51 (Westmorland & Cumberland) Field Regiment RA (TA)

Converted to 2 (Cumberland Yeomanry) Army Brigade RFA (TF) from Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry (TF) in March 1920. In 1921 it became 93 (Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry) Brigade RFA (TA). It changed title again in June 1923 to 51 (Westmorland & Cumberland) Brigade RFA (TA). In June 1924 it became 51 (Westmorland & Cumberland) Field Brigade RA (TA). 51 Field Brigade was re-designated 51 (Westmorland & Cumberland) Field Regiment RA (TA) in November 1938 with two batteries. In October 1941 a third battery was formed but was absorbed into the other two batteries 3 months later. It amalgamated with 69 Light Anti-Aircraft/Anti-Tank Regiment in October 1943 as 51/69 Regiment RA(TA). This unit formed 51 and 69 Columns, 16 Infantry Brigade (Chindits). 51 (Westmorland & Cumberland) Field Regiment RA (TA) went into suspended animation in October 1944.

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.

Sep 39 42 (East Lancashire) Infantry Division 51 field regiment RA(TA) 42 Infantry Division Carlisle, Cumbria, UK
Apr 40   Home Forces – 203 Battery to Norway UK
Jul 40 46 Infantry Division 51 field regiment RA(TA) 46 Infantry Division UK
Sep 40   Home Forces UK
Jan 41 Middle East Land Forces British Troops Egypt N Africa
May 41   Tobruk Garrison Tobruk, Libya
Oct 41 8 Army 8 Army N Africa
Feb 42   34 Indian Division Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Feb 43 70 Infantry Division 70 Infantry Division Ranchi, India
Oct 43   Became 51 Column, Chindits  
Oct 44   Suspended animation as 51 Field Regiment  

Batteries

1921 369, 370
Jun 23 203, 204, 369, 370
Nov 38 203 (Cumberland), 370 (Cumberland Yeomanry) – 204 & 369 Batteries to 109 Field Regiment
Oct 41 203, 370, 436
Jan 42 203, 370 (436 absorbed into other 2 batteries)
Mar 42 203, 370, 14 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery
Sep 42 14 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery to suspended animation

Equipment

Apr 40 203 Battery 25 pdr
1941 18 pdr Gun + 4.5 Howitzer
Jul 41 12 x 25 pdr, 8 x 18 pdr
Feb 42 24 x 25 pdr

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45