Print this page

4th Regiment RA

 
4th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
Dates Locations Btys - Equipment - Remarks
     
  1961: It was decided to make the existing 'Gunner' Parachute Regiment, 33rd Para Light Regt RA into an RHA Regiment, to do this would mean using one of the present RHA Regiments. 4 RHA was chosen to provide the Batteries for this new Regiment which was to be known as 7th Regt RHA. Handed over its guns and equipment to 25 Fd Regt RA at Hohne in May and embarked for the UK and Barton Stacey Camp near Andover in Hampshire.  On the 27th June 1961 the Property, Silver, History and Traditions of  'F', 'G' and 'I' Batteries were transferred from 4th RHA to the newly formed 7th RHA. The Officers and Men staying at Barton Stacey to form the new 4th Fld Regt RA, comprising: 29 (Corruna) Medium Bty RA (from 33rd), 88 (Arracan) Fd Bty RA (from SA), 97 Bty ( Lawsons Company) RA (from 33rd).  
1961.06 England: C Camp, Barton Stacey 29, 88 and 97 Fld Btys
  3 Aug 61: Sailed for Hong Kong aboard the Troopship SS Oxfordshire  
1961.09 Hong Kong: Fan Ling Camp - 29 & HQ; Dodwells Ridge Camp - 88 & 97 29, 88 and 97 Fld Btys. 5.5” Gun (29 Bty) 25pdr (88 Bty & 97 Bty)
1964.08 England: Wings Bks, Bulford   
  9 Aug 64: Retitled 4th Light Regiment RA 29, 88 and 97 Lt Btys. 105mm Pack Howitzer
  Feb - Nov 65: Malaysia / Borneo  
1966.08 Germany: Dennis Bks, Munsterlager   
  16 Aug 66: Retitled 4th Field Regiment RA. Equipped with Abbot 29, 88 and 97 Fld Btys. Abbot
  1 Aug - 9 Nov 71: Northern Ireland   
  9 May - 14 Sep 72: Northern Ireland, Long Kesh  
1974.02 England: Bourlon Bks, Catterick  
  Feb 74: Redesignated 4th Light Regiment RA 29, 88 and 97 Lt Btys. 105mm Pack Howitzer
  Mar 74: The Regiment was honoured by the conferment of the Honorary Freedom of the then County Borough of Sunderland  
  12 Jun - 23 Oct 74: Northern Ireland, Belfast (Unity/New Lodge); T Bty att from 12 Regt .  
  25 May - 24 Sep 76: Northern Ireland, Belfast (Ardoyne/New Lodge)  
1977.01 England: Lille Bks, Aldershot  
  Jan 77: Redesignated 4th Field Regiment RA. Airportable regiment equipped with 105mm Light Gun 29, 88 and 97 Fld Btys. 105mm Light Gun
  Apr - ? 81: Northern Ireland (29 Bty)  
  ?? - Apr 82: Belize (88 Bty only)  
  20 May to 14 June: Falklands War:  Saw HQ & 2 Btys of the Regiment, 29 and 97 deployed to the South Atlantic to take part in Operation Corporate, The Falklands war. 88 Bty, who had been in Belize up until April only provided OP Trained Personnel to make up the FOOs. During this time 41Bty was re-activated in the form of FOOs in order to support one of the Infantry Battalions. 29 Battery, deployed before the rest of Regiment, with 3 Commando Brigade as the support battery for 2 Para. Provided the artillery Forward Observation Officers at the battle of Goose Green.   
1984.03 Germany: Roberts Bks, Osnabruck  
  Mar 84: Retitled 4th Field Regiment Royal Artillery, M109 SP Regt in support of 12 Armoured Bde 29, 88 and 97 Fld Btys. M109
  Apr - ? 86: Northern Ireland, HMP Maze (88 Bty)  
  Jan - ? 91: Northern Ireland  
  1993: 52 Bty joined the Regt following the disbandment of 45 Regt.  29 Bty combined with 3 Bty (from 47 Regt) to become 3/29 Bty and HQ Bty became 94 (HQ) Bty. Retitled 4th Regiment Royal Artillery 3/29, 52, 88, 97 and 94/HQ Btys
  Jan - ? 94: Northern Ireland  
  Sep 94: Re-equipped with AS90 AS90
  Feb 1997 - Bosnia  
  Mar to Sep 99: Macedonia/Kosovo on Op AGRICOLA 1  
  Jun - Dec 01: Cyprus – UN Tour 'Op Tosca' Part of regiment deployed
  2002 - 03: UK 'Op Fresco'  
  Jun - Dec 03: Northern Ireland (NIBAT 4 - Rural Roulement Battalion) 'Op Banner'  
  Oct 04 - ??05: Iraq 'Op Telic 5'  
  Mar - Oct 2006 - Cyprus: UN Tour 'Op Tosca'  
  Oct 07 - Apr 08: Afghanistan: Op Herrick 7 52 Infantry Brigade 
2008 England: Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe  
  Apr - Oct 10: Afghanistan: Op Herrick 12 4 Mechanised Brigade 
     
     
     
   

Previous page: 4th Regiment RHA
Next page: 5th Regiment RHA