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269 (West Riding) Battery RA
Badge of 269 (West Riding) Battery
Badge of 269 (West Riding) Battery
Active 1 April 1975-
Country United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Army Reserve
Role Precision fire
Size 1 Battery (Company strength)
Part of 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery
Garrison/HQ Carlton Barracks, Leeds
Nickname(s) The West Riding Gunners
Motto(s) Semper vigilantes (Always vigilant) (Latin)
Colors Yellow, white, and blue
March British Grenadiers
Anniversaries Yorkshire Day (1 August)
St Barbara's Day (4 December)
Equipment Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System
Engagements

Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, Iraq, Afghanistan

Operation TELIC, Operation HERRICK
Commanders
Battery Commander Maj Kate Hannaford
Honorary Colonel Col A C Roberts OBE CStJ TD JP DL
Notable
commanders

Maj Timothy Pennett RA TD, Maj Roger Kelly RA TD, Maj Ian Stoney RA TD, Maj Robin Irvine RA TD,

Maj Keith Gregory RA, Maj Robert Friel RA
Insignia
Tactical Recognition Flash Royal Artillery

269 (West Riding) Battery Royal Artillery is part of 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery, an artillery regiment of the British Army.

History[edit | edit source]

The battery was formed as 269 (West Riding) Observation Post Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers) in April 1975 at Leeds from a cadre of the West Riding Regiment RA (Territorials).[1] Its role was to provide observation teams to support 1st Armoured Division and 2nd Armoured Division in Germany. In 1989 the battery re-roled to the 105 mm light gun and in 1993 it joined 19th Regiment Royal Artillery, a regular regiment in 24 Airmobile Brigade. In July 1999 it re-roled as an air defence battery equipped with the Rapier surface-to-air missile system within 106th (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery.[1] In 2006 it transferred to 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery[2] where it was given a Surveillance and Target Acquisition role.[3] Under Army 2020, it is re-roling to the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System.[4]

The unit is based in Carlton Barracks, Leeds.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

Publications[edit | edit source]

  • Litchfield, Norman E H, 1992. The Territorial Artillery 1908-1988, The Sherwood Press, Nottingham. ISBN 0-9508205-2-0

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