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I've been trying to put together a list of units that served at Kildare, Ireland here from 1901 (when the barracks opened) to 1922 (when the British left) with varying degrees of success. The barracks opened in 1901 but I'm not sure which batteries / brigades were there. During 1914-18 there were mostly non RFA units.

Can any RFA experts confirm:-

1. During this period (1900-1922) did the batteries in a particular Brigade always remain consistant?

2. Anyone recommend a book where I could obtain this information about dates of arrival and departure of Batteries/Brigades?

3. Here's what I have:-

1902: 31st Brigade RFA (131, 132 Batteries)

33rd Brigade RFA (137, 138, 139 Batteries)

1905 36th Brigade RFA (15, 48, 71 Batteries) ?

1906 33rd Brigade RFA

1911: 28th Brigade RFA (123, 124 Batteries)

(140, 141 Batteries)

1914 61st Bty RFA ?

1914 7 (Howitzer) Brigade RFA

15th Brigade RFA (11, 52, 80 Batteries)

1919 30th Brigade RFA (128, 129, 130 Batteries)

1920 30th Brigade RFA (9, 16, 17 Batteries)

36th Brigade RFA (15th, 48th Batteries)

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Mark

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Mark

With regard to 36th Brigade 1905, the Brigade HQ was at Waterford, 15th battery at Fethard, 48th at Waterford and 71st at Kilkenny.

Source: Stations and Units of the Regular, Militia, Yeomanry and Volunteer Forces, 1 January 1905 (HMSO)

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Thanks Terry - that would explain my '?' after the entry! Would you mind checking who was in Kildare in the 1905 list of stations.

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Mark

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some army lists provide this information which will fill some gaps - if you can track other volumes they will provide information for relevant dates (and commanders of units etc).

Aug 1903

31st Brigade (131-131-133 Btys), at Kildare

33rd Bde ( 137-138-139 Btys) at Kildare

Dec 1909:

26th Bde (116-117-118) at kildare

June 1910 Army List has 26th Bde (116-117-118th Btys) at Kildare, moving to Aldershot, being replaced by 28th Bde (122-123-124th Btys) coming from Aldershot.

May 1912:

28th Bde ( 122-123-124 Bty) at Kildare, due to move to Dundalk

8th How Bde (37-61-65) at Bulford, due to move to Kildare

July-Aug 1914:

15th Bde (11-52-80 Bty) at Kildare, dure to move to Fermoy & waterford

38th Bde (24-34-72) moving to Kildare from Fermoy (maybe move interrupted by war)

I've been trying to put together a list of units that served at Kildare, Ireland here from 1901 (when the barracks opened) to 1922 (when the British left) with varying degrees of success. The barracks opened in 1901 but I'm not sure which batteries / brigades were there. During 1914-18 there were mostly non RFA units.

Can any RFA experts confirm:-

1. During this period (1900-1922) did the batteries in a particular Brigade always remain consistant?

2. Anyone recommend a book where I could obtain this information about dates of arrival and departure of Batteries/Brigades?

3. Here's what I have:-

1902: 31st Brigade RFA (131, 132 Batteries)

33rd Brigade RFA (137, 138, 139 Batteries)

1905 36th Brigade RFA (15, 48, 71 Batteries) ?

1906 33rd Brigade RFA

1911: 28th Brigade RFA (123, 124 Batteries)

(140, 141 Batteries)

1914 61st Bty RFA ?

1914 7 (Howitzer) Brigade RFA

15th Brigade RFA (11, 52, 80 Batteries)

1919 30th Brigade RFA (128, 129, 130 Batteries)

1920 30th Brigade RFA (9, 16, 17 Batteries)

36th Brigade RFA (15th, 48th Batteries)

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Mark

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Hi Mark,

I can confirm 140 Battery RFA was there in 1911 as that's where my gg uncle was discharged from on 5th July of that year. Have to say though, his discharge in Kildare was signed off by the comanding officer of 47th Brigade RFA - a Major Lawson (? - difficult to read the chap's signature). If it's of use, it looks like the commanding officer of 140 Battery was a Major R D Wylde.

cheers

Steve

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The books you should have a look out for are:

General Monthly Returns of the Regmental Strength of the British Army.

Jan 1914

RFA

VIII Brigade

HQ

37th Bty

61st Bty

65th Bty.

XV Brigade

HQ

11th Bty

52nd Bty

80th Bty.

Aug is the same as above.

Dec 1914

10th Div Artillery (Home)

LVI Brigade

HQ

A,B,C,D, Ammo Col & Base.

1899,1900,1901 & 1902, Kildare came under the Curragh Military District. Curragh Camp & the towns of Newbridge & Kildare.

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Gentlemen,

Thanks for your assistance!

That helps greatly in trying to put the full picture together.

The other question: Did the RFA batteries within the RFA Brigades remain consistant from 1900 to 1922. I'm sure they were the same from 1900-1914 but what about after that? e.g. 36th Bde was in Kildare in 1905 and 1920. Looks like it contained the same batteries although I'm sure the personal were very different.

THanks

Mark

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Thanks Mark,

That's great, just what I need.

Mark

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Hi,

I'm researching the archives of the forunner: 15th Brigade, RFA, to my former regiment: 12th Regiment, RA.

The army list of 1922 was of huge benefit, but I'm struggling to find much pre-WW1. If anyone could oblige with any army lists re: 15th (XV) Brigade, RFA (not to be confused with 15th Brigade, RHA); then this would be much appreciated.

Nick

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Hi,

from 1899: 5, 9 & 17 Field Btys. were with 15th (XV) Brigade, RFA up until the Brigade moved to Kildare, Ireland. Earliest known date that I have for 11, 52 & 80 Btys. being with this Brigade as a collective is 1913, although 80 Bty. is known to have been in Kildare as early as 1911, therefore it is possible that the Brigade was in ireland as early as 1911?

In 1914 XV Brigade was part of the BEF

From Feb. 1915, 11 Bty. departed for I Brigade when XV Brigade, RFA was briefly with 27th Division.

May 1916 XV Brigade, RFA gained D (Howitzer) Bty. from sections of 37 (H) and 65 (H) Btys. In Oct. they gained 526 (H) Bty. which in Dec. was re-designated C Bty.

In Jan. 1917 the Brigade gained A Bty. and C Bty. was broken up, a section to D (H) Bty. and one to 37 (H) Bty.

After the attachement of the 1922 Army List; in 1924 the brigade became known as 15th Field Brigade, RA

1927: 80 Bty departed the brigade and now comprising of 52, 143 & 144 (H) Btys.

1938: 15th Field Regiment, RA and possibly consisted of R, S, T & U Btys. (formally RHA Btys.) as they were on the outbreak of WW2

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Not sure if any help but on the 23 Jan 1920 my Great Grandfather Alfred Taylor ( Driver in 48th Battery, 36th Brigade RFA ) was at Weedon Barracks Northamptonshire, he was informant on his daughter ( my Gran ) Lily Gwendoline Taylor's birth certificate and gives address of 34 William Street { now called Calderwood Street ) almost oposite from the boy's college/university.

48th Bty 36th Brigade RFA were in Weedon Northamptonshire on the 29 Nov 1915 as Alfred Taylor married my Great Grandmother Selah Constance Groom there on this day and gives his address as Weedon Barracks.

I am still trying to locate a regiment number for him at the mo, but during my googling found that 48th Bty 36 Brigade were attached to 2nd division and were part of the early british expeditionary force.

My Great Grandmother Died aged 27 years in 1921 Mytchett, Farnham, Surrey. Death cert states Selah Constance Taylor wife of Alfred Taylor, informant is the county coroner ( not her husband! ) i thoaught this strange untill i stumbled on this thread and found that he may have been at Newbridge Barracks Kildare at time of his wife's death, so thank you.

I would be interested to find out about any army personel who were based at Newbridge Kildare 1920/1921 with the last name Taylor if anyone has any info, as i am still trying to locate reg number for Alfred Taylor.

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relating to that last post about Alfred Taylor - I suspect that the 48th Bty you have was 48th Reserve Battery - and not the 48th Battery with 36th Brigade- which was certainly in France between 1914 and 1918... and certainly not at Weedon in 1915. There was a reserve brigade/depot at Weedon (I forget which).

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Hi,

we know our GG Grandad was in Kildare with the RFA in 1905/6 We have a football medal, Reading (RFA. League Kildare 1905-6) He met & Married Anne Gannon in the Church of St Micheal,Portarlington on 30th October 1907. We know he left Ireland 1914 and was shipped out to France and fought at Mons we have his medals.He survived the war and had "ten"children G G Gran died 1957 aged 67.GG Grandad died 1976 aged 92. Both interred Rainham cemetery Essex.

His name.Josiah John Honeybunn Rank.Driver No 25836. We believe he signed up 

in 1902 until 1919. Any information about the football & Military service would be much appreciated. It gets a bit misty for us when they both left Ireland but my Wife's Aunt is trying to help.

kind Regards 

mark Thomas.

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