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Berwickshire Artillery Volunteers
Active 1860–1908
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg
Type Artillery Regiment
Role Garrison Artillery
Coastal Artillery
Garrison/HQ Eyemouth

The Berwickshire Artillery Volunteers were formed in 1860 as part of the Volunteer Force, as result of a French invasion threat. They served as a Coastal Artillery unit and continued in existence until being disbanded on the formation of the Territorial Force in 1908.

History 1859-1908[]

This corps was formed at Eyemouth on 6 April 1860, as one battery, and from 1864 was attached to the 1st Edinburgh (City) Artillery Volunteers.

A 2nd Berwick Artillery Volunteers, also of one battery, was formed at Coldingham in 1861, and was also attached to the 1st Edinburgh (City) Artillery Volunteers from 1864 until its disbandment in 1883.[1]

The corps had a drill-battery and headquarters at Eyemouth and a rifle range at Linkum, two miles from Eyemouth. The drill hall of the battery at Coldingham is still in use today as the village hall.[2]

The captains commanding the 1st Berwick Artillery Volunteers were:[3]

  • J. K. L'Amy, 6 April 1860
  • J. Gibson, February 1861
  • Vacant 1862 to 1867
  • P Tod, 14 November 1867
  • Vacant 1876 to 1880
  • John Johnston 30 March 1881
  • A Johnston 9 January 1889
  • D Hume 1 February 1898
  • G J Gibson 21 February 1903
  • Chas. M. Alexander 16 March 1907.

In 1902 the unit was retitled the 1st Berwickshire Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers).[4] On the formation of the Territorial Force in 1908 the unit was no longer required and was disbanded.

See also[]

Notes[]

  1. Litchfield, Norman E H, and Westlake, R, 1982. The Volunteer Artillery 1859-1908, The Sherwood Press, Nottingham, p.32
  2. Osborne, Mike, 2006. Always Ready: The Drill Halls of Britain's Volunteer Forces, Partizan Press, Essex
  3. Lt Gen Sir James Moncrieff Grierson, Records of the Scottish Volunteer Force 1859–1908, William Blackwood & Sons Ltd, 1909, p.159
  4. Army List, His Majesty's Stationary Office, 1902

References[]

  • Ian F.W. Beckett, Riflemen Form: A Study of the Rifle Volunteer Movement 1859–1908, Aldershot, The Ogilby Trusts, 1982, ISBN 0-85936-271-X.
  • Lt Gen Sir James Moncrieff Grierson, Records of the Scottish Volunteer Force 1859–1908, William Blackwood & Sons Ltd, 1909.
  • Litchfield, Norman E H, and Westlake, R, 1982. The Volunteer Artillery 1859-1908, The Sherwood Press, Nottingham. ISBN 0-9508205-0-4
  • Osborne, Mike, 2006. Always Ready: The Drill Halls of Britain's Volunteer Forces, Partizan Press, Essex. ISBN 1-85818-509-2

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