Heavy Regiments

In the 1920’s those units involved in coastal defence and the few remaining units of the Royal Garrison Artillery were designated Heavy Regiments. In 1940 only the field force regiments remained Heavy the rest became Coast Regiments.

 

Heavy Regiments (Field Force)

1 Heavy Regiment RA 57 (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment RA(TA)
32 Heavy Regiment RA 58 Heavy Regiment RA(TA)
51 (Lowland) Heavy Regiment RA(TA) 59 (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment RA(TA)
52 (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Heavy Regiment RA(TA) 60 Heavy Regiment RA(TA)
53 Heavy Regiment RA(TA) 61 Heavy Regiment RA(TA)
54 Heavy Regiment RA(TA) 75 (Highland) Heavy Regiment RA(TA)
55 Heavy Regiment RA(TA) 171 Heavy Regiment RA
56 Heavy Regiment RA(TA)  

 

Heavy Regiments converted to Coast Regiments

2 Heavy Regiment RA
3 Heavy Regiment RA
4 Heavy Regiment RA
5 Heavy Regiment RA
6 Heavy Regiment RA
7 Heavy Regiment RA
8 Heavy Regiment RA
9 Heavy Regiment RA
11 Heavy Regiment RA
12 Heavy Regiment RA

 

Some Heavy regiments employed in coastal defence were named rather than numbered. From mid 1940  to early 1941 they were converted to Coast Regiments.

 

Named Heavy Regiments

  Formed Became  
Antrim Mar 40 525 (Antrim) Coast Regiment Jul 40
Clyde 1924 538 (Clyde) Coast Regiment Jan 41
Cornwall Jan 40 523 (Cornwall) Coast Regiment Jul 40
Devonshire 1924 566, 567, 568 (Devon) Coast
Regiments
Apr 41
Dorsetshire 1924 522 (Dorsetshire) Coast Regiment Jul 40
Durham 1924 511, 526 (Durham) Coast Regiments Jul 40
East Riding 1924 512, 513 (East Riding) Coast Regiments Jul 40
Fife 1939 504, 507 (Fife) Coast Regiments Jul 40
Forth 1924 501, 502, 503, 505, 506 (Forth) Coast Regiments Jul 40
Glamorgan 1938 531 (Glamorgan) Coast Regiment Sep 40
Hampshire 1924 527, 528, 529 (Hampshire) Coast
Regiments
Sep 40
Kent & Sussex 1924 519, 520, 521 (Kent & Sussex)
Coast Regiments
Jul 40
Lancashire & Cheshire 1924 524 (Lancashire & Cheshire) Coast Regiment Jul 40
Orkney 1938 533, 534, 535 (Orkney) Coast Regiments Sep 40
Pembrokeshire 1924 532 (Pembrokeshire) Coast Regiment Sep 40
The Princess Beatrice’s
Isle of Wight Rifles
1937 530 (The Princess Beatrice’s Isle of Wight Rifles)
Coast Regiment
Jul 40
Suffolk 1924 514, 515 (Suffolk) Coast Regiments Jul 40
Thames & Medway 1938 516, 517, 518 (Thames & Medway) Coast
Regiments
Jul 40
Tynemouth 1924 508, 509, 510 (Tynemouth) Coast
Regiments
Jul 40