100 Regt RA(V)
The finest, and the senior, of the Volunteer Regiments of the Royal Regiment. 100 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) is, as one would expect, a dispersed unit consisting of:
- RHQ in Luton
- 201 (Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Battery RA(V) co-located with RHQ
- 266 (Gloucester Volunteer Artillery) Parachute Battery RA(V) in Bristol and Dagenham
- 307 (South Nottingham Hussars Yeomary, Royal Horse Artillery) Battery RA(V) in Beeston, Nottingham.
The Regiment in its current form dates back to SDR, the adoption of 266 (which was itself an amalgamation of the previous 266 (Para) and 289 (Cdo) Btys).
It is inevitable that the history of the regiment is wide and varied. 289 Tp, for example, traces its ancestry to no fewer than 6 Brigades of Artillery during Napoleonic period.
Battle Honours are extensive, reflecting the fact that, until the first quarter of last century, the Yeomanry were the reserve cavalry and mobilised and deployed in this role until the requirements of increased Artillery provision forced the conversion to guns of the junior Yeomanry regiments. The pre-gunned Battle Honours of the Herts and Beds Yeomanries are attached below for reference.
South Africa 1900-1901
1915 Aug. 6-21 Suvla
1915 Aug. 21 Scimitar Hill
1915 Apr. 25-1916 Jan. 7 Gallipoli 1915
1915 Jan. 26-1915 Aug. 12 Suez Canal
1915 Jan. 26-1917 Feb. 8 Egypt 1915-1916
1918 Sep. 19-25 Meggido
1920 Mar. 1 Gunned: Ubique, Quo fas et gloria ducunt
1916 July 1-1916 Nov. 18 Somme 1916
1918 Mar. 21-1918 Apr. 5
1918 Aug. 21-1918 Sep. 5 Somme 1918
1916 Sep. 15-22 Flers-Courcelette
1917 Nov. 20-1917 Dec. Cambrai 1917
1918 Oct. 8-9 Cambrai 1918
1918 Aug. 8-11 Amiens
1918 Aug. 21-23 Albert 1918
1918 Sep. 12-1918 Oct. 9 Hindenburg Line
1918 Sep. 29-1918 Oct. 2 St Quentin Canal
1918 Oct. 3-6 Beaurevoir
1918 Nov. 4-11 Pursuit to Mons
1915-1918 France and Flanders
1920 Aug. 5 Gunned: Ubique, Quo fas et gloria ducunt
On conversion to the artillery role the Batteries took on initially the honour 'Quo fas et Gloria ducunt', '˜Where right and glory lead', and since 1917 when it was permitted for volunteer units to display the battle honours of their regular counterparts, 'Ubique'.
A regiment of the Herts Yeomanry, fired the run in shoot from the second wave on D-Day, firing over the heads of the first wave, using plumb-lines to fire their Priest SPs when their landing craft were level in the choppy sea.
It was 2/1 Beds Yeomanry whose men and CO are depicted in the film 'Bridge over the River Quai' and the silver of the Officers' and WOs & Sgts' Messes is still buried on the Singapore Peninsular where it was left as the guns were being spiked prior to the order being given for the Allied Surrender to the Japanese.
--Fas et gloria 12:08, 17 May 2005 (BST)
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