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GreenLeader Inactive Member18 May 2017 7:30 p.m. PST

At the turn of the century / Boer War / early WW1, I think I am right in saying that Royal Artillery batteries were formed from three sections, each of two guns.

RA batteries were numbered (eg. 69th Battery) but how were the sections that made them up named? Were they numbered: '1 / 2 / 3'? or 'lettered' (is that the right word?): 'a / b / c'? Or something else?

RHA batteries were 'lettered' (eg. Q Battery) so how were their sections named?

Ramming19 May 2017 2:24 a.m. PST

Left, Right, Centre.

rmaker19 May 2017 10:44 a.m. PST

RHA batteries

Troops, if you please.

GreenLeader Inactive Member19 May 2017 6:59 p.m. PST

Ramming

Many thanks


rmaker

Though some do seem to be called 'troops' (King's Troop being the most famous), the word 'battery' seems to be very much in use with the RHA now:

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Even 'the Chestnut Troop' is but part of the title of 'A Battery, RHA', and at least one RA battery (28/143 Battery) has 'Troop' as part of its nickname:

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RHA units were called 'batteries' during the Boer War too:

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Personal logo McLaddie Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2017 6:26 a.m. PST

Guns were numbered, #1 gun on the far right, etc. Sections were right, center and left.

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