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End of an ERA โ€“ Decentralisation of 42 (Alem Hamza) AD Sp Bty RA
July 16, 2018

End of an ERA โ€“ Decentralisation of 42 (Alem Hamza) AD Sp Bty RA

42 (ALEM HAMZA) Air Defence Support Battery Royal Artillery was established as part of A2020 directing the co-location of Air Defence Artillery Regiments to form the A2020 GBAD structure, conjoined through the establishment of an AD Sp Bty, including a Support Workshop and Stores Troop at Thorney Island.  42 AD Sp Bty RA was established OPCOM Jt GBAD HQ on 1 Aug 14.  Collectively the Unit had a strength of 181, compromising of numerous cap badges (RA, REME...

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The Italian Job
July 13, 2018

The Italian Job

On Thursday 21 June a small party comprising Lt Col Philip Shepheard-Walwyn, COS RHQ RA, Allan Solly, RAA Secretary and Philip Garbutt, RAA Standard Bearer departed the UK bound for Italy to take part in the 30th reunion of the National Italian Artillery Association.     Our invitation came by way of a follow up to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding last September between the Royal Artillery Association and the artillery associations of It...

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A Truly Inspirational Day with Purple Warriors
June 4, 2018

A Truly Inspirational Day with Purple Warriors

As part of the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund I have been to many events involving the armed forces and their families but never have I been so humbled and seen such true grit and determination first hand. It was a great pleasure to be invited to their families day and present Nigel with a cheque for £1800 from the Charitable Fund and to spend the day seeing how it all works.      Purple Warriors is a tri service charity that enables anyone t...

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Dedication of New Gates at Woolwich Garrison Church
April 26, 2018

Dedication of New Gates at Woolwich Garrison Church

On 11th April the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust hosted a Service to dedicate new gates to replace the wooden barrier that obscured the interior from passers-by. The ceremony of unveiling was carried out by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO before a congregation of distinguished guests, including Earl Howe from the Ministry of Defence and the French and German Military Attachés. Also in attendance were Matthew Pennycook (local MP), Pieter van der Merwe (Depu...

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Royal Artillery Rapid Fire
March 7, 2018

Royal Artillery Rapid Fire

Sgt Sam Gowin of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery will represent England in the Commonwealth Games 2018.  The Gold Coast awaits but in the meantime we caught up with him to talk about how he became an elite sportsman for the Royal Artillery.   The regiment has allowed me the opportunity and the time to be the best I can be.  If you grab opportunities and work hard this is what you can achieve!   Why: My motto is Just Do It - why not......   Sp...

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