16 Field Regiment RA

The Regiment was raised in 1900 as 32 Brigade Royal Field Artillery. The Brigade was re-numbered as 16 Brigade in November 1922. In June 1924 it changed designation from Royal Field Artillery to 16 Field Brigade Royal Artillery. It was re-designated as 16 Field Regiment RA from 16 Field Brigade in May 1938 on a two battery basis. It re-organised to a three battery set up in June 1940. The Regiment spent the entire war in close support of 2 Infantry Division. Post war the 16 Field Regiment RA became 42 Field Regiment RA in April 1947.

Illustrations of the formation badges under which a unit served or supported are given. This is no guarantee that the unit used this formations badge.

3 Sep 39 2 Infantry Division early 16 Field Regiment RA 2 Infantry Division Ewshott, Hampshire, UK
Sep 39 2 Infantry Division early 16 Field Regiment RA 2 Infantry Division France
Jun 40 2 Infantry Division 16 Field Regiment RA 2 Infantry Division UK
Jun 42 2 Infantry Division 2 Infantry Division India
Apr 44 2 Infantry Division 2 Infantry Division Burma (Myanmar)
Apr 45 2 Infantry Division 2 Infantry Division India

Batteries

May 22 27, 34, 72, 86
May 38 27/72, 34/86
Jun 40 27, 34, 72/86

Equipment

Sep 39 18/25 pdr
May 43 27 Battery – 3.7 inch Howitzer
Sep 43 34 Battery – 105mm Self Propelled Priest
Apr 44 2 x 5.5 inch guns join 72/86 Battery
May 44 34 Battery – 25 pdr
1944 Universal Carrier Observation Post
Mar 45 24 x 25 pdr

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45