NRHQ RA Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!
On Saturday 19th August 2017 National Reserve Headquarters Royal Artillery (NRHQ RA) celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The Regiment was established as CVHQ RA on the reorganisation of the Territorial Army in 1967 to manage the Royal Artillery Specialist Pool. This was a group of specialist Gunner Reservists containing both Officers and Soldiers, whose role was to support the Regular Regiment with specialist skills for both exercises and operations.
The Regiment has continually evolved and today is in three parts;
- The All Arms Staff Pool, who are a nationally based sub unit that provide Staff Officer support to Army Formations and Brigades.
- 221 (Wessex) Battery, based in Larkhill, who provide gunnery staff support to the Regular Army.
- 255 (Sussex Yeomanry) Battery, based in Bath, who provide JTACs to control combat aircraft in support of ground troops.
The Anniversary was held at The Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, where the Regimental Headquarters is based, and formed a stunning backdrop for the occasion as it is steeped in RA heritage. The day commenced with a Regimental Parade, accompanied by the Band of The Coldstream Guards providing superb musical support. Many of the Officers had not marched to a full military band since Sandhurst, and it brought back many happy memories, as well as the ability to march! The inspection was conducted by the Regiment’s Honorary Colonel, Brigadier David Greenwood and on completion; four iconic silver pieces were presented by the Hon Col and Min AF, himself a former member of the Regiment. The Regiment of the Royal Artillery holds a vast collection of silver and NRHQ RA has been able to give a new lease of life to them, by taking on loan pieces held in suspended animation.
After a Regimental photograph in front of the iconic South Arch and with the weather being particularly pleasant, a game of cricket between AASP and the Batterys commenced, with high tea being served to our guests. The best, however was yet to come!
The evening function began with a set from Band of the Coldstream Guards, climaxing with the firing of the King’s Troop Guns to the 1812 Overture – a sight to behold. This was immediately followed by the sunset ceremony where the flag was lowered over the South Arch, to the sound of a lone piper. After an excellent dinner, the celebrations continued until the early hours to fireworks and the sounds of entertainments such as The Cosmic Sausages and Scottish Line Dancers!
The weekend concluded on Sunday with a church service at St George’s - formerly the Garrison Church and the VC memorial for the Royal Regiment - which provided a time for reflection and optimism for the challenges which lie ahead for the Regiment, as it re-aligns to support Army 2020 Refine.
Our special thanks go out to the Band of Coldstream Guard, The King’s Troop RHA and all those who were involved in making the Anniversary such a success. If you are interested in learning about the opportunities to join NRHQ RA please contact: NRHQRA-RCMO@MOD.UK