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Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 1 November 1999. Corrected and updated 13.09.2003
2nd Wessex Regiment,
Royal Artillery
United Kingdom  
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  Battle Honours
  Colours, Standards and Guidons

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Note: This is a battalion history of the part-time Reserves, which are normally liable for full-time active service only in an emergency. See the main regimental or corps page(s) for more information.
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Numeric Artillery Index
  1908.04.01 2nd Wessex (Howitzer) Brigade, RFA
formed in T.F. with HQ at Ryde, IOW, from 2nd Hampshire Artillery Volunteers
  • 4th Hampshire (Howitzer) Battery at Ventnor, IOW, redesignation of 10 Coy, 2 Hampshire AV
  • 5th Hampshire (Howitzer) Battery at Freshwater, IOW, redesignation of 11 Coy, 2 Hampshire AV
  • 2nd Wessex Ammunition Column at Ryde, IOW
  1916 216 Brigade, RFA
  1920.02.07 2nd Wessex (Howitzer) Brigade, RFA
reconstituted in T.A.
  • 5th Hampshire Battery at Freshwater, IOW [former 4 Bty]
  • 6th Hampshire Battery at Ventnor, IOW [former 5 Bty]
  • 7th Hampshire Battery at Bournemouth, reconstitution of 6 Hampshire Bty from 3rd Wessex Bde
  • Wiltshire Battery at Swindon, reconstitution of Wilts Bty from 3rd Wessex Bde
  1921 55th (Wessex) Brigade, RFA
batteries redesignated:
  • 217th (Hampshire) Battery at Freshwater, IOW
  • 218th (Hampshire) Battery at Bournemouth
  • 219th (Hampshire) Battery at Ventnor, IOW
  • 220th (Wiltshire) Battery at Swindon
  1924.06.01 55th (Wessex) Field Brigade, RA
  1927.04 55th (Wessex) Army Field Brigade, RA
  1929.07 batteries reorganised: 217 Bty and 219 Bty amalgamated to form 219 Battery in 95 (Hampshire Yeomanry) Field Bde; 218 Bty transferred to 95 (Hampshire Yeomanry) Field Bde; HQ at Taunton
193u 374 Bty moved to Shepton Mallet
  1938.11.01 55th (Wessex) Field Regiment, RA
HQ at Taunton
  1939.07.22 217 Bty and 220 Bty transferred to duplicate 112 Field Regt RA, effectively leaving 55 Field Regt as the "West Somerset Yeomanry"
  1946.12.31 placed in suspended animation
  1947.01.01 reconstituted in T.A. as 255th (Wessex) Medium Regiment, RA
  History (Links) & War Service Introduction to Volunteers
pip 55 Fd Rgt RA (Wessex), by Derek Barton (The Royal Artillery 1939-45)
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  Battle Honours Index of Battle Honours
Index of Wars

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  Colours, Standards and Guidons Introduction to Colours
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  Uniforms and Badges
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  Honorary Colonels Index of Royal Colonels
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1931.01.17 Hon. Brig-Gen. E. Harding Newman, CB, CMG, DSO
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