1914 L

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Remembered Today: Gunner F CANHAM, 88th Battery Royal Field artillery who died on 21 August 1915, Auchonvillers Military Cemetery

Remembered Today: Gunner F CANHAM, 88th Battery Royal Field artillery who died on 21 August 1915, Auchonvillers Military Cemetery CWGC Information CANHAM, F Rank: Gunner Service No: 38498 Date of Death: 21/08/1915 Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery 88th Bty. Grave Reference I. B. 9. Cemetery AUCHONVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY Frederick Canham was born in 1887 at Staford in Essex. The 1891 cenus shows him living with his father (a carpenter), mothe

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Artillery Survey in World War One

The adoption of indirect fire as the main methodology necessitated the need for accurate mapping and survey in order to establish the exact location of our own guns, and to provide a mechanism to know the enemy target. At the battle of Mons, british artillery was ofter located near the infantry positions, shrapnel direct fire augmenting their rifle and machine gun fire. By November 1917, Cambrai became the first bnattle which relied on wholly predicted fire. In addition to the survey role, the

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Railway Artillery

Having spent that latter part of my service involved with depth fire, and having an interest in railways, railway artillery has always held a fascination A two volume book Railway Artillery: A Report on the Characteristics, Scope of Utility, Etc., of Railway Artillery was published by the United States Ordnance Department in 1921. This outlines the principles of railway artillery, as well as detailing the guns, British are in volume2. Railway Artillery: A Report on the Characteristics,

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1914 Indirect v Direct Fire

An extremely interesting video on you tube contrasting the British 18 pounder versus the German Field Howitzer, though I believe the main comparisons are between indirect / direct fire and the use of Shrapnel versus HE - hence the blog title. It contrasts the British doctrine an the beginning of the war which was based upon direct fire with shrapnel to support the infantry, and the Germans who were more inclined to adopt indirect fire with HE as the modus operendi. The primary function of 18 p

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Remembered Today: Serjeant A E GOODERHAM, 3rd Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery who died 23 June 1915, Hull Western Cemetery

Remembered Today: Serjeant A E GOODERHAM, 3rd Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery who died 23 June 1915, Hull Western Cemetery CWGC Information GOODERHAM, A E Rank: Serjeant Service No: 19738 Date of Death: 23/06/1915 Age: 29 Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery 3rd Siege Bty. Grave Reference 455. 43942. Cemetery HULL WESTERN CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Mr. F. and Mrs. L. Gooderham, of

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From: War horses found during dig at the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, 20/6/12

Fascinating post by chrislock and thanks to The true war horses were the unsung hero's of the British gun and transport teams. In this they were were not as lucky as War Horse David. The remains of 3 horses being found during work around the Menin Gate. There was a lot of road works going on when I was there a few weeks ago. Source: War horses found during dig at the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, 20/6/12

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Artillery of the Great War - Landships

Excellent site which has detailed information on Artillery of the Great War This site is dedicated to World War One Military Hardware. And to the Modelling of this stuff. Landships Even a forum with a dedicated section on Artillery Landships WW1 Forum Artillery Added a block to the blog sidebar Artillery of the The Great War British Guns 13-pdr QF Field Gun 18 pdr QF Field Gun 4.5inch QF Howitzer 60-Pounder BL Mk I Field Gun 6inch 26cwt Howitzer BL 6inch 30cwt Howitzer 8inch Howitz

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From: British Gun Carrier Units

Source: British Gun Carrier Units Many thanks to sotonmate for pointing me in the right direction regarding the British Gun Carrier units. So I downloaded the diaries to find that they also contained a short history of the unit.... Initially during the experimental stage the gun carrying tanks were manned by the Royal Garrison Artillery and Army Service Corps drivers. Initially formed into independant sections of 6 tanks, they were embodied into the Tank Corps. The RGA provided one NCO per

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2/Lt Osmer Noel Stewart M.C.

Came across the grave of this chap when I visited the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery in Ypres. Second Lieutenant Osmer Noel Stewart. Royal Field Artillery Commissioned 9th May 1916 aged 18, gazetted with the Military Cross 18th July 1917, died 31st July 1917 aged 19. His commissioned service lasted 1 year, 2 months, 23 days. Osmer Noel Stewart was born in Toxteth Park, Lancashire in 1898. His commission to the Regular Army was published in the London Gazette 9th May 1916 page 4560 REGULAR FORCES

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From: War Horse 'David' 107th Battery RFA

Source: War Horse 'David' 107th Battery RFA This grand old soldier served throuhout the Boer War, then from Mons to the Armistice - a true "War Horse" David was one of the many horses which that served the Royal Regiment, a reminder that Artillery during this period was reliant on the horse as the prime mover. The Royal Field and Royal Horse artillery were totally dependant on horse transport, and whilst traction engines became available to the RGA, there were still many horses required for

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Remembered Today: Gunner J LEITH, 107 Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Remembered Today: Gunner J LEITH, 107 Brigade Royal Field Artillery, who died on 1 June 1917, Railway Dugouts Burial Ground Found an excellent site recording details of John Leith from Aberdeenshire http://www.kinnethmont.co.uk/1914-1918_files/john-leith.htm http://www.kinnethmont.co.uk/soldiers/john-leith.htm Gunner John Leith, 107th Bde, Royal Field Artillery John Leith, the second son son of John and Jane Leith, was born on 6th November 1896 on the family farm of Courtieston, Lesli

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