7 March 2016

Warwickshire Royal Horse Artillery (TF)

Royal Horse Artillery units were included in twelve of the fourteen pre-war Territorial Force Mounted Brigades, each of these formations consisting of one battery and one ammunition column.

Formed in 1908 and initially headquartered at Warwick Castle, the Warwickshire RHA moved in 1911 to 9 Clarendon Place, Leamington, with a drill station at Coventry. The ammunition column was also headquartered at Leamington with a drill station at Henley-in-Arden. The unit formed part of the 1st South Midland Mounted Brigade.

The following sequence of numbers between formation in 1908 and the outbreak of the First World War, gives some indication of just how slow recruitment into these Territorial Force RHA units could be.

50 joined on 22nd May 1908
105 joined on 15th November 1909
218 joined on 11th September 1910
232 joined on 24th February 1911
276 joined on 5th May 1912
321 joined on 22nd February 1913
392 joined on 21st January 1914
416 joined on 6th August 1914

When the Territorial Force was re-numbered in 1917, men serving with this unit were issued with numbers in the range 614001 to 616000.

The image on this post is unrelated to the Warwickshire RHA, showing as it does, personnel from the King's Troop, RHA, at the Trooping of the Colour in 2012. Image courtesy Wikipedia.

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