Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:54 PM
For several years I have been researching the batteries that served within 84 HAG/Brigade RGA. between March 1917 and November 1918. I have the 84 HAG unit diary, and the surviving diaries of some of the batteries. Recently I have compiled a 'Roll of honour' of men KIA , as far as I can ,when those involved were with the above HAG/Brigade. I have noticed that a few of the batteries have a regional title, for example 145 (Cheshire) Heavy Battery, 152(Hackney)Battery,and 83 (Caenarvonshire) Siege Battery RGA. Also some of the batteries seem to have a concentration of personnel from a particular area. The north east, southampton, and Edinburgh are examples. no doubt where the coastal artillery forts were located. does any of the Heavy Artillery afficienados have a list of RGA units and their origins. the 84 HAG/Bgde. diary only uses the number, it is only when researching a casualty or the battery diary, and sometimes on our site, that I have come accross the regional inclusion in the battery title. I do appreciated that the majority of the batteries, particularly the siege, do not have a regional title, even when raised from a particular area. I do have a list of the pre war RGA. companies, and have considered that these units could have been the source of many of the Heavy Artillery batteries that were raised post 1915 during the rapid expansion of Heavy Artillery.