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Union Street drill hall
Keith, Scotland
Drill Hall, Keith, Moray - geograph.org.uk - 3944795.jpg
Union Street drill hall, Keith
Type Drill hall
Coordinates Latitude:
Longitude:
Built 1908
In use 1908-Present

The Union Street drill hall is a military installation in Keith, Scotland.

HistoryEdit

The building was designed as the headquarters of the 6th (Banff and Donside) Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders and was completed in around 1908.[1] The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to the Western Front.[2] After the Second World War the battalion amalgamated with the 5th Battalion to form the 5th/6th (Banff, Buchan and Donside) Battalion but with its headquarters located at Bucksburn and without a company based at Keith.[3]

In 1967 C Company, 3rd (Territorial) Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders was formed at the Union Street drill hall in Keith.[4][5] The presence at the Union Street drill hall was reduced to a detachment of Headquarters (Queen's Own Highlanders and Gordon Highlanders) Company, 2nd Battalion, 51st Highland Volunteers in 1971.[4][5] This detachment became part of B (Highlanders) Company, 51st Highland Regiment in 1999[6] and was re-designated a detachment of B (Highlanders) Company, 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006.[7] The building still remains an active Army Reserve Centre.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Keith, 9-11 Union Street, TA Centre". Canmore. https://canmore.org.uk/site/331415/keith-9-11-union-street-ta-centre. Retrieved 26 June 2017.  (The 1:2500, 2nd edition, Ordnance Survey Plan, published in 1904-1905, does not show the drill hall)
  2. "Gordon Highlanders". The Long, Long Trail. http://www.1914-1918.net/gordon.htm. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  3. "6th Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders". Regiments.org. https://web.archive.org/web/20051227052708/http://regiments.org:80/regiments/uk/volmil-scotland/vinf/gordon-6.htm. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The Gordon Highlanders". British Army units 1945 on. http://british-army-units1945on.co.uk/territorial-army-infantry/gordon-highlanders-2.html. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "3rd Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders". Regiments.org. https://web.archive.org/web/20051227052548/http://regiments.org:80/regiments/uk/volmil-scotland/vinf/gordon-3.htm. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  6. "3rd (Volunteer) Battalion, The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)". Regiments.org. https://web.archive.org/web/20051227044109/http://regiments.org:80/regiments/uk/volmil-scotland/vinf/67Hld-2.htm. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  7. "1st Battalion, 51st Highland Volunteers, and 51st Highland Regiment and 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland". Regiments.org. https://web.archive.org/web/20051230140433/http://www.regiments.org:80/regiments/uk/volmil-scotland/vinf/67Highld.htm. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  8. "B Company, 7 SCOTS". Ministry of Defence. http://www.army.mod.uk/infantry/regiments/27802.aspx. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 

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