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 RA57 (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment RA(TA)
32 Heavy Regiment RA58 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

FormedBecame
AntrimMar 40525 (Antrim) Coast RegimentJul 40
Clyde1924538 (Clyde) Coast RegimentJan 41
CornwallJan 40523 (Cornwall) Coast RegimentJul 40
Devonshire1924566, 567, 568 (Devon) Coast
Regiments
Apr 41
Dorsetshire1924522 (Dorsetshire) Coast RegimentJul 40
Durham1924511, 526 (Durham) Coast RegimentsJul 40
East Riding1924512, 513 (East Riding) Coast RegimentsJul 40
Fife1939504, 507 (Fife) Coast RegimentsJul 40
Forth1924501, 502, 503, 505, 506 (Forth) Coast RegimentsJul 40
Glamorgan1938531 (Glamorgan) Coast RegimentSep 40
Hampshire1924527, 528, 529 (Hampshire) Coast
Regiments
Sep 40
Kent & Sussex1924519, 520, 521 (Kent & Sussex)
Coast Regiments
Jul 40
Lancashire & Cheshire1924524 (Lancashire & Cheshire) Coast RegimentJul 40
Orkney1938533, 534, 535 (Orkney) Coast RegimentsSep 40
Pembrokeshire1924532 (Pembrokeshire) Coast RegimentSep 40
The Princess Beatrice’s
Isle of Wight Rifles
1937530 (The Princess Beatrice’s Isle of Wight Rifles)
Coast Regiment
Jul 40
Suffolk1924514, 515 (Suffolk) Coast RegimentsJul 40
Thames & Medway1938516, 517, 518 (Thames & Medway) Coast
Regiments
Jul 40
Tynemouth1924508, 509, 510 (Tynemouth) Coast
Regiments
Jul 40