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53rd to 59th Regiments RA

53rd Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery
Dates Locations Batteries - Equipment
1947.04.01 RHQ 55th Anti-Tank Regiment RA redesignated RHQ 53rd Anti-Tank Regiment RA with 106, 110, 115 and 205 A/Tk Btys from 43 Bty of 17/43 Fld Bty (personnel from 217 Atk Bty), 47 Bty of 37/47 Bty (personnel from 218 Atk Bty), 114 Bty of 113/114 Fld Bty (personnel from 219 Atk Bty), and 100 Bty of 90/100 Fld Bty (personnel from 220 Atk Bty), respectively.  
1947.04 Germany: Ubique Bks, Dortmund:   106, 110, 115 & 205 A/Tk Btys
17 Pdr
1948.02 England: Bulford:  106, 110, 115 & 205 A/Tk Btys
17 Pdr
  1 Sep 48: RHQ and Btys S/A (complete by 21/9/48) (115 Bty later resus for 52 Regt, 205 Bty disb 1/5/54).  
  Reformed  
1950.12.02 Reformed as 53rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA. 106 and 110 Btys resus, 58 Bty joined ex 22 Regt. 58, 106 and 110 LAA Btys
40mm Bofor (Towed and SP)
Part of 11th Armoured Div
1950.12 Germany: Churchill Bks, Lippstadt:  58, 106 and 110 LAA Btys
11 Armoured Division
  10 Dec 1957: RHQ disbanded. 106 and 110 Btys S/A, 58 Bty S/A (later in 34 Regt).  
     
     
54th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
Dates Locations Batteries - Equipment
1947.04.01 RHQ 14th Anti-Tank Regiment RA redesignated RHQ 54th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA with 94, 114 and 164 HAA Btys from 38, 61 and 68 Anti-Tank Btys, respectively. Gibraltar, Buena Vista Bks (HQ & 164 btys), Europa Point (94 bty) and Windmill Hill 114 bty).  
1947.04 Gibraltar: Buena Vista Bks (HQ & 164 HAA btys), Europa Point (94 HAA bty), Princess Caroline (173 Loc Bty) and Windmill Hill 114 HAA bty) 94, 114 and 164 HAA Btys
5.25” fixed Guns & Searchlight
  1948: 173 Loc Bty formed from 173 Loc Tp and 173 Division CB Staff (personnel from 1 Division CB Staff), regimented: redes from suspended 88 Bty of 31/3/47. 94, 114 and 164 HAA Btys & 173 Loc Bty
  1950: 173 Bty to independent role. 94, 114 and 164 HAA Btys 
  Jun 1958: RHQ S/A (disb 1/1/62) as well as 114 and 164 Btys (also disb 1/1/62), 94 Bty S/A (later resus in 42 Regt).   
     
     
55th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
Dates Locations Batteries - Equipment
1947.04.01

RHQ 21st Field Regiment RA redesignated RHQ 55th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment RA with 59, 177 and 178 LAA Btys from 25, 119 and 121 Fld Btys. 59, 177 and 178 LAA Btys.   
1947.04 Wales: Tonfanau Camp, Tywyn 59, 177 and 178 LAA Btys
40mm Bofors & 3.7” Gun
  1 Jun 47: RHQ personnel from RHQ 8 RHA, retroactive to 1/4/47  
  30 Apr 48: converted to 55th Light Anti Aircraft Training Regiment RA 59 & 177/178 Trg Btys
  30 May 51: redesignated 55th RA Training Regiment  
  21 Nov 52: 177 and 178 btys de-linked 59, 177 and 178 Trg Btys
  23 Oct 57: 177 Bty S/A (disb 1/1/62) 59 and 178 Trg Btys
  7 April 58: 59 Bty reduced to cadre and joined 17 Trg Regt as a trg bty.  
  31 Jul 58: RHQ and 178 Bty S/A (both disb 1/1/62).  
     
     
56th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
Dates Locations Batteries - Equipment
1947.04.01



RHQ 8th Heavy Anti Aircraft  Regiment RA was redesignated RHQ 56th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment RA with 136, 139 and 144 HAA Btys from 54 Bty of 51/54 Bty (personnel from 21 HAA Bty), 55 Bty of 36/55 Bty (personnel from 22 HAA Bty), and 57 Bty of 5/57 Bty (personnel from 22 HAA Bty), respectively.    
1947.04 England: ? Bks, Coventry 136, 139 and 144 HAA Btys
1948.05 Wales: ? Bks, Newport (136 & 139 Btys), Llanion Bks, Pembroke Dock (144 Bty)  136, 139 and 144 HAA Btys
  15 Jun 48: reduced to cadre, resus four days later  
1953 England: High Leigh Hall Camp, Knutsford Mk 4s and 3.9s
  31 Oct 58: All units S/A (btys disb 1/1/62).  
     
     
     
57th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
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1947.04.01 RHQ 20th Anti-Tank Regiment RA redesignated RHQ 57th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment RA with 104 (formed from cadre), 108 (formed from cadre), 160 and 204 HAA Btys from 41, 45, 68 and 99 Anti-Tank Btys, respectively. (204 Bty was reformed as 204 Coast Bty from personnel of Coast Arty Maint Unit, Palestine and disbanded 31/3/48    
1947.04 England: Orsett Camp, Grays 104, 108, 160 and 204 HAA Btys
5.25" Gun
  31 Mar 48: 204 Bty disbanded 104, 108 & 160 HAA Btys
  Jul 55: Equipped with 3.7" Guns 3.7" Guns
  Aug 56 - Feb 57: Cyprus: Limassol  
1958.11 England: Milton Bks, Gravesend: ? Bks, Woolwich (108 Bty) 104, 108 & 160 HAA Btys
3.7" Guns
  31 May 60: RHQ, 104 and 160 Btys S/A (104 Bty PSA 1/1/62), 108 Bty became 108 (Indep) HAA Bty 6/2/60 (S/A 1/3/61, PSA 1/1/62) (160 Bty concurrently resus from personnel of 188 Radar Bty as 160 Radar Bty which was S/A 3/12/63).  
     
     
58th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery
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1947.04.01 RHQ 4th Medium Regiment RA redesignated RHQ 58th Medium Regiment RA with 118 and 175 Med Btys from 14Bty of 14/16 Med Bty and 9 Bty of 9/13 Med Bty, respectively.   
1947.04 Palestine 118 and 175 Med Btys
5.5” Gun
1948 England: Newton Abbot 118 and 175 Med Btys
5.5” Gun
1948 England: Topsham Bks, Exeter  118 and 175 Med Btys
5.5” Gun
1949.09 Hong Kong: Gun Club Hill Bks 118 and 175 Med Btys
5.5” Gun
1951? England: Barnard Castle 118 and 175 Med Btys
5.5” Gun
  May 54: 229 Bty joined regiment 118, 175 and 229 Med Btys
1955.01 Germany: Churchill Bks, Lippstadt 118, 175 and 229 Med Btys
5.5” Gun
  21 Apr 56:  ‘Z’ Lt Bty of 10th Fld Regt resus as ‘Z’ Med Bty and regimented.  
  Apr 56: 229 Bty left regiment ‘Z’, 118 and 175 Med Btys
1957.02 Germany: Northumberland Bks, Menden 118, 175 and 229 Med Btys
5.5” Gun
  31 Dec 58: RHQ and btys S/A (btys disb 1/1/52).  
  Oct 1959: Disbanded  
     
     
59th Field Regiment Royal Artillery
Dates Locations Batteries - Equipment
1947.04.01 RHQ 1st Field Regiment RA redesignated RHQ 59th Field Regiment RA with 113, 132 and 195 Fld Btys from 11 and 52 Fld Btys, and 80 Bty of 80/98 Fld Bty, respectively.   
1947.04 Palestine: Nethanya 113, 132 and 195 Fld Btys
25pdr
1948 Scotland: Maryhill Bks, Glasgow 113, 132 and 195 Fld Btys
25pdr
  1 Sep 48: converted to 59th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA 113, 132 and 195 HAA Btys
3.7" Gun, 4.5" Gun
c1949 Scotland: The Barracks, Berwick-on-Tweed 113, 132 and 195 HAA Btys
1949.07 England: The Barracks, Pontefract  113, 132 and 195 HAA Btys
c1952? England: Selby 113, 132 and 195 HAA Btys
? England: Sheerness 113, 132 and 195 HAA Btys
? England: Isle of Sheppey 113, 132 and 195 HAA Btys
1952.02 England: Durranhill Camp, Carlisle 113, 132 and 195 HAA Btys
  29 Mar 55: converted to 59th Medium Regiment RA 113, 132 and 195 Med Btys
  2 Jul 55: RHQ and 113, 132 and 195 Btys S/A at Carlisle to resus RHQ 24th Med Regt and 2, 51 and 128 Med Btys, respectively. (113 Bty S/A later in 94 Regt, 195 Bty disb 1/1/62, 132 Bty later resus for 6 Regt).  
     

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