Infantry battalions converted to LAA & other RA units

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by tmac, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. tmac

    tmac Senior Member Patron

    I've been searching through some stuff and I found this list of infantry battalions that were converted to light anti-aircraft regiments in 1941-1942. It was given to me many years back by the Royal Artillery Museum and may be of interest to forum members.


    (dbf edit: transcript for search purposes)
    11 Battalion Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) = 89 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    7 Battalion South Wales Borderers = 90 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    12 Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment = 91 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    7 Battalion Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
    = 92 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    8 Battalion Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) = 93 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    8 Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry = 94 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    14 Battalion Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) = 99 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    18 Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) = 100 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    12 Battalion King's Regiment (Liverpool) = 101 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    7 Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment = 102 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    7 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment = 103 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    13 Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment = 104 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    8 Battalion Worcestershire Regiment = 105 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    14 Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) = 107 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    9 Battalion Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) = 108 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    7 Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment = 109 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    7 Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment = 110 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    8 Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment = 115 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    12 Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers = 116 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    8 Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles = 117 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    11 Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment = 118 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery
    10 Battalion Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment = 119 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal artillery


     

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  2. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    Thanks for that Tmac, if you don't mind I will put in on my website
     
  3. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    :)
    Thought this might also be of interest on this thread.
    Rob.

    ROYAL FUSILIERS – BATTALIONS converted to ROYAL ARTILLERY
    WW2 Formed
    3rd Battalion - 69th Searchlight Regt RA 1st Nov 1938/40
    14th Battalion – 107 LAA Regt RA 1st Jan 1942
    16th Battalion - 10th Medium Regt RA 11th Dec 1942
    18th Battalion – 100 LAA Regt RA 30th Dec 1941
    19th Battalion – 98 Anti-Tank Regt RA 1st Dec 1942
    22nd Battalion – 94 Anti-Tank Regt RA 13th Dec 1941
     
  4. tmac

    tmac Senior Member Patron

    Philip,
    Thanks for your message. Please feel free to use the list on your website. The same goes for any info you may need from my history of 7th Loyals / 92nd LAA, which is on WW2Talk under Unit Histories.
     
  5. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    Thanks for that
     
  6. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Hi TMac

    Your list of Royal Fusilier Rgts. that converted to Royal Artillery caught my eye and solved a long standing mystery for me.

    My late brother Mick started his Army career in the 22nd Royal Fusiliers and I'd often wondered what started the change of regiments. I've quoted the relevant piece here and followed it with a link to the original BBC People's War story.

    Mick’s Story:
    In the early months of the war I was called up to the forces.
    I joined the 22nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, and spent the next four years serving all over England, Wales and Northern Ireland, most of this time as Sergeant Instructor; first as an infantry-man, and when the War Office needed more anti-tank units, I took courses on the 2-pounder, 6-pounder and eventually l7-pounder guns. I was selected to work with a Colonel Vaudrey, with whom I devised a miniature range with moving miniature tanks and a specially calibrated .22 rifle fitted on the 2-pounder gun, to simulate battle conditions

    BBC - WW2 People's War - Sgt.Major Mick Goldstein, Royal Fusiliers and Jewish Brigade
     
  7. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    I've been searching through some stuff and I found this list of infantry battalions that were converted to light anti-aircraft regiments in 1941-1942. It was given to me many years back by the Royal Artillery Museum and may be of interest to forum members.

    Thanks for posting that list. I note that there are 22 shown. Can't remember where I read it, but I thought 36 had converted to the LAA role.
     
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Wonder how many of these 'infantrymen-converted-to-gunners' then reverted to PBI when their units were broken up in 44/45 for re-enfocrments?
     
  9. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Owen

    I only know the impact on my dad's unit. Copy of War Diary from his unit attached. Instruction from 2nd Army issued on 4 August 1944 and men returned to UK for retraining on the 12th August 1944

    Reduced from 3 Batteries of 3 Troops each to 3 Batteries of 2 Troops each with the strength of regt dropping by 3 Officers and 200 Other Ranks.

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  10. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Wonder how many of these 'infantrymen-converted-to-gunners' then reverted to PBI when their units were broken up in 44/45 for re-enfocrments?

    All the units of the 5AGRA (except 633 Regt) remained as Artillery Regts untill disbanded in1946 but had lost their guns and were performing policeing duties etc.
    Sitrep - Sept 45

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  11. Alisonmallen

    Alisonmallen Active Member

    My grandfather was in 90th LAA Regt in Tunisia and Italy, he was a South Wales Borderer along with lots of other Borderers who helped form the Regt. I believe it disbanded in Italy and soldiers were sent to other rgts. I spent many years trying to locate its members with some success.
     
  12. Quis Separabit

    Quis Separabit Junior Member

    Photo from 2 RUR Regimental Journal November 1944 with inscription "Officers 2nd L.T. A.A. REGT R.A. (2 RUR) 1944"......

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